Virginia Wrestling Falls to North Carolina, 24-12
Feb. 3, 2001
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The University of North Carolina wrestling team gave head coach Bill Lam’s his 350th career win Saturday night as the Tar Heels beat Atlantic Coast Conference rival Virginia 24-12 at Carmichael Auditorium. With the victory, the Tar Heels improve to 5-4 on the season, 2-0 in the ACC, while Virginia falls to 4-6, 1-2 in the ACC.
As the result of a random draw, the heavyweight match was the first of the night, and Carolina’s Matt Kenny was able to take an 8-4 decision over Ryan Painter to put the Tar Heels ahead 3-0. Chris Collins followed with a 17-2 technical fall on Ryan Stewart at 125 pounds and Carolina was out to a quick 8-0 lead.
At 133 pounds, Brad Byers defeated Joe Alexander, 11-9, but needed every second of the match to get the victory. Byers trailed 7-9 with less than 10 seconds remaining but was able to score a takedown and a two-point near fall in the final seconds to take the match.
Mike Booth lost a hard-fought 3-2 decision to Virginia’s Bob Seidel at 141 pounds, but at 149 pounds, Tar Heel JohnMark Bentley took 10-3 decision to give Carolina a 14-3 advantage. With the victory, Bentley improves to 22-1 for the season.
Carolina’s Chris DiGuiseppe followed Bentley’s win with a 3-1 decision over Don Carlos-Clauss at 157 pounds. Virginia’s Greg Francesca then beat Jake Reynolds by medical forfeit in the 165-pound match to pull the Cavaliers to within eight at 17-9, but a Corey Bell 10-1 major decision at 174 pounds put the Tar Heels ahead 21-9 with only two matches remaining.
At 184 pounds, Nick Richmond fell to the Cavalier’s Jimi Massey, 11-6, but Carolina’s Clint Osborn got the decision in the final match of the night, using a five-point second period to defeat Zach Friday, 6-1.
The Tar Heels return to action on Tuesday, Feb. 6, when they travel to Durham to face the Duke Blue Devils at 7:30 p.m. The Cavaliers are back on the mat on Sunday, Feb. 4, when they travel to Norfolk, Va. to face Old Dominion.
Virginia 12North Carolina 24
Wgt. Opponents Results Score V/NHWT Matt Kenny (UNC) def. Ryan Painter (UVa) 8-4 0-3125 Chris Collin (UNC) def. Ryan Stewart (UVa) TF 17-2 0-8133 Brad Byers (UNC) def. Joe Alexander (UVa) 11-9 0-11141 Bob Seidel (UVa) def. Mike Booth (UNC) 3-2 3-11149 John Mark Bentley (UNC) def. P.J. Bory (UVa) 10-3 3-14157 Chris DiGuiseppe (UNC) def. Don Carlos-Clauss (UVa) 3-1 3-17165 Greg Francesca (UVa) med. forf. Jake Reynolds (UNC) Med. Forfeit 9-17174 Corey Bell (UNC) def. Brian Muir (UVa) MD 10-1 9-21184 Jimi Massey (UVa) def. Nick Richmond (UNC) 11-6 12-21197 Clint Osborn (UNC) def. Zach Freday (UVa) 6-1 12-24