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Safety Guidelines For UNC Winter Sports Through December

UNC is excited to welcome fans back for Winter sports events, including basketball, gymnastics, swimming & diving and wrestling. As with Fall events, safety of student-athletes, coaches and staff, and the UNC community remains a priority. Everyone attending events must comply with local protocols and the University's COVID-19 Community Standards. (GoHeels.com)

UNC Alum Ethan Ramos To Compete In 2021 World Wresting Championships

North Carolina wrestling alum Ethan Ramos will continue his wrestling career and compete at the 2021 World Wrestling Championships in Oslo, Norway. The championships run from Oct. 2-10. Ramos wrestled at UNC from 2013-18. He was a two-time ACC Champion at 174 pounds and a 2015 All-American to wrap up a decorated college career. (GoHeels.com)

Austin O'Connor among 25 most exciting wrestlers to watch in 2021-22 NCAA wrestling season

10. Austin O’Connor, UNC: As a redshirt sophomore, O'Connor ran through the ACC, winning all of his bouts with the exception of one loss to Big Ten Champion Pat Lugo. Everything was set for O'Connor to chase the podium again, but COVID wrecked those plans. O'Connor took that adversity and turned 2021 into his storybook year, going undefeated. (NCAA.com)

UNC Wrestling Opens at No. 16 In Preseason Poll

After an historic 2020-21 season that saw Austin O'Connor become the school’s first national champion since 1995, UNC wrestling is ranked No. 16 in the InterMat preseason poll released Thursday. O’Connor will compete in a different weight class for UNC in the 2021-22 season in his final year with the program, moving from 149 pounds to 157 pounds. (Chapelboro.com)

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)
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