Jason Nolf, Penn State's three-time NCAA wrestling champ, was part of a unique wrestling benefit Sunday in Chicago. It wasn't the best bout ever, but the event did make a difference.
Nolf defeated Jordan Oliver, a two-time NCAA champ from Oklahoma State, 4-1 in a bout that both wrestlers chided themselves over for the lack of offense. They combined for one takedown, which Nolf scored on a late counter move.
DAILY COLLEGIAN: Jason Nolf wins third straight NCAA title, becomes only the third in Penn State history to do so
PITTSBURGH — Tyler Berger and Jason Nolf have been the top two wrestlers at 157 pounds for much of their time in college.
Nolf has always had a considerable upper hand on Berger, beating him five times in college and four times by bonus point. But despite the familiarity between the two and an insistence by Berger that's studied and knows what to expect from Nolf to the point where he "has books full of Jason Nolf," the Penn State senior prevailed over Berger for his third NCAA title.
Whippany, New Jersey.April 22, 2019. - The ScrapLife family is growing! Today, ScrapLife, the company behind the popular Under Armour Wrestling line of apparel, proudly announces that it has signed three-time national champions Bo Nickal and Jason Nolf to long-term endorsement contracts. Nickal and Nolf join fellow Penn State alums David Taylor and Zain Retherford in the ScrapLife stable.
“Bo and Jason are two of the sport’s best competitors and ambassadors,” said ScrapLife partner Don Beshada. “Hard working, bright, talented, and humble - the qualities that any company looks for in strategic partners, and qualities they share with David and Zain. Given where they all come from, that is hardly surprising,” continued Beshada. “We’re proud that Bo and Jason chose to represent the ScrapLife brand, and we’re happy we can assist them with the transition to the next phase of their lives. We like to say that Bo and Jason are additions to the family, but in reality, they are part of the beginning of something that we believe will be special.”
Jason Nolf finished third at the US Open with an impressive performance at 70 kg, but he has decided to make the move to 74 kg for the World Team Trials. The three-time NCAA champion was planning to compete at 74 kg for the 2020 Olympic qualifying cycle, but he has decided to make the move a little earlier.
The move comes as a bit of a surprise in some respects, as 70 kg does not have as deep or as talented of a field. Despite Nolf's loss to two-time world medalist James Green, there were mistakes Nolf made in that match that could have been corrected in time for the World Team Trials.