North Carolina wrestling coach C.D. Mock acknowledges that dual meets are not his team’s forte.
Despite defeating an undermatched South Dakota State team earlier this season, UNC has also suffered disappointing losses to Arizona State and Nebraska after jumping out to early leads in both duals.
So as the Tar Heels head into three meets this weekend against Clarion, Drexel and Michigan State, Mock said each of his pregame talks will convey one message — secure five wins and give up losses by no more than three points.
“We need five wins. And we need the other guys to not give up anything other than a regular, three-point loss — no majors, no techs, no pins,” Mock said. “Going into every dual meet for the remainder of the year, that will be our focus.”
The trip to Pennsylvania will be the second for the Tar Heels this season. At Penn State’s Nittany Lion Open in December, 197-pound redshirt sophomore Antonio Giorgio suffered a concussion, leaving a hole in UNC’s roster.