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Austin O'Connor Named ACC Wrestler Of The Year

National champion Austin O'Connor of North Carolina has been chosen the ACC Wrestler of the Year and heads up the sport’s 2021 season award winners announced on Wednesday. The second-seeded O’Connor’s 3-2 win over No. 1 seed Sammy Sasso of Ohio State in the 149-pound final on March 20 secured UNC’s first NCAA wrestling title since 1995. (The ACC)

UNC’s Austin O'Connor Wins 149-pound NCAA Wrestling Championship

As long as North Carolina Tar Heels wrestle, Austin O'Connor will be remembered. On Saturday, No. 2 ranked O'Connor (12-0) defeated No. 1 Sammy Sasso (13-0, Ohio State) 3-2 to win the 149-pound NCAA Championship. With the win, the redshirt junior becomes UNC's sixth National Champion and first since won the title in 1995. (Inside Carolina)

Austin O'Connor Wins 149-Pound NCAA Wrestling Title

No. 2 Austin O'Connor reached the summit of college wrestling when he beat No. 1 Sammy Sasso (Ohio State) 3-2 to win the 149-pound NCAA Championship in St. Louis on Saturday (Highlights). O'Connor becomes UNC's sixth national champion and first since won the title in 1995. With the win, O'Connor finishes the season 13-0. (GoHeels.com)

Austin O'Connor Earns NCAA Wrestling Finals Spot, Zach Sherman Becomes All-America

Austin O'Connor advanced to Saturday night's NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships final at 149 pounds, becoming the first Tar Heel to make the finals since 1996. At 141 pounds, Zach Sherman earned All-America honors, making it the fourth straight year that North Carolina has had multiple All-Americas. O'Connor's day started with a 5-2 win. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels Set For 2021 NCAA Wrestling Championship

UNC has eight wrestlers competing in the 2021 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships Thursday through Saturday in St. Louis, Missouri. Led by No. 2 Austin O'Connor at 149 pounds, the Tar Heels begin competition Thursday morning. The event will be broadcast across ESPN streaming platforms and networks throughout the weekend. (GoHeels.com)

Kennedy Monday Earns At-Large Bid To NCAAs, Tar Heels Will Take 8 Wrestlers To St. Louis

Kennedy Monday (165 pounds) has earned an at-large bid to the 2021 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. With Monday's addition to the field, North Carolina will send eight wrestlers to the tournament. The tournament takes place March 18-20 at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Mo. The NCAA will release brackets and seeds on Wednesday. (GoHeels.com)

Austin O'Connor Wins ACC Wrestling Title, Tar Heels Finish 3rd

For the second year in a row, Austin O'Connor won the ACC tournament title at 149 pounds (Highlights), leading North Carolina to a third-place finish at the 2021 ACC Wrestling Championship. Zach Sherman (141) and Clay Lautt (174) posted runner-up finishes for the Tar Heels at Reynolds Coliseum on Sunday. Devin Kane took third at 184 pounds. (GoHeels.com)

Joe Heilmann Named Co-ACC Wrestler Of The Week

Fresh off a 2-0 victory over Virginia’s Louie Hayes, the nation’s No. 7 ranked wrestler at 133 pounds, UNC sophomore Joe Heilmann was selected as ACC’s Co-Wrestler of the Week. The unranked Heilmann pulled off the upset win over Hayes on Saturday, as the No. 14 Tar Heels closed out their regular season with a 25-9 win over the No. 21 Cavaliers. (Chapelboro.com)

No. 14 UNC Wrestling Rolls No. 21 Virginia On Senior Night

No. 14 UNC Wrestling earned its third-straight victory Saturday against No. 21 Virginia, 25-9. Eight Tar Heel seniors were honored pre-match as part of North Carolina's senior night in Carmichael Arena. Sawyer Davidson, Andrew Gunning, Ethan Hoffman, Devin Kane, Nick Lirette, Will MacDonald, Josh McClure, and Kennedy Monday were each recognized. (GoHeels.com)

Nine UNC Wrestlers Listed In First NCAA Coaches Rankings

The NCAA released coaches' panel rankings on Thursday, the first rankings of the 2020-21 NCAA Wrestling season. The NCAA also released the number of automatic qualifying positions for each conference as it prepares for the 2021 NCAA Wrestling Championships. Nine Tar Heels are listed in the initial rankings, led by No. 2 Austin O'Connor at 149 pounds. (GoHeels.com)
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