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Columbus, Ohio — No. 4 Ohio State (3-0) won its first seven games and 8 of 10 overall to win at No. 17 North Carolina (1-2) 33-9 on Sunday at Carmichael Arena in Chapel Hill.
How it happened
165 | No.6 Carson Kharchla (OSU) def. Nicholas Fea (UNC) | D, 12-8
Fea started the game with an early takedown and followed that up with a 4-point fast fall for a 6-0 lead. Kharchla responded with a reversal to 6:2 UNC. It was 7-2 heading into the second before Kharchla added another reversal to bring it down to 7-4 UNC. A Fea escape followed by another Kharchla escape and a four-point near fall put Kharchla 10-8 up with two minutes to go. Kharchla earned a point after Fea was called up for delay and with a point for driving time, Kharchla won by decision, 12-8.
174 | No.6 Ethan Smith (OSU) def. No. 5 Ton Lautt (UNZ) | D, 2-0
In a match of the top 10 wrestlers, neither could score in the first period. There was still no result after the second as Smith didn’t allow Lautt to escape from the bottom position. Smith managed to escape to open the third for the game’s first result, 1-0. With a point for driving time, Smith secured a 2-0 win.
184 | No.4 Kaleb Romero (OSU) def. #13 Gavin Kane (UNC) | D, 5-4
Romero hit first with a takedown. Kane escaped followed by another Romero takedown for a 4-1 lead. Kane earned another escape to end the first win over the Buckeyes 4-2. Kane added another escape midway through the second to enter the third, with Romero leading 4-3. Romero added an escape of his own to start the third and with drive time won by decision 5-4. Kane scored a late point on a stall call against Romero.
197 | No. 15 Gavin Hoffman (OSU) def. Max Shaw (UNC) | D, 8-2
The first points went to Hoffman in a takedown for a 2-1 lead after a Shaw escape. Hoffman hit another takedown and added another two points for a near fall to lead 6-1 after three minutes. Shaw added a point with an escape in the second to go 6-2 with one period left in the game. Hoffman escaped and added a point for driving time to win by decision 8-2.
285 | #7 Tate Orndorff (OSU) def. Brandon Whitman (UNC) | Fall, 5:22
After a scoreless first goal, Orndorff escaped to start the second before a takedown made it 3-0. Buckeyes Orndorff secured the win with the pin for the win at 5:22. It was the second consecutive fall for Orndorff in doubles competitions.
125 | No. 11 Malik Heinselman (OSU) defeated. Jack Wagner (UNZ) | D, 3-1
Wagner initially scored with an escape at the start of the second period to take the lead 1-0. Heinselman countered with a run to tie it at 1-all to open the third. Heinselman scored the go-ahead takedown with less than 20 seconds left for the win by decision, 3-1.
133 | No. 13 Jesse Mendez (OSU) def. #17 Joey Melendez (UNC) | Fall, 4:32
Mendez hit first with a takedown and then a two-point fastfall for the 4-0 lead after the first. Mendez then won by falling in the second at 4:32.
141 | No. 25 Lachlan McNeil (UNC) def. Jordan Decatur (OSU) | D, 9-7
Decatur first scored with a double leg takedown for a 2-0 lead. McNeil escaped, but another double leg from Decatur made the Buckeyes 4-1. McNeil received a point for stalling and then escaped to make it 4-3 OSU. Another escape from McNeil to start the second followed by a takedown put it at 6-4 UNC. Decatur scored a reversal to tie it at 6-all before McNeil escaped to enter the third plus at 7-6. Decatur replayed the match at 7-all with an escape, but McNeil made the winning takedown by decision at the end of the period for the 9-7 win.
149 | #4 Sammy Sasso (OSU) def. Jayden Scott (UNZ) | Autumn, 1:39
Sasso built a quick 6-0 lead after a takedown and a four-point fast fall. Scott then escaped before Sasso received the pin for the win.
157 | Frank Bailey (UNC) defeated. #21 Paddy Gallagher (OSU) | MFF
165 | No.6 Carson Kharchla (OSU) def. Nicholas Fea (UNC) | D, 12-8 3 0
174 | No.6 Ethan Smith (OSU) def. No. 5 Ton Lautt (UNZ) | D, 2-0 6 0
184 | No.4 Kaleb Romero (OSU) def. #13 Gavin Kane (UNC) | D, 5-4 9 0
197 | No. 15 Gavin Hoffman (OSU) def. Max Shaw (UNC) | D, 8-2 12 0
285 | #7 Tate Orndorff (OSU) def. Brandon Whitman (UNC) | Autumn, 5:22 18 0
125 | No. 11 Malik Heinselman (OSU) vs. Jack Wagner (UNC) | D, 3-1 21 0
133 | No. 13 Jesse Mendez (OSU) def. Joey Melendez (UNC) | Autumn, 4:32 27 0
141 | No. 25 Lachlan McNeil (UNC) def. Jordan Decatur (OSU) | D, 9-7 27 3
149 | #4 Sammy Sasso (OSU) def. Jayden Scott (UNZ) | Autumn, 1:39 33 3
157 | No. 21 Paddy Gallagher (OSU) vs. Sincere Bailey (UNC) | FF33 9
Ohio State No. 4 will take a break from doubles competition to travel to Las Vegas on December 2-3 for the annual Cliff Keen Invitational. Ohio State came second in the 2021 event. The Buckeyes have won the event six times, with three second-place finishes.