PSU's Cael Sanderson: 'No Surgery Needed For Nolf'

Cael Sanderson publicly commented on Jason Nolf's injury on his Penn State coaches radio show on Monday night.

Per Tim Own of Blue White Illustrated, Sanderson was quoted as saying:

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.

The Nittany Lions head coach did not offer specifics on the injury, such as whether it was a ligament tear or dislocated kneecap, and still has not decided who will take Nolf's place at 157lb for the remaining duals against #1 Ohio State, #3 Iowa, and Buffalo.

Nolf's injury will undoubtedly have an impact on those first two duals, as well as the national title picture. The junior would have just over 30 days to heal in preparation for the Big Ten tournament, which takes place the first weekend of March.

The defending national champion has wrestled over 17 matches, which is the minimum required to appear in the RPI for NCAA qualifying purposes. His current winning percentage is 94.7 percent, which would put him above the 70 percent typically needed to be considered for an at-large bid to NCAAs.

Just one year ago, Nick Suriano suffered an injury in PSU's final dual of the year and needed a wild card to get into NCAAs. Suriano weighed in for the conference tournament, injury defaulted out after a few seconds in his first match, and then medically forfeited out of the tournament. If Nolf wanted to wrestle at the national tournament in Cleveland, he would at least have to follow that plan.

What is not clear is if Nolf would be eligible to appear in the final Coach's Rankings. He likely would if he follows the Suriano plan and wrestles at least one second at Big Tens. So, there is little doubt Nolf can qualify for the NCAA tournament. What remains to be seen is what kind of Nolf we'll see on St. Patrick's Day weekend.

Iowa & OK State Individual Rankings Throughout The Season

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Earlier this week we took a look at where Oklahoma State and Iowa were ranked as a team throughout the 2018-19 season. Now, with the Dual of the Century of the Year looming just around the corner, let's go by the numbers and see where both teams' starters at all ten weights were ranked at each week of the year. 

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What 2 Watch 4: Looks Like We Made It

Looks like we made it. Look how far we've come my friends who enjoy watching wrestling. You're still the one I want to help watch all the dual meets this weekend, which is the last weekend of the regular season. 

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Hungarian Grand Prix Greco-Roman Ranking Event Preview

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Tim Hands, founder and senior editor of Five Point Move, previews the second UWW Greco-Roman ranking series event, the Hungarian Grand Prix.

John Smith On DeSanto/Fix & Iowa/OSU Rivalry

Oklahoma State head coach John Smith addressed the media on Wednesday and gave his outlook on the Cowboys' upcoming dual meet with Iowa. He also talked about his personal memories of the rivalry. 

Daton Fix: 'I'll Let My Wrestling Do The Talking' Against DeSanto

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Daton Fix addresses the media and talks about his upcoming bout with Austin Desanto along with what it means to him to be apart of the Oklahoma State vs Iowa rivalry for the first time.

FRL 355 - Iowa vs Oklahoma State Mega Show

FRL 355 discusses the Iowa vs Oklahoma State match including predictions and more.

PIAA History: Freshman Champions

Winning a PIAA State Wrestling Championship as a freshman is a rare feat. In fact, there have only been 40 freshmen win PIAA titles in the 80 years of the championships. However, there has been a recent surge in freshman champions. There are many factors at play, but the coaching available at the club level prior to high school has allowed more freshman to be ready to compete at a high level than ever before. This decade has produced more than twice the amount of freshman champions from any previous decade in history. 

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The Total & Complete Iowa vs. Oklahoma State Preview

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Pretty big dual meet happening this Sunday. Some would say you could call it the Dual of the Century. Others would demand you call it that. 

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Team USA Roster Announced For 2019 Hungarian Grand Prix

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USA Wrestling has announced the 11-man roster that will be competing this weekend at the Hungarian Grand Prix. It is the second Greco-Roman ranking series event of the year.

NCAA Odds: Feb 22-24

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The season is winding down with a lot less high profile duals. But there's still some heat on the final week of the dual season. Oklahoma State vs. Iowa should be one of the best duals of the year with several intriguing matchups. And Ohio State and Joey McKenna have a date with EIWA powerhouse Cornell and reigning NCAA Champ Yianni D.

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