CHAPEL HILL --- North Carolina lost its first home wrestling match of 2014 Saturday as the Tar Heels fell to No. 24 Stanford, 28-12, at Carmichael Arena. Evan Henderson, Christian Barber and Alex Utley were victorious for the hosts, who will welcome Maryland next Friday, Jan. 24.
Stanford (11-4) opened the dual with an overtime win at 125 as No. 13 Evan Silver rallied from a 6-3 deficit to knock off No. 16 Nathan Kraisser. Silver got a takedown late in the third period to force overtime and then scored another in the first overtime period to win, 8-6.
No. 10 Ryan Mango made it 6-0 Stanford with an 8-3 win over Troy Heilmann at 133. The redshirt senior was in command early and, despite some strong wrestling from Heilmann late in the bout, took the decision.
Henderson improved to 25-3 with his fastest pin of 2013-14 when he topped Peter Russo 55 seconds into their match at 141. The New Florence, Pa., junior now has 12 pins this season and is 10-1 in duals.
Barber gave Carolina its only lead of the night with a gritty win over Donovan Halpin at 149. The redshirt sophomore from Westfield, N.J., scored three points in a dominant second period and held on to win, 4-1, and give the Tar Heels a 9-6 lead in the dual.
Stanford quickly regained the lead at 157, however, as Bret Baumbach banked 5:26 of riding time en route to an 8-0 major decision over Jake Crawford. No. 19 Jim Wilson extended the Cardinal lead with a 2-1 win over John Michael Staudenmayer at 165. The bout was tied after the sudden victory overtime period and Wilson's escape gave him a 2-1 win.
Kyle Meyer rebounded from an injury timeout to knock off Scott Marmoll at 174. Marmoll led 3-2 after two periods, but Meyer got a reversal and a near fall late to post a 7-3 victory.
Utley scored his 16th win of the season at 184 with a 5-2 decision over Zach Nevills. The Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, junior led 2-1 after two and sealed it with a late takedown to pull the Tar Heels within four at 16-12.
But the Cardinal posted a pair of falls in the final two bouts of the night to clinch the dual. No. 20 Dan Scherer pinned Frank Abbondanza in the third period at 197 and Josh Marchok got the fall against Bob Coe at 285.
Carolina is now 5-6 on the year heading into next weekend's ACC dual against Maryland.
No. 24 Stanford 28, North Carolina 12
125: #13 Evan Silver (S) dec. #16 Nathan Kraisser (NC), 8-6 (SV) - SU leads 3-0
133: #10 Ryan Mango (S) dec. Troy Heilmann (NC), 8-3 - SU leads 6-0
141: #6 Evan Henderson (NC) fall Peter Russo (S), 0:55 - Tied 6-6
149: Christian Barber (NC) dec. Donovan Halpin (S), 4-1 - UNC leads 9-6
157: Bret Baumbach (S) maj. dec. Jake Crawford (NC), 8-0 - SU leads 10-9
165: #19 Jim Wilson (S) dec. John Michael Staudenmayer (NC), 2-1 (2OT) - SU leads 13-9
174: Kyle Meyer (S) dec. Scott Marmoll (NC), 7-3 - SU leads 16-9
184: Alex Utley (NC) dec. Zach Nevills (S), 5-2 - SU leads 16-12
197: #20 Dan Scherer (S) fall Frank Abbondanza (NC), 6:09 - SU leads 22-12
285: Josh Marchok (S) fall Bob Coe (NC), 1:56 - SU wins 28-12