COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- North Carolina dropped to 4-6 in dual action Saturday as Maryland downed the Tar Heels 21-16 in College Park.
The Tar Heels managed to split the bouts Saturday night but a pair of pins at 197 and heavyweight pushed the Terrapins to the 21-16 win.
Redshirt freshman Christian Barber got the dual off to a good start for the Tar Heels as he secured three quick points on the back of a takedown for a sudden victory over Lou Mascola at 149 lbs.
Sophomore Chris Mears made it a 6-0 UNC lead as he posted a 6-2 decision against Brady Massaro at 157 lbs before John Staudenmayer added three more team points with a shutout decision of Domenic DeRobertis, 5-0, at 165 lbs.
The Terps bounced back and responded with 18 straight team points to take a commanding lead.
No. 5 Josh Asper claimed an 8-1 decision over Tanner Eitel at 174 lbs before Alex Utley waged a battle with No. 7 Jimmy Sheptock at 184 lbs. Sheptock claimed the 9-5 decision over Utley to make the team score 9-6 in favor of UNC.
No. 18 Christian Boley pinned Frank Abbondanza in the dying seconds of regulation at 197 lbs to push Maryland into the lead at 12-9.
A second straight pin at heavyweight pushed Maryland's lead to 18-9 as Dallas Brown pinned Cody Klempay in 3:17.
Freshman Nathan Kraisser improved to 10-0 in duals and cut the Maryland run with an 8-4 decision over Shane Gentry at 125 lbs with two bouts remaining.
Maryland's No. 16-ranked Geoffrey Alexander sealed the dual for the Terps with a 7-3 decision over Pat Owens at 133 lbs.
UNC's Evan Henderson pulled four points back for the Tar Heels with a 14-4 major decision over Shane Arechiga at 141 lbs to provide the final margin.
The Tar Heels return to action Friday, Feb. 1 when they welcome in rival NC State for a 7 p.m. dual at Carmichael Arena.
Maryland 21, North Carolina 16
Jan. 26, 2013 • College Park, Md.
149: Christian Barber (UNC) dec. Lou Mascola (MD), 3-1 SV (0-3)
157: Chris Mears (UNC) dec. Brady Massaro (MD), 6-2 (0-6)
165: John Staudenmayer (UNC) dec. Domenic DeRobertis (MD), 5-0 (0-9)
174: #5 Josh Asper (MD) dec. Tanner Eitel (UNC), 8-1 (3-9)
184: #7 Jimmy Sheptock (MD) dec. Alex Utley (UNC), 9-5 (6-9)
197: #18 Christian Boley (MD) fall over Frank Abbondanza (UNC), 6:57 (12-9)
285: Dallas Brown (MD) fall over Cody Klempay (UNC), 3:17 (18-9)
125: #8 Nathan Kraisser (UNC) dec. Shane Gentry (MD), 8-4 (18-12)
133: #16 Geoffrey Alexander (MD) dec. Pat Owens (UNC), 7-3 (21-12)
141: #7 Evan Henderson (UNC) maj. dec. Shane Arechiga (MD), 14-4 (21-16)