Joey Ward was 2-0 on the day for the Tar Heels who split a pair of duals.
Joey Ward was 2-0 on the day for the Tar Heels who split a pair of duals.
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UNC Splits Duals At Nebraska
Release: 11/18/2012

LINCOLN, Neb. -- North Carolina notched its first dual win of the year Sunday with a 36-6 rout of South Dakota State before falling 25-12 to No. 14 Nebraska.

The lower weights performed well for the Tar Heels as Nathan Kraisser (125), Joey Ward (133) and Evan Henderson (141) all posted a pair of wins Sunday.

The Tar Heels opened against the Jackrabbits of South Dakota State and won the first four bouts to jump out to a 15-0 lead before SDSU was able to get on the board.

Kraisser opened with a 7-1 decision over Aaron Pickrel to put UNC up 3-0 before Joey Ward registered a 2-1 decision of his own against Brance Simms.

No. 17 Evan Henderson pushed the UNC lead to 12-0 with a pin late in the first period over Ben Gillette. Christian Barber extended Carolina's advantage to 15-0 with a 7-3 decision over Dustin Walraven.

South Dakota State registered a decision at 157 pounds when Cody Pack bested Chris Mears, 12-5. 

Carolina went on a roll after the first set back as three of the next four wrestlers pinned their opponents.

John Staudenmayer (165) pinned Joe Brewster with less than 30 seconds remaining in the first period to up UNC's lead to 21-3.

Frank Abbondanza claimed a 4-2 decision against Troy Morisette at 174 pounds to clinch the match for the Tar Heels.

Alex Utley (184) and Antonio Giorgio (197) gave UNC 12 more points with a pair of pins as Utley downed Shea Nelson in 4:14 and Giorgio made quick work of Brandon Ballard with a pin in just 0:55.

J.J. Everard claimed a 7-3 decision over Jake Barnhart at heavyweight to provide the final 36-6.

Carolina kept the momentum going into the second dual of the day as the opening three weight classes gave the Tar Heels a 12-0 advantage over No. 14 Nebraska.

Kraisser registered a 12-1 major decision over Eric Coufal to give the Tar Heels an early 4-0 lead.

Joey Ward made it an 8-0 advantage with another major decision, a 14-4 win over Shawn Nagel. Henderson racked up a third straight major decision with a 10-1 win over Skylar Galloway at 141 pounds.

The Cornhuskers then send four ranked wrestlers to the mat in the next five bouts to gain control of the match. No. 13 Jake Sueflohn (149) registered an 8-3 decision over Christian Barber and No. 5 James Green (157) downed Chris Mears, 10-3, to make the team score 12-6.

John Staudenmayer dropped a narrow 6-4 decision to Austin Wilson at 165 pounds before No. 7 Robert Kokesh pinned Abbondanza at 174 pounds to put Nebraska in front 15-12.

No. 6 Josh Ihnen bested No. 19 Alex Utley at 184 pounds by a 10-4 margin before Casey Kolb sealed the match for the Huskers with a 4-2 decision over Antonio Giorgio.

In the final bout of the day Nebraska's Donny Longendyke posted a major decision over Jake Barnhart by a 9-1 margin to provide Nebraska with the 25-12 win.

Up next for the Tar Heels is a visit to State College, Pa. for the Nittany Lion Open on Sunday, Dec. 2.


UNC 36, SDSU 6
NU Coliseum, Lincoln, Neb.

Official Results
125 – Nathan Kraisser (UNC) by dec. over Aaron Pickrel (SDSU), 7-1 (UNC 3, SDSU 0)
133 – Joey Ward (UNC) by dec. over Brance Simms (SDSU), 2-1 (UNC 6, SDSU 0)
141 – Evan Henderson (UNC) by pin over Ben Gillette (SDSU), 2:18 (UNC 12, SDSU 0)
149 – Christian Barber (UNC) by dec. over Dustin Walraven (SDSU), 7-3 (UNC 15, SDSU 0)
157 – Cody Pack (SDSU) by dec. over Chris Mears (UNC), 12-5 (UNC 15, SDSU 3)
165 – John Staudenmayer (UNC) by pin over Joe Brewster (SDSU), 2:36 (UNC 21, SDSU 3)
174 – Frank Abbondanza (UNC) by dec. over Troy Morisette (SDSU), 4-2 (UNC 24, SDSU 3)
184 – Alex Utley (UNC) by pin over Shea Nolan (SDSU), 4:14 (UNC 30, SDSU 3)
197 – Antonio Giorgio (UNC) by pin over Brandon Ballard (SDSU) 0:55 (UNC 36, SDSU 3)
HWT – J.J. Everard (SDSU) by dec. over Jake Barnhart (UNC) 7-3 (UNC 36, SDSU 6)


NEB 25, UNC 12
NU Coliseum, Lincoln, Neb.
Attendance: 519

Official Results
125 – #16 Nathan Kraisser (UNC) by major dec. over Eric Coufal (NEB), 12-1 (UNC 4, NEB 0)
133 – Joey Ward (UNC) by major dec. over Shawn Nagel (NEB), 14-4 (UNC 8, NEB 0)
141 – #17 Evan Henderson (UNC) by major dec. over Skylar Galloway (NEB), 10-1 (UNC 12, NEB 0)
149 – #13 Jake Sueflohn (NEB) by dec. over Christian Barber (UNC), 8-3 (UNC 12, NEB 3)
157 – #5 James Green (NEB) by dec. over Chris Mears (UNC), 10-3 (UNC 12, NEB 6)
165 – Austin Wilson (NEB) by dec. over John Staudenmayer (UNC), 6-4 (UNC 12, NEB 9)
174 – #7 Robert Kokesh (NEB) by pin over Frank Abbondanza (UNC), 4:42 (NEB 15, UNC 12)
184 – #6 Josh Ihnen (NEB) by dec. over #19 Alex Utley (UNC), 10-4 (NEB 18, UNC 12)
197 – Caleb Kolb (NEB) by dec. over Antonio Giorgio (UNC), 4-2 (NEB 21, UNC 12)
HWT – Donny Longendyke (NEB) by major dec. over Jake Barnhart (UNC), 9-1 (NEB 25, UNC 12)

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