Head Coach / RTC Director
Tony Robie has been promoted to head wrestling coach at Virginia Tech after serving as interim head coach since February. Robie led the Hokies to the team title at the ACC Championship and a sixth-place finish at the 2017 NCAA Championships in St. Louis – Tech’s fifth-straight top-10 finish at nationals.
Robie has been an integral member of the Virginia Tech wrestling staff for 11 seasons, serving as associate head coach since joining the Hokies in 2006 before assuming interim head coach duties for the ACC and NCAA Championships this season. A former head coach at Binghamton University, Robie was a two-time All-America selection and an NCAA runner-up as a student-athlete at Edinboro University. His resume also includes assistant coaching tenures at Michigan, West Virginia and his alma mater.
Serving as the top assistant under former head coach Kevin Dresser, Robie helped elevate the profile of the Virginia Tech wrestling program since arriving in Blacksburg in 2006-07 as associate head coach. Since that first season, the Hokies have gone on to win three ACC Dual Meet Championships, three ACC tournament championships and finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships five times. He’s also helped recruit and coach 17 ACC champions and 14 All-Americans.
Robie came to Blacksburg after serving as the head coach at Binghamton University in New York. A two-time collegiate All-American and 1997 NCAA runner-up, Robie took over a program that had been discontinued after the 2003-04 school year because of budget constraints. Before taking over at Binghamton, he was an assistant coach for four seasons at the University of Michigan.
In seven years as a Division I assistant coach prior to coming to Blacksburg, Robie helped coach 23 All-Americans, nine Academic All-Americans and one national champion. As the Wolverines’ top assistant coach, Robie recruited three top-10 classes, including the No. 2-ranked class in 2004. His one-on-one work with Michigan student-athlete Ryan Bertin culminated with Bertin’s 2003 NCAA championship – the school’s first national champion in 18 years. In all, Michigan’s team earned national top-10 status all four years that Robie was a coach there. His dedication and influence off the mat resulted in the wrestling team winning the 2003 community service award at the school.
A world-class wrestler in his own right, Robie racked up a 126-23 record on the collegiate mat and was a two-time All-American. A two-time captain for former Olympic gold medalist Bruce Baumgartner at Edinboro University, Robie was a three-time Eastern Wrestling League champion and a three-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) champion. As a senior, Robie led the Fighting Scots to a sixth-place national finish – the highest in school history and was the national runner-up. In 2008, he was inducted into the Edinboro Sports Hall of Fame.
The Erie, Pennsylvania native was a Dean’s List student at Edinboro and received the school’s Academic Achievement Award before graduating with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 1997. Robie brings strong ties to the eastern wrestling hotbed, as he also served as an assistant coach at West Virginia (1998-99) and Edinboro (1999-00). Robie and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Christiansburg with their three children – Nate, Luke and Jake.
Frayer was most recently an assistant coach at his alma mater, Oklahoma, where he was a two-time All-American and a Big 12 champion. On the international stage, Frayer represented the United States at the 2012 London Olympics wrestling freestyle at 66 kg.
Frayer returned to Norman in 2011 after a two-year stint as an assistant coach at Wisconsin. He coached the Badgers to consecutive top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships (2010-11) and helped develop seven All-Americans and an individual national champion. On the recruiting trail, he brought the nation’s No. 4-ranked recruiting class to Madison in 2011.
Frayer once served as the strength and conditioning coach at Iowa for the 2008-09 season and was an assistant coach for three years at Harvard from 2003-06. In Cambridge, Frayer headed the Crimson’s recruiting efforts while also coaching five All-Americans and an NCAA champion.
A two-time team captain and a two-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree, Frayer left Oklahoma with a 129-38 career record and was the NCAA runner-up at 149 pounds as a senior in 2002. He was also the recipient of the Wade Schalles award in 2000 for recording the most pins of any collegiate wrestler that season.
After graduating from Oklahoma in 2002 with a degree in secondary education, Frayer went on to win the 2010 U.S. Open Championship and was named to the United States national team five times. At the U.S. World and Olympic Team Trials, he turned in seven top six finishes.
Frayer returns to the college coaching ranks after spending the last two years as a sales representative for Stryker Spine, selling spine implants to orthopedic spine and neurosurgeons in the greater Tampa Bay area. He and his wife, Nicole, have two daughters, Khloe and Beckett.
Coach / Resident
Molinaro was most recently a volunteer assistant coach at his alma mater, Penn State, where he was a two-time Big Ten champion, a four-time All-American and an NCAA champion at 149 pounds in 2012. Last summer, placed fifth at 65 kg at 2016 Olympics in Rio as a member of the USA wrestling men’s freestyle team.
A native of Barnegat, New Jersey, Molinaro jumped right into coaching after wrapping up his collegiate career at Penn State. He was on the staff at Rutgers for two years as an assistant coach, where he helped develop the Scarlet Knights’ first All-American since 2002. Molinaro then returned to Happy Valley as a volunteer assistant in 2014 and helped lead the Nittany Lions to a national team championship in 2016.
Molinaro boasts one of the most decorated careers in the history of Penn State wrestling. He turned in finishes of eighth, fifth and second at the NCAA Championships before claiming the 2012 national title at 149 pounds as senior. That season, he went 33-0, won his second consecutive Big Ten title and wrapped up a career that ended with a 121-29 record.
