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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. (

Gabriel Tagg Wins Bronze at Junior World Wrestling Championships

Gabriel Tagg won bronze at the Junior World Championships after defeating his opponent from Georgia, 15-4 in the bronze medal match Wednesday. Tagg began his match down 4-0, but used a takedown and turn sequence to work all the way back to a tech fall. His win marks the first wrestler to become a world medalist in the era at UNC. (

UNC Wrestler Gabriel Tagg Heads To Estonia To Compete In Junior Worlds

UNC freshman Gabriel Tagg will wrestle at the Junior World Championships this week, representing the United States at 61kg. Tagg earned the World Team spot in May with his best-of-three series win over fellow UNC standout Jaime Hernandez at the World Team Trials in Raleigh. UNC assistant Tony Ramos will travel with Tagg to coach him in the tournament. (

Postcard from Japan: UNC Wrestling Checks in From Gunma

Brandon Whitman here, a sophomore from Dundee, Michigan. We're a long way from the States here in Japan, but we're having a great time as a team, growing closer and enjoying the camaraderie. Yesterday, we went on a hike and reached the summit to see an amazing view of Mount Fuji. A group of us made it to the top and got some incredible pictures. (

UNC Wrestling Set For Visit To Japan

The UNC wrestling team will head to Tokyo, Japan, on Friday for a two-week summer training tour ahead of the 2019-20 preseason. The team and staff will be in Japan until August 14, training in and experiencing unique spots around the country. In addition to Tokyo, one of the team's destinations will be the prefecture of Gunma, famous for its hot springs. (

Blah Dahnweih Joins UNC Wrestling Freshman Class

North Carolina wrestling has added Illinois prep standout Blah Dahnweih to the 2019-20 freshman class, coach announced Tuesday. Dahnweih comes to Chapel Hill from DeKalb High School, where he went 48-1 his senior season. His lone loss came in the Class 3A state championship match after a third-place finish during his junior season. (
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