Giorgio Named D3Wrestle.com Freshman of the Year
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.