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UNC Wrestling 2022-23 Season Preview

The Tar Heels capped off last wrestling season by bringing home a top-20 team finish for the fourth straight season and three All-Americans for the first time since 1995, highlighted by Kizhan Clarke's run to the NCAA finals. Coach 's first full recruiting class will be in their final year of eligibility this season and will challenge for an ACC title. (InterMat)

UNC Wrestling Announces 2022-23 Captains Ahead Of Friday Wrestle-Offs

The UNC wrestling team has named four captains for the 2022-23 season: Austin O'Connor, Clay Lautt, Gino Esposito, and Lachlan McNeil.. O'Connor, a graduate student from Lockport, Ill., was the 2021 NCAA champion at 149 pounds. Lautt returns at 174 pounds after a runner-up finish at the ACC Championships and All-America honors last season. (

North Carolina Wrestling Early Lineup Preview

Austin O'Connor is a returning national champion who could reach the summit again and that’s a solid place for the Tar Heels to start. Zack Sherman and Clay Lautt will factor heavily into UNC's success, and Lachlan McNeil’s ability to stay resilient through a demanding season will, too. Coach could have his best season with a top 15 finish. (Flo Wrestling)

Two Tar Heels Competing At World Wrestling Championships

The North Carolina wrestling program is represented by two Tar Heels at the United World Wrestling World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia from Sept 10-18. Lachlan McNeil (141), a redshirt freshman from Toronto will represent Wrestling Canada at 65kg starting Saturday. UNC wrestling alumnus, Ethan Ramos will represent Puerto Rico at 86kg. (

UNC Wrestling Announces 2022-23 Schedule

North Carolina's wrestling squad will defend its home territory six times during the 2022-23 season, hosting four preseason top-25 teams in Chapel Hill while facing two more top-25 teams on the road. UNC will face the No. 7 Michigan Wolverines in a dual meet at Boshamer Stadium, home of UNC's baseball team in a first-of-its-kind event in Chapel Hill. (

Squad of sixth-year wrestlers set to return for UNC, determined to win ACC title

In his first full recruiting cycle in 2015, UNC wrestling coach hauled in four top-100 recruits: Austin O’Connor, Jaime Hernandez, Zach Sherman, and Clay Lautt. With a combined eight All-American honors, four ACC individual titles and one NCAA championship, each of these four wrestlers decided to return for a sixth and final season at UNC. (Daily Tar Heel)

Austin O'Connor Ready to Get Back to Top of NCAA Podium

Austin O'Connor has opted to return for his sixth season at UNC and work toward winning a second NCAA wrestling title. At the same time, he has shifted from his original plan to be a three-time NCAA champ to settling for a shot at No. 2 and refocusing on his next chapter, which includes getting a master's degree and later taking a grad assistant role at UNC. (InterMat)

UNC Finishes Sixth In Nation In Final Directors Cup Standings

The national champion women's lacrosse squad was one of eight Tar Heel teams to finish in the top 10 in NCAA Championship play this season to propel North Carolina to a sixth-place finish in the 2021-22 Directors' Cup. This is UNC's 23rd top-10 performance in the 28-year history of the Cup, its fourth time in the top six in the last seven competitions. (

UNC Wrestling 2022-23 Lineup Preview

Entering the 2022-23 wrestling season, the Tar Heels return the bulk of their lineup. They only lose one full-time starter in NCAA finalist Kizhan Clarke. Joe Heilmann, who split time at 133 with Jaime Hernandez, transferred in the offseason. and company also bring in a solid recruiting class, ranked #11 by Matscouts and #16 by Intermat. (InterMat)

From grappler to groom: Big week ahead for former UNC wrestler Evan Henderson

Next week is shaping up to be the biggest of former UNC two-time All-American wrestler Evan Henderson’s life. Wednesday, he will wrestle Yianni Diakomihalis at Madison Square Garden to determine who will represent the United States at 65 kilograms in the freestyle world championships. Three days later, he’ll wed Carly Restano in Butler County. (The Tribune-Democrat)
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