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UNC Wrestler Marisol Nugent Earns All-America Honors At USMC Women's National Championship

North Carolina wrestler Marisol Nugent earned All-America honors in the U23 division at the 2023 USMC Women's National Championship this weekend. Nugent secured the recognition with a runner-up finish in the 62 KG division. Marisol cruised in the event's first two rounds, as the Boxford, Mass. product collected falls, at the 1:24 and 0:45 marks. (

Video: Austin O'Connor on overcoming injuries, two national titles, future with UNC Wrestling, MMA

North Carolina two-time NCAA wrestling champion Austin O'Connor recently joined Nick Kosko of On3 Sports to talk about his wrestling career at UNC, choosing the Tar Heels over other national powers, the mental toll of surgeries and wrestling on a torn ACL, his second national title, his future in MMA, and more. (View Video)

Austin O'Connor's second national title cements his place in UNC Wrestling history

Heading into his final season at UNC, Austin O’Connor felt disrespected. The sixth-year wrestler was fresh off a graduate season cut short by a "torn-up knee." Despite being forced to medically forfeit in the NCAA Tournament last year, the 157-pounder placed eighth. But on Saturday, March 18, O’Connor became a national champion for the second time. (Daily Tar Heel)

Austin O'Connor Named ACC Wrestler Of The Year

North Carolina wrestling 157-pounder and 2023 NCAA National Champion Austin O'Connor has been named ACC Co-Wrestler of the Year, the league announced Thursday. O'Connor shared the award with Pitt's 197-pounder Nino Bonaccorsi, as the tandem represented the ACC with undefeated national championships in their weight classes this season. (

Carolina Insider Podcast: Basketball Roster Updates, Football Analysts, National Champion Interviews

There has been a lot of movement with the UNC Basketball roster (6:30). UNC Football introduced its new analysts (21:28). Audio of our video interview with two-time wrestling national champion Austin O'Connor (31:51), and UNC Diving national champ joins for an awesome interview (40:41). (Listen To Podcast)

Video: Carolina Insider - Interview with Two-Time NCAA Wrestling Champ Austin O'Connor

North Carolina Wrestling's now two-time national champion Austin O'Connor joins and Adam Lucas in the studio to talk about his latest NCAA title, the shift from the 149 to 157 pound weight class, the emotions involved in wrestling, cutting weight, and much more. (View Video)

Austin O'Connor Named Finalist For Hodge Trophy

North Carolina Wrestling 157-pound national champion Austin O'Connor has been named a finalist for the 2023 WIN Magazine/Culture House Dan Hodge Trophy. On the season, O'Connor went 23-0 with seven major decisions, five falls, and four technical falls, on his way to being the ACC and NCAA Champion at 157-pounds. Fans can vote for O'Connor here. (

Video: Locked On Tar Heels - Stay or go? Armando Bacot; UNC women fall; 2nd natty for O'Connor

Host Isaac Schade gives five reasons should return to UNC for his final season and five reasons he should go. The women’s basketball team fell at Ohio St. on Monday, 71-69, in a gut-wrenching finish. Austin O'Connor won his second wrestling national championship, and women’s lacrosse took their first L of the season. (View Video)

Austin O'Connor calls second wrestling national title 'more special' than first for North Carolina

Austin O’Connor retooled in 2022-23 to go after his second national title for UNC Wrestling. It worked. O’Connor defeated Penn State’s Levi Haines in the 157-pound final 6-2 to cap off an undefeated senior season. He established himself as one of the greatest wrestlers in Tar Heels history. O’Connor finished his career 116-10 over five seasons. (

Austin O'Connor Wins Second NCAA Wrestling Title

Austin O'Connor returned to the top of the podium for the second time in his Tar Heel career, defeating No. 2 Levi Haines of Penn State, 6-2, to claim the 157-pound National Championship at the NCAA Wrestling Championships (Highlights). O'Connor brings home the gold for the second time in his legendary UNC career after winning the 149-title in 2021. (
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