After enduring several disappointing seasons, North Carolina wrestling coach C.D. Mock is confident that the new crop of Tar Heel wrestlers will help the team to bounce back from a 6-14 record last season.
The Tar Heels (1-2) will participate in three dual meets this weekend when the team travels to Pennsylvania to take on Michigan State, Clarion and Drexel.
UNC has just three juniors and no seniors on its 26-man roster, but Mock said the Tar Heels’ youth will be helpful in revitalizing the program.
“It’s great to have experience and maturity and leadership when that is coming from a successful background,” Mock said. “We haven’t been successful. We’ve had a rough couple of years.”
Leading the charge is sophomore Evan Henderson, who is ranked sixth in the NCAA at 141 pounds. Henderson placed sixth at the Midlands Championships in Evanston, Ill., against some of the nation’s top wrestlers and won his class at the Wolfpack Open in Raleigh on Nov. 11.