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    Ten Years of: North Carolina Wrestling (2013-22)

    2021 NCAA champion Austin O'Connor (photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)

    Welcome to a new, regular feature for InterMat! Every day, for the next few months, we'll look into the recent history of a DI wrestling program with our "Ten Years of…" feature. Even if you're a die-hard supporter of a particular school, there will be good information you may have forgotten. For others, it's a quick way to learn about a program you may not be familiar with. We're going in alphabetical order for this one, so next up is...North Carolina!

    NCAA Qualifiers (63)

    2022


    #18 Joe Heilmann (133 lbs); #15 Kizhan Clarke (141); #32 Zach Sherman (149); #11 Austin O'Connor (157); #10 Clay Lautt (174 lbs); #14 Gavin Kane (184 lbs)


    2021

    #10 Zach Sherman (141 lbs); #2 Austin O'Connor (149 lbs); #29 Josh McClure (157 lbs); #22 Kennedy Monday (165 lbs); #16 Clay Lautt (174 lbs); #22 Devin Kane (184 lbs); #20 Max Shaw (197 lbs); #31 Andrew Gunning (285)

    2020

    #23 Jaime Hernandez (133 lbs); #11 Zach Sherman (141 lbs); #2 Austin O'Connor (149 lbs); #18 AC Headlee (157 lbs); #18 Kennedy Monday (165 lbs); #14 Clay Lautt (174 lbs); #30 Andrew Gunning (285 lbs)

    2019

    #18 Gary Wayne Harding (133 lbs); #21 AC Headlee (141 lbs); #6 Austin O'Connor (149 lbs); #24 Josh McClure (157 lbs); #33 Devin Kane (174 lbs); #15 Chip Ness (184 lbs); #29 Brandon Whitman (197 lbs); #21 Cory Daniel (285 lbs)


    2018

    Zach Sherman (133 lbs); AC Headlee (141 lbs); #4 Troy Heilmann (149 lbs); Kennedy Monday (157 lbs); #10 Ethan Ramos (174 lbs); Chip Ness (184 lbs); Daniel Chaid (197 lbs); Cory Daniel (285 lbs)


    2017

    #7 Joey Ward (141 lbs); Troy Heilmann (149 lbs); #8 Ethan Ramos (174 lbs); Daniel Chaid (197 lbs); Cory Daniel (285 lbs)


    2016

    #8 Joey Ward (141 lbs); #8 Evan Henderson (149 lbs); Robert Henderson (157 lbs); #11 John Staudenmayer (165 lbs); #4 Ethan Ramos (174 lbs); Alex Utley (184 lbs); Chip Ness (197 lbs)


    2015

    Troy Heilmann (133 lbs); #12 Joey Ward (141 lbs); Christian Barber (149 lbs); #15 Ethan Ramos (165 lbs); John Staudenmayer (174 lbs)

    2014

    Nathan Kraisser (125 lbs); #9 Evan Henderson (141 lbs); Christian Barber (149 lbs); John Staudenmayer (165 lbs)


    2013

    #7 Nathan Kraisser (125 lbs); Joey Ward (133 lbs); #5 Evan Henderson (141 lbs); John Staudenmayer (165 lbs); Alex Utley (184 lbs)


    NCAA Champions

    Austin O'Connor (149 - 2021)


    NCAA All-Americans

    2022: Kizhan Clarke (141 - 2nd); Austin O'Connor (157 - 8th); Clay Lautt (174 - 8th)

    2021: Zach Sherman (141 - 7th); Austin O'Connor (149 - 1st)

    2019: Austin O'Connor (149 - 3rd); Chip Ness (184 - 6th)

    2018: Troy Heilmann (149 - 4th); Chip Ness (184 - 7th)

    2016: Joey Ward (141 - 7th)

    2015: Ethan Ramos (165 - 6th)

    2014: Evan Henderson (141 - 4th)

    2013: Evan Henderson (141 - 6th)


    NWCA All-Americans

    Zach Sherman (141 - Second Team)

    Austin O'Connor (149 - First Team)

    Clay Lautt (174 - Honorable Mention)


    Round of 12 Finishers

    Clay Lautt (2021 - 174)

    Devin Kane (2019, 2021 - 174, 184)

    Kennedy Monday (2018 - 157)

    Daniel Chaid (2017 - 197)

    Nathan Kraisser (2013 - 125)

    John Staudenmayer (2013 - 165)


