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Wrestler Frank Molinaro Returns to Penn State as Assistant Coach

Frank Molinaro isn’t a new name to the Penn State wrestling community, but as of yesterday, he’s a new name to its coaching staff. Molinaro, who had an incredible career at Penn State before graduating in 2012, is returning home to become an assistant coach to Cael Sanderson after spending two years as an assistant wrestling coach for Rutgers.

During his time at Penn State, Molinaro became legendary his senior year. He was the 149-pound NCAA Champion in 2012 after going undefeated (33-0) that same season. This included 11 majors, seven tech falls, and four pins. His total record for his time at Penn State is 121-29 (19 of these losses came his freshman season, mind you).

Other accolades include:

  • Penn State’s fifth four-time NCAA Division I All-American
  • Two-time NCAA finalist
  • Two-time Big Ten Champion
  • Tied for seventh on the all-time win list for Penn State

With the Scarlet Knights, he assisted in coaching the school’s first All-American since 2002, Anthony Perrotti. He joins his wife, Kera Molinaro, who is an assistant for the woman’s gymnastics team.

Welcome back to Happy Valley, Frank! 

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About the Author

Brandilyn Heckman

is a junior majoring in Secondary Education (English). Though she commutes to class from her home in Penns Valley, she refuses to be called a 'townie.' Along with Onward State, she currently interns with the Centre Daily Times. In her spare time, she is unafraid to show her love for Penn State, Landon Donovan, and Captain America. You can follow her on twitter at @Brandilynh or contact her via email with [email protected]


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