Austin O' Connor's national championship for UNC and NC State's most ever All-Americans were just two of many outstanding accomplishments by North Carolina schools at this year's NCAA Division 1 Championships.
O' Connor became the first national champion at UNC under head coach Coleman Scott and the first in twenty five years. He was joined as an All-American by his teammate Zach Sherman, marking the fourth straight year that UNC had multiple All-Americans.
Trent Hidlay battled his way to the finals only to drop a close 3-2 decision to Penn State's Aaron Brooks, while his brother Hayden etched his name in the record books as NC State’s first-ever four-time All-American. The brothers lead a record tying perofrmance for the Wolfpack, including a third place finish by Tariq Wilson. Read a FULL RECAP HERE.
Appalachian State's Jonathan Milner became the Mountaineers eighth All-American in school history, leading a record number seven fellow mountaineers at the Championships. FULL RECAP HERE
Campbell also added a record seven qualifers this year, paced by junior Austin Murphy's top 12 finish and five other wrestlers who battled into day two of the tournament. FULL RECAP HERE
Duke junior Josh Finesilver also finished one match away from All-American status, falling to Millner of Appalachian State in the blood round. FULL RECAP HERE
Overall, both the ACC and Southern Conference had great showings at this years tournament, with record numbers of qualifiers and some of the best individual performances in memory. Hats off to ALL the athletes, coaches, and fans who helped make this a season to remember!