Nov. 18, 2006
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina junior Keegan Mueller, a transfer from Ohio State, led the host Tar Heels with a 3-0 individual record in the inaugural ACC/Big Ten Clash Saturday at Carmichael Auditorium. The Big Ten's No. 10 Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin were a combined 9-0 on the day against Carolina, NC State and Virginia of the ACC to claim the first-ever ACC/Big Ten Clash Cup.
The Tar Heels (0-3) opened the day with a 33-3 loss to Purdue and followed with a 30-9 setback against Northwestern. Carolina dropped a 35-9 decision to Wisconsin to close the event.
Mueller, now 8-1 on the season at 165 pounds, posted three of the Tar Heels' six individual wins on the afternoon. He scored a 5-2 victory over Purdue's Justin Fraga for Carolina's lone points against the Boilermakers, and followed that up with an 8-2 decision over Northwestern's Greg Hagel. Mueller finished off his unbeaten effort with a 10-3 decision against Jake Donar of Wisconsin, who is ranked No. 17 nationally by InterMat.
Junior 125-pounder Drew Forshey picked up two victories on the day, including a 4-3 decision over 17th-ranked Collin Cudd of Wisconsin. Following an opening loss against Purdue's Brandon Tucker, Forshey came back to post a 6-4 decision over Northwestern's Brandon Pecin before his dramatic win over Cudd on a late takedown. Forshey is now 4-3 on the young season.
The Tar Heels other wins on the day came from redshirt freshman Ben Fiacco, who posted an 8-4 decision over Northwestern's Dominic Marella, and heavyweight Dan Goetter, a 5-3 winner of Wisconsin's Jordan Hein in Carolina's final bout of the night.
The Tar Heels are back in action at the Dec. 3 Nittany Lion Open at University Park, Pa.
Keegan Mueller went 3-0 at 165 to lead Carolina at the ACC/Big Ten Clash.