The rich get richer.
New Jersey standout Nick Suriano chose Penn State over the weekend with a verbal commitment to wrestle next season as a Nittany Lion.
Suriano, who selected Penn State over Nebraska, Iowa, Ohio State and Arizona State, is 121-0 entering his senior season with three NJ state titles to his credit.
He projects at 125/133 and joins Mason Manville (No. 7 overall in the Class of 2016) and Illinois transfer Jared Cortez to the Lions’ class of 2016. Cortez will lose a year of eligibility while transferring.
Suriano is rated the third best senior in the nation by Flo Wrestling.
Hayden Hidlay and Noah Stewart are featured in the latest Flo Wrestling Rankings released yesterday.
Hilday is rated first at 152 pounds and is rated 14th overall in the pound-for-pound ratings. The senior-to-be is coming off an impressive 90-2 summer season, capturing a Junior National Greco championship in Fargo.
Penn State recruit Mason Manville is ranked second. Hidlay defeated Manville in both Freestlyle and Greco at Fargo.
Stewart, a fourth-place finisher at states last season, is rated 13th at 160 pounds. Iowa recruit Alex Marinelli is ranked No. 1 at 160. Noah is heading to West Point after graduation, while Hidlay is off to NC State.
Hayden Hidlay capped off an impressive spring/summer season with a third-place finish at the Junior National Freestyle championships in Fargo on Saturday.
Hidlay defeated Luke Troy of California by an 11-0 technical fall to win the third-place trophy. Hidlay finished the Freestyle and Greco season with numerous tournament wins, including a national championship in Greco-Roman Juniors earlier in the week.
He finished the spring/summer with a 90-2 record, losing only to Austin Kraisser of Maryland in Greco and Evan Wick of California in Freestyle. Wick beat Hidlay yesterday and went on to capture the silver medal.
Hidlay, the top-ranked wrestler in the nation at 152 pounds, will take a break until the Super 32 event in November kick off the high school season.
152: Hayden Hidlay technical fall Luke Troy, California, 11-0.
Mifflin County’s Trent Hidlay placed eighth at the Cadet National Freestyle championships at the Fargodome on Friday earning All-American honors at 160 pounds.
Hidlay went 5-3 in the tournament, falling to Kyle Cochran of New Jersey by a 12-1 technical fall in the battle for seventh place. Hidlay went 4-2 in the Greco tournament but failed to place.
160: Kyle Cochran, New Jersey technical fall Trent Hidlay, 12-1.
One of the strengths of a quality wrestler is the ability to bounce back from adversity.
Hayden Hidlay did just that Friday at the Junior National Freestyle championships in Fargo.
Hidlay started his day with a 14-13 loss to Evan Wick of California in a fourth-round stunner. Hidlay held a 12-4 lead after one period but a five takedown barrage by Wick, who advanced to the finals, dropped Hayden into the consolations.
The Mifflin County senior to be rallied for five straight victories to reach the third-place medal round tomorrow at 10 a.m.
Hidlay’s wins came against three top ranked wrestlers bound for major colleges – Austin Kraisser (Campbell), Mason Manville (Penn State) and Griffin Parriott (Purdue).
Hayden scored tech falls over Kraisser (11-0) and Parriott (12-2) and a 7-0 major over Manville, who Hidlay defeated for a Junior National Greco championship earlier in the week.
Hidlay faces Luke Troy of California for third place tomorrow.
152: Evan Wick, California dec. Hayden Hidlay, 14-13.
152: Hayden Hidlay dec. Chase Straw, Iowa, 14-4.
152: Hayden Hidlay technical fall Ryder Punke, Illinois, 10-0.
152: Hayden Hidlay technical fall Austin Kraisser, Maryland, 11-0.
152: Hayden Hidlay dec. Mason Manville, Virginia, 7-0.
152: Hayden Hidlay technical fall Griffin Parriott, Minnesota, 12-2.
152: Hayden Hidlay vs. Luke Troy, California.