Tonight DI wrestling returns as the first "all-DI" dual meet of the season, features #15 North Carolina hosting in-state foe Campbell. Earlier this week, TOM spoke with Campbell head coach Scott Sentes as he prepared to make his head coaching debut. Sentes takes over a Camel program that experienced new heights in 2019-20 with five NWCA All-Americans (two first-teamers), a school-record five SoCon Champions, and an 11-2 dual record. Campbell has also been incredible on the recruiting trail and signed a class ranked tenth in the nation by TOM. With this being a "free year," there's a strong possibility that we see some of those freshmen compete right away, possibly tonight.
For all of the positives for Campbell, much of the same can be said for North Carolina. Entering his sixth season as head coach of the Tar Heels, Coleman Scott led UNC to a 19th place finish at the 2019 NCAA Championships, the best placement since 1995. The team heads into the 2021 season with a #15 national ranking and the top 149 lber in the land. His Tar Heels coaching staff has also been excellent recruiting and they finished third in the same recruiting rankings.
Here are the matchups we're expecting to see tonight as these two squads clash in Chapel Hill. There's a possibility that three bouts between ranked wrestlers occur and 11 ranked wrestlers could appear. TOM has also provided predictions for each of the ten matches.
125 - Zurich Storm (Campbell) vs. Julian Tagg (North Carolina)
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