As 2015 winds down, we will take a look back at the Top Ten moments of the calendar year. We will announce one a day for ten business days with the top moment being announced tomorrow.
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TOP MOMENT #2 – GIORGIO AND BRINDAMOUR EARN ALL-AMERICA HONORS
Seniors Nate Giorgio and Christian Brindamour closed out their outstanding careers by earning All-America honors for the third time each.
Giorgio placed fifth in the 133 pound weight class, to become just the second three-time All-American Coast Guard Academy wrestler, to close out his brilliant career at the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships.
Giorgio, the #1 wrester in the 133 bracket, suffered his first loss of the season, dropping a 3-1 decision to fifth-seeded freshman Matthew Grossman from Wilkes before he lost to second-seeded Alex Gomez of Ithaca 6-4 in the consolation bracket. Giorgio beat Gomez 4-2 to win the Northeast Region Championship this season.
The three-time All-American closed out his career with an 8-5 decision over Nathan Pike from NYU in the fifth place match. He finished the season with a record of 41-2. He joins Chris Fertig ('01) as the only three-time All-American wrestlers at the Coast Guard Academy.
Giorgio, who finished eighth at 133 pounds last season and was fourth at 125 pounds as a freshman, finishes his career with a record of 109-24.
Brindamour, the defending national champion in the 50 freestyle, placed seventh in the event to earn the third All-America honor of his career. He posted the third fastest time, a school-record 19.94 in the preliminaries,but his time of 20.25 was good for seventh in the finals.
He was one of three swimmers to break the 20 second mark in the morning preliminaries the first three to do so this season. His best time this season was 20.19 before his morning time. The school-record was 20.06 which he set at the NCAA Championships last season.