NEW LONDON, Conn.--(3/23/12)--All-American Nate Giorgio has been named The d3wrestle.com Freshman of the Year.
He was earlier named a first team All-Star and the Pilgrim League Wrestler of the Year after his outstanding freshman season.
Giorgio placed 4th in the NCAA Championships at 125 lbs. for the best finish of any freshman this year. He qualified for the tournament by winning the NEWA Championship where he was named Outstanding Wrestler and NEWA Rookie of the Year. He defeated 2011 All-American Brandon Gauthier of Rhode Island to win the NEWA title and defeated the 4th and 5th seeds at the NCAA tournament to reach the semifinals. He lost a close 4-3 decision to the eventual runner up before coming back through to the 3rd place match that he dropped 1-0.
For his efforts, he has been named the d3wrestle.com Freshman of the Year and a member of the ten person All-Rookie team, one wrestler at each weight class.
Giorgio finished the season 33-8 and was the first New England champion from Coast Guard since Chris Fertig did it three straight years (1999-2001) at 165 pounds.
March 23, 2012 Giorgio Named D3Wrestle.com Freshman of the Year
March 10, 2012 Giorgio Earns All America Honors
February 27, 2012 Giorgio Named Most Outstanding and Rookie of the Year
February 26, 2012 Giorgio Wins N.E. Championship to Lead Bears
February 11, 2012 Taylor Wins Three in Final Dual Meets of Season
February 10, 2012 Giorgio Brothers Lead Bears to Split
February 5, 2012 Bears Top DIII Team at All-Academy Championships
January 28, 2012 Bears Win One of Three at NEWA-Metro Duals
January 22, 2012 Nate Giorgio Wins Three More
January 18, 2012 Bears Drop Pair at Southern Maine
January 14, 2012 Bears Split; Get First Win of Season
January 11, 2012 Bears Blanked at Merchant Marine
December 7, 2011 Bears Drop Dual Meet Opener
December 3, 2011 Giorgio Wins 125 Weight Class at York
November 21, 2011 Giorgio Named Pilgrim Rookie of the Week
November 19, 2011 Giorgio Places 2nd at Springfield
November 14, 2011 Giorgio Named NEWA Rookie of the Week
November 12, 2011 Giorgio Wins 125 Class; Named Outstanding Lightweight
November 5, 2011 Six Bears Place at Messiah Invitational