RALEIGH, N.C. -- Twelve of Carolina's 21 wrestlers placed at the Wolfpack Open on Sunday, including three Tar Heels that claimed titles.
Two days after battling Arizona State in the home dual opener, three Tar Heels were able to claim titles on Sunday with freshman Nathan Kraisser winning at 125 pounds before sophomores Evan Henderson (141) and Alex Utley (184) following suit.
Freshman Nathan Kraisser claimed top honors on Sunday as he registered two decisions and a pair of pins en route to top honors. Kraisser opened with an 8-3 decision over Maryland's Billy Rappo before pinning Andy Pitts (VMI) and Jade Rauser (Utah Valley State) to reach the final. Chattanooga's Nick Soto was Kraisser's opponent in the final and the freshman came out on top with a 7-4 decision.
Junior Brian Bokoski placed fifth overall at 125 pounds with a 4-1 day on the mat. Bokoski opened with a dominant 26-8 tech fall over Gardner-Webb's Alex White before being bested by Rauser, 6-1. Bokoski posted a 6-2 decision and a 19-4 tech fall to reach the fifth place match where he claimed a 16-2 major decision over Cortez Starkes of Gardner-Webb.
Sophomore Jake Reinemund went 0-2 on the day with an 11-8 decision setback against Buddy Scarborough of Old Dominion and a 14-3 major decision against Danny Suite of West Virginia.
Joey Ward finished in fourth place at 133 pounds with a 3-2 record on the day. Ward claimed a narrow 6-5 decision against Campbell's Micahel Dahlstrom in the opening round before claiming a decision and an overtime contest. Appalachian State's Jake Smith knocked Ward to the third-place bout with a 4-3 decision where Ward would be disqualified to finish fourth.
Sophomore Evan Henderson turned in one of the most dominant performances of the day to claim the title at 141 pounds. Henderson was 5-0 on the day with two major decisions, a tech fall and a pin in the title bout. Henderson opened with a 22-7 tech fall over Avery Garner (Utah Valley State) before back-to-back major decisions. A 6-1 decision over Nathan Pennesi of West Virginia pushed Henderson into the final where he pinned Chattanooga's Dean Pavlou early in the second period at 3:27.
Freshman Joe Moon placed fourth at 141 with a 2-2 afternoon. Moon claimed narrow decisions over Ryan Mosley of Gardner-Webb (3-2) and Jordan Tolbert of Campbell (5-3). Pavlou got the better of Moon in the semfinal round with a 7-2 decision before falling to Pennesi by a 5-2 margin.
Nick Heilmann placed fifth for the Tar Heels by winning five straight bouts after dropping a 7-3 decision to open the day. Heilmann responded with a pin, a tech fall and back-to-back decisions to reach the fifth place bout. Heilmann majored Avery Garner, 15-5, to place fifth.
Freshman Cody Ross was 3-2 for the day with both defeats coming in overtime. Ross opened with a major decision before falling to Pavlou but responded with back-to-back decisions.
Redshirt freshman Christian Barber placed second at 149 pounds with a 4-1 day in Raleigh. Barber opened with a 19-5 major decision over NC State's Gabe LaVey before holding off Tywann Claxton of King's College with a 5-4 decision. A 12-4 major decision pushed Barber into the semifinal where he claimed a 7-5 decision against Tre Miller-Scott. Utah Valley State's Josh Wilson would hold Barber to one point in a 3-1 decision to give Barber second place.
Derek Golner dropped his first bout of the day but was able to post three straight wins with a pair of pins and a decision. Golner was downed by Claxton by a 4-2 margin to end his day.
Corey Mock placed third at 165 pounds for the Tar Heels with a 4-1 afternoon. Mock posted a first period pin in his opening bout before pinning Mark Darr of VMI. A 9-0 major decision pushed Mock into the semifinals where he dropped a 5-1 decision to Chattanooga's Josh Condon. Mock was able to bounce back with a 7-2 decision to finish in third.
John Staudenmayer turned in an identical 4-1 day as he claimed fifth place overall. Staudenmayer rolled to a 12-3 major decision in his first bout before dropping a 4-1 decision to Condon. Staudenmayer rebounded with a 17-1 tech fall and back-to-back decisions to place fifth.
Freshman Scott Marmoll was 2-2 on the day with a pin and a decision.
Sophomore Frank Abbondanza placed third as the lone UNC representative at 174 pounds. Abbondanza dominated in a 6-0 decision in his opening bout before advancing due to injury. Chattanooga's Levi Clemons would claim a 5-2 decision over Abbondanza in the semifinals before Abbondanza responded with an 8-1 decision in the third-place bout.
Sophomore Alex Utley was the third title winner of the day for the Tar Heels thanks to his 4-0 day. Utley allowed just two points en route to the championship bout. A 7-1 decision followed by a 10-1 major and a 2-0 decision put Utley in the final against Sam Law of Virginia Tech. Utley was able to pin Law in the second period to claim the title.
Antonio Giorgio finished fifth at 197 pounds with a 4-1 afternoon. Giorgio pinned David Prieto of Utah Valley in 1:05 before dropping a narrow 7-6 decision. Giorgio advanced to the fifth-place bout thanks to an injury and another pin in the opening period. Giorgio surrendered just one point to Jared Johnson of Chattanooga to claim a 7-1 decision.
Redshirt freshman Jake Barnhart was 0-2 on the day but both losses were one-point decisions.
Up next for the Tar Heels is a trip to Lincoln, Neb. for a pair of duals on Sunday, Nov. 18. Carolina will face South Dakota State at 10 a.m. before facing the host Nebraska at 12 noon.