Christian Barber, a NJ State Champion and Apex Wrestling Alumni, is off to a great start this season. The Redshirt-Junior is the starting 149lber for the UNC Tar Heels and has come through big for his team already this season. Last night, in a dual against in state rival Appalachian State, UNC found itself down in a hole early. That was before Barber took the mat against number 8 ranked Dylan Cottrell. 1-1 going into overtime Christian was able to put Cottrell on his back for the pin. Barbers upset pin helped elevate UNC in a tight 22-21 victory.
From the Daily Tar Heel:
The North Carolina wrestling team was trailing Appalachian State, but during overtime of his 149-pound match, No. 19 Barber pinned the Mountaineers’ No. 8 Dylan Cottrell to give the Tar Heels the momentum and help lead them to a 22-21 victory in Boone, N.C.
“Going into the match, we were really struggling,” said Barber, a redshirt junior. “I needed to get us headed in the right direction, and I knew with the guys behind me that my win could become a turning point in the dual.”
His victory did just that, with UNC’s heavyweight wrestlers picking up where Barber left off.
“It wasn’t looking good early when our lightweight guys had a tough time out there,” said senior Alex Utley. “Christian being able to win in overtime in an upset really energized us and fired up the heavyweight guys that were getting ready to wrestle.”
After the match, Coach C.D. Mock called Barber the MVP of the night.”