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Penn State's Nolf avoids surgery, will miss a month

Paul Schofield
| Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, 5:24 p.m.
Penn State's Jason Nolf, top, takes down Missouri's Joey Lavallee in their 157-pound championship match during the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on Saturday, March 18, 2017, in St. Louis. (Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
Penn State's Jason Nolf, top, takes down Missouri's Joey Lavallee in their 157-pound championship match during the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on Saturday, March 18, 2017, in St. Louis. (Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

Penn State wrestling coach Cael Sanderson's said on his weekly radio show Monday that junior Jason Nolf won't need surgery on his injured right knee.

Nolf injured the knee on Sunday in a dual match at Rutgers.

Nolf is the returning NCAA Division I champion and was a runner-up in 2016.

Per Tim Owen of Blue White Illustrated, Sanderson said:

“Really, it's not as bad as we feared, but it's going to be some time before we get him back in, just to play it safe and try to get him back to close as 100 percent as we can before the postseason.

“We probably won't even try to get him a dual meet. We'll just try to get him ready for the postseason. It will be week to week, and Jason seems to recover and get back on his feet with minor injuries. This one is not quite as minor, but it's not anything that needed surgery or anything, so it's just a matter of time.”

Sanderson did not offer specifics on the injury.

Nolf, ranked No. 1 in the country at 157 pounds, had his 46-match winning streak stopped when the injury would not permit him to continue in a match against No. 16 John VanBrill. Nolf was leading 5-4 when the match was stopped.

Nolf was a three-time PIAA champion and lost only once in his high school career. He also was a four-time WPIAL champion. He was an NCAA runner-up in 2016. He is 76-3 in his career and 16-1 this season.

Paul Schofield is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at pschofield@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.

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