    ACC Champions

    2021: Austin O'Connor (149)

    2020: Zach Sherman (141); Austin O'Connor (149); Clay Lautt (174)

    2018: Troy Heilmann (149); Ethan Ramos (174)

    2016: Evan Henderson (149); Ethan Ramos (174)

    2014: Nathan Kraisser (125)

    2013: Evan Henderson (141)


    Dual Record

    2021-22: 8-6

    2021: 5-2

    2019-20: 14-3

    2018-19: 12-7

    2017-18: 9-11

    2016-17: 8-6

    2015-16: 13-5

    2014-15: 11-6

    2013-14: 7-12

    2012-13: 9-6


    ACC Tournament Placement

    2021-22: 4th

    2021: 3rd

    2019-20: 3rd

    2018-19: 3rd

    2017-18: 3rd

    2016-17: 5th

    2015-16: 3rd

    2014-15: 5th

    2013-14: 4th

    2012-13: 4th


    NCAA Tournament Team Placement

    2021-22: 18th (32 points)

    2021: 16th (36 points)

    2019-20: No Tournament

    2018-19: 19th (28.5 points)

    2017-18: 20th-tie (27 points)

    2016-17: 41st-tie (4.5 points)

    2015-16: 32-tie (10 points)

    2014-15: 24th-tie (18 points)

    2013-14: 25th-tie (15.5 points)

    2012-13: 22nd (21.5 points)


    Head Coaching History

    Coleman Scott (2015-Present)

    CD Mock (2002-2015)


    Best Lineup (Comprised of wrestlers from 2013-22)

    125 - Nathan Kraisser: 2x NCAA Qualifier (#7 seed), 2014 ACC Champion, 2017 NCAA All-American (8th) for Campbell

    133 - Troy Heilmann: 3x NCAA Qualifier (#4 seed), 2018 NCAA All-American (4th), 2018 ACC Champion

    141 - Kizhan Clarke: 2022 NCAA Qualifier (#15 seed), 2022 NCAA Runner-Up

    149 - Evan Henderson: 4x NCAA Qualifier (#5, #8, and #9 seeds), 2x NCAA All-American (4th, 6th), 2x ACC Champion

    157 - Austin O'Connor: 4x NCAA Qualifier (#2 x2, #6 and #11 seeds), 2021 NCAA Champion, 3x NCAA All-American (1st, 3rd, 8th), 2x ACC Champion

    165 - Ethan Ramos: 4x NCAA Qualifier (#4, #8, #10 and #15 seeds), 2015 NCAA All-American (6th), 2x ACC Champion

    174 - Clay Lautt: 3x NCAA Qualifier (#10, #14, and #16 seeds), 2022 NCAA All-American (8th), 2020 ACC Champion, 2020 NWCA Honorable Mention All-American

    184 - Chip Ness: 3x NCAA Qualifier (#15 seed), 2x NCAA All-American (6th, 7th)

    197 - Daniel Chaid: 2x NCAA Qualifier, 2017 ACC Runner-Up, 2017 NCAA Round of 12 finisher

    285 - Cory Daniel: 3x NCAA Qualifier (#21 seed), 2x ACC Runner-Up


    Recruiting

    Number of Big Boarder's Per Year


    2022: #41 Danny Nini (FL); #49 Jayden Scott (NY); #52 Cole Hunt (GA); #65 Noah Pettigrew (GA); #110 Nick Fea (NJ)

    2021: #18 Caden McCrary (GA); #64 Spencer Moore (KY); #165 Isaias Estrada (CO); #232 Sincere Bailey (IL)

    2020: #7 Lachlan McNeil (Can); #20 Julian Tagg (OH); #31 Cade Lautt (KS); #42 Gavin Kane (GA); #47 Sonny Santiago (CA)

    2019: #37 Gabe Tagg (OH)

    2018: #22 Brandon Whitman (MI); #38 Joey Melendez (IL); #46 Mason Phillips (WA); #61 Ryan Karoly (PA)

    2017: #12 Austin O'Connor (IL); #48 Zach Sherman (FL); #100 Jaime Hernandez (IL)

    2016: #64 Matt Rowland (IL); #147 Jake Gunning (PA)

    2015: #25 AC Headlee (PA); #128 Matt Rundell (IL)

    2014: #30 Chip Ness (GA); #57 Jack Clark (NJ)

    2013: #63 Ethan Ramos (NJ); Troy Heilmann (NJ); #124 Josh Lehner (OH)


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