Frank Molinaro Interview on The BASCHAMANIA Podcast

Published January 17th, 2020 by Frank Molinaro

From The Baschamania Podcast:

In 2016, Frank Molinaro was a 9 seed who upset the field and claimed the 65kg spot on USA Wrestling's Olympic Team. In 2020, he may not be seeded as low as 9, but he's again in one of - if not THE - toughest weight classes in the sport. Frank will have to beat the likes of Zain Retherford, Yianni D, Jordan Oliver, and Anthony Ashnault to name a few.

We chat in this episode on his mindset & perspective going into the competition season leading up to the Olympic Trials in April in State College, PA. Recently stepping down as a coach at Virgina Tech and moving to Oklahoma to get a fresh set of coaches, Frank and I chat on the move to Oklahoma and what it means. The 'Gorilla Hulk' and I also chat on the importance of having a Christ-centered life and always relying on God for what's next - no matter where you are! Arguably though, the most interesting topic on this episode was the topic of how Frank almost threw the towel in, but he didn't... I ask him why & how? 

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SOUTHERN OCEAN TIMES: Manahawkin Wrestler Heads To Olympics

Published July 11th, 2016 by Frank Molinaro

One of the world’s shortest athletes at 5-foot-5, Frank Molinaro will compete on his sport’s biggest stage this summer.

The former Southern Regional High School standout will wrestle at 65kg for Team USA at the Olympics in Barra da Tijuca, Brazil on August 21.

TEAM USA: Frank Molinaro named USA Wrestling Athlete of the Week

Published May 16th, 2016 by Frank Molinaro

 Frank Molinaro at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
Photo: Tony Rotundo,


Frank Molinaro (State College, Pa./Nittany Lion WC) has been selected as Athlete of the Week on May 16, 2016.

United World Wrestling announced late last week that the U.S. was added as a qualifier at 65 kg/143 lbs. for the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and as the U.S. representative at that weight, Molinaro earned the Olympic berth.

Molinaro won the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials at 65 kg on April 9 by defeating two-time NCAA champion Kellen Russell, four-time U.S. World Team member Brent Metcalf, four-time NCAA champion Logan Stieber and two-time Junior World medalist Aaron Pico on his road to gold. He outlasted Pico two matches to one in the best-of-three championship series.

Two weeks after winning the Olympic Trials Molinaro was sent to participate in the 1st World Olympic Games Qualifier in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. For men’s freestyle, the top three placers in Mongolia qualified their nation to compete at the Olympic Games in the weight class qualified. Molinaro fell short of the top three placement and therefore needed to qualify at the 2nd World Olympic Games Qualifier in Istanbul, Turkey two weeks later.

Only the finalists in Turkey earned the automatic Olympic berth. Again, Molinaro came up just short of qualifying the U.S. and himself to compete at 65 kg in Rio de Janeiro. However, Molinaro did battle back to win a bronze medal at the 2nd World Olympic Games Qualifier, a medal that ultimately secured his trip to the Olympic Games.

At the Olympic qualifier in Turkey, Molinaro won four matches over World-class opponents to claim bronze. He opened the tournament with a 3-2 decision over 2013 World champion David Safaryan of Armenia and followed with a 7-6 win over 2015 Junior World silver medalist Yuhi Fujinami of Japan.

Emerging Bulgarian standout and three-time NCAA All-American at Cal Poly Boris Novachkov beat Molinaro 5-2 in the quarterfinals. Novachkov reached the finals, pulling Molinaro back into the repechage. He drew Dauren Zhumagazyyev of Kazakhstan and won, 4-1. In the bronze medal match, Molinaro defeated Azamat Nurykau of Belarus, 5-2. Nurykau finished in fifth place at the previous two World Championships.

As a result of the two countries that qualified 65 kg at the European Olympic Games Qualifier having their Olympic qualifications revoked by UWW, a daisy chain effect ensued, resulting in the U.S. being awarded Olympic qualification because of Molinaro’s bronze medal performance in Turkey.

The past two seasons Molinaro has won three gold medals at international competitions. In 2015 he claimed gold at the Guelph Open and Grand Prix of Spain. This February he ran the table at the Pan American Championships to take top prize.

Molinaro was four-time NCAA All-American for Penn State University. He won the NCAA championships in 2012 and was NCAA runner-up in 2011.

Each week USA Wrestling will select an Athlete of the Week based upon performance within wrestling for that week. The selection committee will consider any level of wrestling, from youth programs through the Senior level.

To nominate a wrestler for USA Wrestling Athlete of the Week please send the athlete’s name, wrestling program and weekly and career accomplishments to Richard Immel at

Frank Molinaro Awarded Final TEAM USA: Spot On U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team After Doping Violations Announced

Published May 13th, 2016 by Frank Molinaro

United World Wrestling, the sport's international governing body, has announced that Frank Molinaro has been awarded an Olympic quota spot added to the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team.

WASHINGTON POST: At the U.S. Olympic wrestling trials, there’s a fine line between all and nothing

Published April 10th, 2016 by Frank

On Saturday morning, Brent Metcalf arrived at the site of his grandest glories and believed he would earn the crowning opportunity of his life. He entered the U.S. Olympic wrestling trials as the overwhelming favorite at 65 kilograms. He had lost to one American wrestler over the past three years, and he would be wrestling at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, where he twice became a collegiate national champion at Iowa. He had finished second at the 2012 trials, and after four years, he would realize his aim.


PSU SPORTS: Wrestling Assistant Frank Molinaro Makes U.S. Olympic Team

Published April 12th, 2016 by Frank

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Frank Molinaro, current Penn State assistant wrestling coach and one of the greatest wrestlers in Penn State history, has earned a spot on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team. Molinaro, representing the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club, is the United States' 65kg member by virtue of winning the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials this past weekend, held in Iowa City, Iowa, on Saturday and Sunday.

Frank Molinaro's wild finish earns him spot on US national team

Published June 2nd, 2014 by Frank

The Frank Molinaro that took the mats in the opening round of the World Team Trials in Madison, Wisconsin on Sunday was not the same wrestler who wound up finishing third at 65 kilograms and earning a spot on the US national team. 

Three Americans capture freestyle titles at Dave Schultz Memorial

Published January 31st, 2014 by Frank

U.S. wrestlers Frank Molinaro, Jon Reader and Tyrell Fortune won freestyle championships at the Dave Schultz Memorial International on Friday night at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. Molinaro pulled out a tough finals win over 2011 World silver medalist Franklin Gomez of Puerto Rico at 65 kg/143 lbs. The match ended 1-1, but Molinaro scored last after Gomez failed to score after being put on the shot clock for passivity.

Frank Molinaro named Wrestler of the Week

Published November 12th, 2013 by Frank

Each week, will select an Athlete of the Week, based upon performance within wrestling for that week. The selection committee will consider any level of wrestling, from youth programs through the Senior level. Molinaro was named Outstanding Wrestler after winning a New York AC International title in freestyle wrestling on Saturday in New York City. 


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