“We’ve got to go back to the drawing board,” Rutgers coach Scott Goodale told NJ Advance Media. “Nobody works harder. We’ve got to keep bringing guys in to train with. He’s in a good spot. He wrestled a heck of a tournament. He got beat tonight, that’s it. We’ve got to keep improving, keep getting better. I know that sounds boring, but he’s got to keep evolving, keep getting better.
“Two great, great competitors and wrestlers. Spencer got the better of him tonight. It’s one of those things. Hopefully this turns into a pretty good little rivalry. Lee wrestled really well tonight. He won tonight… he had his number tonight. Tip your hat to Spencer Lee.”
“He’s hard to bring down. One of the reason’s I’m excited to be with the Raiders is to join forces with Lynch,” Gruden continued. “But, we’ll see what happens. Obviously, we have to take a look at the entire roster, but I’m counting on him. I’m counting on him being a big part of our football team.”
While the Raiders also have running backs DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard on their roster, Martin is expected to be the No. 2 running back on the squad.
But when it comes to the 2018 NFL draft, chalk up one big win for Gang Green.
New York’s decision to trade up into the No. 3 spot, held by Indianapolis, wasn’t made Saturday just to land a quarterback. It was to insure — as best the Jets could — Buffalo wouldn’t leapfrog them to get the signal-caller they may be targeting.
“I appreciate you, bro,” Suriano said, shaking Lee’s hand. “Congrats. Fair and square. Congrats.”
Suriano fell short of history Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena, dropping a 5-1 decision to Lee in the national final. The sophomore was bidding to become Rutgers’ first national champion and fulfill his life-long dream of an NCAA title. But after shutting out his first four opponents in the national tournament en route to the final, Suriano was unable to mount much offense against the Hawkeyes’ heralded freshman, being taken down twice while failing to connect on any of his own shots.