NCAA champions don’t hit the transfer portal every day, so when New Jersey standout and Rutgers grad Nick Suriano’s name surfaced as a portal entrant earlier this week, it sent reverberations across the sport. The two-time national finalist and 2019 NCAA Champion is one of the most talented lightweights of his generation, and will be a huge injection of star power for whatever school lands him.
Sources close to Ohio State’s wrestling program told Eleven Warriors there is mutual interest in bringing the four-time New Jersey high school champion to Columbus.
Suriano, who graduated from Rutgers in the spring and is the school’s only NCAA wrestling champion, has spent the summer in the Southwest training with the Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club at Arizona State. While the Sun Devils may have the inside track on securing his commitment, James Kratch at NJ.com reported that, “The NCAA’s recent name, image and likeness rule changes played a role in Suriano’s decision to pursue a return to collegiate competition.”
If that is a factor, Ohio State has a compelling argument, both in terms of roster fit, and in terms of marketability.
How Suriano Fits The Roster
One of the biggest holes in the Buckeye lineup in the past two seasons has been 133 pounds. Since Luke Pletcher moved up at 141 – and then graduated – it’s been a tough row to hoe for true junior Jordan Decatur.
Suriano would immediately add 20 points to the Buckeye team total at the NCAA…