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UNC Finishes Sixth In Nation In Final Directors Cup Standings

The national champion women's lacrosse squad was one of eight Tar Heel teams to finish in the top 10 in NCAA Championship play this season to propel North Carolina to a sixth-place finish in the 2021-22 Directors' Cup. This is UNC's 23rd top-10 performance in the 28-year history of the Cup, its fourth time in the top six in the last seven competitions. (

UNC Wrestling 2022-23 Lineup Preview

Entering the 2022-23 wrestling season, the Tar Heels return the bulk of their lineup. They only lose one full-time starter in NCAA finalist Kizhan Clarke. Joe Heilmann, who split time at 133 with Jaime Hernandez, transferred in the offseason. and company also bring in a solid recruiting class, ranked #11 by Matscouts and #16 by Intermat. (InterMat)

From grappler to groom: Big week ahead for former UNC wrestler Evan Henderson

Next week is shaping up to be the biggest of former UNC two-time All-American wrestler Evan Henderson’s life. Wednesday, he will wrestle Yianni Diakomihalis at Madison Square Garden to determine who will represent the United States at 65 kilograms in the freestyle world championships. Three days later, he’ll wed Carly Restano in Butler County. (The Tribune-Democrat)

UNC Wrestler Lachlan McNeil Makes Canadian National Team

UNC wrestler Lachlan McNeil was dominant at the Canadian Wrestling Trials as he earned the 65kg title Saturday at the University of Alberta Universiade Pavilion. He also earned the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the Tournament award and 2021-22 Canadian U20 Wrestler of the Year. With the championship win, Lachlan will compete for Team Canada. (

Seven Tar Heels To Compete At US Open Wrestling Championships

Seven Tar Heels are set to wrestle in the 2023 US Open Wrestling Championships in Las Vegas. Wrestling begins Friday for the Men's Freestyle tournament. In the U20 category, one current and two future Tar Heels will be competing. 2022 signee Cole Hunt and Spencer Moore will be competing at 57kg. 2022 signee Noah Pettigrew will compete at 97kg. (

UNC Fifth In Director's Cup Standings Following Conclusion Of Winter Sports

UNC has climbed to fifth place nationally in the Learfield Directors' Cup standings, which include winter sports results. The Directors' Cup awards points based on NCAA postseason success. Each school may accumulate points towards the Cup standings in 19 sports, four of which must be baseball, men's and women's basketball, and volleyball. (

Video: Locked On Tar Heels - UNC National Runner-Up Wrestler & Law Student Kizhan Clarke

UNC national runner-up wrestler Kizhan Clarke joins the show. Clarke transferred from American University this season and wrestled at 141 pounds. And he's also a law student at North Carolina. Hear about Clarke's unexpected run to the national championship match, his reasons for wanting to go into law, and more. (View Video)

Three Tar Heel Wrestlers Named To ACC All-Academic Team

Three Tar Heels have been named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Wrestling Team, the league announced Thursday. Joe Heilmann, Gavin Kane, and Austin O'Connor earned the honor, which accounts for both athletic and academic performance over the past year. Joe Heilmann is receiving All-ACC Academic honors for the fourth time. (

UNC Wrestling earns big commitment from New Jersey standout

It’s been a successful 24 hours for the North Carolina Athletics department. After the women’s basketball program hauled in a huge recruit, the Tar Heels' wrestling program followed it up with a major commitment of their own. Nick Fea, a 3-time state champion from Bergen Catholic in New Jersey, announced his commitment to the UNC wrestling program. (Keeping It Heel)

Kizhan Clarke Caps Off Stellar Wrestling Season With National Runner-Up Finish

North Carolina's Kizhan Clarke wrapped up the 2022 wrestling season with a national runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships, falling to No. 1-ranked Nick Lee of Penn State, 10-3. The Tar Heels placed 18th as a team while finishing with an 8-6 dual record and three All-Americans. It is the first time since 1995 UNC has had more than two All-Americans. (
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