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Lachlan McNeil talks Austin O'Connor's leadership and trajectory as O'Connor starts MMA career

UNC Tar Heel Lachlan McNeil was able to share the UNC banner alongside Austin O’Connor for two years and saw how O’Connor was able to do just that, pulling in UNC Wrestling’s first National Championship since TJ Jaworsky’s final title in 1995. “He did a lot,” McNeil said. “Obviously, he led by example and that’s the biggest thing I could say." (

Tony Ramos Sees UFC Gold Potential In Austin O'Connor

Coming from a guy who goes way back with North Carolina’s most recent National champion and knows a thing or two about MMA, Assistant Coach Tony Ramos says O’Connor’s MMA debut is years in the making. The UNC Tar Heel had a reputation for being one of the toughest, most gritty wrestlers to ever take the mat. O’Connor’s grit is universally respected. (

UNC Strength & Conditioning Announces 2023-24 Honors

The UNC Strength and Conditioning staff has selected award winners for the 2023-24 school year, recognizing performance, effort, and improvement. The awards honor student-athletes from Olympic sports teams who excelled as part of strength & conditioning programming. Tar Heels were selected for Iron Ram, Most Improved and Newcomer awards. (

Eleven UNC Wrestlers To Compete In U23 Nationals And U20 World Team Trials This Weekend

Eleven UNC wrestlers continue the 2024 freestyle season, heading to Geneva, Ohio for the 2024 U23 Nationals and U20 World Team Trials this weekend. Ten Tar Heels will represent the Tar Heel Wrestling Club in the U23 division, with Spencer Moore (61 KG) wrestling in the U20 portion of the event. Action begins Saturday with the finals on Sunday. (

UNC Athletics Dominate Duke in the 2023-2024 Cycle

UNC either beat, tied, or split the series with Duke in the following: Field Hockey: UNC won 2-1. Volleyball: UNC won the series in five sets (3-2). Men’s Soccer: UNC won 2-1. Women’s Soccer: Tie. Football: UNC won 47-45 in double-overtime. Wrestling: UNC won 41-9. Men’s Basketball in Chapel Hill: UNC won 93-84. Men’s Basketball in Durham: UNC won 84-79. (Carolina HQ)

Two-time UNC wrestling national champion Austin O'Connor set for MMA debut

Two-time UNC wrestling national champion Austin O'Connor is set for his mixed martial arts debut a month from now. UFC Fight Pass announced a date for O’Connor to join the Fury FC promotion and get in the cage. He’s set to fight June 9th at Fury FC 91 against Camden Fontenot. O’Connor served as an assistant wrestling coach for Illinois this past season. (

Four Tar Heel Wrestlers Victorious At 2024 National Freestyle Duals

Four UNC wrestlers were victorious this past weekend in freestyle competition, at the 2024 National Freestyle Duals. Marco Tocci (57 KG), Derek Guanajuato (61 KG), Gavin Kane (86 KG), and Cade Lautt (92 KG) collected titles representing the Tar Heel Wrestling Club in the two-day event. Tocci rattled off four-straight victories to secure the 57 KG title. (

Tyler Eischens To Compete In Olympic Wrestling Trials This Weekend

UNC wrestling alum Tyler Eischens travels to Pennsylvania this weekend to take part in the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. The two-day event, which begins Friday on the Penn State campus, will determine the United States' Olympic wrestling team for the 2024 Summer Games in Paris. Eischens is competing at 77 kg (170 lbs.) in the Greco-Roman division. (

North Carolina Third In Learfield Directors' Cup Standings

UNC scored 361 points, the seventh most in the country among the winter sports, to bolster the Tar Heels' overall third-place performance in the updated LEARFIELD Directors' Cup standings, which were released Thursday by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. UNC has six top-10 finishes thus far in NCAA post-season play. (

Five UNC Wrestlers Land On All-ACC Academic Team

Five UNC wrestlers have been named to the 2023-24 All-ACC Wrestling Academic Team, the league announced Monday. Gavin Kane, Cade Lautt, Lachlan McNeil, Spencer Moore, and Jayden Scott earned recognition from the conference office for their efforts in the classroom. Monday's announcement is tied for the most in a single-season in program history. (
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