Before the remainder of winter and spring competition was canceled by the NCAA due to the spread of COVID-19, the North Carolina wrestling team had built unprecedented momentum.
Three wrestlers won individual ACC Championships, four more qualified for the NCAA Championships and the team finished No. 7 in the NWCA Coaches’ Poll. However, the novel coronavirus meant the cancellation of the 2020 NCAA Championships and a premature end to one of UNC's best seasons in recent memory.
Despite the untimely ending to the 2019-20 season, the team said this break has given them an opportunity to relax and center their minds on one goal: continuing success the next time they hit the mats.
“We’ve been working out a lot, but not too much wrestling stuff, kind of been staying away,” redshirt junior Zach Sherman said. “Just because the season was such a grind, this is a time to heal and work on strength, eating healthy and trying to get bigger. The season just finished, and we get a little relaxing time so I’m ready to go when it’s time to grind again for next season."
This past season was Sherman’s best at Carolina. Wrestling at 141 pounds, he posted a 27-5 record, en route to winning the 2020 ACC Championship and qualifying for the NCAA Championships. Now back home in Florida, Sherman said the team doesn’t know what to expect regarding cancellations or delays to the season, but they'll be prepared when their names are called.