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Health Watch: Checking the Status of Six DI Wrestlers Who Missed Time Recently

Nick Suriano, Jason Nolf

Left photo by Mark Lundy, LutteLens.com, right photo by Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com

With the NCAA Division I wrestling post-season beginning Sunday, there probably isn't a single wrestler out there that is completely healthy. The season is a long grind and everyone takes a knock or two along the way. However, there are several wrestlers who missed a fair amount of time at the end of the season, leading us all to wonder if they'll be able to return and how they'll look when they do. We haven't seen Jason Nolf (Penn State), Nick Suriano (Rutgers), Taylor LaMont (Utah Valley), Jack Mueller (Virginia), Preston Weigel (Oklahoma State), or Jacobe Smith (Oklahoma State) in some time. Here is what we know about their status heading into the most important matches of the season.

Jason Nolf (Penn State), 157

It seemed like nothing short of an injury could stop Nolf from successfully defending the national title he won last season. Then he went down with a knee injury on January 28th during a match with John Van Brill (Rutgers). Initially, it looked bad, but on his weekly radio show a few days later, Cael Sanderson said it “wasn't as bad as we feared” and that he was “optimistic” that his wounded star would be back for the most important matches of the season.

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