CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. --- No. 12 Virginia dealt North Carolina a 21-9 defeat Friday night in Atlantic Coast Conference wrestling action at Memorial Gymnasium. Nathan Kraisser, Christian Barber and Alex Utley were winners for the Tar Heels, who will return home Tuesday to host Duke.
Virginia (16-3, 3-1 ACC) got on the board first as No. 16 Joe Spisak upset No. 4 Evan Henderson at 141 pounds, 4-0. For Henderson, it was just his fourth loss of the season and only his second in a dual.
Barber evened the score at 3 with his 4-3 overtime win over Justin Van Hoose at 149. Both wrestlers escaped in regulation, sending the bout to extra time tied at 1. Van Hoose escaped in overtime, but Barber got a reversal to score the 4-3 victory.
No. 15 Blaise Butler put the hosts back in front with a comfortable 6-2 win over Jake Crawford at 157 before John Michael Staudenmayer took on Nick Sulzer at 165. Staudenmayer battled second-ranked Sulzer to the end, but Sulzer improved to 28-1 on the year with a 4-3 win to give Virginia a 9-3 advantage in the dual.
The Cavaliers pushed their lead to 12-3 with No. 16 Stephen Doty's 8-1 win over Scott Marmoll at 174 before Utley put Carolina back in the win column. Utley grabbed a 3-0 lead with an escape and a takedown in the second period before icing the bout with two late takedowns in the third to best James Suvak, 8-3.
Kraisser gave Carolina its final win of the night at 125, topping Nick Hermann, 4-3. The sophomore standout trailed 2-0 after one period before getting an escape and a takedown in the second. A penalty point to Hermann made it 3-3 going into the final period, but Kraisser stayed on top the entire two minutes to earn the riding time point and claim a 4-3 victory.
Joseph Martinez closed the dual with a 3-1 win over Troy Heilmann at 133. Martinez got the only takedown of the bout in the third period to give Virginia a 21-9 overall win.
UNC returns home on Tuesday, Feb. 11, as the Tar Heels face Duke at 7 p.m. at Carmichael Arena.
No. 12 Virginia 21, North Carolina 9
141: #16 Joseph Spisak (Virginia) dec. #4 Evan Henderson (North Carolina), 4-0 - UVa leads 3-0
149: Christian Barber (North Carolina) dec. Justin Van Hoose (Virginia), 4-3 (TB2) - Tied 3-3
157: #15 Blaise Butler (Virginia) dec. Jake Crawford (North Carolina), 6-2 - UVa leads 6-3
165: #2 Nicholas Sulzer (Virginia) dec. John Michael Staudenmayer (North Carolina), 4-3 - UVa leads 9-3
174: #16 Stephen Doty (Virginia) dec. Scott Marmoll (North Carolina), 8-1 - UVa leads 12-3
184: Alex Utley (North Carolina) dec. James Suvak (Virginia), 8-3 - UVa leads 12-6
197: Zach Nye (Virginia) dec. Frank Abbondanza (North Carolina), 3-2 (TB 1) - UVa leads 15-6
285: Ethan Hayes (Virginia) dec. Bob Coe (North Carolina), 10-3 - UVa leads 18-6
125: Nathan Kraisser (North Carolina) dec. Nick Herrmann (Virginia), 4-3 - UVa leads 18-9
133: Joe Martinez (Virginia) dec. Troy Heilmann (North Carolina), 3-1 - UVa wins 21-9