When you lose in the finals of the NCAA Championships, you sort of expect to be ranked No. 2.
So it was with Nick Suriano who dropped a 5-1 decision to freshman Spencer Lee of Iowa. Lee, who had been ranked No. 4 by Flowrestling previously - and was the three seed at the NCAAs - jumped to No. 1 (shocking!) after his victory.
There were some good and positive moves in the rankings for a pair of RU grapplers. Scott DelVecchio earned an All American recognition with his sixth place finish and moved into the Flowrestling ranking at - wait for it - No. 6. He had not even been ranked by Flowrestling at the close of the regular season.
A really neat story was John Van Brill. JVB was one win from All American, falling short. But he had some stellar early round wins coming out of the 15-seed slot. And, again, from being unranked, Van Brill comes in at No. 10 in Flowrestling’s list.
The other three RU qualifiers all dropped in Flowrestling’s eyes. Richie Lewis (165) went into the Championships with the six seed but finished out of the money. He did well in early wrestlebacks but did not qualify for AA Status. Lewis dropped from No. 4 to No. 11.
The same happened to Nick Gravina at 184. Unseeded and getting an at large bid, Gravina finished 2-2 at the event and out of contention. His fall was not precipitous, going from 10 to 13.
Eleazar DeLuca (149) was also unseeded and had a tough tournament. His ranking went from 18 to 20.
Suriano, Van Brill, and Gravina return for Rutgers next season.