LA CROSSE, Wis.--(3/10/12)--Freshman Nate Giorgio placed fourth at 125 pounds to earn All-America honors at the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships.
Giorgio needed just 45 seconds to pin his opponent, Daniel Mendoza from Lutheran, seeded fifth, in his opening match of the NCAA Championship before earning a 10-4 decision over fourth seeded Riki Reynolds from Mount Union, to earn a spot in the semifinals.
Giorgio, the 125 pound New England champion was not seeded in the tournament.
He lost 4-3 to top-seeded Nathan Fitzenreider from North Central (Ill.) to drop into the losers bracket and he then registered a 11-0 major decision to earn a spot in the third place match where he lost 1-0.
Giorgio becomes the first Coast Guard wrestler to earn All-America honors since Chris Fertig in 2001.
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