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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.
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.
(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.
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.
(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.
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.
(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.
(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.
|YEAR||OVERALL||DUALS (B10)||TRN (B10/NCAA)||F||TF||M||Pts.|
|2010-11||32-3||15-0 (8-0)||17-3 (3-0/4-1)||3-0||3-0||10-0||55|
|2009-10||33-7||17-3 (6-2)||16-4 (2-2/4-2)||1-2||1-0||12-1||62|
|2008-09||23-19||9-12 (3-5)||14-7 (1-3/4-3)||4-2||0-1||5-4||33|
|Career||88-29||41-15 (17-7)||47-14 (6-5/12-6)||8-4||4-1||27-5||105|
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