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No. 12 UNC Wrestling Upsets No. 3 Virginia Tech, 23-10

Led by No. 17 Kennedy Monday's technical fall win over No. 3 David McFadden, No. 12 North Carolina defeated No. 3 Virginia Tech, 23-10 Friday at Cassell Coliseum. Joey Melendez began the dual with a key upset win over No. 11 Joey Prata. Carolina picked up momentum again with wins in back-to-back bouts. Zach Sherman and Austin O'Connor. (

No. 12 UNC Wrestling Visits No. 3 Virginia Tech Friday To Begin ACC Competition

No. 12 North Carolina (8-1) will begin ACC competition Friday when it travels to No. 3 Virginia Tech (8-0) for a crucial conference clash. The dual is set for 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on the ACC Network. North Carolina is well-represented in this week's national rankings. Led by No. 2 Austin O'Connor at 149 pounds and No. 12 Zach Sherman at 141. (

UNC Assistant Wrestling Coach Jordan Oliver Wins Silver In Rome

UNC assistant wrestling coach Jordan Oliver took silver at the 2020 Matteo Pellicone at 65 kilograms for the U.S. Saturday in Italy. The tournament was the first 2020 rankings series ahead of the Olympic Trials, which will take place in State College, Pa. on April 4-5. Oliver outscored opponents 50-0 at the 2019 U.S. Senior Nationals this past December. (

UNC Football Player Noland Brown Joins Wrestling Program

UNC Wrestling has announced the addition of freshman to the 2019-20 wrestling roster. Brown is also a member of the Tar Heel football team and will be a part of both programs in 2020. Brown went 83-12 during his wrestling career at Swain County High School, winning a 1A state championship as a heavyweight his senior season. (

Austin O'Connor Named ACC Wrestler Of The Week

North Carolina sophomore Austin O’Connor has been named the ACC Wrestler of the Week after his quick pin at 149 pounds keyed the No. 17 Tar Heels’ team win over visiting No. 12 Princeton. The second-ranked O’Connor took down the Tigers’ No. 9 Mike D’Angelo in 1:14, and the Tar Heels went on to defeat the Tigers by a 25-11 score on Friday. (The ACC)

No. 17 UNC Wrestling Tops No. 12 Princeton, 25-11

No. 2 Austin O'Connor's first-period pin helped No. 17 North Carolina defeat No. 12 Princeton, 25-11 at Carmichael Arena Friday (Highlights). Clay Lautt boosted his dual-meet record to 8-0 with a win over Kevin Parker at 174 pounds. UNC improves to 8-1 and has a week off before wrestling No. 4 Virginia Tech on Friday, January 24 in Blacksburg. (

No. 17 UNC Wrestling To Face No. 12 Princeton On Friday

No. 17 North Carolina hosts No. 12 Princeton Friday at 7 p.m. in Carmichael Arena. The match will be streamed on ACC Network Extra. Four Tar Heels are ranked in this week's Intermat rankings. No. 2 Austin O'Connor leads the way at 149 pounds, with No. 14 Zach Sherman (141), No. 17 Kennedy Monday (165) and No. 20 A.C. Headlee (157) also ranked. (

No. 17 UNC Wrestling Goes 3-0 At Army Duals On Saturday

No. 17 North Carolina won all three matches in Saturday's Army Duals, defeating No. 21 Army, Wyoming, and American. No. 15 Zach Sherman and No. 17 Kennedy Monday won all three matches, while No. 2 Austin O'Connor, A.C. Headlee, Clay Lautt and Joey Mazzara knocked off top-15 opponents. UNC faces No. 12 Princeton on Friday in Chapel Hill. (

UNC Wrestlers Finish Midlands With Top-10 Team Finish

Austin O'Connor was the runner-up at 149 pounds and Zach Sherman took third at 141 pounds as the Tar Heels wrapped up a 10th place team finish at the Midlands Championships. Kennedy Monday took home a seventh-place finish at 165 pounds. O'Connor defeated Iowa's Vincent Turk, 3-1, courtesy of a takedown at the edge in sudden victory. (

UNC Assistant Wrestling Coach Jordan Oliver Dominates at Senior Nationals

UNC assistant wrestling coach Jordan Oliver (bio) made a statement at Senior Nationals and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler. The 29-year-old Oliver dominated a deep and talented 65-kilogram field in freestyle over the weekend. He outscored his five opponents 50-0, capped off by a 10-0 win over Joey McKenna in Sunday's finals. (InterMat)
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