Freshman Nick Suriano has been a model of consistency for Penn State wrestling this season. But the Nittany Lions could be without him in the 2017 Big Ten Wrestling Championships, which begin Saturday.
Coach Cael Sanderson said at his weekly press conference on Monday that the 125-pound wrestler is a “game-time decision” with an ankle injury when the championships start.
Cael Sanderson says Nick Suriano will be a game time decision Saturday in light of his ankle injury.
— TDC Wrestling (@TDC_Wrestling) February 27, 2017
Suriano is 16-2 this season, with his only loss to unbeaten and projected top seed Thomas Gilman of Iowa (3-2 by decision) and by forfeit in the NWCA Dual Championship against Oklahoma State on Feb. 20. He got his foot caught in the mat and couldn’t put any weight on it.
Per the Daily Collegian, Sanderson seemed confident that Suriano wouldn’t miss any time after the Oklahoma State match.
“He sprained his ankle. We’re going to get an X-ray done just to make sure,” Sanderson said. “You can come back pretty quickly from a sprained ankle.”
Suriano was seen on campus last week with crutches and a full air cast on his left foot, according to the Collegian.