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Penn State Wrestling Defector Nick Suriano Says There Is No Rivalry With Rutgers

You can take the boy out of Penn State, but you can’t take the Penn State out of the boy.

Former Penn State freshman sensation Nick Suriano might be sitting across from Cael Sanderson’s squad and wearing a scarlet singlet at the Rutgers Athletic Center Sunday, but make no mistake: He’s still very much a Penn Stater.

At the Scarlet Knights’ media availability Wednesday, Suriano firmly denied any rivalry between Penn State and Rutgers, as so many Nittany Lion fans have done for years.

“I don’t think it’s a rivalry. There’s gonna be a lot of hype, because they’re the No. 1 team in the country.” he said. “Rivalry? I don’t think so. It is what what it is. I left Penn State. Now, I’m at Rutgers, and we’re wrestling Penn State. It’s just another match”

All this talk about who isn’t a rival and about treating every opponent the same sounds a lot like a certain football coach not named Chris Ash and is as cryptic as a sound bite from Cael Sanderson himself. When he was committed to and enrolled at Penn State, Suriano must’ve gotten a lot of experience responding to his insufferable friends from New Jersey, whose three favorite words rhyme with “Luck Men Kate” and can be heard at parties, on the streets of New Brunswick, and at football games that the Nittany Lions aren’t even playing in.

Suriano went on to elaborate that Rutgers has its hands full with his former teammates, who smacked the Scarlet Knights (37-6) last winter.

“They’re gonna come here to put on a show, score points, try some new moves, and win big,” he said. This is nothing anyone should be taking lightly. They’re the best team in the country for a reason.”

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Anthony Colucci

Anthony Colucci is Onward State’s Social Media Manager, a preferred walk-on honors student, and a junior majoring in psychology and public relations. Despite being from the make-believe land of Central Jersey, he was never a Rutgers fan. If you ever want to know how good Saquon Barkley's ball security is, ask Anthony what happened when he tried to force a fumble at the Mifflin Streak. Feel free to follow @_anthonycolucci on Twitter and email him at [email protected] to hear the story or if you’re bored and want to chat.


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