Penn State's Frank Molinaro celebrates his 16-0 win over Minnesota's Dylan Ness after their 149-pound match at the Big Ten NCAA college wrestling championship, Sunday, March 4, 2012, in West Lafayette, Ind. (AP Photo/The Journal & Courier, Michael Heinz) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES

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Barnegat native Frank Molinaro, an NCAA champion and three-time state title winner, has been hired as an assistant wrestling coach at Rutgers University, the school announced today.

The Southern Regional High School graduate was a four-time All-American at Penn State, culminating this year with a national title at 149 pounds. He finished the season 33-0 and also won his second straight Big Ten individual championship.

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“Having Frank Molinaro as an assistant coach will be such a tremendous asset to the Rutgers wrestling program, our student-athletes, and this coaching staff,” said Rutgers head coach Scott Goodale on the school's website. “He comes from one of the top programs in college wrestling, so there is no doubt he will bring plenty of knowledge and discipline to our wrestling room. He has a work ethic that is unmatched at this point.”

Molinaro won three state titles at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City while wrestling for Southern.



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