Four Wrestlers In Contention at NCAA Northeast Regional
WORCESTER, Mass.—Sophomore All-American Nate Giorgio and junior Luke Taylor advanced to the semifinals and four wrestlers are still in contention at the NCAA Division III Northeast Wrestling Regional Championships at WPI.
Both Giorgio and Taylor are one win away from the championship match and can clinch a berth in the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships on March 15th and 16th at Cedar Rapids, Iowa with a win to start the day on Sunday as the top three in each weight class earn a bid.
Giorgio, the top seed at 125 pounds, cruised to a pair of tech fall wins beating Mike Arangio from Southern Maine 18-0 and Paul Fields of Cortland, the eighth seed, 16-0. Giorgio will take on fourth-seeded Tom Casper from Springfield on Sunday, with a spot in the final on the line.
Taylor, the fifth seed at 174 pounds, pinned Tim Curtin-White from Bridgewater State in just 51 seconds before beating fourth-seeded Connor Nelson from Johnson & Wales 9-4. Taylor will take on top-seeded Jules Doliscar of Ithaca in the semifinals on Sunday morning.
Freshman Mike Shermot, ranked eighth at 165 pounds, won his first match 13-4 over John Williams of Trinity before getting injured in a match with top-seeded Derrick Longo from Springfield in the third period with the match tied 5-5 which ended in an injury default at 6:01 to end his championship hopes as he had to forfeit his next match due to the injury.
Sophomore Mike Giorgio is still alive in the 141 pound bracket. He began the day by knocking off second-seeded Brian Bistis from Cortland 13-8 before being knocked into the losers' bracket with a 2-0 loss to third-seeded Ces Antista of Williams 2-0. Giorgio then registered an 11-3 major decision over Sean McAllister of Western New England to advance to Sunday. He will take on sixth-seeded Abubaker Sow from Oswego in an elimination match tomorrow.
Eight wrestlers remain in each of the ten weight classes, four in the winners' bracket and four in the losers' bracket.