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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." (

2004 Olympic silver medalist Jamill Kelly joins UNC Wrestling staff

North Carolina Wrestling coach announced Wednesday the addition of 2004 Olympic silver medalist Jamill Kelly to his staff as an assistant coach. Kelly is a two-time World Team member and a four-time U.S. National Team member. He comes to UNC from Arizona State. He previously coached at Stanford, NC State, Cal Poly, and Harvard. (

Sonny Santiago Discusses UNC Wrestling, Family In Q&A

UNC freshman wrestler Sonny Santiago discusses his decision to attend college in Chapel Hill and work under head coach . Santiago, a Downey, California native, won a state title at St. John Bosco High School and was a three-time Scholar Athlete of the Year Award winner. "I have never seen such a talented and driven coaching staff." (

Illinois wrestler Sincere Bailey wants to be an Olympian, feels UNC will offer best chance

Illinois 145 pound class 2A state champion Sincere Bailey knew exactly what he was looking for in a college wrestling program. He wanted to go somewhere with a coaching staff and teammates who will push him to become a national champion. Bailey, who committed earlier this month, decided that the University of North Carolina was that place. (Chicago Tribune)

UNC Student-Athlete Advisory Council creates voter registration initiative

Despite the uncertainty concerning many details of their upcoming sports seasons, UNC athletes are still finding a way to make their mark. This fall, an athlete-led voter initiative is working toward 100 percent voter registration among eligible athletes on UNC's 28 varsity sports teams. The project is organizing a voter registration drive. (Daily Tar Heel)

Q&A With UNC Wrestler Gino Esposito

Gino Esposito: "Being a student-athlete at UNC is an honor and a privilege. To be an elite athlete and top-notch student requires sacrifice, discipline, and toughness. You have to go the extra mile in everything you do. You have to pursue excellence at all times and take responsibility for your actions, knowing every decision you make shapes your character." (

UNC athletes had a Saturday march on Franklin Street

, the director of basketball operations for men’s basketball, said he learned of the march when texted the team’s group chat. May said he stayed off to the side, but wanted to show support with his presence. “I thought it was super powerful that that many young people get together at the spur of the moment for something that is bigger than them,” May said. (Charlotte Observer)

Olympic medalist Jamill Kelly to join UNC Wrestling’s coaching staff

Jamill Kelly will be joining the North Carolina Wrestling coaching staff as an assistant coach. Kelly, a 2004 Olympic silver medalist, will join four former Oklahoma State wrestlers on UNC’s staff: head coach , Tar Heel Wrestling Club coach Kenny Monday, assistant coach Gary Wayne Harding, and volunteer assistant Jordan Oliver. (Cowboys Ride For Free)

Tar Heels Ranked No. 10 in FloWrestling Preseason Dual Meet Rankings

FloWrestling released its annual preseason dual meet rankings on Wednesday, with UNC checking in at No. 10 to begin the upcoming 2020-21 season. The Tar Heels are led by redshirt junior Austin O’Connor, who has earned All-American honors at 149 pounds in each of his first two years in Chapel Hill, including a First Team selection this past season. (

Carolina Wrestling Q&A: What Makes A Great Teammate?

Time away from the mat has given UNC wrestlers an opportunity to recharge and reflect on their accomplishments from the past season. As the down time continues, we asked several members of the Carolina Wrestling program this question: What makes a great teammate? Hear from coaches and student-athletes on the aspects and value of a great teammate. (
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