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TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction 2013 Roster Season Preview The Coast Guard Academy Coast Guard Superintendent Director of Athletics Athletics Facilities Strength & Conditioning Staff Directory

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Coast Guard Soccer Coaching Staff Player Bios Records 2013/14 Schedule/Program History

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The 2013 Wrestling Media Guide is a publication of the Coast Guard Academy’s Athletic Media Relations Office.





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Phillip Azzari Tyler Carlsgaard Austin Clark Daniel Fiorvanti Vaughn Gehman Cory Geyer Benjamin Greene Dean Gilbert Michael Giorgio Nate Giorgio James Hegge Mark Howard Stephen Kidwell Kyle Levy Banning Lobmeyer Matthew McAllister Ryan Montvydas Virgil Moreno Kevin Painten Michael Palomba Thomas Porzillo Earl Roberts Nolan Salyer Taylor Salzberg Michael Shermot Holden Takahashi Lucas Taylor Daniel Teti Michael Thomas Matthew Vieira Marc Wagner Joel Wyman Staff Head Coach Interim Head Coach Assistant Coach Captains Managers



Fr Fr Fr Fr Jr Fr Jr So Jr Jr So Jr Jr Fr So Fr Sr Sr So Fr So Fr Jr Fr So So Sr Jr Fr Fr So Jr


184 184/197 125 174/184 165 184/197 165 184 141/149 125/133 133 197 157 197 174 125/133 197 197 285 149/157 133/141 125 197 141/149 157/165 157 174 157 133/141 149/157 184 285


Hadden Heights, N.J. Mahtomedi, Minn. Huntsville, Ala. Commack, N.Y. Perkiomenville, Pa. Los Alamos, N.M. Marriottsville, Md. Ledyard, Conn. Leesport, Pa. Leesport, Pa. Priest River, Idaho Midlothian, Va. Crofton, Md. Glen Gardner, N.J. Windsor, Col. Colchester, Conn. Nesconset, N.Y. Reisterstown, Md. Walpole, Mass. South River, N.J. League City, Texas Simpsonville, S.C. Thompsonville, Mich. Graham-Kapowsin, Wash. Shillington, Pa. Haleiwa, Haw. Greenville, Pa. Reading, Pa. Middleton, Del. Muskogee, Okla. Milford, Pa. Springfield, Mo.

Steve Eldridge (48th Season) Rob McKnabb Joel Webster Luke Taylor Elise Sako, Cameo Ulbricht, Anne Harper


2013-14 SEASON PREVIEW The Coast Guard wrestling team enters the 2013/14 season with high expectations as they will return 18 members of the team who saw time in the starting line-up last year. Despite a trying 5-13 campaign last year, optimism is abundant at the Academy for the upcoming season. Interim coach Rob McKnabb (third season) will be charged with leading the Bears during the dayto-day grind of the season and he will be assisted by fourth-year assistant Joel Webster. Coast Guard will kick off their season on November 2nd at the Messiah Invitational and remain on the road for the following two meets competing at the Roger Williams Invitational (Nov. 16) and the Doug Parker Invitational (Nov. 23) hosted by Springfield. The Bears will kick off the dual-meet portion of their schedule on December 4th at Roger Williams before attending the New Standard Invitational, hosted by York College, on December 7th. Coast Guard will once again be participating in the Lycoming Duals to kick off the second semester, on January 10th and 11th. Following that the Bears will compete in a quad-match with Norwich and Western New England at Johnson & Wales (Jan. 19). The New England Duals will be held the following week (Jan. 26) at Bridgewater State).

Post-season play will kick off on February 23rd at the NEWA Futures Tournament to be hosted by Roger Williams. The NCAA Northeast Regional is currently schedule to be held at Cortland State on March 1st but is subject to change. The NCAA Division III Championships will conclude the season and are scheduled to take place on March 14th and 15th at a yet-to-be-determined site.


