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Nick Suriano Olympic Aspirations on Display in Texas This Weekend

The 2019 National Champion will compete at the two day Senior Nationals for next Olympic Trials Qualification Attempt

Roy DeBoer

Nick Suriano’s quest for the Olympics continues this weekend at the 2019 Senior Nationals in Forth Worth, Texas at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

The men’s freestyle event will be held on Saturday and Sunday this weekend.

Suriano was last seen in action at the Bill Farrell Tournament last month where he earned a bronze medal. He had to finish with gold in order to qualify for the Olympic Trials in April.

For this next attempt, Suriano will need a top-five finish and he will earn a bid to the Olympic Trials. The trials are held from April 4-5, 2020 in State College, Pennsylvania. Preliminaries of men’s freestyle will begin on Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. ET, followed by quarterfinal matches, semifinal matches and a round of consolation bouts from 5-8 p.m. On Sunday, all remaining consolation bouts and medal matches will take place from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The finals of each weight begin at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

According to Flo Wrestling, the pre-seeds for the 57 KG bracket released Tuesday were as follows:

  1. Spencer Lee (Titan Mercury WC)
  2. Nathan Tomasello (Titan Mercury WC)
  3. Zane Richards (Titan Mercury WC)
  4. Nahshon Garrett (Titan Mercury WC)
  5. Darian Cruz (New York AC)
  6. Vitali Arujau (Titan Mercury WC)
  7. Josh Rodriguez (Nittany Lion WC)
  8. Zach Sanders (Gopher WC)
  9. Sean Russell (Gopher WC)
  10. Frank Perrelli (Titan Mercury WC)
  11. Cory Clark (Titan Mercury WC)
  12. Alan Waters (Titan Mercury WC)

You’ll notice that Suriano was not listed due to him officially entering the tournament after they were released. Based on his finish at the Bill Farrell, he is expected to be the No. 2 or 3 seed in the tournament. The seeding meeting is to be held tonight.

Should Suriano be seeded No. 2 or 3, it could set up for a potential showdown in the finals with Iowa’s Spencer Lee, who is representing the Titan Mercury Wrestling Club. The two last met in the 2018 NCAA Finals at 125 pounds, a match won by Lee 5-1.

In other news, Suriano and fellow national champion Anthony Ashnault were named NJ Advance Media sports person(s) of the year.