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A Rutgers first: Suriano becomes first RU wrestler ranked No. 1

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Five other Knights in rankings

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Rutgers started wrestling in 1930. And over the course of the last nine decades, no Rutgers wrestler was ever been ranked a unanimous/consensus number one.

Until now.

Flowrestling, WIN Magazine, and Intermat have Nick Suriano at No. 1 at 125 pounds this week.

During this 18-0 season, Suriano has outscored his opponents, 249-61, and has defeated five wrestlers currently ranked in the latest Intermat Poll. Suriano also became the first Midlands Champion in Rutgers history this season after he defeated then-No. 10 Ronnie Bresser (Oregon State) to secure the 125-pound title on Dec. 30.

Rutgers also has five other wrestlers ranked in at least one of the ranking polls. Nick Gravina, with two wins this week, jumped up three spots in The Open Mat rank after dropping seven spots the previous week.

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On the Banks will continue coverage with updates on individual rankings as well as team rankings for this week along with a wrap up of Big Ten wrestling later today or tomorrow. We will also have additional coverage of the Penn State match later in the week.