Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College wrestling program hits the mat in 2016-17 with a renewed sense of excitement after putting together one of its best seasons in recent memory last winter. Under the direction of former 2014 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) National Rookie Coach of the Year Marques Gales (4th season), the Bantams host Division II East Stroudsburg on Friday, November 19 to open the year, and competes in the Doug Parker Invitational at Springfield the following day.
Junior Lucian Cascino (Jamaica Plain, Mass.) led the squad with seven pins last year, building off an impressive first-year campaign, to post a 13-7 record. He looks to continue his development and challenge the top heavyweights in the Northeast this winter. Sophomore heavyweight Matt Ferraro (Reading, Mass.) challenges Cascino after earning 11 wins last year including four by pin.
Sophomore Mason Sangillo (Florham Park, N.J.) has All-New England potential at 197 pounds and will aim to improve on his freshman season where he won ten matches with four by pin. Fellow sophomore Joe Caggiano (Fair Lawn, N.J.) will see time at 197 and 184 pounds after winning six matches a year ago. Sophomores Enrique Loya (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and Devon deFillippi (Baltimore, Md.) will battle it out at 174 pounds, while senior Andrew McCahill (Providence, R.I.) can wrestle at 174 or 165 pounds. Sophomore John Davis III (Princeton Junction, N.J.) earned nine victories in his rookie year, including seven at the 165 weight class and looks primed to hold down that spot. In the mix at 157 is sophomore Nolan Cornu (Hopkinton, Mass.) who won nine matches with four pins last season and classmate Jack Reilly (Andover, Mass.) who was second on the team with 16 wins a year ago.
Sophomore captain Grant Sorensen (Moore, Okla.) led the team in winning percentage last year and did so with experience at three weight classes. He leads the squad at 149 pounds and will be challenged by Reilly and classmate Francis Corvino (Belmont, Mass.) who earned valuable time last season. Sophomore John Anderson (Bridgewater, Mass.) will wrestle at 149 as well while Joe Penna (Reading, Mass.) and Drew Saccone (Shrewsbury, Mass.), who combined for 21 wins and seven pins last winter, will battle in the 125 and 133 pound weight classes.