Coast Guard’s captain for the second year in a row will be senior Luke Taylor who was an honorable mention in the national rankings throughout last season. Taylor qualified for the semi-finals of the Northeast Regional but unfortunately he experienced a season-ending injury which cost him a chance to advance further. He’ll be looking to qualify for the National Tournament and become an All-American this year. The Bears will also return sophomore Mike Shermot who won the 165 pound division of the Messiah Invitational last year and was an honorable mention in the national rankings throughout 2012/13. Mike was injured at the Northeast Regional which ended his season, unfortunately, but will look to qualify for the National Tournament as well this year. Junior Mike Giorgio, who placed fourth at the Northeast Regional a season ago in the 141 pound weight class, also returns to the squad this year. Giorgio looks to improve this year into the top three at the regional and punch his ticket to the National Championships. Other key returners for the Bears will be juniors Ben Greene, Mark Howard, Steve Kidwell, and Vaughn Gehman along with sophomore Thomas Porzillo and Marc Wagner, each of whom saw action in 18 or more matches a season ago. The team will welcome a number of exciting freshmen into the fold. Highlighting the newcomers will be Taylor Salzburg (two-time Washington State Place Winner), Cory Geyer (two-time New Mexico State Place Winner), Matt McAllister (Connecticut State Open Wrestling Champion), Earl Roberts (two-time High School All-American), and Phillip Azzari (New Jersey State Qualifier).


The Bears will host their first of two events on February 1st when they welcome Air Force, Army, Merchant Marine, Navy, Norwich, The Citadel, and VMI in for the All-Academy Championships. They will then take on arch-rival Merchant Marine on February 6th on the road in one of the most heated rivalries in collegiate wrestling. Next up Coast Guard will host their final home contest when they welcome Bridgewater State and WPI to the Academy on February 9th. The Bears will wrap up the regular season on February 15th when they compete with Bridgewater State and Rhode Island College at Trinity College.

The Bears will be led by junior Nate Giorgio who is nationally ranked at 133 pounds according to a preseason poll. Giorgio is a two-time National Qualifier who earned All-American accolades as a freshman during the 2011/12 season, finishing fourth at the National Championships.

The future for Coast Guard wrestling could start this year and interim coach Rob McKnabb says that, “The new members of the team, along with experienced shipmates are looking good and the future looks great for the Coast Guard Bears Wrestling Team.”


COAST GUARD ACADEMY One of the smallest of the five U.S. Military Academies Four-Year Bachelor’s of Science degree program Founded in 1876 aboard the schooner Dobbin Highly selective admissions standards No tuition, traditional application process No congressional nomination necessary Education includes academics, physical fitness, character and leadership development 85 percent of graduates choose to serve beyond their five-year commitment Two graduates have been NASA Astronauts 80 percent of graduates go to graduate school (most paid for by Coast Guard



COAST GUARD QUICK FACTS The Coast Guard Academy has 23 Intercollegiate sports (11 men’s, 9 women’s, 3 co-ed) The Bears have been members of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) in 15 sports since 1999 Coast Guard has won NEWMAC championships in Volleyball, Men’s Swimming, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Crew and Softball Teams have competed in the ECAC Championship tournament in men’s soccer, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball and softball in the past five years The Bears have advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite 8 in both Volleyball (2006) and Men’s Basketball (2007-08) COAST GUARD ACADEMY CORPS OF CADETS DEMOGRAPHICS - about 1,000 cadets enrolled - 48 states and 11 foreign nations represented - 100% of students housed on campus - 20 NCAA Division III athletic teams - 31% of cadets are women - 22% of cadets are minorities - 1 faculty member for every 8 students - 19 Cadets in an average class



REAR ADMIRAL SANDRA L. STOSZ ACADEMY SUPERINTENDENT THIRD YEAR Rear Admiral Sandra L. Stosz assumed the duties of the 40th Superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, June 3, 2011. She reported to the Academy after serving as the Director of Reserve and Leadership at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. There she was responsible for developing policies to recruit, train and support approximately 8,100 Coast Guard Reservists.


Rear Admiral Stosz is a surface operations officer with 12 years at sea, including command of two cutters – an icebreaking tug on the Great Lakes and a medium endurance cutter that patrolled North Atlantic and Caribbean waters. She and her crews executed many of the Coast Guard’s 11 missions such as drug and alien migrant interdiction, fisheries enforcement, search and rescue, polar and domestic icebreaking and ports and waterways security. Between sea duty tours Rear Admiral Stosz specialized in personnel and resource management and program review. She served tours of duty as Chief of Officer Assignments and as Program Reviewer and Acquisition Funds Coordinator for Coast Guard major systems acquisitions, including the 225-foot buoy tenders and 87-foot coastal patrol boats. She broadened her experience as the Secretary of Transportation’s military assistant and years later as the Commandant’s executive assistant. She has served as Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard’s recruit training center in Cape May, New Jersey and as Director of Coast Guard Enterprise Strategic Management and Doctrine where she was responsible for aligning enterprise level strategic and management functions with the Commandant’s strategic intent. Rear Admiral Stosz graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1982 with a bachelor of science degree in Government. She was awarded a Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University’s J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management in 1994. In 2000 she completed an executive fellowship in national security through the MIT Seminar XXI program, and she earned a Master of National Security Strategy from the National War College in 2004. In 2009 she attended the Navy’s Executive Business Course at University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler business school. Rear Admiral Stosz’s personal awards include three Legion of Merit Medals, four Meritorious Service Medals, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals and two Coast Guard Achievement Medals.



