Head Coach / RTC Director
In his first season leading the program, head coach Tony Robie continued Virginia Tech wrestling’s run of success as the Hokies won its second consecutive ACC Championship and placed eighth at the NCAA Championships.
Robie became the first ACC wrestling coach in history to guide his team to ACC Championships in his first two seasons. With Robie on staff, Virginia Tech has now won four ACC titles over the last six years and seven conference trophies overall when including dual meet titles. The Hokies have also placed in the top 10 at NCAAs in each of the last six years.
In Robie’s first campaign, Virginia Tech placed at least three wrestlers on the podium at nationals for the sixth consecutive season. Jared Haught led the group of All-Americans in 2018 by becoming the Hokies’ second national finalist, joining Devin Carter in 2014. Four Hokies – Haught, David McFadden, Brent Moore and Dennis Gustafson – won ACC titles, with Moore taking home Most Valuable Wrestler honors. Robie also coached McFadden to a regular season record of 30-0, the first undefeated season at Virginia Tech since 2001.
In duals, Robie led the Hokies to a 14-3 overall record, a 4-1 mark in ACC matches and a final ranking of No. 10 in the final NWCA Coaches Poll. Robie’s 14 dual meet victories ranks second in the ACC record book for most wins by a first-year head coach behind Wade Schalles’ 15 wins with Clemson in 1978. His .824 winning percentage ranks third all-time in ACC history for a rookie head coach. In Virginia Tech history, Robie’s winning percentage ranks first among rookie head coaches while his 14 wins ranks second behind Tom Brands’ 16 dual meet wins in 2004-05. Robie, who started five freshmen in duals for a majority of the season, was also named a finalist for the Theraworx NWCA National Coach of the Year award.
On March 21, 2017, Robie was promoted to head wrestling coach at Virginia Tech after serving as interim head coach since February of that year. During that span, 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 was an integral part of the Virginia Tech wrestling staff for 11 seasons as associate head coach under former head coach Kevin Dresser. Between the 2006-07 and 2016-17 seasons, the Hokies won three ACC Dual Meet Championships, three ACC tournament championships and finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships five times. One of those top 10 team finishes included a then-ACC record and program best fourth place finish in 2016. He 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, 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, 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.
Robie joined the Michigan staff after coaching stops at West Virginia (1998-99) and Edinboro (1999-00).
A world-class wrestler in his own right, Robie was a two-time All-American at Edinboro and a 1997 NCAA finalist at 158 pounds who turned in a career record of 126-23. A two-time captain for Olympic gold medalist Bruce Baumgartner, 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. He ranks fourth on the school's all-time wins list and went on to earn a bronze medal at the 1998 U.S. Open Freestyle Championships. In 2008, he was inducted into the Edinboro Sports Hall of Fame.
A native of Erie, Pa., Robie 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 and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Christiansburg with their three children – Nate, Luke and Jake.
Two-time All-American and 2012 Olympian Jared Frayer enters his second season as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech.
In his first season with the Hokies, Frayer guided Tech to its second consecutive ACC title and helped coach four individual ACC champions. Practices and workouts designed by Frayer proved to be key in the Hokies’ run to its sixth consecutive top 10 finish at the NCAA Championships. He’s also instrumental in implementing freestyle workouts and practices with the Southeast Regional Training Center.
Prior to coming to Blacksburg, Frayer was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Oklahoma University, 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 returned to the college coaching ranks after spending 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
2012 NCAA champion, 2016 Olympian and U.S. National Team member Frank Molinaro enters his second season as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech.
In his first season with the Hokies, Molinaro helped coach four individual ACC champions, guided Tech to its second consecutive ACC title and its sixth straight top 10 finish at the NCAA Championships. Molinaro’s one-on-one instruction also played a key role in Jared Haught’s run to the 2018 NCAA finals at 197 pounds.
Along with his assistant coaching duties, Molinaro is still competing as a resident athlete with the Southeast Regional Training Center.
Prior to coming to Blacksburg, Molinaro was 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 a national champion at 149 pounds in 2012. In the summer of 2016, he placed fifth at 65 kg at the Rio Olympics 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 team national 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 his career 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 and a second-place finish at the World Team Trials in 2017.
Molinaro resides in Christiansburg with his wife, Kera, and their three sons, Kason, Frank and Weston.
Coach / Resident
Virginia Tech great Ty Walz enters his second season as a volunteer assistant coach at his alma mater.
In the first season on the bench, Walz helped lead the Hokies to their second straight ACC title and their sixth consecutive top 10 finish at the NCAA Championships. His work in the wrestling room helped Jared Haught on his run to the 2018 national finals at 197 pounds.
As a resident athlete with the Southeast Regional Training Center, Walz won gold at the Bill Farrell Memorial Open at 97kg and won a bronze medal at the U23 World Championships in Poland. He was the first Virginia Tech wrestler to make a World Team and joined Devin Carter as the only Hokie grapplers to win medals in international competition. Walz also placed second at the Cerro Pelado in Cuba February 2018, his second medal competing in freestyle.
Walz was the 2017 ACC Champion at heavyweight and was a three-time All-American for the Hokies from 2015-17, placing seventh once and fourth twice. At the time of his graduation, Walz’s 109 career wins ranked 10th in program history and his .784 career winning percentage tied for 11th.
Coach / Resident
Four-time NCAA All-American and former U.S. National Team member Tyler Graff enters his second season as Virginia Tech’s director of performance.
A resident athlete with the Southeast Regional Training Center, Graff’s work in the wrestling room helped the Hokies win their second straight ACC championship and their sixth consecutive top 10 finish at the NCAA Championships in 2018. He won gold at the Henri Deglane Challenge and placed second at the Bill Farrell Memorial Open this past season with the SERTC.
At Wisconsin, Graff registered a career record of 128-25, was the 133-pound NCAA runner-up in 2014 and never finished lower than fifth in the country in four seasons. Graff wrestled for current Tech assistant coach Jared Frayer at Wisconsin where the two helped lead the Badgers to consecutive top 10 finishes in 2010 and 2011.
In freestyle, Graff placed third at Olympic Trials in 2012 and 2016 and was a runner-up at the 2016 U.S. World Team Trials. He took first at the 2017 Pan American championships and is a two-time Dave Schulz Memorial champion. Graff won his first of three University Nationals championships in 2010 and was a Junior World Team Member in 2007.
Graff joins Frayer and assistant coach Frank Molinaro as Hokies that have made a National Team. Graff was also a four-time Colorado high school state champion and compiled a 162-1 record.
We are excited to announce the addition of Jared Haught to the SERTC as a coach. Jared is from Parkersburg, WV and is graduating from V.T. in the spring of 2018 with a degree in mechanical engineering.
Jared is one of the most decorated wrestlers to ever come through the Virginia Tech wrestling program. He finishes his career as a 3x All-American and 2018 NCAA finalist at 197 pounds. Jared made a trip to the NCAA tournament all four years and won two ACC Championships while wrestling at VT. Jared also excelled off the mat by becoming the 2017 ACC Wrestling Scholar-Athlete of the Year as well as earning All-ACC Academic status 3x.
He is just the fourth three-time All-American in program history, the second multi-time NCAA semifinalist (Ty Walz, 2016-17), the second national runner-up (Devin Carter, 2014) and the first West Virginia native to wrestle for a national championship.