GORHAM, Maine – After a successful season competing as member of the University of Southern Maine Huskies' wrestling team, two Husky freshman, Austin Shorey (Lebanon, Maine/Noble) and Brandon Cousino (North Ferrisburhg, Vt./Vergennes Union) are also earning recognition for their outstanding efforts in the classroom receiving 2018 National Wrestling Coaches' Association (NWCA) Division III All-Academic Team distinction.
To be eligible for the academic honor, nominees must have at least a 3.2 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Freshmen are eligible if they have place in the top six of their respective regional tournament, have a win-percentage greater than .500, and have competed in half of the institution's scheduled NCAA competition.
Both Shorey and Cousino dominated the mat and the classroom in their first season with the Huskies. A Mechanical Engineering major, Cousino competed at 197 for Southern Maine and earned NCAA Division III Northeast All-Region honors in his rookie campaign. Competing in his first regional championship, Cousino had an outstanding tournament placing fourth, and posting a 4-2 record helping Southern Maine to its highest team finish at regionals. During the regional championship, Cousino picked up two wins by fall and completed his rookie campaign with an outstanding 29-16 overall record, with 16 of his victories coming by way of the pin.
The first USM freshman to qualify for the NCAA Division III National Championship tournament, Shorey is currently preparing for his upcoming national championship debut along with teammate sophomore Peter Del Gallo (Gardiner, Maine). A Criminology major, Shorey made a mark in his freshman season finishing third in the 141 pound division at the Northeast Regional Championship to secure his bid to the NCAAs. Shorey put together an outstanding performance at regionals, opening the tournament with a resounding win by fall. The Huskies' rookie earned his spot by defeating Wesleyan's James Matias, 6-3, bouncing back from a second-round loss to the same wrestler earlier in the tourney. Shorey sits at a record of 31-7 prior to the first day of the national championship tournament.
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