Barnegat native Frank Molinaro already was a three-time NCAA All-American wrestler. As of Sunday, he was also a two-time Big Ten Conference champion.

The Southern Regional High School graduate won the 149-pound title and led Penn State University to the team title at the Big Ten Championships in West Lafayette, Ind.

Molinaro, a senior and the top seed at 149, beat Minnesota's Dylan Ness with a 15-0 technical fall in the final. He was one of three Penn State wrestlers to repeat as champions, along with David Taylor (165) and Ed Ruth (174).

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The Nittany Lions scored 149 points to beat second-place Minnesota (134).

Molinaro started the tournament by pinning Northwestern's Kaleb Friedly in 2 minutes, 18 seconds. In the semifinals, he beat Purdue's Ivan Lopouchanski with a 15-0 tech fall.

In the final, he used a takedown, a reversal and four near-falls to beat Ness 15-0.

Last year's national runner-up, Molinaro (28-0 this season) will go for a national title and fourth All-American honor at the NCAA championships, which start March 15 in St. Louis.

Molinaro was a three-time state champion at Southern Regional, going 148-6 in his career, and a three-time Press Wrestler of the Year.

He is 113-29 in his career at Penn State.

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