The North Carolina wrestling team is a tournament team.
The Tar Heels have a decent number of individuals who can excel in individual tournaments, and coach C.D. Mock has no issue stating that.
But he also doesn’t have a problem saying the team is weak when it comes to dual meets — something that was evident in the team’s 1-2 performance at the Northeast Duals Saturday.
“We aren’t really a dual meet team and we won’t be all year,” Mock said. “We’ve got five solid guys, and we’ve got five other guys that aren’t quite solid yet.
“If two or three of those (solid) guys lose, the guys that aren’t solid have to overachieve and overperform.”
The Tar Heels lost to Central Michigan and Michigan State 18-16 and 22-19, respectively .
Though the Tar Heels snagged a 22-14 victory against Binghamton, less-than-stellar performances by usually reliable wrestlers like sophomore Nathan Kraisser prevented the team from taking home more wins.
Last season, Kraisser burst on to the scene, becoming the first Tar Heel to win ACC Freshman of the Year honors with a perfect record 5-0 record in duals against ACC competition .
But this season, Kraisser’s having trouble avoiding a sophomore slump.