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Wrestling Assistant Coach Frank Molinaro Wins Olympic Trials

Penn State Wrestling assistant coach  Frank Molinaro won his weight class on Saturday at U.S. Olympic wrestling trials.

Molinaro, a 2012 NCAA Champion for the Nittany Lions,  made his way through the bracket as a No. 9 seed in the hectic 65 kg weight class. He won three consecutive bouts, including one against the top seed, to make his way to the final. He avoided a championship bout with defending World Championship medalist James Green thanks to Penn State’s Zain Retherford, who knocked off Green earlier in the day.

In the best-of-three final, Molinaro lost in the opening bout to Aaron Pico. He recovered to take the next two bouts and received a shot of being an Olympic qualifier for the United States in the process.

Considering the United States didn’t secure a place in the 65 kg weight class at either last years World Championships or this years Pan American Championships, Molinaro will have to qualify for the Olympics through the last chance qualifiers. He needs a top three finish in Mongolia from April 22-24 or a top two finish in Turkey from May 6-8 to earn a spot in Rio.

Seven Nittany Lions were at the Olympic Trials, but the only other one to qualify for the Championship round was reigning Olympic gold medalist Jake Varner at 97 kg. Varner won the first matchup of the best of three before falling in the next two bouts to reigning World Champion Kyle Snyder.

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Steve Connelly

Steve Connelly is a junior majoring in PR and an editor for Onward State. He is a proud native of the state of New Jersey, and yes, he is literal trash. He is a soccer fan, nap enthusiast, and chicken tender connoisseur. He tried to be a photographer once, but the only good thing that came out of it is a name for his future sports bar, The Blurry Zamboni. You can follow him on Twitter @slc2o (feel free to slide), email him at [email protected], or come say hi to him in his office, the Irving's basement.

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