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A.C. Headlee Named ACC Wrestler Of The Week

North Carolina's A.C. Headlee has been named ACC Wrestler of the Week after his pivotal win over a top-10 opponent helped the No. 17 Tar Heels beat No. 19 Michigan. Wrestling his first dual meet at 157-pounds – up two weight classes from where he competed last season – Headlee turned back the Wolverines' 10th-ranked Will Lewan, 5-2. (

No. 17 UNC Wrestling Picks Up Big Road Win Against No. 19 Michigan

Clay Lautt's first-period pin and A.C. Headlee's win over No. 10 Will Lewan helped lead No. 17 North Carolina Wrestling to a 19-17 win at No. 19 Michigan. Jaime Hernandez stormed out of the gate to collect a 20-7 major decision over Austin Assad. Zach Sherman followed up Hernandez's standout performance with a 9-3 with over Ben Freeman. (

Two-Time Georgia State Champion Caden McCrary Commits To UNC Wrestling

and Tony Ramos are picking up steam on the recruiting trail, as two-time state champion wrestler Caden McCrary of Woodland High School (GA) committed to UNC. McCrary also reached the finals of NHSCA's as a freshman and a sophomore. Recently, McCrary was the second-highest placing underclassmen at Super 32 at 138 pounds. (Flo Wrestling)

UNC Wrestling Completes 2019 Wrestle-Offs

Team Navy picked up a 17-15 win over Team Carolina Blue as North Carolina Wrestling completed its 2019 wrestle offs in Carmichael Arena on Thursday night. The match was highlighted by a large group of incoming wrestlers hitting the mat for the Tar Heels, including freshman Timothy Decatur in his 125-pound win over Jeremiah Derby, a 7-6 decision. (

Eight Tar Heels Featured In Preseason Wrestling Rankings

Top-ranked Austin O'Connor leads eight Tar Heels in Trackwrestling's first rankings of the 2019-20 season. Redshirt juniors Devin Kane (No. 10 at 174 pounds) and Kennedy Monday (No. 12 at 165 pounds) both cracked the top 15. At 125 pounds, redshirt freshman Joey Melendez continues to be highlighted nationally, No. 24 in this batch of rankings. (

UNC wrestler Jeremiah Derby draws superheroes, then competes like one on the mat

When your father was an MMA fighter and boxer, life revolves around the wrestling mat and boxing ring. Jeremiah Derby, a UNC sophomore majoring in studio art, said his father, David Derby, started bringing him to wrestling practices and fights when he was 4 years old. Jeremiah is on UNC's wrestling team and boxes with the Carolina Boxing Club. (Daily Tar Heel)

No. 1 Austin O’Connor Leads Five Tar Heels in FloWrestling’s Preseason Rankings

Seeking to be UNC’s first NCAA wrestling champion since 1995, sophomore Austin O’Connor will begin this season as the No. 1 ranked wrestler at 149 pounds–according to FloWrestling’s preseason rankings. O’Connor, who went 34-6 and finished third at the NCAA championships as a freshman, is one of five Tar Heels listed in the preseason rankings. (

Coleman Scott named to women's freestyle wrestling World Team staff

of Chapel Hill, N.C. and Troy Steiner of Fresno, Calif. have been named volunteer coaches of the 2019 U.S. Women’s Freestyle World Team, which will compete at the World Wrestling Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, September 17-20. They will coach alongside USA Wrestling National Women’s Freestyle Coach Terry Steiner. (Team USA)

UNC's Albert Rechenmacher Is More Than A Wrestler

Today, Albert Rechenmacher is in the Carolina wrestling room training for the start of the season. This weekend, he'll be at UNC Hospitals delivering communion to patients who can't make it to Mass. Next week, he'll help out at UNC's Newman Center, work on his biomedical engineering degree, and continue to improve on his self-taught piano skills. (

Optimism and Expectations for UNC Wrestling

When walked into Carmichael Arena on Tuesday to kick off UNC Wrestling's preseason meeting, the energy was different. One look around the room demonstrated the buzz that was present. When the team gathered in one place for the first time this season, the talent and optimism for how special this group can be jumped off the walls. (
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