Behind the Scenes: National Champions | Behind the Scenes: Through to the Finals
Suriano Finals Highlights | Ashnault Finals Highlights | Welcome Home Champions
NCAA Session I Recap | NCAA Session II Recap | NCAA Session III Recap | NCAA Semifinal Recap
An Historic Night in Pittsburgh
FOR the first time in program history, Rutgers wrestling has individual national champions, as both Nick Suriano (133) and Anthony Ashnault secured titles at the 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on March 23 in Pittsburgh. The two championships helped the Scarlet Knights finish ninth with 51.5 team points, marking the first ever top-10 team finish at the national tournament. RU was one of just two programs to have multiple individual champions this season, as head coach Scott Goodale was named the Division I National Tournament Coach of the Year.
The wins marked the first individual NCAA championship for Rutgers Athletics since Alexis Jemal captured the women’s sabre title in fencing in 2003. Their championships were also the first for a male student-athlete at Rutgers since Elliott Quow won the outdoor 200m for track & field in 1983.
Suriano downed No. 1 seed Daton Fix (Oklahoma State) in a wild overtime match to claim the 133-pound title, while Ashnault defeated No. 2 seed Micah Jordan (Ohio State) to earn the 149-pound individual crown. Suriano rallied for a 4-2 triumph in the second sudden-victory period. Ashnault earned a 9-4 win to complete an undefeated season.
Suriano took the mat first for Rutgers, and once again battled in a low-scoring matchup against Fix. After a scoreless first period, both registered escapes in the following two periods to force overtime. No scoring occurred in the first sudden victory, and Suriano was hit for a stall point in the first rideout to hand Fix a 2-1 lead. Suriano then escaped in the closing moments of the second tiebreaker to force a second sudden victory, where he earned the clinching takedown for the 4-2 final.The win over Fix completed a revenge tour of sorts for Suriano, who avenged all three of his regular-season losses during the postseason. Suriano downed Austin DeSanto (Iowa) at the Big Ten Conference Championships earlier this month and defeated Stephan Micic (Michigan) and Fix this weekend en route to his title.
For the third time this season, Ashnault faced Jordan, as his foe took an early 1-0 lead after the first period when Ashnault was hit with hands to the face. But Ashnault was never deterred. The four-time All-American landed a takedown at the 1:43 mark in the second period and rode out Jordan heading into period three. Ashnault then hit a four-point move on a takedown and two near fall, and tacked on the riding time for the 9-4 final.
Nick Suriano: “I am blessed. It’s an honor to bring history to Rutgers where it belongs. It’s an honor and a blessing. I heard Goodale yell, and it made me so happy, man. Honestly, when I heard Coach Goodale yell and cheer me on, it was a dream.”
Anthony Ashnault: “It’s everything that I’ve worked for up to this point, I try not to idolize wrestling, but a big part of my life was focused on getting a national title.”
Scott Goodale: “What an unbelievable accomplishment for both Nick and Anthony as well as this program. “Those two showed that titles can be won right here at Rutgers. This state produces some of the top talent in the country, and tonight solidifies those guys can succeed without going too far from home.”
Pat Hobbs: “This is an historic night for Rutgers University, I cannot be happier for Nick and Anthony. It’s a tremendous accomplishment. We’re going to keep this going and keep building. Tonight, we started to show people where Rutgers is going to be moving forward.”
- ‘It’s just meant to be this way’: Anthony Ashnault, Nick Suriano, 2 national championships and the greatest night in Rutgers wrestling history
- 5 ways Rutgers can honor Anthony Ashnault, Nick Suriano after …
- NCAA wrestling: Anthony Ashnault and Nick Suriano are National …
- Rutgers’ Nick Suriano, Anthony Ashnault to be honored at Devils-Rangers game | How to buy tickets
- On The Banks:
- USA Wrestling:
- WIN Magazine:
Edgewater Online: NCAA wrestling championships 2019: Anthony Ashnault and Nick …
Daily Targum – Ashnault, Suriano prove winning wrestling championships can be done at Rutgers
247sports.com — Nick Suriano, Anthony Ashnault reach NCAA Championship final
InterMat Wrestling – Ashnault, Suriano, Goodale to ring bell at Old …
TheKnightReport.net – Session IV Recap: Suriano/Ashnault One Win …
ScarletKnights.com — Anthony Ashnault & Nick Suriano Capture 2019 Individual NCAA Titles
ShoreSportsNetwork.com — Rutgers Wrestling Coach Scott Goodale Talks Recent Success
app.com — Rutgers wrestling: Champions Nick Suriano, Anthony Ashnault get …
The Faces of the NCAA Wrestling Championships – Barstool Sports
Facebook — Anthony Ashnault and Nick Suriano are on… – Rutgers University …
6:57 Video Facebook: Rutgers Wrestling – BEHIND-THE-SCENES | National Champs – Nick Suriano, Anthony Ashnault
149 f, Anthony Ashnault, Rutgers vs Micah Jordan, tOSU – FloWrestling
isportsweb.com — RU Times 2! Rutgers University Wins First 2 Wrestling National …
NCAA.com — Rutgers wrestling: Nick Suriano and Anthony Ashnault win national …
GREAT WEEKEND for NJ WRESTLING! | NJSIAA
NorthJersey.com — Anthony Ashnault finishes Rutgers wrestling career with national title
Reddit — Nick Suriano and Anthony Ashnault become first ever Rutgers …
Nick Suriano, Anthony Ashnault ring Old Queens Bell – SuperNewsWorld
Tapinto.net — Ashnault and Suriano win in NCAA finals to become RU wrestling’s …
TeamUSA — Rutgers, Virginia Tech and Northern Iowa put together monumental …
TrackWrestling – Anthony Ashnault: ‘It’s everything I worked for up to this point.
Trentonian – Anthony Ashnault, Nick Suriano give Rutgers wrestling two national …
5:40 Video YouTube: NCAA Champions Nick Suriano, Anthony Ashnault Welcomed Home …
5:52 Video YouTube: Anthony Ashnault – National Championship Press Conference
6:57 Video YouTube: BEHIND-THE-SCENES | National Champs – Nick Suriano, Anthony …
1:56 Video YouTube: Rutgers wrestlers Nick Suriano, Anthony Ashnault ring Old Queens …
4:55 Video YouTube: Scott Goodale talks Rutgers’ national champions Nick Suriano and …
6:35 Video YouTube: Nick Suriano, Anthony Ashnault, Scott Goodale Ring The Rutgers Bell
5:52 Video YouTube: Suriano / Ashnault return at Rutgers with NCAA championships …
1:00 Video YouTube: Wrestling NCAA Championships – Ashnault, Suriano Advance to Finals
4:49 Video YouTube: Nick Suriano – National Championship Press Conference
This post is a work in progress. Find an article or Social Media item that you think belongs here, tell us in the comments below.