Doping violations help Penn Stater get Olympic berth

(Allentown) Morning Call (TNS)

Frank Molinaro, a four-time All-America wrestler at Penn State, will compete at the 2016 Summer Olympics after doping violations were discovered among other qualifiers.

Molinaro, who won the 65kg freestyle title at the U.S. Olympic Trials last month, was awarded the spot at the Rio Games on Wednesday by United World Wrestling. The governing body redistributed qualifications in several classifications after doping violations were found at Olympic qualifying tournaments in Serbia and Kazakhstan.

Frank Molinaro

Though he won the U.S. Olympic Trials, Molinaro was not guaranteed a spot at the Rio Olympics because the U.S. had not qualified a wrestler at 65 kg. Following the Olympic Trials, Molinaro competed at a last-chance qualifier in Mongolia. He placed second in that event, which seemed to end his Olympic hopes.

On Wednesday, however, United World Wrestling stripped Olympic licenses from wrestlers from Poland and Ukraine after they tested positive for Meldonium. The U.S. then was granted a spot at 65 kg, which went to Molinaro.

Currently a Penn State assistant coach, Molinaro had one of the most decorated wrestling careers in school history. He won the 2012 NCAA title at 149 pounds and finished with a record of 121-29, 10th in school history.