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Frank Molinaro (born December 27, 1988) is a nationally recognized American wrestler and coach. He captured an NCAA Championship in 2012 with an undefeated season record of 33-0 helping him become a four time NCAA Division I All-American.[3]

Frank Molinaro
Wrestling at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Asgarov vs Molinaro 11.jpg
Molinaro at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
CitizenshipUnited States
Born (1988-12-27) December 27, 1988 (age 30)
Barnegat Township, New Jersey
ResidenceState College, Pennsylvania
EducationSouthern Regional High School
Height5 ft 5 in (165 cm)[1]
Weight149 lb (68 kg)[2]
Spouse(s)Kera Bolen
SportMen's freestyle wrestling
Weight class65 kilograms (143 lb)
RankNo. 3
College teamPenn State
ClubNittany Lion WC
Team United States
Achievements and titles
World finals
  • 2018: 3rd - GP Ivan Yarygin 2018
  • 2016: 5th - 2016 Olympic Games
  • 2014: 3rd - Pan American Championships
    3rd - U.S. World Team Trials
    4th - U.S. Open Dave Schultz Memorial International champion
  • 2013: New York AC International champion
Regional finals
  • College: 2012 NCAA Champion
    2nd - 2011 NCAA Championships
  • High School: 3x New Jersey State Champion
    2nd - High School Nationals
Personal best(s)NCAA Division I Champion
Updated on 12 July 2016.


High schoolEdit

A native of Barnegat Township, New Jersey, Molinaro was a three-time New Jersey State Champion at Manahawkin's Southern Regional High School and placed second at High School Nationals.[4]


After a redshirt season in his freshman year at Penn State, Molinaro claimed All-American honors four times—becoming the fifth Penn State wrestler to be a four time All-American.

Class Year Weight Record National Finish
Freshman 2008-09 141 23-19 8th
Sophomore 2009-10 149 33-7 5th
Junior 2010-11 149 32-3 2nd
Senior 2011-12 149 33-0 1st


While at Penn State University, Cael Sanderson was hired as head coach of the program developing a national championship winning program with Molinaro claiming an individual title in 2012 at 149 lbs.


Molinaro is a Competing Member of the Association of Career Wrestlers. He is also currently pursuing an international wrestling career training with the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club. In 2017, Molinaro was hired as an assistant for the Virginia Tech wrestling program. He left in December 2018 to train at the Oklahoma Regional Training Center.

2016 Summer OlympicsEdit

In 2016, Molinaro won the U.S. Olympic Trials, earning the ability to qualify and represent the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympics at 65 kg. Molinaro originally failed to qualify in Istanbul after losing to Borislav Novachkov. Molinaro eventually gained entry to the Olympics due to other wrestlers being disqualified for doping offenses and the transfer of licenses from other qualifying tournaments. In his case, it was Novachkov's license transferred to the earlier Mongolia qualifier that opened a spot for Molinaro.[6] After his loss in the quarterfinals to Toghrul Asgarov, Molinaro was pulled into the repechage to wrestle Andriy Kvyatkovskyy. Molinaro defeated Kvyatkovskyy with a score of 8–5.[7] In a moment of controversy, a frustrated Kvyatkovskyy bit the arm of Molinaro.[8] Molinaro would finish the Rio Olympics in 5th place, after losing to Italy's Frank Chamizo Marquez in the bronze medal match 5-3.[9]



University Position Start year End year Accomplishment
Rutgers University Assistant Coach 2012 2014 X

Personal lifeEdit

Molinaro lives in central Pennsylvania with his wife, Kera and three sons.[10]


  1. ^ Christopher, Chris (8 July 2016). "Manahawkin Wrestler Heads To Olympics". The Southern Ocean Times. Micromedia Publications, Inc. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Frank Molinaro". GoPSUSports. Pennsylvania State University. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  3. ^ "National Champion and 4X All-American Frank Molinaro to Join Rutgers Wrestling". Retrieved 9 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Frank Molinaro Bio - Wrestling - Penn State University Official Athletic Site".
  5. ^ "Penn State Wrestlers Named Big Ten Team of the Year while Sanderson Earns Conference Coach of the Year Laurels". Retrieved 9 October 2013.
  6. ^ Adjustments to Olympic Qualifiers Announced
  7. ^ "Frank Molinaro wrestles back to win repechage match". NBC Olympics. 21 August 2016.
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  10. ^ "About Frank Molinaro". Retrieved 22 August 2016.

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