Less than an hour after dropping off 4-year-old Joey Ward at his first tumbling class, Beth Ward is directed back into the gymnasium by an instructor.
The North Carolina wrestling team was one bout in to Saturday's match against Navy, and the Tar Heels were already facing what would be the largest deficit of the weekend.
North Carolina Wrestling overcame unexpected injuries, and even a punch in the face Friday night in their convincing win over Gardner-Webb.
While colleges across the country face scrutiny for their handling of sexual assault cases, UNC wrestling Coach C.D. Mock has caused a stir after posting his opinions about his son’s ongoing sexual assault investigation.
C.D. Mock hadn’t given it much thought.
Christian Barber knew he could turn things around.
It’s not often that a North Carolina wrestler who is being redshirted for the season steals the show on the first weekend of the season.
When Lauren Metzger ran cross country, she said the signs were always there.
This is what the entire season was all about. All the dual losses, all the individual tournaments. This is what it was all for. The NCAA Tournament. Several of North Carolina’s wrestlers have dreams of being national champions. None became a reality this weekend.
Following the North Carolina wrestling team’s triumph against Duke two weeks ago, coach C.D. Mock said he wasn’t sure his team could defeat No. 10 Pittsburgh “with a bazooka.”
When wrestling becomes too arduous, when the consequences of the present moment appear too grave, John Michael Staudenmayer tries to remember to forget.
In any sport, it’s important to set the tone early. In wrestling it’s no different. The first match can set the pace for how things will go. In North Carolina’s 24-12 win against Duke, John Michael Staudenmayer was the Tar Heels’ first man on the mat, and he had every intention of being the first winner.
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.
In a season marred by inconsistency, the North Carolina wrestling team has looked to junior Evan Henderson as its unwavering leader.
With less than a minute left in his match against N.C. State, North Carolina sophomore Nathan Kraisser had just gotten an escape to extend his lead to five points. With the match basically in hand, Kraisser could’ve coasted to victory, but UNC trailed N.C. State 16-6 in team points, and even though UNC eventually lost 19-16, coasting wouldn’t cut it.
Bonus points told the tale of the North Carolina wrestling team Friday night as the Tar Heels fell 19-16 to neighboring N.C. State at William Neal Reynolds Coliseum.
The problem with this team? Confidence.
The stress, the angst, the gnawing doubts — they all disappeared from Nathan Kraisser with one emphatic clap.
North Carolina’s associate wrestling coach Cary Kolat said the team had a specific mindset going into last weekend’s dual matches against Virginia Tech and Stanford — win.
There’s not much about wrestling that surprises Allen Henderson. He raised a pair of wrestling twins, including Evan, an All-American at North Carolina. When two combatants grapple on the mat, he knows what to look for and where to look for it.