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Austin O'Connor ready for huge year at UNC

Austin O'Connor won four state titles and finished with an amazing 180-4 record over four seasons at St. Rita of Cascia (Illinois) Now in his fourth year at UNC, O’Connor is the nation's top-ranked wrestler at 149 pounds. However, with the coronavirus pushing the start of the season back, the First-Team All-American is just looking to get back on the mat. (Beverly Review)

No. 14 UNC Wrestling Begins Season With 45-0 Win Over Gardner-Webb

No. 14 North Carolina opened its wrestling season Sunday with a 45-0 home win over Gardner-Webb. Freshmen Julian Tagg and Gavin Kane won their first matches at UNC, while No. 1 Austin O'Connor began his season with a win via fall. UNC will host No. 8 Virginia Tech in Carmichael Arena on Friday, January 15 at 6:00 p.m. on the ACC Network. (GoHeels.com)

UNC's Season-Opening Wrestling Match vs. Campbell Postponed

North Carolina's season-opening wrestling match against Campbell scheduled for Friday, January 1 has been postponed because of COVID-related protocols within the Tar Heels' team. The teams will work to reschedule at a later date. (GoHeels.com)

No. 13 UNC Wrestling To Open Season Friday Against Campbell

No. 13 North Carolina kicks off its wrestling season Friday at 6:00 p.m. when the team hosts Campbell in Carmichael Arena (ACC Network Extra). The Tar Heels return to the mat for the first time since the ACC Championships last season, where the team notched three individual titles – Zach Sherman (141), Austin O'Connor (149) and Clay Lautt (174). (GoHeels.com)

Carolina Wrestling Q&A: Back On The Mat

Josh McClure, redshirt senior, 157 pounds: "Being back on the mat means another opportunity to achieve my goal of becoming an All-American. There were times over the last eight months where I thought that dream was over, so to be able to have another crack at it, while representing the best University in the world, is great. I'm excited to be back." (GoHeels.com)

UNC’s Austin O’Connor Ranked No. 1 in TrackWrestling Preseason Rankings

North Carolina redshirt junior Austin O’Connor was named the No. 1 wrestler in the country at 149 pounds by TrackWrestling on Monday, in the organization’s preseason rankings. O’Connor has been the top-ranked wrestler in each of the last two preseasons and was ranked No. 2 last season before the NCAA Wrestling Championships were canceled. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC Student-Athlete Graduation Success Rate Tops 90 Percent Again

The NCAA's Graduation Success Rates for student-athletes who entered the University of North Carolina in 2013-14 is 91 percent, UNC's second straight year above 90 percent. UNC's four-year GSR also climbed from 86 to 88 percent, which matched the NCAA average, and 26 of 28 varsity teams either improved or stayed the same from a year ago. (GoHeels.com)

With the season approaching, UNC wrestling is working to be a 'top-five' team

The North Carolina wrestling team is preparing to begin its season on Jan. 1, 2021, after coming off a season last year that was shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic. But the Tar Heels are happy to finally be back on the mat. Last year’s success has led to high expectations for the team as a whole this season. "We’re expecting to have multiple All-Americans." (Daily Tar Heel)

Gavin Kane Discusses Coming To UNC To Wrestle With His Brother

With UNC Wrestling's freshman class in Chapel Hill this season, the Tar Heels now have three sets of brothers on the team. Gavin Kane, whose brother, Devin, was a Round-of-12 wrestler for UNC in 2019, joins the team after winning four Georgia state titles. This week, he took time to discuss joining the Carolina culture, wrestling with his brother, and more. (GoHeels.com)

Quoting The Coaches: UNC Wrestling Back On The Mat

UNC Wrestling head coach : "It's a new year and a fresh start. Everyone is in the same position, and I feel confident that our guys did enough over summer and preseason to come into this year with a chance to do some special things. I believe in every single person in our room. We've built a culture where everyone relies on each other." (GoHeels.com)
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