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UNC Strength & Conditioning Announces Annual Awards For Olympic Sports

The UNC Strength and Conditioning staff has announced team awards for 2017-18. Honorees from each of UNC's Olympic sports teams have been selected based on performance during in-season and out-of-season programs. The top award for each team is the Iron Ram Award, which goes to the student-athlete with the best overall performance during the year. (

Ethan Ramos Wins Silver At Pan-Am Wrestling Championships

North Carolina senior Ethan Ramos won the silver medal at 79kg Saturday at the 2018 Pan-Am Championships in Lima, Peru. Representing Puerto Rico, Ramos pinned Peru's Marcos Quesada Martinez in 1:01 for a spot in the final. Ramos, a two-time ACC champion and 2015 All-American at UNC, fell to American Mark Hall 6-0 in the final. (

Video: RAMMYS 2018 - Finesse

Watch Tar Heel athletes from all UNC sports find their inner Bruno Mars in their rendition of his hit "Finesse" in a video shown during North Carolina's 2018 RAMMY Awards presented last week in Chapel Hill. Read More...

Navy SEAL Dream Drives UNC Wrestling's Thomas Singley

When he learned about Naval ROTC scholarships, "The stars aligned," said Thomas Singley, a senior on the North Carolina wresting team. Specifically, he hoped to become a Navy SEAL. He's worked toward that goal ever since. He'll begin his military career as a surface warfare officer after graduation and remains unwavering in his commitment to becoming a SEAL. (

O'Connor, Ramos Grab National Wrestling Titles At U.S. Open

North Carolina freshman Austin O'Connor won the UWW Junior Freestyle national title Saturday at the 2018 U.S. Open in Las Vegas. O'Connor, who redshirted in 2017-18, beat Penn State freshman Brady Berge 2-2 on criteria to claim the junior national championship at 70 kg. UNC volunteer assistant coach Tony Ramos was a senior national winner. (

Troy Heilmann Named Most Valuable Wrestler At Year-End Banquet

Senior All-American Troy Heilmann was named the 2018 T.J. Jaworsky Most Valuable Wrestler as the North Carolina wrestling team celebrated its 2017-18 season Sunday at the Chapel Hill Country Club. Heilmann's fourth-place finish at 149 pounds last month in Cleveland led the Tar Heels to their best NCAA Championships team finish since 1995. (

All-American wrestler Troy Heilmann never forgets his New Jersey roots

In 2009, Troy Heilmann decided he wanted to be an All-American. After nine years of chasing that dream, the North Carolina wrestler made it happen. In March, Heilmann advanced to the semifinals of the 149-pound weight class at the NCAA Wrestling Championships in Cleveland, Ohio. By virtue of his fourth-place finish, he secured an All-American honor. (Daily Tar Heel)

Heilmann, Ness Lead UNC Wrestling To Landmark Season

Troy Heilmann entered the 2018 NCAA Wrestling Championships in Cleveland looking to become UNC's first national champion since 1995. But placing fourth at 149 pounds, he proved influential in helping the Tar Heels to their best overall NCAA meet in nearly 25 years. The Tar Heels finished 20th, their highest finish since coming in eighth in 1995. (

Tar Heels Score Top-20 Finish At NCAA Wrestling Championships

A fourth-place finish by senior Troy Heilmann and a seventh-place finish by junior Chip Ness capped the most successful national tournament for North Carolina in nearly 25 years Saturday at the NCAA Wrestling Championships. The Tar Heels finished the competition with 27 team points, their most since 1996, and in 20th place, their highest finish since 1995. (

UNC's Heilmann, Ness Earn All-America Wrestling Honors Friday

Troy Heilmann and Chip Ness earned All-America honors to lead North Carolina on day two of the 2018 NCAA Wrestling Championships in Cleveland, Ohio. With Heilmann and Ness both still alive and guaranteed spots on the podium, Carolina has two All-Americans for the first time since 1995. The Tar Heels enter Saturday's final two sessions in 19th place overall. (

Troy Heilmann's Final Act

On the heels of an ACC championship at 149 pounds, Troy Heilmann's decision to continue his wrestling career looms large as he returns to nationals, which start Thursday in Cleveland. One of eight Tar Heels participating in the NCAA Championships, Heilmann is the No. 4 seed at 149 pounds. "If I get on that podium, I'll be excited. But I'm gunning for a national title." (

Eight Tar Heels Set For NCAA Wrestling Championships

The largest North Carolina wrestling contingent in nearly two decades is set to begin competition Thursday on day one of the 2018 NCAA Wrestling Championships. ACC champions Troy Heilmann and Ethan Ramos lead the way for coach Coleman Scott, who brings eight competitors to the national tournament, the most for UNC since the 1999 team had nine qualifiers. (

Heilmann Proves It On the Mat, UNC Olympic Sports Notes

When Troy Heilmann took the mat Saturday for the 149-pound title match at the ACC Wrestling Championships, he had already earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Wrestling Championships. But he still had more he wanted to prove. With a 3-1 decision over Virginia Tech's Ryan Blees, Heilmann did just that, claiming the title in his final match at Carmichael Arena. (

Heilmann, Ramos Lead Tar Heels At ACC Wrestling Championships

Troy Heilmann and Ethan Ramos won Atlantic Coast Conference titles in their final career matches at Carmichael Arena to lead North Carolina to a third-place finish at the 2018 ACC Wrestling Championships Saturday. Heilmann beat Virginia Tech's Ryan Blees to claim the 149-pound title, while Ramos topped Virginia Tech's Hunter Bolen to take gold at 174. (

Historic Weekend For Greg Duncan, Olympic Sports Notes

Competing in the ACC Championships for the first time, freshman Greg Duncan accomplished a feat no North Carolina male diver had achieved in 60 years. Duncan won the three-meter diving competition on Wednesday and the one-meter diving event on Thursday. In doing so, he became the first Tar Heel to sweep the springboard events since 1958. (

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