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Accordino’s Career Ends Due to Injury

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Courtesy of gohofstra.com

Hempstead, NY –

2012 NCAA All-American Justin Accordino‘s Hofstra wrestling career has come to an end due to knee injuries, Pride Head Wrestling Coach Rob Anspach announced Thursday.[highlight=#f3f3f3]Accordino, who had been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the National Collegiate Athletic Association last June, did not get to wrestle in any competitions this season and reinjured his knee last fall. He will have his third knee surgery since 2009 this week. He ends his career with a 76-42 overall record including a 27-10 mark in dual matches and a 10-2 record in the Colonial Athletic Association.[/highlight]A native of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Accordino placed sixth at 149 pounds to earn his first All-American honor at the 2012 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in St. Louis last March. It was the second NCAA Championship appearance of his Hofstra career.

Accordino, who posted a career-best 26-14 record in 2011-12 including a 12-3 mark in duals and a 5-1 slate in the Colonial Athletic Association, placed second in the CAA last season after bouncing back from season-ending knee injuries the previous two seasons. He was granted medical hardship waivers for both the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.

After red-shirting as a true freshman in 2007-08, Accordino tallied a 25-13 record, was ranked as high as 16th, and placed third at 141 pounds in the CAA to earn his first bid to the NCAA Championships in 2008-09. He was 2-2 and advanced to the fifth round of the wrestlebacks at the national championships in St. Louis.

In 2009-10, Accordino was 3-1 in the second competition of the year at the North Carolina State Open when he suffered a season-ending knee injury. He underwent surgery and returned for the 2010-11 season. Accordino posted a 9-6 mark before suffering a second knee injury at the Southern Scuffle. In 2011-12, he opened the year 7-7 before winning 19 of the next 26 matches after the new year for a 26-14 record.

Accordino, who earned his bachelor’s degree in fine arts last May, is working toward a master’s degree in fine arts education.

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Kudos to him for sticking it out and working hard at overcoming the obstacles in front of him. He earned AA honors and that will be with him forever. The injuries suck, but like the other poster said, he will always be an All-American.

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That's terrible. I love the sport, but I know the frustration of dealing with chronic injuries, and unfortunately many of my close friends who were college wrestlers do as well.

Embrace it as a time to move on to the next stage in your life. Best of luck!

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Jerry - I'm sorry to see Justin's career get cut short, but he did end on a high note as an NCAA DI All American. No one can take that away from him and that'll be something he can be proud of the rest of his life. We've talked about Justin's plausible plans in the future and I hope that he does seriously consider chasing those dreams.

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Thanks to all for the kind words!! Justin never went on these boards but , he asked after his surgery on thurs if there were anybody commenting on the boards about him not being able to wrestle this year. I told him about all the kind words that have been posted so he checked it out for the first time, and it made him feel better, because he was affraid that fans may have thought he just gave it up without giving it everthing he had to reach his goal that he set for himself at a very early age. we never put it out there what kind of injury or how bad of injury he had other then people seeing him in a knee brace one could guess but he has had 3 acl surgerys and never took the full 12 months that you should really take for this kind of injury. 6 month each time and right back on the mat for him. this time when he did it he was at practice in aug. so he had 2 options surgery and his season would be over, or rest and try to wrestle without the acl, he gave it evrything he had but the doc and coaches after his last MRI revealed bone on bone wear so doc. would not allow justin to continue, also coach rob who I is a great coach as well as 2nd father to justin in my book, callled me and made the tough call that I was unable to do or justin for that fact either, for that I would like to thank coach rob, because he thought about what was best for my son not the team, and to me that say's alot about a coach. sorry to run on like this but thought I should replie to you all . Thanks again for supportting justin through his tuff time . This will be the first step in justin next journey in life and now its time for him to get healthy and help support the pride to in what ever role he can play, and then turn to coaching and make some future AA or state champions we will see what happens... Mr. Accordino

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Jerry,

 

Can Justin collect a disability check with his social security check ???? : }

 

Seriously, I remember Justin at the SR National Tourney and was pleased that he was coming to Long Island. More to life than just dirty mats- Hope, his future is forfilling. Best, Marty

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Jerry,

 

Can Justin collect a disability check with his social security check ???? : }

 

Seriously, I remember Justin at the SR National Tourney and was pleased that he was coming to Long Island. More to life than just dirty mats- Hope, his future is forfilling. Best, Marty

 

Seriously dude - if you can't live up to your word and stay off the board this is one thread you need to keep your ignorance out of.

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Marty ......? :roll: :? ;) even now you still taking jabs. Thanks but what is the deal with age ? He isnt the first or wont be the last to have done this so please you belittle my son by making statements like that. Again I thank the rest of the wrestling community for all the kind words for Justin.

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shhheeesssshhhh, this World has lost the Don Rickles in it. Men are taking things waaaayyy too serious. mybad...Forgot that Kim Kardasian is relevent.

 

jerry,

 

keep the faith. good luck to you- and your family.

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shhheeesssshhhh, this World has lost the Don Rickles in it. Men are taking things waaaayyy too serious. mybad...Forgot that Kim Kardasian is relevent.

 

jerry,

 

keep the faith. good luck to you- and your family.

 

It was a cheap shot by a dumbasz. But entirely expected. Don't go away mad, just ........

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