Jan. 9, 2012
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina opened its ACC season in impressive fashion Monday night as the Tar Heels downed rival Duke 30-5. Freshman Evan Henderson earned his team-leading 19th victory of the year as he was one of seven different Tar Heels to claim a win.
Sophomore Brian Bokoski opened the dual with a narrow 4-3 decision over Peter Terrezza as he was able to get a late takedown to extend his lead to 4-2 before keeping Terrezza at bay during the final period.
After a Duke forfeit at 133 pounds the Tar Heels were in the driver's seat with a 9-0 lead.
No. 16 ranked Evan Henderson picked up his 19th victory of the year at 141 pounds as he battled Duke's Tanner Hough to a 5-2 decision win. The decision upped Carolina's lead to a commanding 12-0 margin.
Freshman Nick Heilmann dropped a 10-4 decision to senior A.J. Guardado at 149 pounds as Duke picked up its first points of the night narrowing the the margin to nine (12-3).
Junior Jon Burns who was forced to move up to 157 pounds responded for the Tar Heels as he quickly registered a take down of Duke's Immanuel Kerr-Brown before overpowering the Blue Devil for a pin in just 1:01. Burns' six points upped Carolina's lead to 18-3.
Senior Kyle Kiss followed with a physical 8-3 win over Ryan Harding at 165 pounds and moved Carolina to a 21-2 advantage after Harding was called for unsportsmanlike conduct docking his team a point.
Freshman Alex Utley continued his impressive freshman campaign at 174 pounds with a 3-1 win over fellow freshman Randy Roden of Duke to lock up the match as Carolina led 24-2.
Senior Thomas Ferguson earned win number ten on the year at 184 pounds as he claimed a 12-8 decision over arguably Duke's best wrestler in Diego Bencomo.
Zac Bennett held Brian Self scoreless to claim a 5-0 decision at 197 pounds in just his second appearance of the season.
Freshman Frank Abbondanza moved up to heavyweight to take on Duke's Andrew Fulk and fell by a 7-0 margin to provide the final tally of 30-5.
The win is Carolina's eighth straight over the Blue Devils and improves the Tar Heels to 1-7 overall and 1-0 in the ACC this season.
Up next for the Tar Heels is a trip to Hampton, Va. for the Virginia Duals. Carolina will open competition Friday morning at 11 a.m. against Rider and will face either Drexel or Edinboro in the second round.
North Carolina 30, Duke 5
125 - Brian Bokoski (UNC) wins 4-3 dec over Peter Terrezza (Duke) - 3-0 UNC
133 - Brock LiVorio (UNC) wins by forfeit - 9-0 UNC
141 - #16 Evan Henderson (UNC) wins 5-2 dec over Tanner Hough (Duke) - 12-0 UNC
149 - A.J. Guardado (Duke) wins 10-4 dec over Nick Heilmann (UNC) - 12-3 UNC
157 - Jon Burns (UNC) pins Immanuel Kerr-Brown (Duke) in 1:01 - 18-3 UNC
165 - Kyle Kiss (UNC) wins 8-3 dec over Ryan Harding (Duke) - 21-3 UNC
(one point deducted from Duke for unsportsmanlike conduct) - 21-2 UNC
174 - Alex Utley (UNC) wins 3-1 dec over Randy Roden (Duke) - 24-2 UNC
184 - Thomas Ferguson (UNC) wins 12-8 dec over Diego Bencomo - 27-2 UNC
197 - Zac Bennett (UNC) wins 5-0 dec over Brian Self (Duke) - 30-2 UNC
HWT - Andrew Fulk (Duke) wins 7-0 dec over Frank Abbondanza (UNC) - 30-5 UNC