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Wrestling: NCAA Champion Transfer Nick Suriano Chooses Michigan

Andy Vance's picture
November 29, 2021 at 8:47am

...and the hits just keep on coming.

As if Ohio State fans hadn't suffered enough Michigan-induced misery over the previous 24 hours, yesterday afternoon former Penn State and Rutgers star Nick Suriano announced via Instagram that he would wrestle his final season for That School Up North.

The 2019 NCAA Champion choose the Wolverines over Ohio State and a list of schools that reportedly included Iowa State and Arizona State.

Suriano will give an already loaded Michigan roster a big boost. He cited a desired to lead the Wolverines to their first NCAA team title as part of his decision; although defending champion Iowa and perennial favorite Penn State are the most likely title winners in Detroit next March, Suriano's addition to the lineup certainly puts Michigan in the hunt.

The New Jersey high school standout was a huge get for Cael Sanderson at Penn State as a blue-chip recruit, but an injury during his freshman season kept him out of the 2017 NCAA championships, and he transferred to Rutgers the next season. He was national runner-up in 2018 at 125 pounds, and then won the 2019 championship at 133 pounds.

He then took an Olympic redshirt in 2020, but a COVID-positive test result kept him out of the Olympic Team Trials last April. He entered the transfer portal, and when he finally suits up in the maize and blue, it will have been more than 33 months since his last college bout.

Ohio State hosts Michigan in the Covelli Center Friday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m.

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