The North Carolina wrestling team’s performance at the Hokie Open in Salem, Va., on Sunday, did not produce any first place finishes.
But coach C.D. Mock believes that there were a lot of positive takeaways from the tournament.
“I think it’s a really good start,” Mock said. “Our advice going in was that this is the beginning of the year, not the end. We’re not as worried about the result as we are about how get there.”
UNC sent 22 wrestlers to the fifth annual Hokie Open, an event that the Tar Heels have attended since its inception. Of the North Carolina wrestlers competing, 13 represented the Tar Heels, while nine wrestlers competed unattached.
At the Hokie Open, UNC faced a wide range of wrestling talent. Some of the competing schools, such as Indiana, Virginia Tech and Rutgers, will probably be ranked, Mock said.