Nick Suriano wrestling Nebraska's Tim Lambert (Photo/Mark Lundy, Lutte-Lens.com)
Penn State sophomore Nick Suriano is seeking to transfer to Rutgers University in his home state of New Jersey.
According to sources, Suriano, an undefeated, four-time New Jersey state wrestling champ, has received a transfer release from Penn State which means he can transfer outside of the Big Ten without losing a year of eligibility. Per Big Ten rules, Suriano would be forced to sit out the 2017-18 season if he transfers to Rutgers, losing an entire year of eligibility.
Suriano still plans to file a waiver request with the Big Ten.
If the waiver is not granted by conference and Suriano were forced to sit out the upcoming season, he would have only two more seasons of eligibility left -- 2018-19, and 2019-20.
Suriano is arguably one of the all-time great wrestlers to come out of New Jersey. Wrestling for Bergen Catholic High School, Suriano compiled a perfect 159-0 record, racking up four NJSIAA (New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association) titles. He also won numerous individual championships at national tournaments such as Super 32 and Beast of the East.
As a Penn State wrestler, Suriano compiled a 16-3 record at 125 pounds during his freshman season in 2016-17.