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Jason Nolf Is Competing At Final X Wrestling 2023: What You Should Know

Jason Nolf Is Competing At Final X Wrestling 2023: What You Should Know

Jason Nolf qualified for Final X Wrestling 2023 as the 74kg champion at the 2023 U.S. Open Wrestling Championships in April. Here’s what to know about him.

May 31, 2023 by Matt Cannizzaro

Jason Nolf, 27, rolled through the U.S. Open field, with his final opponent of the event being fellow former Penn State wrestler Vincenzo Joseph, whom he defeated 10-5 for the title and a spot at Final X 2023 presented by Tezos. 

Nolf is not unfamiliar with the big stages. He was a standout for Penn State Wrestling and also has seen action at the World Team Trials Challenge, Pan American Championships and the U.S. Olympic Team Trials. 

His Final X opponent will be Kyle Dake, who was the 74kg gold medalist at the 2022 World Wrestling Championships in Belgrade, Serbia. It was his fourth consecutive world title and second straight at 74kg.

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2023 Final X Wrestling Matchups

Dake and Nolf met twice in 2021, with Dake winning both encounters. They met again at Final X 2022, where Dake swept Nolf in the best-of-three series to earn his fifth berth on the national team.

This year’s edition of Final X will take place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on June 10. The event will feature the top two wrestlers at every weight class in a best-of-three series, with the winners making the 2023 United States World Team. 

The world team will travel to Belgrade, Serbia, to compete at the 2023 Senior World Championships from Sept. 16-24. 

Check below for the current matchups for Final X and a brief explanation of how each wrestler qualified for the 2023 event.

Here’s what to know about Jason Nolf:

Jason Nolf Excelled For Penn State Wrestling

Nolf was a three-time NCAA champion at 157 pounds, winning in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

He also won two Big Ten championships and was named an All-American four times.

Jason Nolf Is Well-Traveled

Nolf has made multiple trips to Russia to compete against some of the best in the world. 

His first trip, in 2021, included a victory over 2014 world champion Khetik Tasbolov. 

Nolf returned in 2022 and claimed a silver medal at the Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix. 

Jason Nolf Did Cool Things In Pennsylvania High School

Though he did win three Pennsylvania state wrestling titles and finished his career at Kittanning High School with a 176-1 record across three weight classes, Nolf was a well-rounded as a student-athlete.

He also lettered in cross country and track and excelled academically, winning the Kittanning’s Physics Award and the school’s Principal’s Award.

Jason Nolf Wrestling Ranking 

In the most recent Domestic Men’s Freestyle rankings on FloWrestling, Nolf ranked second in the 74kg weight class. 

Here are the top 5: 

  1. Kyle Dake
  2. Jason Nolf
  3. Keegan O’Toole
  4. Vincenzo Joseph
  5. Josh Shields

Here are the complete rankings. 

How Wrestlers Qualify For Final X Wrestling 2023

A wrestler can qualify for Final X in one of three ways.

First, all 2022 senior world medalists automatically qualified for Final X. There were seven wrestlers in men’s freestyle, six in women’s freestyle and zero in Greco-Roman who met this criterion.

Next, all champions from the 2023 US Open (held April 26-30) automatically qualified for Final X.

Finally, for the weights that didn’t have a returning world medalist, the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament (May 20-21) champion will earn a spot in Final X. 

Men’s Freestyle Matchups At Final X Wrestling 2023

  • 57 kg: *Thomas Gilman vs Zane Richards
  • 61 kg: Vito Arujau vs Nahshon Garrett
  • 65 kg: *Yianni Diakomihalis vs Nick Lee
  • 70 kg: *Zain Retherford vs Tyler Berger
  • 74 kg: *Kyle Dake vs Jason Nolf
  • 79 kg: *Jordan Burroughs vs Chance Marsteller
  • 86 kg: *David Taylor vs Aaron Brooks
  • 92 kg: Michael Macchiavello vs Zahid Valencia
  • 97kg: *Kyle Snyder vs J’den Cox
  • 125 kg: Gable Steveson vs Mason Parris

*Denotes 2022 World Medalist

Women’s Freestyle Matchups At Final X Wrestling 2023

  • 50 kg: *Sarah Hildebrandt vs Audrey Jimenez
  • 53 kg: *Dominique Parrish vs Katie Gomez
  • 55 kg: Alisha Howk vs Jacarra Winchester
  • 57 kg: *Helen Maroulis vs Xochitl Mota-Pettis 
  • 59 kg: Michaela Beck vs Jennifer Page
  • 62 kg: *Kayla Miracle vs Adaugo Nwachukwu
  • 65 kg: Mallory Velte vs Macey Kilty
  • 68 kg: Forrest Molinari vs Emma Bruntil
  • 72 kg: *Amit Elor vs Joye Levendusky
  • 76 kg: Kennedy Blades vs Adeline Gray

*Denotes 2022 World Medalist

Men’s Greco-Roman Matchups At Final X Wrestling 2023

  • 55 kg: Brady Koontz vs Dalton Duffield
  • 60 kg: Dalton Roberts vs Ildar Hafizov
  • 63 kg: Hayden Tuma vs Xavier Johnson
  • 67 kg: Robert Perez III vs Alejandro Sancho
  • 72 kg: Justus Scott vs Patrick Smith
  • 77 kg: Kamal Bey vs Aliaksandr Kikiniou
  • 82 kg: Spencer Woods vs Ryan Epps
  • 87 kg: Alan Vera vs Zachary Braunagel
  • 97 kg: Josef Rau vs Christian Dulaney
  • 130 kg: Cohlton Schultz vs Adam Coon

How To Watch Final X Wrestling 2023 

Final X will stream live on FloWrestling and the FloSports app. 

FloWresting will also serve as home of match archives and provide the latest news from Final X.