TIM FITZPATRICK DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS THIRD YEAR Tim Fitzpatrick just completed his second academic year as Director of Athletics at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and on his watch the USCGA’s athletic program has seen growth in several key areas. In addition to securing a comprehensive, five-year shoe and apparel agreement with adidas America for the academy’s 21 NCAA sports, has overseen a rebranding initiative that has resulted in new logos and marks and created an athletic booster organization (the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Bear Club). Under Fitzpatrick’s guidance, the department produced its first-ever women’s professional development seminar (the Women’s LeadHERship Symposium) for female USCGA athletic staff members as well as attendees from colleges and universities throughout New England, and has launched an external program for sale of corporate sponsorships and partnerships. Fitzpatrick was the Director of Athletics at Texas A&MCorpus Christi for two years prior to his arrival at USCGA, after spending the previous four years as the Deputy Athletic Director at Indiana University. At Texas A&M – Corpus Christi, Fitzpatrick secured major gifts for construction of a new outdoor tennis center, as well as renovation of the university’s baseball and softball stadiums. He additionally served on the NCAA’s Division I Women’s Basketball Issues Committee while in south Texas, and executed a strategic plan which increased the department’s corporate sponsorship revenue by nearly 40%.

Additionally, he negotiated a 6-year, $21,000,000 shoe and apparel agreement with adidas America and administered the Hoosiers’ multi-media partnerships with Learfield Sports and the Big Ten Network. During his tenure, Indiana realized a ticket sales revenue increase of 15-percent over annual budgeted projections. Fitzpatrick came to IU after spending the previous five years as COO and associate athletics director for external operations at the U.S. Military Academy. Fitzpatrick directed a fundraising effort that saw Army’s “A Club” donor base grow from 750 to 6,700 and annual giving grow from $500,000


He arrived at West Point from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, where he served as the associate athletics director for external affairs and executive director of the athletic foundation. Fitzpatrick’s work at Charlotte resulted in a 26-percent increase in annual gifts and a 39-percent increase in planned gifts. Prior to Army and Charlotte, Fitzpatrick served in a similar role at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to serving as the men’s basketball sport administrator, he directed a staff that generated a school record $1.4 million in sponsorship revenue and a $125,000 increase in annual giving. Fitzpatrick was a senior associate athletics director at the University of North Texas from May 1994 to June 1996. He was instrumental in UNT’s transition from NCAA Division I-AA football to the Big West Conference, and during the 1994 football season, North Texas was one of three programs nationally to have every football game televised in its home market. This local television package generated more than $700,000 in corporate sponsorship revenue. He gained considerable experience as Assistant Commissioner of the Southwest Conference from 199294. Fitzpatrick negotiated a $2.25 million, three-year men’s basketball tournament title sponsorship with the Dr. Pepper Company, and he also oversaw the league’s national and local television syndication efforts. Fitzpatrick began his athletic administration career as the assistant marketing director at Army before moving on to Virginia Commonwealth as the director of marketing and Ticket Sales (1984-87) and Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing and Public Relations from 1987-92. A 1981 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College with a bachelor’s degree in English, Fitzpatrick earned his master’s degree in sports administration from Ohio University in 1982. Tim is married to Kerry Marks, and they have a son, James.



While at Indiana, he was responsible for internal administration of the department, oversaw capital construction and facilities management, and had oversight of the football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball programs. Additionally, Fitzpatrick managed IU’s external units, including marketing, ticket operations, licensing, merchandising, website, and publications.

to $1.8 million. He also cultivated the Army Sports Network from two radio stations to 18, including 50,000-watt ESPN 1050 in New York City. During his tenure at West Point, corporate sponsorship revenue jumped from $250,000 to $920,000 annually.

COAST GUARD ACADEMY NITCHMAN TRACK & FIELD COMPLEX The Track & Field Complex was constructed in the summer of 2007 first used for the men’s and women’s soccer games that Fall. The FieldTurf surface lies on the banks of the beautiful Thames River and is also home to the men’s and women’s track & field program.

