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UNC tops Duke to begin ACC competition

DURHAM, N.C. -- No. 14 North Carolina earned its fourth-straight ACC-opening match win against Duke on Friday evening in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Coleman Scott's team posted a 29-9 win to open up conference competition.

North Carolina found itself down 3-0 after the 125-pound match that featured Wil Guida. The freshman battled tough after finding himself down 6-1 in the first period. Guida found a way to pull within two, 6-4, but was unable to register a takedown in the back half of the third period and fell by two.

Carolina tied up the match at three when Timothy Decatur went back-and-forth in the 133-pound bout through the first two periods against Parker Decker. Decatur held a one-point lead with one period to go and fought through the third period for the 5-4 decision.

No. 10 Zach Sherman rolled in the 141-pound bout and gave Carolina its first lead of the match with a 12-1 major decision. Carolina fell at 149 pounds before freshman Sonny Santiago sparked energy on the Carolina bench.

Santiago, in his first dual meet appearance as a Tar Heel, posted a 6-4 overtime victory at 157 pounds. Heading into the overtime period, Santiago and Duke's Brandon LaRue were tied at four points before Santiago scored a takedown in sudden victory to win and give UNC a 10-6 lead.

No. 10 Kennedy Monday rolled to a 22-7 technical fall victory in the 165-pound match before Gavin Kane earned a 15-6 major decision win at 174 pounds. The win was his second-straight to begin his Carolina career. With the win, UNC pushed its lead to 19-6.

No. 15 Clay Lautt won via injury default in the first period of the 184-pound match.

UNC's Max Shaw posted an 11-3 major decision victory at 197 pounds against Duke's Kaden Russell. Shaw grinded out the first two periods before recording a reversal, a takedown and four near-fall points to earn the major decision.

In the heavyweight match, Jonah Niesenbaum earned a 4-3 win over UNC freshman Aydin Guttridge.

North Carolina returns to the mat against N.C. State on Friday, January 29. The dual meet will be broadcast on the ACC Network.

Results:
125: Logan Agin (Duke) dec. Wil Guida (UNC), 6-4
133: Timothy Decatur (UNC) dec. Parker Decker (Duke), 5-4
141: No. 10 Zach Sherman (UNC) maj. dec. Patrick Rowland (Duke), 12-1
149: No. 19 Josh Finesilver (Duke) dec. Nick Lirette, 13-7
157: Sonny Santiago (UNC) dec. Brandon LaRue (Duke), 6-4
165: No. 10 Kennedy Monday (UNC) tech fall Eric Carter (Duke), 22-7 (6:13)
174: Gavin Kane (UNC) maj. dec. Conor Becker (Duke), 15-6
184: No. 15 Clay Lautt (UNC) inj. def. Jack Wimmer (Duke), 0:48
197: Max Shaw (UNC) maj. dec. Kaden Russell (Duke), 11-3
285: Jonah Niesenbaum (Duke) dec. Aydin Guttridge (UNC), 4-3 TB2

Extra Matches:
285: Max Fausnaugh (Duke) dec. Adam Honis (UNC), 11-6
197: Vincent Baker (Duke) dec. Cade Lautt (UNC), 11-7
133: Drake Doolittle (Duke) dec. Timothy Decatur (UNC), 5-2
141: Connor Alexander (UNC) maj. dec. Ty Mills (Duke), 11-0
149: Nick Lirette (UNC) maj. dec. Ryan Spangler (Duke), 15-5
285: Brayden Ray (Duke) dec. Aydin Guttridge (UNC), 3-2
157: Sonny Santiago (UNC) dec. Bryson Neace (Duke), 4-3
165: Kennedy Monday (UNC) pinned Preston Decker, 2:01
197: Max Shaw (UNC) dec. Vincent Baker, 8-5
285: Ben Frye (Duke) pinned Adam Honis (UNC), 1:15

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