Congratulations to Nick Suriano on winning this years 106lb State Championship. Nick has been attending Apex Wrestling School for many years and is one of the hardest working athletes in the club. Below is the video and the article from the Star Ledger.
Nick Suriano (Bergen Catholic) vs Kyle Bierdumpfel (Don Bosco)
Nick Suriano wins 106lbs State Championship
by Joe Kania/Star Ledger
There were high expectations for Bergen Catholic‘s freshman phenom, Nick Suriano, entering high school.
Suriano won multiple youth state and national championships, and he won the Super 32, one of the toughest preseason tournaments in the nation, just weeks before this season began.
Sunday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, Suriano he proved that he could excel at the next level when he decisioned Don Bosco Prep’s Kyle Bierdumpfel, 3-2, in the 106-pound state final to finish his season 39-0.
“I have been training for that match for the past seven years,” said Suriano. “Bierdumpfel and I have had our battles and I knew what he was coming with, I just tried to make him wrestle my match and dictate the pace.”
The state final marked the fourth time this season that these two local rivals met. And Suriano continued his dominance — but just barely.
The two first wrestled in the Bergen County Coaches Association tournament, where Suriano won, 2-1 in overtime. Suriano would win 4-1 in Bergen Catholic’s dual victory on Jan. 30 and again in the Region 2 final, 5-2.
“I don’t know if I would have been able to do what I did this season had it not been for Bierdumpfel,” Suriano said. “He’s a great wrestler and its great to have him to push me and help me better myself. I don’t want to wrestle slouches, I want to wrestle the best.”
Suriano led from the start when he gained a 2-0 lead in the first period by dropping his rival with a double-leg takedown.
Bierdumpfel, also a freshman, is a quality wrestler. He was was a freestyle and Greco-Roman All-America wrestler at the Cadet Nationals in Fargo, N.D., this past summer and compiled a 34-6 record throughout this season. Bierdumpfel lost only four matches on New Jersey soil this season, all to Suriano.
“Walking off the mat, I just thought about everyone who helped me get here. My family, my friends, my coaches at Bergen Catholic and Apex Wrestling School, they all made my win possible. From here, I’m going to take a week or two off, heal my body and then I start chasing my second state title.”