COMMANDER JOHN MERRIMAN GYM Merriman Gymnasium is home to the women’s volleyball program and the men’s and women’s basketball programs. The gym holds three basketball courts used for varsity practices and games, as well as intramural competition. The 1200-seat facility has been home to numerous league and regional championships.

ROLAND POOL Roland Pool is home to our men’s and women’s swimming and diving program. The eight-lane, 50-yard pool is also used daily for athletic training programs for our cadet-athletes, physical education courses, as well as military training programs necessary to carry out the missions of the Coast Guard for all cadets.



NITCHMAN BASEBALL FIELD Nelson Nitchman Field is home of the Coast Guard Academy baseball team. The picturesque view from the field overlooks the Thames River.

NITCHMAN SOFTBALL FIELD Nelson Nitchman Field is home of the softball team. The Bears have enjoyed tremendous success winning three of the last four NEWMAC tournament championships and going to the NCAA tournament four straight seasons (20092012).

CADET MEMORIAL FIELD Cadet Memorial Field was made into a FieldTurf surface in 2004 as a gift from the Class of 1952. The facility features a twostory press box that includes two coaches rooms, a room for radio broadcasting and video recording, space for media personnel, and two lounge lounge areas for additional seating. The 1500seat stadium overlooks the Thames River and the Gold Star Memorial Bridge.



Coast Guard Athletics has two weight rooms, each featuring state-of-theart equipment for our cadets and cadet-athletes to use to improve their overall health and fitness. The facility in Roland Hall is dedicated to freeweight exercising while our Billard Hall facility holds our nautilus, cardio, and other guided machine equipment.

Joe Crozier

Strength and Conditioning Coach


Joe Crozier is in his second year as the head of the Strength and Conditioning Program with the Coast Guard Athletic Department. Crozier came to the Academy from California State University-Chico where he earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology and his masters degree in kinesiology. Joe is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach with distinction through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and Certified Personal Trainer with the American College of Sports Medicine. Joe designs and implements workout regimens for all of our varsity sport programs. Working with teams both in-season and out-of-season, Joe’s focus is to better prepare athletes for competition by concentrating on sport-specific programs designed to achieve the ultimate level of success. Coast Guard’s strength and conditioning program is dedicated to ensure each cadet-athlete is equipped with the correct instruction, knowledge and guidance to reach their peak performance level and to decrease the potential for injuries. Our program also preaches the importance of a proper, nutritionally balanced diet as well as appropriate pre-game and post-game routines to ensure safe preparation, performance, and recuperation for each contest.



ADMINISTRATION Name Tim Fitzpatrick Dan Rose Tim Opstrup Chris Parsons Jason Southard Bill Mullins Art Lamoureux Andrea Stewart Katherine Bossardet Vi Oliver Joe Crozier Bruce Cobb Marc Grindstaff

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY Title Director of Athletics Associate AD/Director of Physical Education Assistant AD/Business Manager Assistant AD/Compliance Director of Media Relations Media Relations Assistant Director of Athletic Operations Senior Women’s Administrator Associate Office Manager Administrative Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Head Equipment Manager Assistant Equipment Manager

Phone 860-444-8600 860-701-6798

860-444-8601 860-701-6799 860-444-8600 860-444-8580 860-444-8409 860-444-8608 860-444-8606

Title Head Athletic Trainer Assistant Athletic Trainer Assistant Athletic Trainer Assistant Athletic Trainer Assistant Athletic Trainer

Phone 860-444-8619 860-701-6618 860-701-6415 860-701-6416 860-701-6617

860-444-8602 860-701-6197 860-701-6800

ATHLETIC TRAINING Name Ken Niedzwiecki Kevin Colasurdo Marina Dubrovsky Jake Ibey Shannon Nickels

BASEBALL Name C.C. Grant Kevin Jaskiewicz

Title Head Coach Assistant Coach

Phone 860-444-8581 860-701-6132

Title Head Coach Co-Defensive Coordinator/ Recruiting Coordinator Co-Defensive Coordinator Offensive Coordinator Defensive Line Tight Ends/Quality Control Defensive Assistant Running Backs

Phone 860-444-8584 860-444-8605

Title Head Coach Associate Head Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach

Phone 860-701-6132 860-444-8588

FOOTBALL Name Bill George Dana Fleischmann C.C. Grant Ray LaForte Jay Driscoll Pat Knowles CDR Darell Singleterry Don Miller

860-444-8581 860-701-6805


Phone 860-444-8254

Title Director of Sailing Head Offshore Coach Head Intercollegiate Coach

Phone 860-444-8577 860-701-6291 860-444-8325

Title Head Coach Associate Head Coach Assistant Coach Pitching Coach

Phone 860-444-8604

Title Head Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Faculty Representative

