Penn State has had a great offseason. Cael Sanderson signed a contract extension, the 2018 recruiting class is shaping up to be one of the best of all time, and Zain Retherford is representing the USA on the world team.
However, some bad news has reared its head with rumors of Nick Suriano's transfer to Rutgers. Things continued to appear bleak after Suriano disappeared from the official Penn State roster. Today, it's official.
Penn State just issued the following statement to Roar Lions Roar:
"Nick Suriano recently requested a release so that he could transfer to Rutgers. We granted this release. Subject to Big Ten policy, any intra-conference transfer is required to sit for one year before they are again eligible to participate. Nick is open to transfer to Rutgers and will be subject to that school's policies (conference or otherwise) on transfer and eligibility status. We support and work within the Big Ten policy."
Rumors swirled earlier this summer regarding a potential transfer to Rutgers. Cael visited Suriano in New Jersey and Flo Wrestling's Christian Pyles reported that Cael was recruiting Suriano to stay in Happy Valley. Suriano had been participating in Scarlet Knight Wrestling Club camps.
Suriano will be subject to the Big Ten rule that requires intraconference transfers to sit out one academic year and lose one year of eligibility.
To date, there has not been a confirmed reason for the transfer, but whatever occurred led to a breakdown of the relationship between Cael and Suriano. Suriano's transfer leaves unpredictability at 125 pounds for Penn State as they seek to win a third consecutive NCAA team title and seventh in nine years under Sanderson.
It is possible that either Kenneth Yanovich, Devin Schnupp or Patrick Higgins could end up being the starter. Yanovich would likely be the favorite to start over the group, but it probably is not set in stone quite yet. The loss of Suriano could mean that Penn State's hopes of breaking the all-time team points record at Nationals is over as well.
Penn State will meet Rutgers on January 28, 2018 in a dual at Rutgers.