Giorgio will look to continue his hot streak this weekend when Edinboro comes to town. Edinboro boasts the second-best 184-pound wrestler in the country, Chris Honeycutt. Giorgio lost to Edinboro’s stud earlier in the season by two points.
“It’s another one that I know that it is a very winnable match,” Giorgio said. “If I just wrestle my match and don’t let outside stuff affect the way I’m going to wrestle.”
Mock believes Giorgio has the ability to be one of the top wrestlers in the country and that Giorgio proved he has that potential last weekend.
UNC freshman phenom Corey Mock did not have the same success as his teammate did in Maryland, dropping both of his bouts to ranked opponents. Even though the back-to-back losses are uncharacteristic of the 157-pounder, Coach Mock does not consider them a setback.
“In wrestling, it doesn’t hurt you to lose to good kids,” C.D. Mock said. “It hurts you to lose to not-so-good kids and when you’ve got two guys that are ranked very high, that doesn’t hurt you at all, that’s not a setback.”
C.D. Mock even went so far as to say that the losses could be good for the freshman class by easing some of the pressure that comes with the national attention wrestlers get for winning.
Now the Tar Heels are setting their sights on N.C. State. When the Wolfpack comes to Carmichael Arena on Friday night, it will be bringing along Darrion Caldwell, the 2009 national champion and current No. 1 wrestler at 149 pounds. Caldwell is such a dominant force on the mat that he has pinned wrestlers ranked in the top 10 in less than 30 seconds on two separate occasions.
UNC senior Nick Stabile will wrestle Caldwell in the 149-pound bout Friday night in a match that Mock described as a great opportunity, but the coach doesn’t want any of his wrestlers getting distracted by outside factors this weekend.
“I’m not really that concerned about individual matches and wins and losses.” Mock said. “What we want the guys to do is to go out and compete. … If they do that everything else pretty much takes care of itself.”
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