Phone 860-701-6594 860-701-6960

SAILING Name Doug Clark Jack Neades Brian Swingly

SOFTBALL Name Donna Koczajowski Amanda Illinger Dana Fleischmann Bill Mullins

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Name Alex Ivansheck Keyokah Mars-Garrick Catherine Lewis LCDR LuAnn Kehlenbach


Name Jen Meuse Jodi Hope LT Vicky Futch

Title Phone Rowing Coordinator/Head Coach 860-444-8679 Assistant Coach Assistant Coach

WRESTLING Title Head Coach Assistant Coach

Phone 860-444-8587 860-701-6595

Name Susan Grant Amanda Illinger LCDR Jess Rozzi-Ochs Anthony Occhialini

Title Head Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Goalkeeper Coach

Phone 860-444-8582

Phone 860-444-8679

Name John Westkott Mary Westkott Ryan Cutler

Title Head Coach Assistant Coach Diving Coach

Phone 860-444-8586 860-701-6374

Title Head Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach

Phone 860-444-8589

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL Title Head Coach Assistant Coach Goalkeeper Coach

Phone 860-701-6197

Title Head Coach Assistant Coach Diving Coach

Phone 860-444-8586 860-701-6374

Title Head Coach Assistant Coach

Phone 860-464-6286

Name Aylene Ilkson Aaron Parker Peter Kazlas Christine Rostowfske Corinne Plummer

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY Name Ethan Brown Greg Ahnrud Mariette Ogg

Title Head Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach

Phone 860-444-8590



Title Head Coach Interim Men’s Head Coach

MEN’S TENNIS Name Jim Hazlin Mike Turdo

Title Head Coach


MEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING Name John Westkott Mary Westkott Ryan Cutler

Name Bryan Pape


MEN’S SOCCER Name Chris Parsons Patrick McCarney Anthony Occhialini

Phone 860-444-8590


Name Steve Eldridge Rob McKnabb

MEN’S CREW Name Colin Regan Mike Shugrue

Title Head Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach


MEN’S BASKETBALL Name Kevin Jaskiewicz Bob Bono Sam Cheung Chris Vincent

Name Ethan Brown Greg Ahnrud Mariette Ogg



Steve is in his 48th season as the head coach of the wrestling team at the Coast Guard Academy. Eldridge was inducted into the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III Hall of Fame in 1995 and was the Lifetime Service to Wrestling recipient by the Hall of Fame last year. He is the first coach at the Coast Guard Academy to earn national Hall of Fame honors as a coach. Under his guidance, the Bears have enjoyed great success with five New England Championships while placing second four times. Eldridge earned Coach of the Year honors four times. Coach Eldridge has twice served as the President of the National Wrestling Coaches Association and has twice hosted the Division III National Championships at the Academy. Eldridge has coached nine All-America selections including two-time National runner-up Chris Fertig and most recently Nate Giorgio, who placed fourth in 2012 as a freshman at 125 pounds. Eldridge is a 1989 inductee of the Coast Guard Academy Hall of Fame.



Rob McKnabb is in his second season with Coast Guard wrestling team and is currently serving as the interim head coach. During his high school career, Rob competed at Chicago Mount Carmel High School for Hall-of-Fame and former Olympic coach Bill Weick. In college, Rob competed at Division III Illinois College where his was a two-time conference place-winner at 118lbs and was named Rookie of the Year following a 24 win freshman season.


Previously, Rob has coached at Triton College in Illinois with Hall-of-Fame Coach Harry McGinnis. During his tenure, Rob has coached 21 Academic All Americans, 24 National Qualifiers, and two All Americans. He was an adjunct faculty member in the Health, Sport, and Exercise Science Department. In addition, Rob has coached at the high school level for eight years. He coached at Macomb, St. Viator, and Prospect High Schools. Rob has coached 12 state qualifiers, two state place winners in Illinois, and seven wrestlers who have wrestled at the Division 1 level. Coach McKnabb is an instructor in the Health and Physical Education Department. He resides in Waterford with his wife, Erin, and their children; Stephen, Caitlin, and Colin.



