Whether they are winning or losing, streaks can shape the identity of a team. They can tell you how long a team has been able to dominate or consistently fall short.
On Tuesday, the North Carolina wrestling team was able to successfully continue a 10-match winning streak against a rival Duke squad and nip a recent six-match losing streak in the bud with a 24-12 trouncing of the Blue Devils.
Redshirt sophomore John Michael Staudenmayer set the tone for the Tar Heels (6-10, 1-4 ACC) in his dominant 14-3 win against Marcus Cain in the 165-pound bout. Staudenmayer was able to accumulate six points in the second period behind an escape, takedown and three-point near fall.
Staudenmayer said he and the rest of the team were starving for a win, especially in one that would sustain the winning streak against their crosstown rival.
“You have to keep the streak going,” Staudenmayer said. “Wins are what we want. We want to win, and we definitely don’t want to lose to a crosstown rival. But the streak is always in the back of your mind.”