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Retherford, Nolf and McCutcheon named to NWCA National All-Academic team
Penn State Wrestling Club hosts annual post-season Awards Luncheon
Hall Freshman, Zain Wrestler, Cael Coach of the Year as Penn State sweeps InterMat Awards
Nittany Lions blaze to five straight wins in a 5-0 finals showing to tie NCAA record for national champions
Sophomore downs Duke's Kasper to place fifth at 285 in first NCAA tournament appearance
NCAA finalist Jason Nolf is coming off an amazing freshman campaign that saw him roll to the NCAA finals before dropping a last second decision in the title bout. The 2016 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and 2016 InterMat Freshman of the Year, Nolf posted a 33-2 overall mark (including bolting out to a 29-0 mark) with 15 falls, 11 tech falls and five majors, giving him 31 bonus point wins in his 35 bouts. The sophomore heads into the new year looking to make a run at the NCAA crown at 157.
Parents: Michael and Audra Nolf -- Major: Kinesiology
2015-16: Ranked #2 by InterMat...pinned Lock Haven's Aaron McKinney (2:42) in collegiate debut on 11/13...downed #3 Nick Brascetta of Virginia Tech 4-1 on 11/15...strong 24-9 tech fall over CSUB's AJ Fierro on 11/20 in Bakersfield...pinned Stanford's Ryerson Dempsey at the 5:24 mark on 11/22...went 5-0 with three pins (plus another pin over a non-collegiate) to win Nittany Lion Open on 12/6...pinned Wisconsin's TJ Ruschell of Wisconsin (6:00) in the first of two BJC Duals of the year on 12/13, Nolf's Big Ten dual debut...majored #20 Chad Walsh of Rider on 12/19...rolled through the field to win the 2016 Southern Scuffle title at 157, going 5-0 with two pins and two techs...pinned #10 Mitch Minotti in semis then handled Oklahoma State's Joe Smith 7-3 in the finals...went 2-0 on Big Ten road swing at Purdue and Indiana, including a tech fall and a major...lop-sided 19-3 tech fall over #17 Tyler Berger of Nebraska on 1/15...pinned #1 Isaiah Martinez of Illinois on 1/23 in Champaign (4:56), handing the defending NCAA Champion his first collegiate loss (snapping 54-match win streak)...B1G Wrestler of the Week (1/26)...dominating 22-6 TF (6:14) over #9 Brian Murphy of Michigan on 1/31...dominating 19-6 major over #11 Jake Ryan of Ohio State on 2/5...two first period pins on back-to-back nights, getting one at 1:22 at Lehigh on 2/12 and at 2:02 vs. Michigan State in Rec Hall on 2/13...third straight pin, this one over Oklahoma State's Ryan Blees (6:32) on 2/21 in dual win over the Cowboys...Big Ten Wrestler of the Week once, InterMat National Freshman of the Year, 2016 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, NWCA First Team All-Academic.
Big Ten Championships (3-1, Runner-Up, NCAA Qualifier): Big Ten Runner-Up, going 3-1 with a pin and two techs, lost on criteria (:12 riding time) to #2 Isaiah Martinez of Illinois in final, his first collegiate loss.
NCAA Championships (4-1, Runner-Up, All-American): Became freshman All-American with 4-1 run in debut NCAA Championship...a pin, two techs and a major advanced him to the finals in Madison Square Garden where he dropped a tough 6-5 decision to #1 Isaiah Martinez of Illinois.
2014-15: Red-shirt season...went 15-1 wrestling unattached in open tournaments...had five pins, three techs and a major...went 6-0 at ESU Open on 11/6/14 and 5-0 at the NLO on 12/7/14 before a 4-1 run at the Southern Scuffle, dropping a tough decision to Nebraska All-American James Green in the finals.
Brought a lengthy list of accolades with him to the Penn State Nittany Lion family...won three state titles in high school, at 103, 132 and 145...amassed a 176-1 career record in high school...four year wrestling letterman and one-time team captain, he also lettered twice in cross country and one year in track and field...competed in the 2014 USA vs. Pennsylvania Dapper Dan event and competed for the Young Guns wrestling club as well... outspend student, posting a 4.5 GPA, winning Kittanning's Physics Award and the school's Principal's Award.
|YEAR||OVERALL||DUALS (B10)||TRN (B10/NCAA)||F||TF||M||Pts.|
|2014-15||Red Shirt Season|
|2015-16||33-2||16-0 (9-0)||17-2 (3-1/4-1)||15-0||11-0||5-0||83||Career||33-2||16-0 (9-0)||17-2 (3-1/4-1)||15-0||11-0||5-0||83|