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UNC Wrestling Announces Opponents For 2021-22 Season

The UNC wrestling program has announced its opponents for the 2021-22 season. Coming off of its highest finish at the NCAA Championship since 1995 where the Tar Heels placed 16th, UNC will host eight matches and make five road trips. Non-conference highlights include visits to Ohio State, Wisconsin, Rutgers, and Appalachian State. (GoHeels.com)

UNC Wrestling Adds All-American Transfer Kizhan Clarke

Kizhan Clarke, a 2020 NCAA qualifier at 149 pounds for American University, where he ranks 17th in program history in wins, is transferring to wrestle next season at UNC. With a career record of 79-33, Clarke was an NWCA All-America Honorable Mention after posting a 36-7 record in 2019-20. His 36 wins rank third all-time at AU for wins in a single season. (GoHeels.com)

UNC Wrestling National Champion Austin O’Connor Indicates Interest in Joining UFC

North Carolina fifth-year senior Austin O’Connor, who became the Tar Heels’ first NCAA champion in wrestling since 1995 this past March, posted on Instagram that he is interested in joining the UFC in the future. Standing alongside former UFC Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, O’Connor made his future plans clear. (Chapelboro.com)

Tar Heels Excel In NCAA Academic Progress Rates

North Carolina baseball and football set their highest single-year scores and a four-year best by Tar Heel wrestling highlight the University of North Carolina's most recent Academic Progress Rates for student-athletes. The NCAA uses the Academic Progress Rate to track the academic performance of scholarship students who compete on varsity teams. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels Third In Directors' Cup Standings Following Fall & Winter Sports

North Carolina is in third place in the 2020-21 Directors' Cup standings, which the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) released Thursday. UNC's fall and winter sports amassed 696.50 points, most in the Atlantic Coast Conference and third most among all schools behind Stanford (770.00) and Michigan (769.50). (GoHeels.com)

Former UNC National Champion Rob Koll Named Stanford Head Wrestling Coach

Former UNC national champion was named 31st head coach in Stanford wrestling history Saturday. Koll set the standard for excellence in Chapel Hill, winning a national title at 158 pounds in 1988. He finished his college career as the winningest wrestler in ACC history with a 150-20-1 record. He was the Tar Heels' first four-time All-American. (USA Wrestling)

NCAA Wrestling Champion Austin O'Connor To Move Up In Weight, Predicts "Stacked" Lineup For UNC

149-pound NCAA wrestling champion Austin O'Connor revealed his plans for next season and the possibility of another national champion transferring to UNC. "I'm definitely going up to 157. Last year I was cutting a good bit of weight every week. I think our team is going to be pretty stacked next year. We’re going to have a solid lineup all the way through." (247 Sports)

UNC Honors Top Ten Scholar-Athletes

UNC has announced the winners of this year's Top 10 Scholar-Athlete awards, recognizing seniors who have maintained the highest cumulative grade point averages while representing UNC as a member of a varsity team. The recognitions go to the top five men and top five women. This year's honorees carry a combined average GPA of 3.91. (GoHeels.com)

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)
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