WASHINGTON, D.C. --- A quartet of 3-0 performances lifted North Carolina to a sweep of the American Duals Friday evening at AU's Bender Arena. Carolina opened the day with a 25-6 victory over Army West Point before a nearly identical 25-7 win over Wyoming. The Tar Heel grapplers closed out the event with a 26-10 triumph over the host Eagles that improved UNC to 4-2 on the year in dual action.
The Tar Heels led wire to wire in the opening dual against Army West Point. After a pair of high-scoring decisions from James Szymanski and Nicholas Lirette, Ward avenged one of his two losses on the year with a 5-2 victory over No. 15 Logan Everett. Heilmann then added a 14-2 major decision at 149 pounds, and UNC rolled to a 25-6 win.
The Wyoming dual featured the most anticipated match of the day as Ward met 2016 NCAA finalist Bryce Meredith. Ward built a lead through two periods only to have No. 8 Meredith rally to force overtime. Entering extra time tied at 6-6, Ward came up with a takedown in the sudden victory period to score another top-10 win.
Heilmann and Joey Moon added ranked wins of their own at the next two weights - Heilmann beat No. 11 Cole Mendenhall 9-5 before Moon topped No. 12 Archie Colgan 7-2. Ramos added the lone bonus point win of the dual for UNC with a 13-5 major over Kyle Pope at 174.
Again it was Ward who helped Carolina rally from an early deficit in the nightcap against AU. After the hosts took a 7-0 lead, Ward's 12-0 major over Jack Mutchnik pulled UNC within three and improved Ward to 17-2 on the season.
Wins by Heilmann and Moon put the Tar Heels in front before Devin Kane made his dual debut in impressive fashion. The true freshman scored a 9-1 major over Michael Eckhart before Ramos' first-period pin. The six-pointer, Ramos' fourth of the year, came in just 1:14 and pushed his record to 12-4.
Daniel closed out the competition with a 2-1 win over Brett Dempsey at 285. The redshirt sophomore improved to 15-6 on the year with his three wins Friday.
Carolina turns its attention to ACC foe Virginia Tech Sunday evening at 6:30 at Carmichael Arena. Admission for all fans is free.
North Carolina 25, Army West Point 6
125: James Szymanski (UNC) dec. Trey Chalifoux (ARMY), 12-9 - UNC leads 3-0
133: Nicholas Lirette (UNC) dec. Austin Harry (ARMY), 10-9 - UNC leads 6-0
141: #5 Joey Ward (UNC) dec. #15 Logan Everett (ARMY), 5-2 - UNC leads 9-0
149: Troy Heilmann (UNC) maj. dec. Matthew Kelly (ARMY), 14-2 - UNC leads 13-0
157: #18 Russell Parsons (ARMY) dec. Joey Moon (UNC), 6-2 - UNC leads 13-3
165: Jack Clark (UNC) dec. Andrew Mendel (ARMY), 4-2 - UNC leads 16-3
174: #7 Ethan Ramos (UNC) dec. Ben Harvey (ARMY), 5-3 - UNC leads 19-3
184: Samson Imonode (ARMY) dec. Elijah Kerr-Brown (UNC), 4-1 - UNC leads 19-6
197: Daniel Chaid (UNC) dec. Rocco Caywood (ARMY), 7-5 - UNC leads 22-6
285: Cory Daniel (UNC) dec. Trevor Smith (ARMY), 5-3 - UNC wins 25-6
North Carolina 25, Wyoming 7
125: Drew Templeman (WYO) tech fall James Szymanski (UNC), 17-0 (3:38) - WYO leads 5-0
133: Nicholas Lirette (UNC) dec. Gunnar Woodburn (UNC), 3-1 - WYO leads 4-3*
141: #5 Joey Ward (UNC) dec. #8 Bryce Meredith (WYO), 8-6 (SV-1) - UNC leads 6-4
149: Troy Heilmann (UNC) dec. #11 Cole Mendenhall (WYO), 9-5 - UNC leads 9-4
157: Joey Moon (UNC) dec. #12 Archie Colgan (WYO), 7-2 - UNC leads 12-4
165: #16 Branson Ashworth (WYO) dec. Jack Clark (UNC), 3-0 - UNC leads 12-7
174: #7 Ethan Ramos (UNC) maj. dec. Kyle Pope (WYO), 13-5 - UNC leads 16-7
184: Elijah Kerr-Brown (UNC) dec. Chaz Polson (WYO), 4-3 - UNC leads 19-7
197: Daniel Chaid (UNC) dec. Luke Paine (WYO), 7-3 - UNC leads 22-7
285: Cory Daniel (UNC) dec. Sam Eagan (WYO), 5-3 - UNC wins 25-7
*Wyoming deducted one team point
North Carolina 26, American 10
125: #17 Josh Terao (AU) dec. Tyrone Klump (UNC), 6-4 - AU leads 3-0
133: Esteban Gomez-Rivera (AU) maj. dec. Nicholas Lirette (UNC), 12-4 - AU leads 7-0
141: #5 Joey Ward (UNC) maj. dec. Jack Mutchnik (AU), 12-0 - AU leads 7-4
149: Troy Heilmann (UNC) dec. Michael Sprague (AU), 4-3 - Tied 7-7
157: Joey Moon (UNC) dec. Cole Moseley (AU), 8-3 - UNC leads 10-7
165: Devin Kane (UNC) maj. dec. Michael Eckhart (AU), 9-1 - UNC leads 14-7
174: #7 Ethan Ramos (UNC) pinned Nicholas Carey (AU), 1:14 - UNC leads 20-7
184: Elijah Kerr-Brown (UNC) dec. Jason Grimes (AU), 4-3 - UNC leads 23-7
197: Jeric Kasunic (AU) dec. Daniel Chaid (UNC), 21-16 - UNC leads 23-10
285: Cory Daniel (UNC) Dec. Brett Dempsey (AU), 2-1 - UNC leads 26-10