Behind the scenes with UNC Wrestling at Southeastern Open

2019 November 03: Ethan Hoffman of the North Carolina Tar Heels wrestling team at the 2019 Southeast Open Wrestling Tournament in Roanoke, Virginia.

I had the unexpected opportunity to travel with the North Carolina Tar Heels wrestling team to the 2019 Southeast Open Wrestling Tournament in Roanoke, Virginia this weekend. My original plan was to only do action photos and not any behind-the-scenes photos. This was mostly owing to me having not worked with this team before and only knowing two of the wrestlers personally. Covering a team behind the scenes takes a bit of trust and time. I ended up being in a better place than I thought, thanks in large part to how welcoming the team was, from the coaches to the athletes.

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My first ever Inside Lacrosse cover with Ben Hunt pictured. Amazing sense of pride getting this in the mail and seeing it after all the hard work that went into it. 

Took this and other photos during a staged shoot in January 2009. I probably made Ben run up and down the field a 100 times before we got just the right photo for the cover.