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Three Tar Heels Grab Titles At Wolfpack Open
Release: 11/17/2013

RALEIGH, N.C. --- Evan Henderson, Christian Barber and Alex Utley gave the North Carolina wrestling team three individual champions in Sunday's Wolfpack Open at Carmichael Gymnasium. In addition to the three winners, Carolina placed 10 other wrestlers in the top eight of their respective weight classes.

Henderson opened the day in especially impressive fashion, winning his first three matches with pins before disposing of Virginia's Justin Vanhoose by major decision, 11-3, in the semifinal round. He then claimed the title at 141 pounds with a 4-2 win over Chris Mecate of Old Dominion in the final.

Barber worked his way through the 149 bracket with five straight decisions to claim his first career collegiate title. Barber rallied late in the third period to best Virginia's T.J. Miller 4-3 in the semis before topping Kevin Birmingham of Davidson in the final, 5-1.

Utley made it three Tar Heel winners with his impressive run at 184. After a first-round bye, Utley won a major decision over George Mason's David Chenevey, a 7-3 decision against Virginia Tech's John Dickson and a 3-0 decision against NC State's Michael Macchiavello to reach the final. There he faced Old Dominion's Jack Dechow, and Utley avenged a loss from last week's dual in Salem, Va., with a 3-1 sudden victory win to take the title.

Other standout performances included Nathan Kraisser at 125, who won six matches with four pins to take fifth place; Troy Heilmann at 133, who had two pins and a major decision to finish fifth; Matt Williams at 133, who had three major decisions to finish fourth; Joe Moon at 141, who finished fifth with a major decision in the consolation final; and Jake Crawford at 157, who had a pair of pins en route to a fourth-place finish.

Carolina will be back in action on Nov. 30 at the Northeast Duals in Troy, N.Y. The Tar Heels will face Binghamton, Central Michigan and Michigan State in that event.

Nathan Kraisser - 125 (Fifth Place)
Champ. Round 1 - Nathan Kraisser (North Carolina) won by fall over Josh Brown (Unattached) (Fall 2:39)
Champ. Round 2 - Tyler Walker (Campbell) won by decision over Nathan Kraisser (North Carolina) (Dec 8-4)
Cons. Round 2 - Nathan Kraisser (North Carolina) won by fall over Trent Little (Campbell) (Fall 3:55)
Cons. Round 3 - Nathan Kraisser (North Carolina) won by fall over Blake Boshell (Newberry) (Fall 4:39)
Cons. Round 4 - Nathan Kraisser (North Carolina) won by fall over Bill Prochniewski (George Mason) (Fall 0:29)
Cons. Semi - Nathan Kraisser (North Carolina) won by major decision over Jeff Vesta (Newberry) (Maj 11-2)
5th Place Match - Nathan Kraisser (North Carolina) won in sudden victory - 1 over Buddy Scarborough (Old Dominion) (SV-1 10-8)

Jake Reinemund - 125
Champ. Round 2 - Bill Prochniewski (George Mason) won by decision over Jake Reinemund (North Carolina) (Dec 9-3)
Cons. Round 2 - Tyler Awtry (Virginia Tech) won by fall over Jake Reinemund (North Carolina) (Fall 2:29)

Cody Karns - 125
Champ. Round 1 - Cody Karns (North Carolina) won by decision over Trent Little (Campbell) (Dec 8-3)
Champ. Round 2 - Cody Karns (North Carolina) won by fall over Jordon Ludd (Coker College) (Fall 2:50)
Quarterfinal - Joe DeAngelo (North Carolina State) won by fall over Cody Karns (North Carolina) (Fall 5:31)
Cons. Round 4 - Buddy Scarborough (Old Dominion) won by fall over Cody Karns (North Carolina) (Fall 2:43)

Troy Heilmann - 133 (Fifth Place)
Champ. Round 2 - Drew Walker (Campbell) won in sudden victory - 1 over Troy Heilmann (North Carolina) (SV-1 8-6)
Cons. Round 3 - Troy Heilmann (North Carolina) won by fall over Nikolas Weiser (George Mason) (Fall 1:49)
Cons. Round 4 - Troy Heilmann (North Carolina) won by major decision over Anthony Elias (Davidson) (Maj 14-2)
Cons. Semi - Troy Heilmann (North Carolina) won by decision over Drew Walker (Campbell) (Dec 12-6)
5th Place Match - Troy Heilmann (North Carolina) won by fall over Michael Hayes (Old Dominion) (Fall 2:25)

Matt Williams - 133 (Fourth Place)
Champ. Round 1 - Matt Williams (North Carolina) won by major decision over Jhared Simmons (Montgomery College) (Maj 13-0)
Champ. Round 2 - Matt Williams (North Carolina) won by major decision over Dylan Bernier (North Carolina-Pembroke) (Maj 14-2)
Quarterfinal - Matt Williams (North Carolina) won by major decision over Spencer Slishman (American) (Maj 12-2)
Semifinal - Vince Rodriguez (George Mason) won by major decision over Matt Williams (North Carolina) (Maj 11-3)
3rd Place Match - Chris Wilkes (North Carolina State) won by major decision over Matt Williams (North Carolina) (Maj 17-4)

