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The 5 Most Impressive Dual Performances to Close Out 2017 December 18-31

01/02/2018, 3:15pm EST
By Michael Willis

5. #4 Missouri over #24 University of North Carolina 27-9

Missouri showed why they are one of the top teams in the country as they handled a red hot UNC who just recently broke into the rankings. Mizzou won 7 out of 10 bouts including #12 Grant Leeth pulling an upset over # 3 Troy Heilmann, 6-3. The Tar Heels didn’t go down without a fight however. Two of their three wins were upsets, unranked James Szymanski taking out #17 Barlow Mcghee 5-4 at 125, and #19 Danny Chaid knocking off #2 Willie Miklus 2-1 in sudden victory at 197.

4. #14 UNI over #24 University of North Carolina 17-16

UNI had their hands full fending off UNC, who was unranked at the time. The teams split the matches 5-5, with the difference being two bonus point wins coming at 141 where #7 Josh Alber earned a major decision over #20 AC Headlee and 174 where #7 Taylor Lujan majored Adis Radonic.

3. #12 Cornell 22-19 over #8 Minnesota

After being upset by North Dakota State in their first match of the South Beach Duals, Cornell came roaring back with a win over #8 Minnesota. There were big matches and upsets for each team, but the performance of the dual had to be at 141 pounds where true freshman #3 Yianni Diakomihalis upended returning All-American redshirt junior, #10 Tommy Thorn 18-4.

2. North Dakota State over #12 Cornell 20-16

NDSU has been on the verge of being ranked since the season began, and now they might have the win they need to finally catapult them into the top 25. The dual was a back and forth affair that came down to the final match of the night at heavyweight to decide the winner. Cornell bumped up their 197, Ben Honis, to face NDSU’s Daniel Stribal. Stribal put together a gutsy come from behind victory to secure the dual for the Bison.

1. #24 University of North Carolina over #8 Minnesota 25-16

UNC showed that they deserved their new found slot in the top 25 rankings as they knocked off #8 Minnesota at the South Beach Duals. The Tar Heels won six out of te matches, three of which were upsets against ranked wrestlers. At 133, unranked Zach Sherman bested #9 Mitch Mckee 5-2. At 141, #20 AC Headlee pinned returning All-American #10, Tommy Thorn. Finally, at 157, freshman, #19 Kennedy Monday, continued his trend of knocking off ranked foes as he took down #12 Jake Short, 3-2. UNC should see a boost in their team and individual rankings going forward. The Tar Heels have a lot of young talent that seems to be improving rapidly and could prove to be bracket busters come March.

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