Nathan Kraisser had three wins Sunday.
Nathan Kraisser had three wins Sunday.
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Tar Heels Beat No. 20 Wisconsin At Hokie Duals
Release: 11/10/2013

SALEM, Va. --- A 24-21 win over No. 20 Wisconsin highlighted action for the North Carolina wrestling team Sunday at the Hokie Duals. Pins from Nathan Kraisser and Evan Henderson fueled UNC's win over the Badgers, and Kraisser was 3-0 on the day. 

Kraisser opened the morning session with a pin of Wisconsin's Matt Cavallaris at 125 pounds and Henderson followed with a pin of No. 10 Jesse Thielke at 141 to give Carolina an early 12-3 lead. Nick Heilmann extended the advantage to 15-3 with an 8-6 win over TJ Ruschell at 149 before the Badgers closed the gap to 15-12.

With the Tar Heels clinging to a 21-15 lead, Frank Abbondanza sealed the victory with a 2-0 win over Timmy McCall at 197.

UNC dropped the second dual of the morning to Old Dominion 25-6. Carolina led 6-3 early with wins from Kraisser and Henderson, but the Monarchs claimed decisions in each of the final seven matches to take the dual.

In the final matchup of the day, the Tar Heels fell behind early to Hofstra and rallied before losing 25-15. Kraisser shut out Jamie Franco 5-0 in the first match of the dual before the Pride ran off five straight wins to take a 19-3 lead. But Carolina bounced back through wins from Scott Marmoll at 174 (pin), Alex Utley at 184 and Abbondanza at 197 to make it 19-15 before Mike Hughes sealed it for Hofstra with a pin.

Carolina also participated in the Hokie Open, and a number of Tar Heels placed. Joe Moon and Joey Ward were third and fourth at 141, Christian Barber was fifth at 149 and Josh Lehner was second at 197.

UNC returns to the mat next Sunday when the Tar Heels travel to Raleigh, N.C., for the Wolfpack Open.

North Carolina 24, No. 20 Wisconsin 21
125: Nathan Kraisser (NC) fall Matt Cavallaris (UW), 1:47 - UNC leads 6-0
133: Tyler Graff (UW) dec. Tony Heilmann (NC), 15-6 - UNC leads 6-3
141: Evan Henderson (NC) fall Jesse Thielke (UW), 4:46 - UNC leads 12-3
149: Nick Heilmann (NC) dec. TJ Ruschell (UW), 8-6 - UNC leads 15-3
157: Isaac Jordan (UW) fall Robert Henderson (NC), 2:12 - UNC leads 15-9
165: Frank Cousins (UW) dec. Jake Crawford (NC), 7-4 - UNC leads 15-12
174: Scott Marmoll (NC) wins by forfeit - UNC leads 21-12
184: Jackson Hein (UW) dec. Alex Utley (NC), 3-2 - UNC leads 21-15
197: Frank Abbondanza (NC) dec. Timmy McCall (UW), 2-0 - UNC leads 24-15
285: Connor Medbery (UW) tech fall Bob Coe (NC), 16-0, 2:15 - UNC wins 24-21

Old Dominion 25, North Carolina 6
125: Nathan Kraisser (NC) dec. Brandon Jeske, 4-3, UNC leads 3-0
133: Scott Festejo (ODU) dec. Tony Heilmann, 8-4, Tied 3-3
141: Evan Henderson (NC) dec. Chris Mecate, 5-1, UNC leads 6-3
149: Alexander Richardson (ODU) dec. Nick Heilmann, 4-3, Tied 6-6
157: Tristan Warner (ODU) dec. Robert Henderson, 8-3, ODU leads 9-6
165: Dillon Geoghegan (ODU) dec. Jake Crawford, 6-4, ODU leads 12-6
174: Billy Curling (ODU) dec. Scott Marmoll, 8-5, ODU leads 15-6
184: Jack Dechow (ODU) dec. Alex Utley, 3-2, ODU leads 18-6
197: Jacob Henderson (ODU) dec. Frank Abbondanza, 7-3, ODU leads 21-6
285: Matt Tourdot (ODU) maj. dec. Bob Coe, 9-0, ODU wins 25-6

Hofstra 25 - North Carolina 15
125: Nathan Kraisser (NC) dec. Jamie Franco, 5-0, UNC leads 3-0
133: Jamel Hudson (H) dec. Tony Heilmann, 10-8 (SV), Tied 3-3
141: Luke Vaith (H) dec. Evan Henderson, 3-1 (SV), HOF leads 6-3
149: Cody Rugirello (H) fall Nick Heilmann, 1:24, HOF leads 12-3
157: Nick Terdick (H) dec. Robert Henderson, 8-3, HOF leads 15-3
165: Joe Booth (H) maj. dec. Jake Crawford (NC), 18-1, HOF leads 19-3
174: Scott Marmoll (NC) fall Victor Pozsonyi, 1:37, HOF leads 19-9
184: Alex Utley (NC) dec. Dwight Howes, 15-8, HOF leads 19-12
197: Frank Abbondanza (NC) dec. David Heitman, 3-2, HOF leads 19-15
285: Mike Hughes (H) fall Bob Coe, 0:44, HOF wins 25-15

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