Molinaro steps down from Virginia Tech position to focus on international competition

Frank Molinaro (Photo/Tony Rotundo,

BLACKSBURG -- Virginia Tech wrestling head coach Tony Robie announced Friday that assistant coach Frank Molinaro has stepped down from his position with the program to focus solely on preparing for the upcoming international freestyle season.

A 2012 NCAA champion and current U.S. National Team member, Molinaro placed fifth at 65 kilograms at the 2016 Rio Olympics as a member of the USA senior men's freestyle team.

"If you look at the wrestlers winning world and Olympic titles, none of them are in full-time coaching positions," Robie said. "Frank has the ability to be one of those guys and it makes sense for him to put himself in the best position to make that happen. This move will allow him the flexibility to travel for competition and training, permitting him to focus on what he needs to do to accomplish his wrestling goals."


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