CHAPEL HILL – No. 25 North Carolina closed out their regular season by splitting duals with sixth-ranked Oklahoma State and The Citadel. The Tar Heels fell 23-9 to the Cowboys, then came back to defeat the Bulldogs 22-15.
Seniors Andrew Barksdale, Chris Mears and Frank Abbondanza were recognized prior to the Oklahoma State match as part of Carolina’s senior night.
The first dual of the day, which began at 174, was decided in triple overtime, as No. 11 Kyle Crutchmer narrowly defeated No. 18 John Michael Staudenmayer 4-2. After no score in regulation aside from a single escape apiece, both wrestlers were unable to score in the sudden death first overtime. Both Crutchmer and Staudenmayer escaped in their respective double overtime period, but Crutchmer secured an early takedown in the initial seconds of the third overtime to win the match and give Oklahoma State their first points of the match.
At 184, No. 18 Nolan Boyd secured an 8-2 decision over Scott Marmoll to give Oklahoma State their second win of the match. Marmoll managed a late takedown, but Boyd reversed him again to take the match, 8-2.
The Heels locked in their first win of the day at 197 when Chip Ness won an exciting overtime decision over Oklahoma State’s Luke Bean. The bout was scoreless after the first period, but each wrestler notched two takedowns and three escapes in the remaining two periods to tie the score at 7 and send the match to overtime. Ness recorded a takedown in the sudden victory overtime period for the first Carolina victory of the day.
At 285, No. 5 Austin Marsden defeated Abbondanza with a late takedown to give the Cowboys a 9-3 lead over the Tar Heels in the match. Abbondanza escaped in the third period to tie the match, 1-1, but Marsden took him down with ten seconds remaining in the match to complete the win 3-2.
At 125, No. 8 Eddie Klimara scored the first bonus points of the match with a major decision over Cody Karns, 15-3. Klimara controlled the match from the first period, where he locked down two takedowns and a three-point near fall to take a 7-1 lead. Karns earned an escape in each of the three periods.
In a closely contested match at 133, Gary Wayne Harding took a 6-4 decision over Troy Heilmann. Harding grabbed control of the match early with a takedown, but Heilmann responded with a takedown in the third to tie the match, 4-4. Harding escaped and added a point from riding time to take the win. Harding’s decision increased the Cowboys’ lead to 16-3 before the Tar Heels struck back.
At 141, No. 11 Joey Ward defeated No. 15 Dean Heil 3-2. Ward set the tone early, grabbing the first takedown in the first period. He added an escape in the second period to take the win and narrow the Cowboys’ lead in the match, 16-6.
The Heels strung together another win, as Joey Moon took an 8-3 decision over Oklahoma State’s Davey Dolan at 149. Moon picked up the first takedown in the first period, and continued his momentum into the second period, taking Dolan down again. Moon closed out the match with the only points of the third period, a reversal.
No. 16 Anthony Collica defeated Tar Heel senior Mears in an 11-4 decision. Collica took down Mears in the first period for the first points of the bout. Mears racked up four escapes in the match, including three in the second period.
In a highly anticipated match between two ranked opponents, No. 1 Alex Dieringer took a major decision over No. 10 Ethan Ramos, 17-6. Dieringer started strong with two takedowns in the first minute of the match, leading 6-2 at the end of the first period. He continued his success with four takedowns in the remaining two periods. All six of Ramos’s points came from escapes.
Staudenmayer started the match strong against The Citadel, defeating Will Connell by technical fall 20-5. Staudenmayer came out with a takedown in the first period, followed by two points for near fall. Staudenmayer added an escape, two takedowns and two more points from near fall in the second period. He closed out the match with four takedowns in the third, bringing Carolina out to a 5-0 lead in the dual.
In his second bout of the day, Marmoll continued the Heels’ momentum at 184, adding an 11-0 major decision over Jared Hemmings. Marmoll got a first period takedown and added near fall points in the second. A takedown in the third period and a point from riding time increased his lead to 11.
Ness continued the Heels’ winning streak by defeating Marshall Haas 9-4 in a comeback win. Despite Haas securing the first takedown, Ness responded with a takedown in the second period to take the lead. He added a takedown in the third period and rode out the remainder of the period to add three points from near fall. Ness’s victory extended Carolina’s lead to 12-0.
