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Eight individuals ranked as start of 2017-18 season nears
Women’s ice hockey player Laura Bowman gives Penn State three honorees
National Champs among three Penn Staters now on ballot for Academic All-American
Former Lion standout David Taylor wins 2017 U.S. Open senior title at 86 kg
Retherford, Nolf and McCutcheon named to NWCA National All-Academic team
NCAA Champion Jason Nolf capped off an unbeaten season with the 157-pound title in St. Louis. He heads into his junior year looking to win another NCAA crown and become a three-time All-American. Nolf, already a three-time NCAA finalist and the reigning Big Ten Wrestler of the Year, was one of five individual champions for Penn State last season.
Parents: Michael and Audra Nolf -- Major: Kinesiology
2016-17: Ranked #1 by InterMat...pinned #14 Russ Parsons (2:19) at Army WP on 11/11 then Stanford’s Paul Fox in Rec Hall on 11/13...went 5-0 with three pins and two techs to win Keystone Classic title on 11/20 at Penn, including 25-10 TF over #19 May Bethea of Penn in the final...pinned #9 Jake Short of Minnesota on 1/6 in Minneapolis...dominated #3 Tyler Berger of Nebraska, posting 15-7 major on 1/8 in Lincoln...Big Ten Wrestler of the Week (1/10)...posted 22-4 tech fall over #16 John Van Brill of Rutgers on 1/13...dominated #2 Michael Kemerer in a 9-4 win at Iowa on 1/20, tallying four takedowns in the victory...pinned Wisconsin’s Jared Scharenbrock (3:48) on 1/27...pinned Ohio State’s Anthony DeCarlo (1:36) in Columbus on 2/3...26-11 tech fall over #12 Kyle Langenderfer of Illinois on 2/10...dominating 24-9 tech fall at the 7:00 mark over #6 Joe Smith of Oklahoma State on 2/19, helping lead Penn State to 27-13 win at OSU for NWCA Dual crown.
Big Ten Championships (3-0, Champion, NCAA Qualifier): Cruised to his first Big Ten Championship with 3-0 run, including two pins, in Indiana on 3/4-5...downed #2 Michael Kemerer 8-2 in finals...was named 2017 Big Ten Wrestler of the Year post-tourney.
NCAA Championships (5-0, Champion, All-American): Won first NCAA title with 14-6 major over #3 Joey Lavallee of Missouri in the national final in St. Louis...went 5-0 with a pin, two techs and two majors at nationals...first-team CoSIDA Academic All-District...second-team CoSIDA Academic All-American.
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||2016-17||27-0||14-0 (9-0)||13-0 (3-0/5-0)||14-0||8-0||3-0||75||Career||60-2||30-0 (18-0)||30-2 (6-1/9-1)||29-0||19-0||8-0||158|