JOHNSONBURG – The season of accomplishments keeps rolling for Johnsonburg senior Jesse Wolfe.
First was his 100th win, then his first district title. Now a first trip to Hershey could be within his grasp by Saturday’s end.
Jesse Wolfe joined the 100-win club in the final bout of a 5-0 performance at the Coudersport Duals on Jan. 8. He then followed up with his first district title last Saturday at 125 pounds, a 3-0 decision over Mike Bauer of Clarion. It was Wolfe’s second win over Bauer this season.
For his 100th win, Wolfe scored a pinfall in the 135-pound bout at the Coudersport Duals, bumping up from his usual wrestling weight.
“For me, it was a huge accomplishment, only four others have 100 wins in the history of Johnsonburg wrestling,” Wolfe said. “It was a really big deal for me in my wrestling career.”
Wolfe said he was happy to reach the milestone and pleased to get the stress of the moment behind him.
“It was stressful. I just wanted to get there without any problems,” Wolfe said. “I thought about it a lot, it was on my mind. Now that I reached 100, a lot of stress is off me that I got there.”
Wolfe is currently a four-time regional qualifier and won his first district title at 125 pounds this year. Prior to districts, Wolfe said his focus was on the individual tournament after getting his 100th win.
Wolfe has finished fourth twice at the Northwest Regional Championship, one match from qualifying for the PIAA Wrestling Championships in Hershey. Wolfe said he also is looking to become a first-time state qualifier.
“It’s been a real pleasure coaching him,” Johnsonburg wrestling head coach Tom Launer said. “He’s a very smart, intelligent wrestler. He’s pretty much a student of wrestling, he knows what he’s doing out there. It’s been a lot of fun being his head coach. The assistants in this program, they do most of the actual on-the-mat wrestling with him. Just being involved with Jesse and being his head coach, it’s been a real pleasure. I’m really glad I was here for all 100 wins.”
Launer said Wolfe’s consistency has been great to see.
“He’s been nothing but consistent, he’s won 29 matches each of his first three years,” Launer said. “Every year, freshman, sophomore, junior, 29 matches. He’s just been consistent, he doesn’t give you any problems. He’s really stepping up this year, bumping up in weight classes to wrestle better kids. It’s been very enjoyable having him in the program.”