On the international stage, Molinaro’s fifth-place finish at the 2016 Olympics tied for the best finish ever for a Nittany Lion wrestling for the United States. His road to Rio surprised many in the wrestling community as he won five of six matches as the No. 9 seed to take the 65 kg class at Olympic Team Trials. His resume also includes the 70 kg championship at 2016 Pan American games.
Most recently, Frank, placed 2nd in the 2017 U.S. Freestyle Nationals. This qualifies him for a spot in the 2017 World Team Trials, where he will have the chance to make the 2017 World Team and represent Team USA at the 2017 World Championships.
Coach / Resident
2015-16: Compiled a 23-2 record ... Went 16-1 against dual competition while only missing one event ... Earned victories over three top-10 opponents ... Brought home the program’s first ever Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational title at the prestigious event ... Finished second at the ACC Championship, behind a two-time national champion ... Earned his highest finish at Nationals, coming in fourth after a trip to the semifinals and a 4-2 record at the event.
2014-15: NCAA All-American, placing seventh at heavyweight … A first-team all-state selection by VaSID … Posted a 28-9 record for the season … Picked up a pin in the Hokies' season-opener against Newberry … Wrestling unattached, went 4-0 at the Hokie Open to take the title … Beat No. 10 Evan Knutson of North Dakota State 3-2 in a dual meet … Clinched the Hokies' upset win over No. 4 Ohio State with a 6-4 win in the first tiebreaker over 11th-ranked Nick Tavanello … Took second at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational … Picked up wins over Evan Knutson and Adam Coon en route to the finals … Was upset in the Penn State dual, dropping a 5-3 decision in sudden victory to Jimmy Lawson … Placed fourth at the Midlands Championships … Defeated fifth-seeded Evan Knutson of NDSU for a third time this year, dropped a close decision to top-seeded Michael McMullan of Northwestern and downed 11th-seeded Dawson Peck of Maryland along the way … In the third-place match, fell to third-seeded Connor Medbery of Wisconsin, 2-1 … Sealed Tech's dual meet wins over No. 24 Old Dominion and No. 16 Virginia with wins in the final bout as Tech claimed the Virginia Duals … Picked up wins in the ACC duals against Virginia and Pitt … Fell to top-ranked Nick Gwiazdowski of NC State in the dual … Sealed the win over Duke to clinch the ACC dual meet title with a 5-2 win over Brendan Walsh … Went 2-1 at the ACC Championships to place third … Earned an at-large selection to the NCAA Championships … Upset No. 4-seeded Austin Marsden of Oklahoma State in the round of 12 to earn All-America honors … Took fifth place at 125 KG at the University Nationals.
2013-14: Went 27-14 on the season and went 16-7 in duals … An NCAA Qualifier … Had four major decisions and two pins … Posted a 4-2 mark in ACC duals … Went 4-0 in his opening weekend as the starter … Secured Tech's win against Kent State with a win in the final match … Beat No. 20 Ernest James of Edinboro 2-1 in sudden victory in a dual match … Took down No. 15 Blake Herrin of American, 6-5 in a dual … Suffered his first collegiate loss at the Las Vegas Invitational, posting a 2-2 record … Went 4-2 at the Midlands Championships … Picked up a major decision in the UNC dual match … Went 3-1 at the ACC Championship to place third at heavyweight … Went 2-2 at the NCAAs … A second-team selection to the VaSID All-State team … Placed fourth at the ASICS University Freestyle Nationals at 125 kg, going 6-2.
2012-13: Redshirted … Placed third at the National Collegiate Open … Took second at the Edinboro Open and second at the Purple Raider Open … Wrestling unattached, went 3-1 at the Wilkes Open to place second … Went 2-2 at the Wolfpack Open … Went 4-2 at the Hokie Open.
High School: Attended St. Edward High where he won an Ohio state title as a senior … Wrestled for Coach John Hoffornan … The No. 12-ranked wrestler in the country at 220 pounds according to InterMat … Placed sixth at the NHSCA Junior Nationals in freestyle at 215 pounds to earn All-America honors … A Cadet national champ.
Personal: Ty Ryan Walz was born on March 11, 1994 in Cleveland, OH … The son of Gary Walz and Paula Walz … Has two siblings: Brooks and Casey … Majoring in real estate.
Coach / Resident
We are thrilled to announce the addition of Tyler Graff to the SERTC as a residential athlete. Tyler will be representing the SERTC at 57kg (125.4lbs) in his bid to make the 2020 Olympic Team. His wife Aleksandra will be making the move to Blacksburg along with him.
Tyler was a 4 x NCAA All-American at the University of Wisconsin (2010-5th, 2011-5th, 2013-3rd, 2014-2nd)
Below are some of his international wrestling highlights:
2017: Pan-American Champion & Outstanding wrestler
2017: Granma y Cerro Pelado International Champion
2015, 2017: Dave Schultz International Champion & 2x Outstanding Wrestler
2012, 2016: Olympic Team Trials 3rd place finisher
2010, 2013, 2015: University National Champion
Tyler Graff will be a tremendous asset to Virginia Tech Wrestling, especially, our lower weights.