Suriano wins Second NCAA Crown, Griffith Silvers as BC sends 6 Crusader Alumni Wrestle in Tourney

March 17-19, Detroit Michigan – Of all the schools in the country, only Blair Academy (NJ) has more wrestlers (7) that BC’s six qualifying for the NCAA Division I Wrestling Tournament this year.  Two of Bergen’s best, Shane Griffith and Nick Suriano look to add their second NCAA Championship to their resumes and have won to make it to the finals.

125 POUNDS:  NICK SURIANO (20-0) – #1 SEED – Suriano dismissed all five of his opponents in order to win his second NCAA Title in three years.  Nick became the first wrestler to win NCAA Titles for two different Big10 Schools (Rutgers and now University of Michigan).  Nick was the first wrestler in Rutgers University history to win a National Championship, which he did in 2020.  In his high school days, Nick was simply awesome going an unprecedented 159-0 in his four year career for the Crusaders.  Individually, Nick won four Beasts of the East, four County’s, four Districts, Regionals and State Championships, but in addition his teams won four state championship and one national championship.  Congratulations to BC’s All-Time Winningest Wrestler!

165 POUNDS:  SHANE GRIFFITH (20-4) – #4 SEED –  Griffith won his opening bout by Technical Fall and continued to defeat his three subsequent opponents en-route to the final.  Leading most of the way, Shane lost by decision in the finals, earning a silver medal for the Cardinal.  In over 100 years of Cardinal Wrestling, Shane became Stanford University’s First-Ever-National Champion.  The school was on the verge of cancelling the program, but Griffith’s victory was so inspiring to Stanford Alumni, they raised in the 10’s of millions of dollars to endow the program which is giving Shane this opportunity this year.

141 POUNDS:  JOE ZARGO and DYLAN CEDENO – Zargo (Wisconsin) earned his first tournament win after losing his opening bout.  He was eliminate in the second round of the Consolation Bracket.  Cedeno (Virginia) was unable to win a bout in Detroit.

174 POUNDS:  CHRIS FOCA – Foca (Cornell) lost by decision in his opening bout, but earned his first tournament PIN in the consolations.  He lost a decision in the subsequent bout.

197 POUNDS:  JACOB CARDENAS – Cardenas (Cornell) lost his opening bout, but earned a MAJOR DECISION in his first wrestle-back.  He was eliminate via sudden victory in the following round.