Nick Suriano (Photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Sunday evening, Nick Suriano put to rest one of the longest running saga's of the 2021-22 season (and more), as he announced via his Instagram that he would finish his eligibility at the University of Michigan.
Suriano is a two-time NCAA finalist, losing in the 2018 finals to Spencer Lee and winning at 133 lbs a year later. That title made him the first NCAA champion in Rutgers wrestling history. Before the national tournament, Suriano captured his first Big Ten title. Those came at a 133 lb weight class that was deemed one of the toughest in a decade. At that NCAA Tournament, Suriano earned wins over Ethan Lizak (Minnesota), Stevan Micic (Michigan), and Daton Fix (Oklahoma State).
Through three years of competition, Suriano's collegiate record sits at 70-7.
Suriano joins a Michigan squad that currently sits at #5 in the tournament rankings and number six in duals. He is now one of six All-Americans in the Wolverine lineup, as he'll presumably fit in at 125 lbs. That also sets up potential rematches with Lee at the Big Ten and possibly the NCAA finals.
The Wolverines are looking for a huge showing at the 2022 NCAA Championships as they will take place in Detroit.