Bears Place 8th at New England Dual Championships

Bears Place 8th at New England Dual Championships

PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Sophomore All-American Nate Giorgio won all four matches to earn a spot on the All-tournament team while Mike Giorgio won three of four matches as Coast Guard placed eighth of the 14 teams at the 2013 New England Dual Meet Championships at Johnson & Wales University.

In the opening round, the Bears, ranked 7th in the tournament, beat 10th ranked Trinity 21-15 as Nate Giorgio (125) won by forfeit, Tom Porzillo (133) won 13-1, Mike Giorgio pinned his opponent in just 1:52 as the Bears took a 16-0 lead.

Also for the Bears in the win over Trinity, Mike Shermot won 8-2 at 165 and Marc Wagner won a 4-3 decision at 184 .

Host Johnson & Wales, the tournament's second seed beat the Bears 28-13 in the second round. Nate Giorgio won 7-0 at 125, Mike Giorgio won 13-5 at 142, and Mark Howard recorded a pin in 4:50 at heavyweight for Coast Guard.

WPI, ranked sixth then beat the  Bears 25-18. Giorgio won by forfeit at 125 pounds, Shermot won 5-2 at 165 pounds, Virgil Moreno won a 7-5 decision at 197 while Howard recorded his second pin of the tournament, this time in 4:12 at heavyweight.

Rhode Island College, ranked ninth, beat the Bears 27-16 in the seventh place match. Nate Giorgio bumped up and won 4-2 at 133 pounds, Mike Giorgio won 11-2 at 141, Jacob Balchikonis won 2-1 at 184 and Nolan Salyer won by forfeit at 197 for the Bears.

Joe DiBella (U.S. Coast Guard Academy '62), Jon Dolan (Williams '06), James Gilbert (Johnson & Wales '02), Tim Ruberg (Johnson & Wales '05) and David Wilson (WPI '80) were inducted into the NEWA Hall of Fame.

Joe DiBella was a three time New England Champion when he wrestled for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.  In that time, there were not Divisions as there now and the New England Champion went to the National Championships where he beat grapplers from Iowa State, Nebraska, and Ohio State.  In 1961, he was seeded 6th the country but fell just short of All American status.  After his collegiate career, Joe continued to compete.  During his pursuit to qualify for the 1964 Olympics, he fell to injury in the semi-finals ending his shot for the world championships.

Joe has a United States Coast Guard Academy B.S. degree in General Engineering and Applied Sciences and Columbia Business School MBA in Quantitative Sciences. He has been a community professor at a local university where he taught quantitative sciences and computer sciences. While in the Coast Guard, Joe was awarded a commendation medal for his control and coordination of a major rescue operation in the Atlantic Ocean.

Professionally, Joe began his career in the P&C insurance industry in 1973. Joe was a founder of General Insurance Company. Under his leadership, he organized and built the company into an A. M. Best A rated carrier.  He has published several articles on insurance. Two of which appeared in A. M. Best's Review magazine: "Retooling Auto" in 2005 and "Big Factors for Small Insurers" in 2009.  Joe has served as an Expert Witness for both the Florida and New Jersey insurance departments; and he has often appeared on national TV, including "60 Minutes" on the subject of insurance fraud.