Kittanning senior Nolf one of several area wrestlers to place in Super 32 Challenge
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Kittanning senior Jason Nolf owns enough wrestling championship medals to wear one every day of the week.
Now he can accessorize with a belt, too.
Nolf, who has two PIAA Class AA championships, three WPIAL titles and a high school career record of 132-1, took first in one of the offseason's most prestigious national wrestling tournaments this past weekend.
The winner of seven straight matches — all by at least a 7-point margin — he claimed his first title at the Super 32 Challenge, held Saturday and Sunday at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center in Greensboro, N.C. He won the 138-pound weight class, which included 128 wrestlers from around the country.
Super 32 champions receive a WWE-style belt.
“It's pretty heavy, too,” Nolf said. “It's real leather and stuff.”
The title adds to an already impressive resume for Nolf, who committed to Penn State this summer.
Nolf, a third-place finisher in the Super 32 last year, was one of several Alle-Kiski wrestlers to medal Sunday.
Lower Burrell native Zach Kelly, a junior at Kiski Prep who committed to Bucknell this summer, placed second in the Super 32's 152-pound weight class to add to his sixth-place finish from a year ago.
Kelly won each of his first four matches by 11 points, prevailed 11-8 in the semifinals and lost a 4-3 heartbreaker in the finals to Jacob Danishek, a three-time Ohio state champion committed to Indiana.
Kiski Area sophomore Tyler Worthing went 6-1 to place third at 195 pounds. No Pennsylvania wrestler placed higher; Worthing beat Norwin sophomore and close friend Drew Phipps, 4-3, in the medal match.
Oakmont native Eric Hong placed eighth at 113 pounds. Hong, a freshman, attends Georgetown Prep in Maryland.
Though the tournament featured wrestlers from throughout the country, Pennsylvania grapplers stole the show. At least one Pennsylvania representative reached the finals in 11 of the 14 weight classes. In addition to Nolf, other finalists from the WPIAL included 106-pounder Gage Curry (North Hills), 113-pounder Spencer Lee (Franklin Regional), 120-pounders Luke Pletcher (Latrobe) and Micky Phillippi (Derry), 126-pounder Dom Forys (North Allegheny), 132-pounders Sam Krivus (Hempfield) and Michael Kemerer (Franklin Regional), and 182-pounder Zack Zavatsky (Latrobe). Lee, Pletcher, Krivus and Zavatsky won titles.
Bill West is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at email@example.com or via Twitter @BWest_Trib.
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