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UNC earns 23-12 win over Pitt

PITTSBURGH -- No. 14 North Carolina defeated No. 15 Pittsburgh, 23-12, Friday night in Fitzgerald Field House. Top-ranked Austin O'Connor won via pin at 149 pounds, while senior Josh McClure posted a tech fall win at 157 pounds to help highlight Carolina's night.

Pittsburgh started with a win at 125 pounds, with Colton Camacho posting two points against Wil Guida in the third period courtesy of an escape and a stall call, putting the Panthers on the board first, 3-0 in the team score.

Pitt's No. 4 Mickey Phillippi posted a 4-1 decision over Carolina's Joe Heilmann at 133 pounds before UNC's No. 11 Zach Sherman put the Tar Heels on the board for the first time. The Tar Heel redshirt junior went back-and-forth with No. 17 Cole Matthews until late, but used a strong third period and a late takedown to win, 4-1. After three matches, Pitt held a 6-3 lead.

At 149 pounds, No. 1 Austin O'Connor went back-and-forth with Pitt's Luke Kemerer early before securing a takedown and a fall in the second. In his third ACC victory of the season, O'Connor put Carolina in the lead, 9-6.

Senior Josh McClure kept UNC's winning ways going at 157 pounds. He used an early takedown and a strong handful of back points to post a 17-0 tech fall, pushing Carolina's lead to 14-6.

In an action-packed, back-and-forth match at 165 pounds, No. 11 Jake Wentzel used a third-period score to defeat No. 9 Kennedy Monday, 10-6. That cut UNC's lead in the team score to 14-9.

At 174 pounds, Clay Lautt shifted momentum back in Carolina's favor with a 6-2 decision over Jared McGill. Tied 2-2 in the third, he notched an escape and takedown to help UNC carry a 17-9 team score lead into the 184-pound match.

There, Devin Kane, in his first match wrestling up at 184, rolled to a gritty 6-3 win over Gregg Harvey. Kane scored late and finished on top to secure a 6-3 decision.

After Pitt's No. 7 Nino Bonaccorsi defeated redshirt freshman Max Shaw at 197 pounds, Brandon Whitman finished up the night with a 3-1 win over Pitt's Jake Slinger at heavyweight.

Carolina is back on the mat tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. EST against Lehigh. Stay tuned to Twitter (@uncwrestling) for full updates.

Results:
125: Colton Camacho (Pitt) dec. Wil Guida (UNC), 2-0 - Pitt leads, 3-0
133: #4 Mickey Phillippi (Pitt) dec. Joe Heilmann (UNC), 4-1 - Pitt leads, 6-0
141: #11 Zach Sherman (UNC) dec. #17 Cole Matthews (Pitt), 4-1 - Pitt leads, 6-3
149: #1 Austin O'Connor (UNC) pinned Tyler Kemerer (Pitt), 4:15
157: Josh McClure (UNC) tech fall Tyler Badgett (Pitt), 17-0 - UNC leads, 14-6
165: #11 Jake Wentzel (Pitt) dec. #9 Kennedy Monday (UNC), 10-6 - UNC leads, 14-9
174: Clay Lautt (UNC) dec. Jared McGill (Pitt), 6-2 - UNC leads, 17-9
184: Devin Kane (UNC) dec. Gregg Harvey (Pitt), 6-3 - UNC leads, 20-9
197: #7 Nino Bonaccorsi (Pitt) dec. Max Shaw (UNC), 9-3 - UNC leads, 20-12
285: Brandon Whitman (UNC) dec. Jake Slinger (Pitt), 3-1 - UNC wins, 23-12

Extra Matches:
141: Connor Alexander (UNC) dec. Jake Cherry (Pitt), 2-1
149: Nick Lirette (UNC) dec. Michael Burnett (Pitt), 5-3
157: Sonny Santiago (UNC) dec. Dallas Bulsak (Pitt), 3-1
165: Sawyer Davidson (UNC) dec. Hunter Kernan (Pitt), 7-6
174: Clay Lautt (UNC) dec. Thomas O'Brien (Pitt), 10-3
184: Devin Kane (UNC) pinned James Lledo (Pitt), 1:46
197: Austin Cooley (Pitt) dec. Mark Chaid (UNC), 9-5

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