As a Freshman: Began the season with a pin of Joe Bentz from Kutztown in 3:30 at the East Stroudsburg Open ... also defeated an unattached Joe Cristaldi, 8-4 ... hobbled by an injury and did not seen any action for the rest of the year.
Redshirted in 1998-99: Compiled a 3-3 overall record … won his first-ever collegiate match against Geoff Reyes, who was unattached, with a pin in 1:03 at the East Stroudsburg Open … his second win was also a pin in 3:32 against Kutztown's Todd Davey … also defeated Maryland's Scott Herfel, 4-2, at East Stroudsburg … competed in the Penn State Open and saw action in one match.
Before Maryland: Earned four varsity letters for wrestling at Colonia High School in Colonia, N.Y. … region champ … three-time district champion … 1998 & 1996 county champ … set two major school records with 107 wins and 60 pins … had a 28-2 record as a senior … 27-4 as a junior.
Personal: Nicholas Paul Cilento … son of Beverly and Michael Cilento … born Nov. 18, 1979 … graduated from high school with a 3.0 GPA … also recruited by Rutgers and James Madison … father Michael played football at the University of Colorado.
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1999-2000 SEASON (freshman): 2-2 ESO W Joe Bentz (Kutztown) F3:30 ESO L Robert Becker (George Mason) 14-2 ESO W Joe Cristaldi (Drexel) 8-4 ESO L Kevin El-Hayek (Harvard) 7-1
1998-99 SEASON (redshirt): 3-3 ESO W Geoff Reyes (Unattached) F1:03 ESO L Matt Picarsic (Harvard) 16-3 ESO W Todd Davey (Kutztown) F3:32 ESO W Scott Herfel (Maryland) 4-2 ESO L Juan Venturi (Princeton) 11-5 PSO L Matt Nowak (Unattached) 15-4