Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College wrestling squad, under the direction of fourth-year Head Coach Marques Gales, finished the 2016-17 season with a 5-10 record and saw a handful of impressive individual performances at tournaments throughout the winter. Trinity also performed well at several big events this year, finishing seventh at the Ted Reese Invitational hosted by Southern Maine and 11th at the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Duals hosted by Johnson & Wales.
Sophomore captain Grant Sorensen (Moore, Okla.) and classmates Nolan Cornu (Hopkinton, Mass.) and Mason Sangillo (Florham Park, N.J.) each won three matches at the Doug Parker Invitational at the beginning of the season. The strong start helped propel the team to a seventh-place finish at the Ted Reese Invitational where Sorensen once again led the way for the Bantams, finishing the day 5-1 wrestling at 149-pounds. First-year Lucas Kaminski (Hopkinton, Mass.) also had an impressive day with a 4-2 record including a fall and a technical fall.
The Bantams dropped a hard fought dual-match against New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) foe Williams to conclude the fall semester, but proved to be much improved from last year's dual-meet against the Ephs where Trinity lost 53-0. The Bantams battled Williams before ultimately falling, 26-20, but saw a handful of great individual efforts. Sophomore Ian Moritz (Pittsburgh, Pa.) dominated at 141 pounds, earning nearly a double-digit point advantage before pinning his counterpart, while Sorensen, sophomore Jack Reilly (Andover, Mass.) and rookie Stephen Cerrone (Quechee, Vt.) earned clutch wins.
Trinity won a pair of dual-matches at the NEWA Duals Championships at Johnson & Wales in January, highlighted by another great performance from Sorensen, who won three of four matches and earned all-tournament honors. Trinity edged Western New England in the first match of the day thanks to clutch performances by sophomore Matt Ferraro (Reading, Mass.) and classmate Joe Caggiano (Fair Lawn, N.J.) as the Bantams picked up their first dual-match win of the new year, 22-15. The Bantams also downed Bridgewater State on the day, 26-9, to go 2-2 on the day. Cerrone recorded three victories en route to a sixth place finish at 174 pounds at the USC Wildcat open to close out the month of January on a high note for the Bantams.
The Bantams ended the season strong, winning three of their last four duals to round out the dual-meet season. The squad swept a home tri-meet with American International College and New England College before downing Bridgewater State, also at home, on February 12. Before the match against Bridgewater State, Trinity honored its pair of seniors, Andrew McCahill (Easton, Mass.) and James Scalfani (Chappaqua, N.Y.). Mortiz, Sorensen and Kaminski all worked wins before a fourth-straight by sophomore John Davis III (Princeton Junction, N.J.) put the Bantams ahead for good.
Ferraro and Drew Saccone (Osterville, Mass.) each reached the semifinals of their respective weight classes in the NEWA Futures Tournament while Moritz and Sorensen both shined at the NCAA Division III Northeast Regional Wrestling Championships at Roger Williams University.
Trinity's success extended into the classroom as Sorensen was named as a 2016-17 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division III Scholar All-American, and joined Davis, Sangillo and sophomore Joe Penna (Reading, Mass.) on the NESCAC Winter All-Academic Team. The four also qualified for the NEWA All-Academic Team along with Cornu, Reilly, Saccone, sophomore Ian Steckel (Winchester, Mass.), Cerrone, Kaminski and first-year Fumihiro Tamada (Okayama, Japan). In addition, the Bantam squad was recognized as a NWCA Scholar Team Award recipient due to its team g.p.a. of 3.31, which tied Williams College for seventh-best in the nation among Division III schools.