Alex Utley started the dual with a 17-2 tech fall to boost the Tar Heels.
Alex Utley started the dual with a 17-2 tech fall to boost the Tar Heels.
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No. 24 Carolina Cruises Past VMI, 28-9
Release: 02/08/2013

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- No. 24 UNC triumphed over VMI by a score of 28-9 at Carmichael Arena on Friday night. UNC moves their dual record up to 6-6 for the year, while VMI falls to 1-12.  

Sophomore Alex Utley gave the Tar Heels a big boost in the first match of the night as he rolled to a 17-2 tech fall in just the first period. Utley gave the Tar Heels a 5-0 advantage against Hardy Hendren.

VMI countered with a pair of decisions to take a 6-5 team lead as Urayoan Garcia bested Frank Abbondanza 9-3 at 197 pounds and Michael LaPrade downed Cody Klempay 3-1 at heavyweight.

Redshirt junior Brian Bokoski got the Tar Heels back on track at 125 pounds when he used five takedowns to secure a 13-5 major decision win over Armando Herrera.

No. 18 Joey Ward made it back-to-back major decisions when he registered three two-point near falls in a dominant 17-4 major decision win over Andriy Onufriyenko at 133 pounds.

Redshirt sophomore Pat Owens moved up to 141 pounds Friday night and battled VMI's Ryan Goodsell. Owens and Goodsell each tallied escapes but nothing more as the pair went to a sudden victory period. Goodsell was able to take down Owens to win in a 3-1 decision.

Christian Barber held VMI's Zeb Stewart scoreless at 149 pounds as he posted a 6-0 win to bump UNC's team lead to 16-9.

Sophomore Chris Mears added another UNC major decision as he used a seven-point second period en route to a 14-6 win over Ted Gottwald at 157 pounds.

John Staudenmayer rolled to the second tech fall win of the night for the Tar Heels as he posted a 17-2 win over Mark Darr. Staudenmayer tallied five takedowns and a three-point near fall on his path to the big win.

Sophomore Tanner Eitel closed out the dual with a 10-3 decision win over John Dommert to provide the final tally of 28-9 in favor of the Tar Heels.

No. 24 North Carolina 28, VMI 9
Feb. 8, 2013 - Chapel Hill, N.C.
184 - Alex Utley (UNC) wins by tech fall over Hardy Hendren (VMI), 17-2 (3:00) (UNC 5, VMI 0)
197 - Urayoan Garcia (VMI) wins by decision over Frank Abbondanza (UNC), 9-3 (UNC 5, VMI 3)
HWT - Michael LaPrade (VMI) wins by decision over Cody Klempay (UNC), 3-1 (VMI 6, UNC 5)
125 - Brian Bokoski (UNC) wins by major decision over Armando Herrera (VMI), 13-5 (UNC 9, VMI 6)
133 - #18 Joey Ward (UNC) win by major decision over Andriy Onufriyenko (VMI), 17-4 (UNC 13, VMI 6)
141 - Ryan Goodsell (VMI) wins by decision over Pat Owens (UNC), 3-1 SV (UNC 13, VMI 9)
149 - Christian Barber (UNC) wins by decision over Zeb Stewart (VMI), 6-0 (UNC 16, VMI 9)
157 - Chris Mears (UNC) wins by major decision over Ted Gottwald (VMI), 14-6 (UNC 20, VMI 9)
165 - John Staudenmayer (UNC) wins by tech fall over Mark Darr (VMI), 17-2 (5:27) (UNC 25, VMI 9)
174 - Tanner Eitel (UNC) wins by decision over John Dommert (VMI), 10-3 (UNC 28, VMI 9)

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