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'Believe in ourselves': UNC wrestling aims for success amid uncertainty

Before the remainder of winter and spring competition was canceled by the NCAA due to the spread of COVID-19, the North Carolina wrestling team had built unprecedented momentum. Three Tar Heel wrestlers won individual ACC Championships, four more qualified for the NCAA Championships, and the team finished No. 7 in the NWCA Coaches’ Poll. (Daily Tar Heel)

Seventeen Tar Heel Teams Exceed National APR Average

Seventeen UNC varsity athletics teams exceeded the national average for the past four years in the NCAA's Academic Progress Rates and 13 squads posted perfect 1000s in 2018-19. The APRs released today include single-year scores for 2018-19 and four-year rates that reflect scores from the 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years. (

Cade Lautt Earns Excellence Award From National Wrestling Hall Of Fame

Incoming UNC freshman Cade Lautt was among the winners of the Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award, announced Thursday by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. The award recognizes the nation's most outstanding high school senior male wrestlers for their excellence in wrestling, scholastic achievement, citizenship, and community service. (

UNC Recognizes Top 10 Scholar-Athlete Award Winners

Ten UNC student-athletes have been honored as this year's Top 10 Scholar-Athletes, recognizing seniors who have maintained the highest cumulative grade point averages as a member of a varsity team. The Top 10 Scholar-Athletes generally are recognized at UNC's Academic Awards Luncheon, which was cancelled this year due to the Covid-19 shutdown. (

Video: Interview with UNC Wrestling Associate Head Coach Tony Ramos

UNC Wrestling Associate Head Coach Tony Ramos was instrumental in signing an incoming recruiting class that was ranked third in the nation about two weeks ago. He discusses the excitement surrounding that group along with a Tar Heel team that is returning nine wrestlers with past NCAA experience. That and much more in our Quarant-Interview. (The Open Mat)

Austin O'Connor Discusses 2019-20 Wrestling Season, Moving Forward

Last season, redshirt sophomore Austin O'Connor posted one of the best seasons in UNC Wrestling history, going 25-1 on his way to winning an ACC title at 149 pounds and was set to be the number two seed at the 2020 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. This week, Austin sat down to answer a few questions as the team awaits its return to Chapel Hill. (

Helping Heels Fund To Aid UNC Student-Athletes

UNC Athletics and The Rams Club are launching the Helping Heels Fund – a crowdfunding campaign that allows fans to provide financial assistance to UNC student-athletes facing hardships as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Gifts will directly assist student-athletes and their families with unique expenses as allowed by NCAA regulations. (

Clay Lautt Named NWCA Scholar All-American

UNC sophomore Clay Lautt has been named a 2019-20 National Wrestling Coaches Association Scholar All-American. Lautt is an economics and environmental studies double major. He won the 2020 ACC title at 174 pounds and went 13-3 in dual meets for the Tar Heels. Earlier this month, Lautt also was named to the All-ACC Academic Wrestling Team. (

UNC Honors ACC Top Six For Service Award Recipients

Each year, UNC Athletics selects six student-athletes or teams to receive ACC Top Six for Service Awards, recognizing outstanding community outreach. Honorees for 2019-20 are the UNC men's and women's soccer teams, the wrestling team, Brooke Bauer (swimming), Patrick Lyons (lacrosse), Elizabeth Mitchell (rowing), and (basketball). (

Clay Lautt Discusses Winning ACC Wrestling Title, Team Culture

Clay Lautt emerged as one of the anchors of UNC's lineup over the course of 2019-2020. He capped off his season with a 21-7 record and an ACC title at 174 pounds, putting his name in the record books for posting one of the best "breakthrough years" in recent memory. This week, we talked with Lautt about his season and the UNC Wrestling program. (
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