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Cory Daniel's Sudden Victory Lifts No. 17 UNC Wrestling Past No. 13 Pitt

Cory Daniel's dramatic overtime win and No. 4 Austin O'Connor's pin helped lead No. 17 North Carolina to a 19-16 victory over No. 13 Pittsburgh Saturday. Joe Heilmann started the afternoon strong with his second win in as many days. The freshman came out firing against Pittsburgh's Brandon Fenton and began cutting for a major decision in the second period. (

No. 17 UNC Wrestling Thumps Bucknell, 31-6

Josh McClure's upset of No. 10 Zach Hartman and No. 4 Austin O'Connor's second-period pin helped No. 17 North Carolina beat Bucknell, 31-6, Friday at Sojka Pavilion. O'Connor's performance sparked UNC's momentum, but McClure's upset of No. 10 Zach Hartman was the highlight of the night. UNC hits the mat again Saturday against No. 12 Pittsburgh at 2 p.m. (

No. 17 UNC Wrestling Tops No. 25 Virginia

Chip Ness won his 11th straight home match and redshirt freshman Jaime Hernandez picked up his second major decision of the year to help No. 17 North Carolina beat No. 25 Virginia, 22-13, Saturday at Carmichael Arena. After Virginia's No. 5 Jack Mueller won via major decision against Joe Heilmann, the Tar Heels responded with three straight majors to take command. (

Seven UNC Wrestlers Among Initial NCAA Rankings

The first edition of this year’s NCAA wrestling coaches’ panel rankings were released Thursday with seven Tar Heels earning a spot on the list for their weight classes. Redshirt freshman Austin O’Connor led the way by claiming the No. 4 spot at 149 pounds. So far this season, O’Connor has posted a 22-3 record and all three losses have been to wrestlers ranked in the top six. (

No. 15 UNC Wrestling Wins Two At Cowboy Shootout

No. 15 North Carolina picked up wins against American and Army West Point in Friday's Cowboy Shootout at the University of Wyoming's Arena-Auditorium. No. 5 Austin O'Connor, No. 11 Chip Ness, and Josh McClure all won three times, while Chasen Blair picked up his first career pin and first win over a ranked opponent. UNC takes the mat next at Princeton on Friday. (

No. 12 UNC Wrestling Grabs Two Top-25 Wins Sunday

No. 12 North Carolina wrestling leaned on Austin O'Connor's two key wins and a late overtime decision from Cory Daniel to pick up team victories against both No. 20 Lehigh and No. 21 North Dakota State on Sunday to wrap up the 2018 South Beach Duals. UNC will continue its road trip this week and travel west to Laramie, Wyoming, to compete in the Cowboy Shootout. (

UNC's Chip Ness Named ACC Wrestler of the Week

The ACC has recognized North Carolina’s Chip Ness and NC State’s Nick Reenan as the ACC Co-Wrestlers of the Week for December 18 after a strong showing by each in matchups of elite wrestlers in the 184-pound weight class. Ness, entering the match ranked 13th nationally among 184-pounders, posted a 6-4 win over third-ranked Taylor Venz of Nebraska on Saturday. (The ACC)

A Special Kind Of Care For Former UNC Wrestler Taylor Day

Taylor Day isn't the first wrestler whose career ended because of an injury during Scott's time as UNC's coach. And as he's done with others, Scott met with Day to discuss how he could stay involved with the team. That conversation helped lead to Day becoming the Tar Heels' manager, a role he held last season and has maintained this year. But he's regarded as much more. (

UNC Wrestling Moves Up Two Spots to No. 12 in Newest Rankings

The North Carolina wrestling team moved up two spots to No. 12 in the newest National Wrestling Coaches Association Top 25, which was released Tuesday. So far this season, the Tar Heels are 3-0 in duals competition and are coming off of an 11th place finish at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational–a tournament which includes many of the nation’s top teams. (

No. 15 UNC Wrestling Beats App State, 28-7

Freshman Joe Heilmann's first dual win as a Tar Heel helped lead No. 15 North Carolina to a 28-7 win over Appalachian State. The win gives UNC a 3-0 record to start the year for the first time since the 2005-06 season. "This was a team win. It's one you love to see," coach said. The Tar Heels will head to Las Vegas this weekend for the Cliff Keen Invitational. (

Austin O'Connor Earns ACC Wrestler Of The Week Honors

The ACC has recognized North Carolina's Austin O'Connor (149 pounds) as the ACC Wrestler of the Week for November 20. O'Connor defeated No. 11 Josh Maruca 3-2 to give UNC its first lead of the dual as the Tar Heels knocked off No. 8 Arizona State last Saturday afternoon in Tempe. O'Connor improved to 6-1 on the year with the victory and 2-0 in dual action. (

Bonus Points Lift No. 24 UNC Wrestling Past No. 8 Arizona State

Devin Kane's pin and Jaime Hernandez's first win as a Tar Heel helped lead No. 24 North Carolina to 20-15 win over No. 8 Arizona State Saturday in Tempe, Arizona. The Sun Devils started the day with two straight wins, but Hernandez's first dual match as a Tar Heel proved to be vital. The 141-pounder was able to pick up six points in the final period for a 12-4 major decision. (
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