Jason Nolf named McCoy Award winner, the top award for seniors at Penn State

By Penn State University | April 01, 2019, 1:47 p.m. (ET)
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; April 1, 2019 – A quartet of Nittany Lion seniors have earned accolades from Penn State for their achievements in academics, athletics and leadership.

Jason Nolf (wrestling) and Emily Ogle (women’s soccer) have been selected as the 2018-19 recipients of the Ernest B. McCoy Memorial Award. Kelsey Crow (women’s hockey) was named the recipient of the Eric A. Walker Award and Ally McHugh (women’s swimming and diving) is among the John W. Oswald Award honorees.

All four were recognized at the Penn State Student Awards ceremony March 31 at Eisenhower Auditorium. 

The McCoy Award has been presented annually since 1971 to one senior female and one senior male student-athlete who have combined successful athletic participation with academic excellence. The award is named for Ernie McCoy, the long-time dean of Penn State's College of Physical Education, who also served as the University's athletic director.

The 2018 McCoy Award recipients were Zain Retherford (wrestling) and Haleigh Washington (women’s volleyball). The most recent women’s soccer McCoy honoree was Britt Eckerstrom in 2016.

The Eric A. Walker Award is presented annually to a graduating student who has contributed most to enhancing the reputation of the University through extracurricular activities. Walker was president of Penn State from 1956-70.

The John W. Oswald Award, established in 1983, annually recognizes graduating seniors who have provided outstanding leadership in at least one of several areas of activity at the University. The award consists of a medallion honoring John W. Oswald, president of the University from 1970-83.

Nolf wrapped up one of the most successful collegiate wrestling careers in NCAA history in March by winning his third consecutive NCAA Championship at 157 pounds. He ended a stellar 2018-19 season with a perfect 31-0 record, including 15 pins, five technical falls and six majors. His sixth and final major of the year was a resounding 10-2 victory in the NCAA title bout over the nation’s second ranked wrestler. Nolf helped lead Penn State to its fourth straight NCAA team title and eighth in nine years. 

From Yatesboro, Pa., Nolf won the 2019 Big Ten Championship and was named the 2019 Big Ten Championship Co-Outstanding Wrestler. He was a first team All-Big Ten selection as well and was the 2019 Big Ten Co-Wrestler of the Year (with teammate Bo Nickal).

Nolf’s collegiate career accolades and accomplishments are numerous and include: Penn State’s third three-time NCAA Champion, second four-time NCAA finalist and 11th four-time All-American; finished second, first, first and first at the NCAA Championships during his career; helped lead Penn State to four straight NCAA team titles; four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree; three-time NWCA First Team National All-Academic; and a 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-American (second team). A kinesiology major, Nolf leaves Penn State with a stunning 117-3 career record, including 60 falls, 27 tech falls and 16 majors. A total of 103 of his 117 wins were for bonus points and he leaves Penn State among the top 20 in all-time wins. Nolf’s 60 falls are the most ever in Nittany Lion wrestling history.