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Former Penn State wrestler earns Olympic berth

Frank Molinaro, left, takes Logan Stieber to the mat during their 65-kilogram freestyle match at the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials on April 9 in Iowa City, Iowa.
Frank Molinaro, left, takes Logan Stieber to the mat during their 65-kilogram freestyle match at the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials on April 9 in Iowa City, Iowa. AP

Former Penn State All-American and current assistant wrestling coach Frank Molinaro has earned an Olympic berth after two other athletes were sanctioned by United World Wrestling.

The governing body on Wednesday redistributed Olympic qualifications for freestyle, Greco-Roman and women’s wrestling due to doping violations for small concentrations of meldonium at the European Olympic Qualification Tournament in Serbia and the Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament in Kazakhstan, according to a UWW release.

The athletes sanctioned in the 65kg freestyle weight class for doping violations, Poland’s Magomedmurad Gadzhiev and Ukraine’s Andriy Kvyatkovskyy, will have their Olympic licenses redistributed.

Molinaro won the 65kg freestyle weight class at the U.S. Olympic Trials as the No. 9 seed and had to finish in the top three in a qualifier in Mongolia or top two in a last-chance qualifier in Turkey to earn a spot in Rio. He placed third in Turkey.

The Olympic license redistribution puts Molinaro in the Olympic games.

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