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No. 13 UNC Wrestling Primed for Matchup With No. 10 NC State

If the No. 13 Tar Heels knock off the No. 10 Wolfpack, they'll clinch at least a share of the ACC dual meet wrestling title for the first time since 2002. And with just Duke left on the ACC slate after NC State, it's reasonable to believe UNC could win the ACC outright for the first time since 1999 and finish the ACC regular season undefeated for the first time since 1997. (GoHeels.com)

No. 15 UNC Wrestling Knocks Off No. 11 Virginia Tech

No. 15 North Carolina used some late-bout heroics from multiple wrestlers to secure an 18-14 victory over No. 11 Virginia Tech Friday night at Carmichael Arena (Highlights). Trailing 15-14 with two matches remaining, freshman Brandon Whitman and redshirt senior Cory Daniel gutted out wins to give the Tar Heels (11-5 3-0 ACC) their first victory over the Hokies since 2008. (GoHeels.com)

Freshman Austin O'Connor Named ACC Wrestler of the Week for Third Time

UNC freshman Austin O'Connor has been named the ACC Wrestler of the Week for February 5. The honor is the third of the season for O'Connor and the first since he was recognized in back-to-back weeks November 20-27. O'Connor upped his impressive season record to 25-3 with a pair of pins in the 17th-ranked Tar Heels' team wins over Bucknell and No. 13 Pitt. (GoHeels.com)

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. (GoHeels.com)

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. (GoHeels.com)

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. (GoHeels.com)

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. (Chapelboro.com)

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. (GoHeels.com)

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. (GoHeels.com)

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)
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