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NCAA Wrestling: Suriano advances to finals

For the first time in RU history

Roy DeBoer with permission

Nick Suriano took on the number one seed at the NCAA Wrestling Championships....and won.

In the semifinals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, the undefeated (25-0) Scarlet Knight defeated Lehigh’s Darian Cruz, the defending 125 pound champion. He becomes the first Rutgers wrestler to ever compete in the finals.

Aftera scoreless first period, a quick escape in the second plus a stall point gave Suriano a 2-0 lead. They held it scoreless for the win.

Suriano will wrestle Iowa’s Spencer Lee (third seed) - who pinned Ohio State’s Nathan Tomasello (second seed) - on Saturday in the NCAA finals. The Finals begin st 8 pm on ESPN.