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Tar Heels Drop ACC Opener To No. 6 Hokies
Release: 01/08/2017

CHAPEL HILL --- No. 6 Virginia Tech won eight of 10 bouts to take a 28-8 dual match victory over North Carolina Sunday night at Carmichael Arena. Joey Ward and Devin Kane won for the Tar Heels, who fell to 4-3, while the Hokies improved to 7-1 in the ACC opener for both programs. 

Ward, the No. 5-ranked 141 pounder in the country, pushed his record to 18-2 with his sixth bonus point win of the year. The Cincinnati, Ohio, redshirt senior scored a takedown in the opening 10 seconds against Brendan Ryan and never let up. With a near fall in the final moments of the second period, Ward locked up the 16-0 victory.

Making his Carmichael debut, true freshman Kane impressed in an 8-4 win over David Bergida at 165 pounds. Kane was on top for much of the bout and just missed some additional back points that may have pushed him to a major decision. 

No. 2 Joey Dance (125), No. 4 Zack Zavatsky (184) and No. 3 Ty Walz (285) had bonus point wins for the Hokies. In addition to those victories, No. 2 Zach Epperly beat No. 7 Ethan Ramos in a feature match at 174, 8-2.

Carolina returns to the mat Saturday at 7 p.m. against Iowa State.

No. 6 Virginia Tech 28, North Carolina 8
125: No. 2 Joey Dance (VT) maj. dec. James Szymanski (UNC), 13-1 - VT leads 4-0
133: Dominic Latona (VT) dec. Nicholas Lirette (UNC), 6-5 - VT leads 7-0
141: No. 5 Joey Ward (UNC) tech fall Brendan Ryan (VT), 16-0 (4:48) - VT leads 7-5
149: No. 7 Solomon Chishko (VT) dec. Troy Heilmann (UNC), 11-5 - VT leads 10-5
157: Ryan Blees (VT) dec. Joey Moon (UNC), 6-5 - VT leads 13-5
165: Devin Kane (UNC) dec. David Bergida (VT), 8-4 - VT leads 13-8
174: No. 2 Zach Epperly (VT) dec. No. 7 Ethan Ramos (UNC), 8-2 - VT leads 16-8
184: No. 4 Zack Zavatsky (VT) tech fall Lance Armenta (UNC), 20-5 (2:54) - VT leads 21-8
197: No. 3 Jared Haught (VT) dec. Danny Chaid (UNC), 8-2 - VT leads 24-8
HWT: No. 3 Ty Walz (VT) maj. dec. Cory Daniel (UNC), 14-4 - VT wins 28-8


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