MIDDLETOWN, CONN.--(2/26/12)--Freshman Nate Giorgio won the 125 pound weight class and sophomore Lucas Taylor placed second at 165 pounds as four Bears earned All-New England honors and Coast Guard finished seventh at the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Championships.
Host Wesleyan edged Springfield 126 to 125.5 to win the team championships while the Bears finished with 63.5 points.
Giorgio, ranked first at 125 pounds heading into the championship, easily beat defending champion Brandon Gauthier from Rhode Island College 10-1 to earn a trip to the NCAA Division III Championship at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse on March 9th and 10th.
Wrestlers that place in the top six earn All-New England honors.
Giorgio also beat Gauthier 4-1 in the winners' bracket final to earn a spot in the championship match. He rolled in the early round posting a pair of tech fall wins 16-0 and 15-0 before recording a pin in 3:47
At 165 pounds, sophomore Lucas Taylor earned All-New England honors for the second straight season as he was the runner up this year after finishing fourth at 165 pounds last season. He lost 10-1 in the final to Derrick Longo from Springfield.
Taylor started by recording a pin in just 45 seconds before winning a 14-2 major decision. He lost 8-6 to Longo fall to the losers' bracket where he won 12-5 and 10-1 and won by pin in 5:30 to earn a spot in the championship match.
Junior Colin Schuster, wrestling at 157 pounds, opened the tournament with a pin in 3:44 before falling into the losers' bracket with a 10-4 loss. Schuster then won 8-5 before a 2-0 loss to place fourth earning All-New England honors for the first time in his career.
Freshman Mike Giorgio, wrestling at 149 pounds, placed sixth to earn All-New England honors. He dropped his first match 3-2 before recording a pin in 1:42 followed by an 11-1 major decision. He was pinned in 3:56 before losing 13-3 in the fifth place match.
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