Duke Wrestling BIO
2010-11: Did not compete due to injury ... ACC Academic Honor Roll selection.
2009-10: Competed in one match at 133 pounds ... defeated his foe from Davidson with a 7-5 decision ... missed the remainder of the season to injury.
2008-09: Did not compete.
Prep: A four-year letterwinner and two-year team captain out of Greensburg Central Catholic High School ... earned Wrestling USA High School All-American honors as a senior ... took second place at the NHSCA Senior National Competition ... took third at the NHSCA Junior Freestyle Tournament in 2005 ... compiled a four-year prep record of 157-16 ... went 46-2 as a senior with a third-place finish in the PIAA AAA State Championship ... also took first place in the sectional and regional meets ... finished second at the state championship as a sophomore, sixth as a junior and fifth as a freshman ... named All-WPIAL three times by the Tribune Review ... selected to the Pennsylvania All-Academic Team three years ... won the WPIAL Regionals as a junior and senior ... took first in the WPIAL Sectionals three times after finishing second as a freshman ... participated in the Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic ... also lettered three years in golf and captained the team as a senior.
Personal: Born Nicolas John Cortese on April 15, 1989 ... son of John and Jacqueline Cortese ... has a brother, Johnny, and a sister, Cristina ... brother wrestled at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and Duquesne University.