JD's Five Favorite Frank Molinaro Matches

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Yesterday on FRL, the Gorilla Hulk announced that he is officially hanging up the shoes and stepping away from the sport of wrestling as an athlete.

Being a fan of hard hand fighting and a good hard plant through the mat finish, I loved watching Molinaro compete.

Frank Molinaro is a four-time NCAA All-American, national champion, Olympian, and competed on the Senior-level circuit for six years, so he’s had more than his fair share of high-level matches. Here are five of my favorites.

2017 US Open vs Jimmy Kennedy
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Molinaro advances to the 2017 US Open finals by taking out Jimmy Kennedy and “shaking the South Point Arena” with an iconic Molinaro feet-to-back plant in the process. Molinaro actually referenced the double leg in this match as one of his favorite moves that he’s hit in his wrestling career on yesterday’s FRL.


2014 World Team Trials vs Reece Humphrey
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Down with 20 seconds to go against Reece Humphrey at the 2014 World Team Trials, Gorilla Hulk transforms into a honey badger, goes absolutely crazy, and picks up a huge head pinch four-pointer for the win.

In addition to an awesome match, Frank’s celebration gave us this iconic photo from Tony Rotundo.


2016 World Cup vs Sayed Ahmad Mohammadi
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Another late comeback win for Molinaro. This time over 2014 World silver and 2015 World bronze Sayed Ahmad Mohammadi of Iran at the 2016 World Cup. With this match being on US soil, the entire crowd (including CP and Bader on the call) really get into it.


2016 World Cup vs Magomed Muslimov
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We’re going to stay at the 2016 World Cup for match #4. Remember when I said I was a fan of hand fighting? Well, this match has plenty of it, plus a little extra as things got a little chippy with Magomed Muslimov of Azerbaijan.


2016 Olympic Team Trials vs Aaron Pico

The match to make the Olympic Team. You knew it had to make the list. So much was on the line here after going through two-time NCAA champion Kellen Russel, two-time NCAA champion Brent Metcalf, four-time NCAA champion Logan Stieber, and falling in the first match to 19-year-old phenom Aaron Pico, Frank Molinaro got it done with a textbook four-point head pinch. 


Honorable mention: 2012 University World Team Trials vs Kevin LeValley

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Back in the three-period days, Molinaro used possibly his hardest and best high-C/double finish to beat Kevin LeValley at the 2012 University World Team Trials.


Extra Bonus: If I could have found video for this match it would have made it into the top five, but remember when the Ukrainian bit Frank at the Olympics and then Frank beat him to make the bronze medal match? 

Yeah, that was awesome. 

Breaking Down The Freshman Big Board

Freshmen can find the transition to high school to be drastically different depending on size and maturity. The obvious assumption is that the volume of freshmen in the 106lb weight class is going to make it the dominant weight class on the freshman big board. You also would be correct to assume that the composition of the weight also leads to the weight being home to the most freshman cracking the top 20 in the weight class rankings. However, those rankings don’t always carry the most weight when comparing the freshmen to their peers in other weight classes. This class has some interesting outliers when you evaluate the entire board. Let's take a look.

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Bader Show: Tervel Dlagnev, Raymond Bunker, and Victoria Anthony

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On this episode of The Bader Show, Bader and Nomad catch up with Tervel Dlagnev, Raymond Bunker, and Victoria Anthony

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USA Wrestling Provides Free Bonus Digital Edition Of USA Wrestler Magazine

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FROM USA WRESTLING - USA Wrestling, the national governing body for wrestling in the United States, has created a free Bonus Digital Edition of its membership magazine USA Wrestler, as gift to the wrestling community during the challenging times of the coronavirus pandemic.

#68 Vinny Zerban Releases School List

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Vinny Zerban is not a stranger to appearing on FloWrestling Big Boards. The Illinois native has been a staple on the Big Board since he was in junior high including being as high as #10 during his freshman year. Zerban is a Missouri state champion, NHSCA Sophomore Nationals champion, and was third at last year's UWW Cadet World Team Trials picking up wins over Teague Travis, Luke Geog, Joey Zargo, Dean Hamiti Jr, and he currently sits at #68 on the Junior Big Board. 

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Bader Show: Screwy Louie, Bobby Telford, And Barry Davis

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Bader and Bray sit down with Screwy Louie, Bobby Telford, and Barry Davis for this episode of The Bader Show.

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The Top 10 Iowa Wrestling Storylines Of 2019-20, Ranked

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Between the talent, history, and personalities surrounding Iowa Wrestling, I’m not sure there was a more news-worthy team than the Hawkeyes over the course of the 2019-20 coronavirus-shortened season. I mean, seriously: Tom Brands and Austin DeSanto alone generate a good amount of headlines, then you have Spencer Lee, a few hundred past national championships, a lot of salty rivalries, and much more. 

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FRL 499 - All-Time State D1 Dual Final: Pennsylvania vs California

FRL 499 - All-Time State D1 Dual Final

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On episode 499 of FRL, the boys discuss the all-time state D1 dual lineup final between Pennsylvania and California and Ben has a message to all wrestlers. 

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Creating The Best Missouri D1 Lineup Of All Time

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A few weeks ago I asked my Twitter followers how they would put together an all-time great college dual team with the current weights using athletes from their home states. The responses were great and really got me curious. So, I did the research and have now putting together the best possible team for some of the top states, including some formidable back-up teams.

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Bader Show: Pat Smith, Frank Beasley, Cam Caffey, And Tom Lawlor

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On this episode of The Bader Show Bader and Nomad are joined by Pat Smith, Frank Beasley, Cam Caffey, and Tom Lawlor.

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FRL 498 - All-Time D1 Lineup Battles: NJ vs IA & CA vs OH

FRL 498 - All-Time D1 Lineup Battles

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On episode 498 of FRL, the boys are joined by Lee Roper to make their picks for all-time D1 lineups between Iowa and New Jersey and California and Ohio, and wrestlers are gaining some weight in quarantine. 

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