JOEL WEBSTER ASSISTANT COACH FOURTH SEASON Joel Webster is in his fourth year as the Coast Guard assistant wrestling coach. He has coached six conferenc eplacers, one conference champion, and one all-American. In high school Joel wrestled for Northwest Regional #7 in Barkhamsted CT. There he won Class S states 3x, Opens 1x, and was a two time placer at New England Championships each second and third once. In College Joel Wrestled at the Division 1 level at Edinboro University of PA. There he was a three-year starter, three-time PSAC placer, PSAC Champion, Southern Scuffle placer, Reno Tournament of champions placer, Oklahoma Gold Classic placer and conference placer 3rd. After college Joel trained in freestyle at the OHIO RTC at Ohio State University. He has qualified for the US open tournament, placed at Brockport Tournament, and placed 3rd at the Copa Sparta Tournament in Puerto Rico.

JAKE IBEY ATHLETIC TRAINER SECOND SEASON Jake is in his second season as an assistant athletic trainer at the Coast Guard Academy. He has been an athletic trainer for eight years. Jake graduated from the University of New England with a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training. He then graduated with his master’s degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Advanced Rehabilitation. Before working at the Coast Guard Academy, he worked in many different high schools all over the state of Connecticut. Jake lives in Windsor, Conn. with his wife and two children.




LUKE TAYLOR SENIOR - 174 GREENVILLE, PA. Luke wrestled exclusively at the 174 pound weight class last year winning 70% of his matches (21-9 record) and looks to start for the Bears again this season. He is the son of John and Sharon Taylor and is majoring in management. BEFORE CGA Taylor was a two-sport captain at Reynolds High School ... he was a three-time Pennsylvania All-State selection in wrestling and is also his school’s career home runs leader in baseball ... has a younger brother, Jake (18). GETTING TO KNOW LUKE Jake’s favorite food is pasta while he says his grandma makes the best pizza. He is a fan of both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penn State for professional and collegiate athletics, respectively. His favorite television show is SportsCenter while he relishes the opportunity to visit Pennsylvania. CAREER STATS Year 2010/11 2011/12 2012/13 Total

149 1-2 N/A N/A 1-2

157 2-2 N/A N/A 2-2

165 12-10 19-10 N/A 31-20

174 1-0 1-0 21-9 23-9

Total 16-14 20-10 21-9 57-33



Vaughn shifted back and forth between the 165 and 174 pound weight classes as a freshman before settling in almost solely at 165 last season. He looks to provide experience and could be a wild card for the upcoming season. He is the son of Craig and Wendy Gehman and is majoring in government. BEFORE CGA Gehman was a two-sport athlete at Perkiomenville High School where he captained the wrestling team for two seasons and the track team for one ... he has two younger brothers, Wyatt (18) and Cole (16). GETTING TO KNOW VAUGHN Vaughn’s favorite professional team is the Oakland Raiders while his favorite band is Motley Crue. His preferred snack food is ice cream and How I Met Your Mother is his favorite TV show. If he could meet anyone, living or deceased, it would be Jim Morrison. CAREER STATS Year 2011/12 2012/13 Total


165 4-15 4-15 8-30

174 0-5 0-1 0-6

Total 4-20 4-16 8-36


MIKE GIORGIO JUNIOR - 141/149 LEESPORT, PA. Mike finished last year with an overall mark of 20-15 (split between 141 and 149) to improve his overall record to one over .500 at 39-38. He will likely share time between 141 and 149 again this season. He is the son of Mike and Donna Giorgio and is majoring in management. BEFORE CGA Giorgio was a state medallist at Schuylkill Valley High School in wrestling ... his brother Nate also wrestles at the Academy ... has a younger brother, Josh (16). GETTING TO KNOW MIKE Mike’s favorite actors are Gerard Butler and Mila Kunis. The most-used app on his smartphone is Facebook and he lists The Kite Runner as his favorite book and Ken Courts as the greatest coach to ever live. If he could meet anyone, living or deceased, it would be Dan Gable. CAREER STATS Year 2011/12 2012/13 Total

141 N/A 11-8 11-8

149 14-21 9-7 23-28

157 5-2 N/A 5-2

Total 19-23 20-15 39-38

NATE GIORGIO JUNIOR - 125/133 LEESPORT, PA. Nate finished last year with an overall record of 23-6 to improve to 56-14 (80%) for his career. He won All-American accolades as a freshman in 2011/12 wrestling in the 125 pound weight class. He is the son of Mike and Donna Giorgio and is majoring in civil engineering.

