MIDDLETOWN, Conn.-Senior Luke Taylor and junior Nate Giorgio both reached the winner's bracket semi-finals on Day One of the 2014 Division III Wrestling Northeast Regionals. In total seven Coast Guard wrestlers picked up at least one victory on the day while three remain alive with a chance to qualify for March 14th National Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Giorgio, a two-time NCAA qualifier, won his first match by medical forfeit before posting a major decision (14-2) to advance to the semi-finals of the 133 pound weight class. His brother, junior Mike Giorgio, also won his first match (by Fall at 2:17) after receiving a first round bye before being eliminated after losing a pair of matches to claim a T-9th place finish at 141.
Taylor, looking to earn an NCAA bid for the first time in his career, received a first round bye before winning 7-5 (SV1) in his first match of the afternoon at 174. He followed that up with a major decision 10-1 victory to advance to the semi-finals.
Four freshmen won matches on the day, headlined by Michael Palomba at 157 whose two victories have him still competing at 157. Palomba received a bye, won 6-4, lost 4-6, and won 7-5 to become the third of the Bears to advance to Sunday. Phillip Azzari was the only other Coast Guard wrestler to win his first round match, posting a 5-1 decision at 197 pounds, en route to joining classmate Matthew Vieira with a T-13th place finish at the Regional. Kyle Levy rounded out winners for the Bears, winning his second match in the heavyweight division to join M. Giorgio with a T-9th place finish.
Coast Guard returns to action tomorrow, March 2nd at Wesleyan when Giorgio, Palomba, and Taylor all attempt to qualify for the National Championships.