LTJG Nate Giorgio graduated from the Academy in 2015 as one of the most decorated wrestlers in program history. He is one of only two wrestlers to earn All-America honors three times in his career, won an All-Academy championship and surpassed 100 wins for his collegiate career.
After such a successful run at the Academy, who would have thought that one of the highlights of his wrestling career would come after he graduated. In his case it did, as Giorgio became the only Coast Guard representative to earn a spot on the All-Navy Wrestling team this past year.
"Coach Eldridgge's (Nate's coach for his first three years at the Academy) son, Jeff Eldridge, is a commander in the Coast Guard and the Executive Officer at the Coast Guard Community Service Command," said Giorgio. "Commander Eldridge was the one that got me interested in the program as it falls under his job umbrella."
Making the team was not the only hurdle that Giorgio had to clear as he is a MH-65D helicopter pilot and has a demanding schedule at Air Station Atlantic City.
"I was unsure command would let me to attempt to make the team due to my demanding job as a pilot and the proficiency it requires, but my command was extremely supportive and continues to support my journey and I am very thankful for that," added Giorgio.
After attending the month long All-Navy wrestling camp, Giorgio earned the 63 kilogram spot for Greco Roman and the 61 kilogram spot for Freestyle on the team. He was the only Coast Guard representative to make the team.
It was a rigorous four weeks for Giorgio as he had not wrestled competitively in three years and was also learning a new style of wrestling.
"It was tough for me to get back into wrestling after not competing since the Academy (about 3 years)," commented Giorgio. "I have done a little bit of high school coaching but we wrestle folkstyle in college and scholastically, which is completely different scoring and rules than freestyle and Greco, so that was also a tough transition for me."
The team competed at the Armed Forces Championship where the All-Navy team took third in both styles. Giorgio contributed to the victory with a silver at Greco and a bronze at Freestyle. His second place finish at Greco secured him a spot at the World Trials but he was unable to compete due to Coast Guard commitments. Giorgio did however compete at the U.S. Open in April going 1-2. His two losses came to a four-time Division I All-American and a three-time Division II All-American.
Giorgio remembers his roots and links his success and drive to the lessons he learned at the Academy.
"Wrestling at the Academy helped prepare me for competing on the national level due to the rigors of daily life there," said Giorgio. "Discipline and time management are keys to success at the Academy which allowed me to be successful while competing in college. Similarly, wrestling for the All-Navy team requires full attention in the time management and discipline departments. Between strength training, conditioning, wrestling techniques, and weight management you are always busy and trying to utilize your time to reach your full potential. Coach Eldridge, Coach Bratland, Coach Webster and Coach Acosta, my coaches at the Academy, have all set me up for success in wrestling, the Coast Guard, and in life."
If you have any questions about joining the All-Navy team please feel free to e-mail LTJG Nate Giorgio at firstname.lastname@example.org.