Facing the No. 9 Cornell Big Red on Saturday in Chapel Hill, the 13th-ranked UNC wrestling team struggled to overcome a superior opponent in a 29-5 loss.
The Tar Heels dropped nine of the 10 individual matches in the dual, with redshirt freshman Austin O’Connor–the nation’s No. 3 ranked wrestler at 149 pounds–picking up a 23-8 technical fault victory over Cornell’s Will Koll to represent all five of UNC’s team points.
Cornell moves its record this season to 13-2, while dropping UNC to 11-7.
A trip to Durham to take on Duke awaits the Tar Heels in their next match, this upcoming Friday at Duke (6 p.m.)–the final dual before the ACC Tournament.
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