Nicky Freestyle Redshirting To Pursue Olympics

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Rutgers' first national champion in program history will be deferring eligibility this upcoming NCAA season in order to focus on the 2020 Olympic Games. 

An article published September 9 in NJ.com cites sources with knowledge of the situation that say Suriano will be postponing his 133-pound title defense for a year in order to concentrate on qualifying for the Olympic Team Trials, held next April.

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Suriano is presumably planning on competing at 57 kilograms (approximately 125.4 pounds). The next Olympic weight up is 65kg, or about 143 pounds. The Olympic Team Trials will be April 4-5, 2020. The first opportunity to qualify for the trials is at the Bill Farrell in New York City, November 15-16, 2019. There is one OTT spot available at the Farrell, and it goes to the top American placer in each weight class. 

The next and only other chance for Suriano to qualify for the trials is to place in the top five at the Olympic Trials Qualification Tournament held December 20-22, 2019. That tournament will take the place of the 2020 Senior U.S. Open on the USA Wrestling calendar. 

The men's freestyle 57-kilogram tournament at the Tokyo Games begins on Wednesday, August 5, 2020, and concludes with the finals on the following day. 

The New Jersey native still has a regular NCAA redshirt at his disposal, however, Suriano will elect to don a redshirt of the Olympic variety, as he has met the requirement of placing in the top three of the 2019 NCAA Championships.* NJ.com also notes that Nick is not currently enrolled as a student at Rutgers.

Suriano has been a dominant folkstyle force for years, though he does not have a lengthy freestyle resume. Before his victory over world bronze medalist Joe Colon at 2019 Beat the Streets NYC, Suriano's last major freestyle competition was the 2014 UWW Cadet World Team Trials in Akron. 

Nick was defeated by 2019 senior world team member Daton Fix in the 54kg finals of the 2014 cadet trials. You can watch that match (a now-familiar, low-scoring, tactically conservative style match) in the video below.

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Fix will be one of the favorites to earn win the Olympic Team Trials at 57kg next April. You can also expect to see 2017 world bronze medalist Thomas Gilman in the mix, and potentially current Hawkeye Spencer Lee, as well as a host of other worthy contenders. 

*A previously published version of this article erroneously stated that Suriano had not qualified for a 2020 Olympic redshirt based on these criteria. Suriano does, in fact, qualify for an Olympic redshirt based on an updated list of criteria. Our apologies.

Coach Myers Wrestling S&C: Death By Barbell Curl With Kollin Moore

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The barbell curl is one of the most basic weightlifting exercises but in my opinion also one of the most useful accessory lifts for wrestlers. 

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FRL 503 - James Green On Move To Southeast RTC, Iowa Depth Chart Breakdown

FRL 503 - James Green On Move To VT

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On episode 503 of FRL, the boys are joined by James Green as he talks about his move to the Southeast RTC and give a complete breakdown of Iowa's depth chart.

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Penn State's 2020-21 Depth Chart And Long-Term Lineup Projection

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Singular success in sports is hard enough as it is; prolonged success and maintaining dominance seems downright impossible. Yet that's exactly what Penn State has done for a decade, the gold standard of winning in the current NCAA landscape.

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PIAA: Does AAA Crush AA At Producing NCAA Talent?

The debate has raged as long as there have been separate classes in Pennsylvania, AA or AAA? The answer is clear that AAA is the superior division, but you need to have perspective about the true differences. The notion that AA is a “JV” division is laughable. 

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Iowa's 2020-21 Depth Chart And Long-Term Lineup Projection

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This time a year ago few, including myself, believed anyone could touch Penn State at the 2020 NCAA Championships. However, by Thanksgiving, the Hawkeyes had overtaken the Nittany Lions and never looked back. Iowa put together a perfect dual campaign, broke the Midlands scoring record, and won the Big Ten Tournament by 25 points. However, due to the cancellation of the NCAA Championships, Iowa was more than likely denied their first NCAA title since 2010.

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Bader Show: James Green, Ethan Kyle, And Chase Pami

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On this episode of The Bader Show, Bader and Bray catch up with three guys on the move: James Green, Ethan Kyle, and Chase Pami.

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The Top 10 Ohio State Wrestling Storylines Of 2019-20, Ranked

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Ohio State fielded one of its youngest teams in recent memory this season and spent a good percentage of the year figuring out where some of the newcomers best fit in the lineup. By season’s end, the team featured three national title contenders among eight NCAA qualifiers.

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James Green Joins Southeast RTC

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The spring of regional training center moves continues. World silver and bronze medalist James Green is on the move to Virginia Tech to join the Southeast RTC. Green will be a guest on The Bader Show this evening at 6 PM CT to further discuss his decision. 

The Top 10 Oklahoma State Wrestling Storylines Of 2019-20, Ranked

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FloWrestling correspondent Seth Duckworth brings you the top 10 storylines from Oklahoma State Wrestling in 2019-20, ranked.

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Far Ankle Pros And Cons

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If you have never seen the benefits of far ankle defense, you may not have been paying very close attention to wrestling in the last 20 years, because the trend probably goes back that far, maybe even further.

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