Nick Suriano became the first Rutgers wrestler to win an NCAA title (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- After winning individual national titles over the weekend, Anthony Ashnault, Nick Suriano and Rutgers wrestling head coach Scott Goodale will ring the bell at Old Queens on Tuesday at 4 p.m. The abell, gifted to the University from Colonel Henry Rutgers in 1826, is reserved to mark significant occasions universitywide.
Ashnault and Suriano's titles were the first in program history, as both helped RU place ninth in the overall team standings with 51.5 team points. The top-10 result was a first for the Scarlet Knights, as Goodale was named the Division I National Tournament Coach of the Year.
The Old Queens bell is a celebrated icon of the university's history. Before the university expanded beyond the Old Queens campus, the bell was rung to signal daily worship and the change of classes. As the university's footprint grew, the ringing of the bell took on new meaning and was reserved to mark significant occasions, including those of prized athletic success.
The bell is also rung every year to mark commencement, welcome first-year students at the new student convocation and on Rutgers Day, the annual celebration of all things Rutgers.