At 285, Joe Bexley scored a takedown in the final seconds to defeat Abbondanza 4-2. Abbondanza received a stalling point at the end of the third period, but Bexley was able to capture a takedown in the closing seconds of the match. Bexley’s win gave The Citadel their first points of the day for a team score of 12-3.
Joaquin Marquez grabbed the second win of the match for the Bulldogs with a 9-4 decision over Karns. Karns took an early lead against Marquez with a couple takedowns in the first period, but Marquez scored a takedown with three near fall points in the third period to take the win at 125.
Heilmann won a great comeback win against Clarence Arrington to return the momentum to the Tar Heels. Arrington started the match strong with a takedown and two points from near fall in the first minute. Heilmann responded with a slick takedown in the second period and couple near fall points. Another Heilmann takedown in the third period decided the bout, as he added three points from near fall at the end of the match.
Ward won his second match of the day, defeating Ty Buckiso in a 7-0 decision. Ward nabbed an early takedown and controlled the rest of the match, adding an escape in the second period and a takedown in the third period. Ward’s victory increased the Tar Heels’ lead to 19-6.
At 149, Matt Frisch pinned Moon in the third period to give the Bulldogs their first bonus points of the match. Frisch managed to tie the match 4-4 with a reversal in the second period and stuck Moon on his back with 11 seconds remaining in the period. The pin doubled The Citadel’s team score to 12.
Aaron Walker narrowly defeated Mears in a tough bout that came down to the wire. Though Mears scored a dramatic takedown at the end of regulation to tie the match 5-5, Walker managed to escape to complete his one-point victory 6-5 with a point from riding time. Walker’s win narrowed the score in the match between the Tar Heels and the Bulldogs to 19-15.
Ramos closed out the day for the Heels with a 9-6 decision over Kenneth Radford. Ramos earned the first points of the match with a takedown and scored another takedown before the end of the first period. Ramos’s lead remained at three points with each wrestler earning three points in the second period and point in the final period. The victory brought the final score of the dual to 22-15 in favor of North Carolina.
No. 6 Oklahoma State 23, No. 25 North Carolina 9
174: #11 Kyle Crutchmer (OSU) dec. #18 John Michael Staudenmayer (NC), 4-2 – OSU leads 3-0
184: #18 Nolan Boyd (OSU) dec. Scott Marmoll (NC), 8-2 – OSU leads 6-0
197: Chip Ness (NC) Luke Bean (OSU), 9-7 – OSU lead 6-3
285: #5 Austin Marsden (OSU) dec. Frank Abbondanza (NC), 3-2 – OSU leads 9-3
125: #8 Eddie Klimara (OSU) maj. dec. Cody Karns (NC), 15-3 – OSU leads 13-3
133: Gary Wayne Harding (OSU) dec. Troy Heilmann (NC), 6-4 – OSU leads 16-3
141: #11 Joey Ward (NC) dec. #15 Dean Heil (OSU), 3-2 – OSU leads 16-6
149: Joey Moon (NC) dec. Davey Dolan (OSU), 8-3 – OSU leads 16-9
157: #16 Anthony Collica (OSU) dec. Chris Mears (NC), 11-4 – OSU leads 19-9
165: #1 Alex Dieringer (OSU) maj. dec. #10 Ethan Ramos (NC), 17-6 -- OSU leads 23-9
No. 25 North Carolina 22, The Citadel 15
174: #18 John Michael Staudenmayer (NC) tech. fall Will Connell (CIT), 20-5 – UNC leads 5-0
184: Scott Marmoll (NC)maj. dec. Jared Hemmings (CIT), 11-0 – UNC leads 9-0
197: Chip Ness (NC) dec. Marshall Haas (CIT), 9-4 – UNC leads 12-0
285: Joe Bexley (CIT) dec. Frank Abbondanza (NC), 4-2 – UNC leads 12-3
125: Joaquin Marquez (CIT) dec. Cody Karns (NC), 9-4 – UNC leads 12-6
133: Troy Heilmann (NC) maj. dec. Clarence Arrington (CIT), 12-4 – UNC leads 16-6
141: #11 Joey Ward (NC) dec. Ty Buckiso (CIT), 7-0 – UNC leads 19-6
149: Matt Frisch (CIT) pinned Joey Moon (NC), (4:49) – UNC leads 19-12
157: Aaron Walker (CIT) dec. Chris Mears (NC), 6-5 – UNC leads 19-15
165: #10 Ethan Ramos (NC) dec. Kenneth Radford (CIT), 9-6 – UNC leads 22-15