Giorgio Earns All America Honors
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.