Hartford, Conn. – Trinity College Wrestling Head Coach Marques Gales (4th season) has announced his team's schedule for the upcoming 2016-17 campaign. In total, the Bantams hit the mat 13 times during the year, highlighted by trips to four invitationals and both the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Futures and Duals tournaments.
Last season, Trinity took a big step forward, finishing the year with a 7-11 record including a number of stellar performances at big events. The team finished third at the Ted Reese Invitational hosted by Southern Maine and ninth at the NEWA Duals as the team saw a five-win improvement from the 2014-15 season.
The Bantams will open the year on November 18 with a home dual-meet against East Stroudsburg at 7:30 p.m. in Oosting Gymnasium. The following day, the team will wrestle at the Doug Parker Invitational, hosted by Springfield, on Saturday, November 19, to close out the month of November.
In December, the Bantams will travel to The Pine Tree State to face Southern Maine in a dual match (12/2) before taking part in the Ted Reese Invitational, hosted by the Huskies, the following day (12/3). Trinity closes out the fall semester with a match at home against New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) opponent Williams on Friday, December 9, inside of Oosting Gymnasium.
Trinity begins 2017 at Roger Williams for the Scott Veira Invitational on January 7, before returning to Roger Williams the following weekend for a tri-meet with the Hawks and Worcester Tech (1/14). On January 22nd, the Bantams will compete at the NEWA Duals Championships hosted by Johnson & Wales before returning the following weekend on the 28th for the USC Wildcat Open.
The Bantams begin February at Western New England University for a five-team match with the Golden Bears, Southern Maine, Springfield, and Sullivan Community College (2/5). The team returns home for a tri-meet with American International and New England College on February 8, before a tri-meet at home a few days later featuring Bridgewater State and Rhode Island College (2/12). The Bantams will compete in the NEWA Futures Tournament, hosted by Johnson & Wales, on Sunday, February 19, with the NCAA Division III Regional Championships at Roger Williams scheduled for the following weekend (2/25-2/26). Should a Trinity wrestler qualify, the NCAA Division III National Championships take place at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin from March 10-11.