Report: Penn State Standing in Way of Nick Suriano Transfer to Rutgers

By Rob Dougherty on August 7, 2017 at 2:52 pm
Feb 3, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions Nick Suriano (right) takes on the Ohio State Buckeyes Jose Rodriguez in the 125pd. weight class at Value City Arena.

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The silence around Nick Suriano's future this summer had been concerning, and those concerns have been justified following a report by Ryan Dunleavy of NJ.com.

Suriano had been hoping to transfer to Rutgers without losing a year of eligibility. However, Penn State and Cael Sanderson are blocking Suriano's intraconference transfer according to NJ.com's source. Suriano has been granted a release by Penn State to a school outside of the Big Ten. However, Penn State has refused to grant him a waiver that could allow the sophomore to retain an extra year of eligibility.

The news that Suriano is looking to transfer comes as a blow to a Penn State squad that has aspirations of setting the team points record and possibly even duplicating or surpassing their five individual national champions from last season. Suriano looks primed to enter the 2017-18 season as one of the favorites for the 125-pound championship, especially since he beat returning 2017 national champion Darian Cruz (Lehigh) and returning 2017 national finalist Ethan Lizak (Minnesota) during the regular season. 

For Suriano to not lose a year of eligibility in a transfer to Rutgers, he will need a waiver granted by the Big Ten. If the Big Ten does not grant this waiver, Suriano would have two seasons left to compete and three years to complete those two seasons of eligibility.

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