Former Lion wrestler James Vollrath passes away

December 19, 2016

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Former Penn State wrestler James Vollrath has passed away after a battle with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. Vollrath was a four-year letterman at Penn State for head coach Cael Sanderson.

Vollrath came to Penn State during Sanderson’s first season, 2009-10, and red-shirted. He ended his career with a 72-24 career record, competing primarily at 157 pounds. Vollrath was a member of four NCAA and Big Ten Championship teams (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014). His father, Bill, wrestled at Penn State from 1974-78.

Services for Vollrath will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, December 21 and 22, at Saint Bede, The Venerable Church, 1071 Holland Drive, South Hampton, PA, 18966. A viewing is scheduled for Wednesday at 5 p.m., continuing Thursday morning from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Mass services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in James’ memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105; 800-822-6344; or online at

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