CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Doug Schwab wants his University of Northern Iowa wrestling team to win every dual meet and every match.
He also realizes that forward progress means as much right now to his young "Panther Train" as results in the record book.
UNI's 21st-ranked squad won four matches and had at least three others within reach during a 23-12 loss at No. 16 Wisconsin Sunday.
Schwab saw a few things he liked but also a couple of areas his 3-2 team needs to address before it returns to action Jan. 1-2 at the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
"We've got to be able to keep our composure a little bit and not panic in certain situations," Schwab noted Monday during UNI's weekly coaches' luncheon. "Some of that's just growing as competitors and getting out there a little bit more. We've got to believe in ourselves and our abilities and be prepared a little bit more.
"Getting off bottom is definitely always going to rear its head, especially a young team with just kind of the way college wrestling is right now, you've got to be able to get off the bottom. I can tell you from my own experience being a freshman in college wrestling I got ridden a lot my freshman year. I lost a lot of matches because I couldn't get off the bottom, and some of our guys are going through that right now.
"Give Wisconsin credit. They're a young, pretty seasoned team. They rode the dog out of us."
Overall, Schwab said the first stretch of the season has been a success.
"We're very well aware of what we need to work on and how we need to move forward," he said. "I believe in our guys, and we certainly made a lot of progress in this first half."
This article is written by Doug Newhoff from Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, Iowa and was legally licensed via the Tribune Content Agency through the NewsCred publisher network.