Frank Molinaro had to fight his way into the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. Now he’s grinding away to make enough money to bring family and friends along with him.
A current Penn State assistant wrestling coach and former Nittany Lion NCAA champion, Molinaro won the 65 kg freestyle title at the United States Olympic Trials in April. But since the U.S. was not qualified for that weight, he had to compete in a last-chance qualifier in Mongolia to earn the right to compete in the Olympics.
Molinaro came up just short — or so it seemed. Last week, wrestlers from Poland and Ukraine had their Olympic licenses stripped following positive drug tests, clearing the way for the United States — in the form of Molinaro — to wrestle for gold at 65 kg in Rio in August.
Sunday, Molinaro created a gofundme page to raise money to bring family members and friends to Rio to support him. According to the page, that will not include his wife, as they are expecting their first child in August. “So it would mean the world to me to be able to send as many extended family (members) as possible,” he wrote.
You can get to the gofundme page through Molinaro's tweet below.