No. 2 Ranked Nick Suriano Selects Penn State
The Penn State Nittany Lions got some big news today, when the nation’s #2 ranked wrestler and New Jersey prep, Nick Suriano, gave his commitment to wrestle his collegiate career there. Suriano is an undefeated three-time state champion for Bergen Catholic, and this past year he won both the Beast of the East tournament and the famous west coast tournament, the Doc Buchanan.
Suriano is a big addition to Cael Sanderson’s 2016 recruiting class, joining Mason Manville, who also used to wrestle as a prep in New Jersey out of Blair Academy. Per InterMat (Platinum) the Lions now have two top 15 commits for the 2016 class which would give them the most of any team. Suriano projects at 125 or 133, but after spending last season at 126 pounds, many feel Suriano will most likely end up at 133. That will prove an interesting dynamic, as this past weekend former University of Illinois wrestler Jered Cortez announced he would be transferring to Penn State, and he too figures to end up at 133 pounds. One thing is for certain in the past few days Cael has gone from a rather bare cupboard at 125-133, to one stocked with elite talent.
Suriano is the second top five recruit to commit, joining Ohio’s Alex Marinelli who has given his verbal commitment to the Iowa Hawkeyes. The Hawkeyes were also in the Suriano sweepstakes, along with Nebraska, and with his selection of Penn State, college wrestling fans will now turn even more attention to what #1 overall ranked Mark Hall will do. Isaiah White, Chad Red, and Hall are the last three remaining top five recruits left to give their commitment for 2016 and Samuel Colbray is the only other wrestler in the top ten. We are entering the portion of the recruitment process where just a few of the elite talents remain on the board, yet many teams appear to be in the running for them.