Taylor and Ruth become school's first four-time B1G champions to lead Lions to crown
Senior Frank Molinaro heads into his senior season looking to become Penn State's fifth four-time All-American and, like Penn State's last four-timer Phil Davis, cap it off with a national championship. Molinaro was the national runner-up at 149 a year ago during Penn State's team title run and returns for one last shot at an individual title.
Lion Career 2010-11: Missed season's first four duals with an injury...returned to action for first time with 4-3 win over No. 13 Mario Mason of Rutgers on 11/21 at Sprawl and Brawls Duals...upset by #10 Mario Mason of Rutgers in final of Nittany Lion Open on 12/5, went 5-1 at event to take second place...17-1 tech fall over Lock Haven's Owen Wilkinson on 12/12...pinned Ohio State's Sean Nemec in Big Ten win over Ohio State on 12/19, topping the 100 career dual meet point mark in the process...went 5-1 with three majors and a tech fall to take second at the Southern Scuffle on 12/29-30, only loss in finals to #1 Kyle Dake of Cornell on a third period escape...went 4-0 at Virginia Duals on 1/7-8 with a tech fall and two majors (including a 10-2 major over #14 Torsten Gillespie of Edinboro)...10-3 win over #15 Kurt Kinser of Indiana on 1/23...10-3 win over #15 Mark Ballweg of Iowa on 1/30...convincing 12-5 win over MSU's Dan Osterman on 2/4...downed Eric Grajales of Michigan 8-3 on 2/6 but gave up first takedown of the year in a dual meet...completed perfect Big Ten season with resounding 9-1 major over #10 Cole Schmitt of Wisconsin on 2/18.
Big Ten Championships (3-0, 1st, NCAA Qualifier): Untouchable at the 2011 Big Ten Championships, going 3-0 to win the 149-pound crown without being scored upon. Molinaro won by a combined score of 16-0.
NCAA Championships (4-1, 2nd, All-American/National Runner-Up): Blazed his way to the NCAA finals at 149 with four straight wins in Philadelphia before losing in national title bout...2011 NCAA Runner-Up at 149 makes Molinaro Penn State's 19th three-time All-American....now 19th all-time in NCAA tourney wins at Penn State with 12.
2009-10: Majored James English 12-4 in intrasquad at 149...opened season with two majors against Lehigh (11/13) and Bloomsburg (11/15)....went 3-0 at Sprawl and Brawl Duals, including wins over Harvard's Walter Peppelman and Edinboro's Torsten Gillespie...went 5-0, outscoring his foes 36-6, to claim the 149 pound title at the Nittany Lion Open on 12/6...went 2-0 at WVU and Pitt in mid-December with a pin and a major...went 5-0, downing #7 Jason Chamberlain of Boise State in the finals, to win the 2009 Reno TOC title on 12/20...got major win in PSU's dual victory at Lock Haven on 1/3....went 3-1 at Virginia Duals, began season 21-0 before dropping 5-2 decision to #4 Kyle Terry of Oklahoma on 1/9...downed #20 Eric Terrazas of Illinois on 1/22 before dropping hard-fought 5-3 decision to #3 Lance Palmer of Ohio State on 1/24...notched 6-5 win over #2 Kyle Ruschell of Wisconsin on 1/31...majored #13 Andrew Nadhir of Northwestern on 2/5...25-11 major over Michigan's Mark Boyer on 2/7...convincing 11-6 win over #12 David Cheza of Michigan State on 2/12...beat #16 Mario Mason of Minnesota on 2/19 in dual meet finale.
Big Ten Championships (2-2, 4th, National Qualifier): Went 2-2 at the Big Ten Championships to take fourth with wins over #11 David Cheza of Michigan State and #17 Mario Mason of Minnesota.
NCAA Championships (4-2, 5th, All-American): All-American at 149, taking fifth place after going 4-2 at NCAAs...had three majors at the tournament as well...three straight wins to open tournament before close 2-0 loss to #1 seed and 7-1 loss to #4 seed...won fifth place bout with a major.
2008-09: Solid outing at the 2008 MSU Open, going 5-1 with a pin and a major to take third place...only loss to #18 Ryan Williams of Old Dominion...lost dual meet debut to Hofstra's Justin Accordino on 11/16...perfect weekend in New York on 11/21-23, dominating #3 Mike Grey of Cornell 8-3 and picking up a major and a fall at the Sprawl and Brawl Duals...went 5-0 to win 2008 Nittany Lion Open crown at 141 (one win was against non-collegiate entry), with three pins and a major...lost tough 3-2 decision to Lehigh's Seth Ciasulli despite taking well over a dozen shots on 1/4...went 1-4 at National Duals on 1/10-11, dropping close decisions to #10 Marcus Hoehn of Missouri (7-4) and #4 Kellen Russell of Michigan (3-1 in sudden victory)...made Big Ten dual debut with a win at Indiana on 1/23 and a major at Purdue on 1/24...lost close 6-2 decision to #2 Alex Tsirtsis of Iowa on 2/8...beat MSU's Collin Dozier on 2/13 then dropped close 3-1 decision to #5 Kellen Russell of Michigan on 2/14.
Big Ten Championships (1-3, 8th, Wild Card Qualifier): Entered 2009 Big Ten Tournament unseeded and placed eighth. Downed Indiana's Andrae Hernandez for tournament win.
NCAA Championships (4-3, 8th, All-American): Molinaro became Penn State's second straight `wild card' entry to earn All-America laurels...won four straight bouts after losing his opener and claimed the 8th place medal at 141 pounds...wrestled the #8, #9, #12, #2 and #1 seeds in the tournament, defeating the #9 and #12 seeds while dropping close matches to both #1 and #2.
2007-08 (red-shirt season): Went 2-0 at wrestle-offs...went 17-2 overall with four pins...6-0 at ESU Open to claim 141 pound title...5-0 at Cleveland State Open to win 141 pound title as well...moved up to 149 for Wilkes Open and went 1-2...posted 5-0 record at Kent State Open to win 141 pound title.
Molinaro was a three-time New Jersey State Champion at Barnegat's Southern Regional High School...placed second at High School Nationals.