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#6 NC State Wrestling Clobbers Rival #24 UNC 26-7


#6 NC State Wrestling Clobbers Rival #24 UNC 26-7

#6 NC State Wrestling Clobbers Rival #24 UNC 26-7

For those keeping score, NC State is now 10-3 against UNC in 2017-18.


RALEIGH, N.C. – In front of a record crowd at Reynolds Coliseum, the sixth-ranked NC State wrestling team won eight of the 10 individual bouts and defeated #24 North Carolina 26-7 Friday night.

After two bouts the Tar Heels held a 4-3 lead, but the Wolfpack roared back winning six straight matches to take a 23-4 lead heading into the last two bouts. The ACC dual featured seven matches of ranked vs. ranked wrestlers.

NC State improves to 14-1 on the season, and a perfect 4-0 in ACC action.

The win was the fifth in a row for NC State in the series, the most consecutive wins over the Tar Heels for the Pack since a streak of seven from 1980-84.

The dual started at 165 pounds, as R-Jr. Sam Melikian got the starting nod. After falling behind 2-0 to start the second, Melikian scored a takedown and then four-point near fall for a six point move that paved the way to a 10-4 win.

UNC answered with a major decision at 174 pounds and took a 4-3 lead after two bouts.

The Pack answered with its own major at 184 pounds, and #3 R-Sr. Pete Renda got the 8-0 shutout win over #18 Chip Ness. Renda scored a takedown in the first, and a ride out with a two-point near fall in the second in leading to the bonus point win.

#6 R-Sr. Michael Macchivello made it back-to-back wins over ranked foes, as his first period takedown was the lone on of the bout, and he defeated #16 Danny Chaid 3-2.

#22 Sr. Michael Boykin got his second straight start at heavyweight, and a fall in each of the first two periods and then two in the third led to a 10-3 win and gave the Wolfpack a 13-4 lead at the intermission.

At 125 pounds, #4 R-Jr. Sean Fausz made his home dual debut with a 16-2 major decision. Fausz controlled the bout the entire match, including a four-point near fall as time expired.

With a late takedown in the second period, and a strong third period on top, #19 Tariq Wilson scored a 4-1 win over #20 Zach Sherman at 133 pounds.

#2 Sr. Kevin Jack made it six in a row for the Pack, as a first period takedown led to a 4-2 win over #20 A.C. Headlee and gave the Pack a 23-4 lead with two bouts left.

UNC broke the Pack’s streak, as #7 Troy Heilmann scored a 5-1 win over #13 R-Sr. Beau Donahue at 149 pounds.

The Pack closed the dual with its eighth win of the night, as #3 R-Fr. Hayden Hidlay used a barrage of takedowns in the third period and scored a 12-6 win over #17 Kennedy Monday.

Up Next: The Pack will return to home action next weekend, hosting the final two duals of the season. Up first will be an ACC showdown with #9 Virginia Tech (7:30 p.m.) on Friday night, followed by a dual with #2 Ohio State on Sunday (4:30 p.m.).

#6 NC State 26, #24 North Carolina 7
165: Sam Melikian (NCSU) dec. Josh McClure; 10-4 – 3-0
174: #16 Ethan Ramos (UNC) major dec. #19 Daniel Bullard; 17-8 – 3-4
184: #3 Pete Renda (NCSU) major dec. #18 Chip Ness; 8-0 – 7-4
197: #6 Michael Macchiavello (NCSU) dec. #16 Danny Chaid; 3-2 – 10-4
285: #22 Michael Boykin (NCSU) dec. Andrew Gunning; 10-3 – 13-4
125: #4 Sean Fausz (NCSU) major dec. James Szymanski; 16-2 – 17-4
133: #19 Tariq Wilson (NCSU) dec. #20 Zach Sherman; 4-1 – 20-4
141: #2 Kevin Jack (NCSU) dec. #20 A.C. Headlee; 4-2 – 23-4
149: #7 Troy Heilmann (UNC) dec. #13 Beau Donahue; 5-1 – 23-7
157: #3 Hayden Hidlay (NCSU) dec. #17 Kennedy Monday; 12-6 – 26-7

Attendance: 2,147

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