SHARON – Johnsonburg senior Jesse Wolfe has gotten over the hump again.
After winning his first district title, Wolfe finished third at 125 pounds to advance to the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championships.
He won 1-0 over Nate Stidham of Hickory in the third-place match to qualify.
“It’s an awesome feeling,” Wolfe said. “Just like last week, it was either be a 3-time runner-up or be a champion. This week, be a 3-time fourth-place finisher for states. I just stepped it up both weeks. Now I’m going on to states, it feels real good.”
Wolfe started the day in the semifinals but lost 7-2 to Nate Diaz of Greenville.
“That was disappointing,” Wolfe said.
Wolfe said he knew this would be a tough matchup.
“I knew the kid was tough,” Wolfe said. “He was sixth coming out of District 10 and obviously he stepped it up too, so I knew I had to step it up. I had to wrestle my match, keep it close and do what I had to do to win.”
Wolfe had to hold on at the end with a 1-0 lead and hold Stidham down.
“You just got to hold him down and give it all you got for that two minutes,” Wolfe said. “It’s scary at first. You got your adrenaline going, your heart pumping. You’re just doing everything you can to keep that guy down.”
Wolfe won 1-0 over Mike Bauer of Clarion in the consolation semifinal. He said his strategy is to keep the match even until the second period.
“I try to keep it 0-0 going out of the first period, then I go from there,” Wolfe said. “I try to get my one or two then I just hold them.”
Wolfe said the experience going to Hershey is something he is looking forward to.
“It’s just a great feeling, especially moving onto states,” Skraba said. “Obviously, it’s going to be tough competition. It’s going to be exciting wrestling kids of that caliber. Hopefully, it’s a good experience, win or lose.”
Wolfe said there have been a number of people who have helped him along the way.
“I would like to thank all of my coaches, Tom Launer, Ed DeCecchis, Mike Votano and Keith Guaglianone,” Wolfe said. “I would also like to thank my uncle, Jeff Wolfe, Nick Cherry, Tony Casilio, Scott Payne, Max Zimmerman, my parents and all the other wrestling coaches that have helped me over the years.”