GETTING TO KNOW NATE Nate’s favorite movie is Remember the Titans while he lists Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 as his favorite video game. He says his favorite band is One Direction and his favorite professional sports team is the Philadelphia Eagles. If he could meet anyone, living or deceased, it would be Olympic wrestler Jordan Burroughs. CAREER STATS Year 2011/12 2012/13 Total


125 31-8 7-2 38-10

133 2-0 16-4 18-4

Total 33-8 23-6 56-14



BEFORE CGA Giorgio was a two-time top 10 finisher at the state meet for Schuylkill Valley High School ... was also a member of the track and lacrosse teams while serving as a wrestling captain as both a junior and a senior ... his brother Mike also wrestles at the Academy ... has a younger brother, Josh (16).

BEN GREENE JUNIOR - 165 MARRIOTTSVILLE, MD. Ben wrestled in 18 matches a year ago, showing tremendous improvement from his freshman season. He will be expected to make similar strides this year to continue improving and lock down a starting spot. He is the son of Charles and Gretchen Greene and is majoring in electrical engineering. BEFORE CGA Greene was a two-sport athlete at Liberty High School serving as a captain in both football and wrestling as a senior ... his wrestling team won a regional championship as a senior ... he has five brothers, Danny (19), Arthur (18), Matt (12), Liam (10), and Austin (8). GETTING TO KNOW BEN Ben’s favorite sports team is the Baltimore Ravens and he lists peanut butter as his favorite snack food. His favorite place to visit is Cape May and would love to visit the Roman Colosseum. The most-used app on his smartphone is Maps. CAREER STATS Year 2011/12 2012/13 Total

157 2-13 7-11 9-24

165 0-2 N/A 0-2

Total 2-15 7-11 9-26



Mark performed admirably last year year wrestling exclusively in the heavyweight class, posting a record of 19-12 to improve to 21-16 in that division for his career. He’ll be expected to produce similar results once again this season. He is the son of Tyrone Howard and Michaele Bergan. BEFORE CGA Howard wrestled at Midlothian High School where he was a captain as a senior ... his was a two-time all-state selection in high school ... has one sister Sharavion (20) and one brother Omar (19). GETTING TO KNOW MARK Mark’s favorite snack food is french fries and he lists Semper Paratus as his favorite song. He calls Slyce his favorite restaurant and says they have the best pizza. His considers his favorite book to be Running Light. CAREER STATS Year 2011/12 2012/13 Total


197 11-21 N/A 11-21

HWT 2-4 19-12 21-16

Total 13-25 19-12 32-37


STEVE KIDWELL JUNIOR - 157 CROFTON, MD. Steve wrestled in 18 matches a season ago in a new pair of weight classes (157 and 165) posting an 8-10 record. He’ll be expected to continue to progress this season, wrestling at 157 and could be a wild card for the team. He is the son of Brad and Michelle Kidwell and is majoring in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. BEFORE CGA Kidwell was a two-time wrestling captain at Arundel High School where he also played lacrosse ... he placed third at the state meet and was a two-time Academic All-State selection ... has an older sister, Kelly (25), and an older brother, Joe (23). GETTING TO KNOW STEVE Steve’s favorite professional sports team is the Washington Capitals and he lists Chipotle as his favorite restaurant. Gummy bears are his favorite snack food and he lists Dan Gable as the greatest coach to ever live. If he could meet anyone, living or deceased, it would be Teddy Roosevelt. CAREER STATS Year 2011/12 2012/13 Total

133 9-7 N/A 9-7

157 N/A 4-6 4-6

165 N/A 4-4 4-4

Total 9-7 8-10 17-17

TOM PORZILLO SOPHOMORE - 133/141 LEAGUE CITY, TEXAS Tom split time between the 133 and 141 pound weight classes a season ago and will be expected to do the same again this year. He is the son of Patrick and Jane Porzillo and is majoring in civil engineering.

GETTING TO KNOW TOM Tom’s favorite TV show is Big Bang Theory and he lists Georgia Tech. as his favorite college team. His favorite professional team is the Washington Redskins and he would like to visit Fed-Ex Field (home of the Redskins) someday. His favorite place to visit is the Florida Keys. CAREER STATS Year 2012/13 Total


133 7-18 7-18

141 1-0 1-0

Total 8-18 8-18



BEFORE CGA Porzillo wrestled and attended Clear Lane High School where he was a division champion ... he was also a two-time state qualifier and posted regional finishes of second and third, respectively ... has three brothers, James, Robert, and Patrick, and a sister, Allison.

