Kittanning’s Jason Nolf won his third PIAA Class AA title Saturday with a defensive pin at 1:48 of the first period against Williamson’s Billy Barnes.
It was Nolf’s third fall of the tournament and the 12th pin in 13 postseason matches this year dating back to the section tournament, the only non-fall a 16-4 victory against Brookville’s Zach Vroman in the PIAA quarterfinals. He was voted the tournament’s Most Outstanding wrestler.
The victory raised Nolf’s career record to 176-1, the lone loss coming to Trinity’s Ryan Diehl in the 2012 PIAA 113-pound semifinals, 6-4. Nolf went on to finish third in the state.
Nolf will wrestle at Penn State next season.
While Nolf celebrated his third title, Burrell’s Steve Edwards and Avella’s Jake Temple both won their first Saturday.
Edwards beat Southern Columbia’s Blake Marks in overtime, 7-5, to win the 152-pound championship.
Temple beat Buzzy Maines, 3-1, in the 220-pound title match.
The lone silver medalist from the WPIAL was J.J. Walker of South Fayette, who lost to Kyle Bova of Coudersport, 9-3, in the 160-pound final.
The WPIAL also had three PIAA bronze medalists in Derry’s George Phillippi (a 2013 state champion) at 120 pounds, South Park’s Jake Wentzel at 138 and Burrell’s Allan Beattie at 285.