Evan Henderson - 141 (Champion)
Champ. Round 1 - Evan Henderson (North Carolina) won by fall over Tyler Ross (North Carolina-Pembroke) (Fall 2:43)
Champ. Round 2 - Evan Henderson (North Carolina) won by fall over Jon Stillo (Centenary (NJ)) (Fall 3:57)
Quarterfinal - Evan Henderson (North Carolina) won by fall over Daniel Ownbey (North Carolina-Pembroke) (Fall 5:40)
Semifinal - Evan Henderson (North Carolina) won by major decision over Justin Vanhoose (Virginia) (Maj 11-3)
1st Place Match - Evan Henderson (North Carolina) won by decision over Chris Mecate (Old Dominion) (Dec 4-2)

Joe Moon - 141 (Fifth Place)
Champ. Round 1 - Joey Moon (North Carolina) won by decision over Jordan Tolbert (Campbell) (Dec 4-0)
Champ. Round 2 - Joey Moon (North Carolina) won by decision over Brian Thompson (North Carolina-Pembroke) (Dec 10-5)
Quarterfinal - Sam Speno (North Carolina State) won by decision over Joey Moon (North Carolina) (Dec 14-7)
Cons. Round 4 - Joey Moon (North Carolina) won by decision over Michael Dahlstrom (Campbell) (Dec 7-3)
Cons. Semi - Joey Moon (North Carolina) won by fall over Casey Paglia (American) (Fall 2:37)
5th Place Match - Joey Moon (North Carolina) won by major decision over Bj Young (Newberry) (Maj 14-4)

Christian Barber - 149 (Champion)
Champ. Round 1 - Christian Barber (North Carolina) won by decision over Jake Faust (Duke) (Dec 8-5)
Champ. Round 2 - Christian Barber (North Carolina) won by major decision over Luis Camacho (North Carolina-Pembroke) (Maj 17-6)
Quarterfinal - Christian Barber (North Carolina) won by decision over Brent Jorge (Campbell) (Dec 3-1)
Semifinal - Christian Barber (North Carolina) won by decision over Tj Miller (Virginia) (Dec 4-3)
1st Place Match - Christian Barber (North Carolina) won by decision over Kevin Birmingham (Davidson) (Dec 5-1)

Nick Heilmann - 149
Champ. Round 1 - Tj Miller (Virginia) won by decision over Nick Heilmann (North Carolina) (Dec 8-5)
Cons. Round 1 - Nick Heilmann (North Carolina) won by fall over Reggie Allen (North Carolina-Pembroke) (Fall 3:45)
Cons. Round 2 - Nick Heilmann (North Carolina) won by fall over Cameron Bowen (NRV Mat Club) (Fall 4:27)
Cons. Round 3 - Cole Moseley (American) won by decision over Nick Heilmann (North Carolina) (Dec 1-0)

Anderson Pope - 149
Prelim - Kevin Birmingham (Davidson) won by tech fall over Anderson Pope (North Carolina) (TF 16-1)
Prelim - Cole Moseley (American) won by decision over Anderson Pope (North Carolina) (Dec 6-3)

Robert Henderson - 157 (Eighth Place)
Champ. Round 1 - Robert Henderson (North Carolina) won by major decision over Daniel Luty (Campbell) (Maj 12-3)
Champ. Round 2 - Robert Henderson (North Carolina) won by decision over Jordan Marshall (Old Dominion) (Dec 7-3)
Quarterfinal - Tommy Gantt (North Carolina State) won by major decision over Robert Henderson (North Carolina) (Maj 14-6)
Cons. Round 4 - Robert Henderson (North Carolina) won by major decision over Davis Bagwell (Newberry) (Maj 10-1)
Cons. Semi - Devin Geoghegan (Old Dominion) won by decision over Robert Henderson (North Carolina) (Dec 8-5)

Jake Crawford - 157 (Fourth Place)
Champ. Round 1 - Jake Crawford (North Carolina) won by fall over Jd Dykes (Coker College) (Fall 3:54)
Champ. Round 2 - Jake Crawford (North Carolina) won by fall over Brady Massaro (Maryland) (Fall 4:22)
Quarterfinal - Jake Crawford (North Carolina) won by decision over Rodney Shepard (North Carolina State) (Dec 6-2)
Semifinal - Nick Brascetta (Virginia Tech) won by decision over Jake Crawford (North Carolina) (Dec 10-4)
3rd Place Match - Tommy Gantt (North Carolina State) won by decision over Jake Crawford (North Carolina) (Dec 4-3)