MIKE SHERMOT SOPHOMORE - 157/165 SCHILLINGTON, PA. Mike went 16-11 last year wrestling at 165 pounds and will be expected to continue to progress this season. He is the son of Harris and Patricia Shermot and is majoring in civil engineering. BEFORE CGA Shermot was a three-time wrestling captain at Governor Mifflin High School ... was a two-time Pennsylvania Manor and Sectional champion, an Eastern National Champion (MAWA), and was a fourth place finisher at the state AAA meet. GETTING TO KNOW MIKE Mike’s favorite food is steak and fish while he lists Dave Patten as his favorite musical artist. He considers Olympic Jordan Burroughs his favorite athlete and would someday like to visit an Olympic Stadium. If he could meet anyone, living or deceased, it would be Abraham Lincoln. CAREER STATS Year 2012/13 Total

165 16-11 16-11

Total 16-11 16-11



Marc wrestled in 33 matches last season recording an overall record of 17-16 while splitting time between the 174 and 184 pound weight classes. He’ll be expected to continue to progress with some more stability as he’s seemingly locked into wrestling at 184. He is the son of Don and Jan Wagner and is majoring in government. BEFORE CGA Wagner wrestled and played football at Delaware Valley High School ... he was a two-time captain in wrestling and served as a football captain as a senior ... has two brothers, Brad (21) and Matt (16). GETTING TO KNOW MARC Marc’s favorite food is chocolate and he lists The Walking Dead as his favorite TV show. The Pittsburgh Steelers are his favorite professional team and his favorite video game is Halo. His favorite movie is Boondock Saints while his favorite athlete is Troy Palomalu. CAREER STATS Year 2012/13 Total


174 10-9 10-9

184 7-7 7-7

Total 17-16 17-16


2012-13 RESULTS --- 5-13 Date


Nov. 3

at Messiah Invitational

Sixth Place

Nov. 10

at Roger Williams Invitational

10th Place

Nov. 17

at East Stroudsburg Open

Nov. 17

at Doug Parker Invitational (@ Springfield)

14th Place

Dec. 1

at New Standard Corp Invitational (@ York)

11th Place

Dec. 5


L, 12-25

Jan. 11

vs. Messiah (@ Lycoming Duals)

L, 13-23

Jan. 11

at Lycoming (@ Lycoming Duals)

W, 30-13

Jan. 11

vs. Muskingum (@ Lycoming Duals)

W, 38-16

Jan. 12

vs. The College of New Jersey (@ Lycoming Duals)

L, 14-28

Jan. 12

vs. Heidelberg (@ Lycoming Duals)

L, 14-23

Jan. 23

at Trinity College

L, 19-31

Jan. 23

vs. Southern Maine (@ Trinity)

Jan. 27

vs. WPI (@ New England Dual Championships @ JWU)

Jan. 27

vs. Trinity College (@ New England Dual Championships @ JWU)

Jan. 27

at Johnson & Wales (@ New England Dual Championships @ JWU)

L, 13-28

Jan. 27

vs. Rhode Island College (@ New England Dual Championships @ JWU)

L, 16-27

Feb. 2

at All-Academy Championships (@ Army)

Feb. 6


Feb. 13

at WPI

Feb. 16


Feb. 16


Feb. 16


L, 9-34

Feb. 22

at Johnson & Wales

L, 6-42

Mar. 2

at NCAA Division III Northeast Regional (@ WPI)

Mar. 3

at NCAA Division III Northeast Regional (@ WPI)

W, 36-18 L, 18-25 W, 21-15

Seventh Place




L, 15-26 L, 0-42 L, 12-38 W, 26-24


2013 / 2014 SCHEDULE November 2

at Messiah Invitational

10 a.m.

November 16

at Roger Williams Invitational

10 a.m.

November 23

at Doug Parker Invitational (@ Springfield)

9 a.m.

December 4

at Roger Williams

7 p.m.

December 7

at New Standard Invitational (@ York)

9 a.m.

January 10

at Lycoming Duals


January 11

at Lycoming Duals


January 19

at Johnson & Wales


January 19

vs Western New England (@ JWU)


January 19

vs Norwich (@ JWU)


January 26

at New England Duals (@ Bridgewater State)

10 a.m.



10 A.M.

February 6

at Merchant Marine

7 p.m.







February 15

at Trinity College


February 15

vs Bridgewater State (@ Trinity)


February 15

vs Rhode Island College (@ Trinity)


February 23

at NEWA Futures Tournament (@ Roger Williams) 10 a.m.

March 1

at NCAA Northeast Regional (@ Cortland State)


March 14

at NCAA Division III Championships


March 15

at NCAA Division III Championships

Home games in ALL CAPS

2013-14 Coast Guard Academy Wrestling guide