NEW LONDON, Conn.—Sophomore Nate Giorgio will look to become a two-time All-American this weekend at the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships at Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Last year, Giorgio placed fourth at 125 pounds and this season he is the highest returning finisher and is seeded second of the 16 wrestlers in the bracket.
Giorgio placed second last weekend at the NCAA Northeast Regional, with Giorgio placing second, the Bears earned a national ranking of 25th of the team's that had at least one wrester qualify for the NCAA Division III Championship.
This year Giorgio has a record of 23-6 overall. He was 16-4 at 133 pounds and 7-2 at 125 pounds. He placed second at both the Messiah Invitational and New Standard York Invitational at 133 pounds and placed second at the All-Academy Championships at 125 pounds this season.
NCAA DIVISION III -- 125 POUND PREVIEW
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Even though this is a weight without a clear cut favorite for most of the season, things still managed to get even more jumbled after the Regional tournaments. #1 Giorgio and #2 Bewak both went down but at least still managed to qualify. The top five in the rankings are all from the eastern half of the country, and #1 Gomez has wins over #2 Giorgio, #3 Frankel, #8 Camacho and #10 Ellis to go along with an undefeated record against DIII 125 lb. wrestlers this year. Giorgio is the highest returning finisher after a 4th place finish a year ago, but the fact that he only made 125 twice before the regional may leave questions about his effectiveness with a day two weigh in looming. The 6th, 7th, and 8th finishers from last year are also back. Gotto is a bit of a surprise as he took some tough losses this year and also seemed to have lost the starting spot at one point, yet here he is looking for another spot on the podium. Bewak, who was 7th last year, spent a chunk of the year at #1 before Giorgio dropped to the weight, and he could not regain the #1 spot after taking a Regional loss to Donaldson for the first time in five career matches against him. Frankel was the 8th place finisher a year ago, and he comes in at #3 after winning that same Regional with a dramatic win over Donaldson in the finals. Others to watch include #7 Preston, who has been much better in the second half than the first, the talented, if sometimes inconsistent Camacho, and #6 Ambrocio, who has not lost since December 16th.