Ethan Ramos - 165 (Sixth Place)
Champ. Round 1 - Ethan Ramos (North Carolina) won by decision over Andrew DeHart (Duke) (Dec 6-2)
Champ. Round 2 - Ethan Ramos (North Carolina) won in sudden victory - 1 over Zach Brown (American) (SV-1 8-6)
Quarterfinal - Nijel Jones (North Carolina State) won by decision over Ethan Ramos (North Carolina) (Dec 11-9)
Cons. Round 4 - Ethan Ramos (North Carolina) won by fall over Ellison Sanders (Coker College) (Fall 2:27)
Cons. Semi - Ethan Ramos (North Carolina) won by decision over Juan Simpson (North Carolina-Pembroke) (Dec 11-8)
5th Place Match - Paul Duggan (Campbell) won by decision over Ethan Ramos (North Carolina) (Dec 2-1)

Riley Allen - 165
Champ. Round 1 - Paul Duggan (Campbell) won by fall over Riley Allen (North Carolina) (Fall 1:46)
Cons. Round 2 - Ellison Sanders (Coker College) won by tech fall over Riley Allen (North Carolina) (TF 22-7)

Matt Meyer - 174
Champ. Round 2 - Robert Shade (North Carolina-Pembroke) won by decision over Matt Meyer (North Carolina) (Dec 4-3)
Cons. Round 2 - Matt Meyer (North Carolina) won by fall over Jake Koch (VMI) (Fall 0:58)
Cons. Round 3 - Brooks Morrison (Virginia Tech) won by decision over Matt Meyer (North Carolina) (Dec 7-3)

Scott Marmoll - 174 (Eighth Place)
Champ. Round 1 - Scott Marmoll (North Carolina) won by fall over Alexander Belaia-Martiniouk (Duke) (Fall 5:22)
Champ. Round 2 - Scott Marmoll (North Carolina) won by decision over Ridge White (North Carolina-Pembroke) (Dec 2-0)
Quarterfinal - Peter Renda (North Carolina State) won by decision over Scott Marmoll (North Carolina) (Dec 8-2)
Cons. Round 4 - Scott Marmoll (North Carolina) won by decision over Brooks Morrison (Virginia Tech) (Dec 6-2)
Cons. Semi - Zach Martinez (George Mason) won by decision over Scott Marmoll (North Carolina) (Dec 3-0)

Mitchel Thomas - 174
Champ. Round 2 - Mitchel Thomas (North Carolina) won by decision over Nathaniel Powers (Davidson) (Dec 5-2)
Quarterfinal - Nick Kee (Appalachian State) won by decision over Mitchel Thomas (North Carolina) (Dec 8-3)
Cons. Round 4 - Tyler Askey (Virginia) won by decision over Mitchel Thomas (North Carolina) (Dec 10-5)

Alex Utley - 184 (Champion)
Champ. Round 2 - Alex Utley (North Carolina) won by major decision over David Chenevey (George Mason) (Maj 18-6)
Quarterfinal - Alex Utley (North Carolina) won by decision over John Dickson (Virginia Tech) (Dec 7-3)
Semifinal - Alex Utley (North Carolina) won by decision over Michael Macchiavello (North Carolina State) (Dec 3-0)
1st Place Match - Alex Utley (North Carolina) won in sudden victory - 1 over Jack Dechow (Old Dominion) (SV-1 3-1)

Josh Lehner - 197 (Eighth Place)
Champ. Round 2 - Jared Haught (Virginia Tech) won by decision over Josh Lehner (North Carolina) (Dec 7-4)
Cons. Round 3 - Josh Lehner (North Carolina) won by decision over Kacee Hutchinson (Appalachian State) (Dec 11-4)
Cons. Round 4 - Josh Lehner (North Carolina) won by fall over Taylor McGiffen (Campbell) (Fall 1:25)
Cons. Semi - Jared Haught (Virginia Tech) won by major decision over Josh Lehner (North Carolina) (Maj 10-1)

Frank Abbondanza - 197
Champ. Round 2 - Kevin Beazley (Old Dominion) won by major decision over Frank Abbondanza (North Carolina) (Maj 11-2)
Cons. Round 3 - Frank Abbondanza (North Carolina) won by decision over Henry Mauk (NRV Mat Club) (Dec 3-1)
Cons. Round 4 - Jared Haught (Virginia Tech) won in sudden victory - 1 over Frank Abbondanza (North Carolina) (SV-1 6-4)

David Woody - HWT
Champ. Round 1 - Chris Giddens (North Carolina-Pembroke) won by decision over David Woody (North Carolina) (Dec 5-1)
Cons. Round 2 - Sean Twigg (Maryland) won by major decision over David Woody (North Carolina) (Maj 15-6)

Bob Coe - HWT (Sixth Place)
Champ. Round 2 - Robert Coe (North Carolina) won by decision over Ryan Kail (Maryland) (Dec 4-0)
Quarterfinal - Matt Wade (Newberry) won by decision over Robert Coe (North Carolina) (Dec 13-6)
Cons. Round 4 - Robert Coe (North Carolina) won by major decision over Eddie Isola (Davidson) (Maj 8-0)
Cons. Semi - Robert Coe (North Carolina) won by decision over Joe Nolan (Campbell) (Dec 5-3)
5th Place Match - Dan Garwood (Virginia Tech) won by decision over Robert Coe (North Carolina) (Dec 9-4)


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