Trizzino keeps it all in the family
Andy Hamilton ? Iowa City Press-Citizen ? May 12, 2009
Nick Trizzino sort of always figured he would wind up wrestling at Iowa some day.
It just took him a year longer than originally anticipated to get to that point.
The state champion from Bettendorf said Monday that he will continue his career with the Hawkeyes next fall, continuing a lineage with Iowa wrestling.
"I grew up a Hawkeye," said Trizzino, whose father, Mark, and uncle, Scott, were key figures on Iowa teams during the Hawkeyes' string of nine straight NCAA titles under Dan Gable. "I guess it was always in the back of my mind, and I never really thought about it too much up until it was time to make my decision and then I realized that's the place I wanted to be."
Scott Trizzino was a two-time Big Ten champion for the Hawkeyes and reached the NCAA finals twice. Mark was a conference champion in 1982 and an All-American in 1984 at 126 pounds at Iowa.
"I think he's happy for me," Nick Trizzino said of his father. "He told me when I was looking at colleges and looking at where I wanted to wrestle that it was my decision, he didn't care where I went. It was about where I felt comfortable and where I felt that I wanted to be and where I could be the best wrestler I could be and excel."
Nick, projected to wrestle at 125 pounds in college, said he also considered Iowa State and Illinois and took official visits to both schools last spring. At the time, he was recovering from a shoulder injury that ended his high school career midway through his senior season and planning to spend a year away from the sport to fully heal.
Trizzino was a three-time state place-winner at Bettendorf. He claimed the 112-pound title as a junior in 2007 after placing seventh in each of his first two seasons. But he aggravated a shoulder injury during a New Year's Day workout as a senior.
"I originally hurt it my sophomore year," he said. "I took a break the second half of the season, I sat out and then I got cleared the day before districts and I wrestled. I don't think it really ever healed because it bothered me my junior year the whole season. Then the senior year, the first half it was bothering me and in practice that day it was unbearable."
Trizzino underwent surgery last April to repair a labrum tear and opted to delay his college wrestling career a year. He has been taking classes as a part-time student at Scott Community College in Davenport. He helped Bettendorf as a volunteer assistant this past season and started easing back into wrestling in November.
"I just took the year to let my shoulder heal and be smart about it," he said. "There was no need to rush back into it. I wanted to make sure I got it taken care of and healed the whole way because I didn't want it to be a chronic injury where it was bothering me the rest of my career. I wanted to get it done and get it out of the way so hopefully I don't have to worry about it anymore. ... Ever since I started wrestling again, I haven't had any problems with it."
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