Amato Takes Two at NCAAs on Friday To Earn Wrestling's 12th All-Time All-America Honor

Brian Amato

Hershey, PA --- WPI sophomore Brian Amato (Newington, CT) won a pair of matches Friday evening at the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships hosted by Elizabethtown to ensure All-America accolades.  

Amato began the day taking on top seed and defending national champion Mike Fuenffinger of Augsburg.  The sophomore fell to the consolation bracket after a tough 6-2 loss to Fuenffinger, who later won his evening quarterfinal bout to advance to the semifinals. 

Amato came back for the night session needing to win twice to advance to Saturday.  He was trailing Ryan Weinmann of Wisconsin-La Crosse, 7-6, late in tie-breaker two before scoring two points on a takedown in the waning seconds to keep his All-America hopes alive.  Amato then found himself in a back-and-forth battle with Jacob Donato of NYU and tallied two points in sudden victory one to punch his ticket to Saturday.    

The 125-pounder becomes the ninth different Engineer wrestler, and the first since Hall of Famer Lance Baden in 1997, to achieve All-America status.  Overall Crimson and Gray grapplers have earned All-America award with John Roy claiming three and George Chu taking home two.

With the two victories, the sophomore registered four team points and currently has the Crimson and Gray in 38th place out of 62 teams that qualified a wrestler(s) for the championships.  Four-time defending national champions Wartburg (58) leads second place Augsburg (56.5) by a point and a half.

Amato is back on the mat Saturday at 10am at Giant Center.  He will wrestle at least two more matches and can finish between third and eighth place. 

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