Many of us plan to go out for a picnic … host a backyard barbeque … or chill out by the pool. Perhaps take in a parade.
Nick Suriano, first Rutgers wrestler to win an NCAA title, will lead the Fourth of July parade in his hometown of Paramus, New Jersey as grand marshal.
“My mom used to take me with my grandparents when I was 5 years old,” Suriano told NorthJersey.com. “It’s cool to be in it, and I know my family is happy. It’s a really great honor.”
In addition to naming Suriano as parade grand marshal, Paramus is honoring the 2019 NCAA 133-pound champ for the Scarlet Knights with a sign to honor him. Initially the red sign will be hung at Borough Hall but will later be transferred to a signpost on Paramus Road, near the Paramus Golf Course.
Hanging on the same post will be a sign honoring Suriano’s most significant mat accomplishment prior to college, winning four New Jersey state titles as a wrestler at Bergen Catholic High School, where he compiled a perfect 159-0 record.
Although Suriano was the first wrestler to win a national title in the long history of the sport at the State University of New Jersey, it was only a matter of minutes when he was joined by teammate Anthony Ashnault who was crowned champ at 149 pounds at the 2019 NCAA Division I championships in Pittsburgh in March.