Providence, R.I. - Sophomore captain Grant Sorensen (Moore, Okla.) won three of four matches and earned all-tournament honors to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a pair of wins and 11th place in the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Duals Championships this afternoon at Wildcat Center on the campus of Johnson and Wales University. Trinity, seeded No. 14 in the 16-team field, edged No. 12-seeded Western New England University, 22-15, in the 13th-place match, after losing to No. 3-seeded Coast Guard, 45-0, and No. 11-seeded Rhode Island College, 27-13, and downing No. 15-seeded Bridgewater State, 26-9, in its first three matches. The win over Bridgewater State was Trinity's first of the winter, and the Bantams close the day at 2-7 in duals competition. Top-seeded Johnson and Wales won the title with a 28-14 triumph over No. 2-seeded Roger Williams in the finals.
In the 13th-place match, Trinity sophomore heavyweight Matt Ferraro (Reading, Mass.) clinched it with a 3-1 win in sudden victory. Trinity sophomore 133-pounder Ian Moritz (Pittsburgh, Pa.) won by a 10-3 decision and Sorensen earned five points on a technical fall victory at 141 pounds to put the Bantams ahead, 8-6, after three bouts. Sophomore 157-pounder Jack Reilly (Andover, Mass.) posted an 8-0 major victory, while rookie 174-pounder Steve Cerrone (Quechee, Vt.) earned the third of his three victories in the tournament, 6-1, to make the score, 15-12, in Trinity's favor with three weight classes remaining. Bantam sophomore Joe Caggiano (Fair Lawn, N.J.) won, 12-3, at 184 pounds to up the Trinity lead to 19-12, but a victory by the Golden Bears in the 197-pound bout gave Bridgewater State a fighting chance at 19-15. Ferraro just needed to keep his match close for the Bantams to remain ahead, but he collected three points of his own with a win.
In Trinity's second match of the day, Sorensen, Reilly, and Cerrone posted wins to put the Bantams just three points behind the Rhode Island College Anchormen at 16-13 with three bouts left, but fell short in each of the remaining weight classes. Against Bridgewater State, Trinity jumped out to a 16-6 lead thanks to pins Moritz and Sorensen and an 11-0 major victory by rookie 149-pounder Lucas Kaminski (Hopkinton, Mass.). Cerrone, Caggiano, and sophomore 197-pounder Mason Sangillo (Florham Park, N.J.) also recorded wins against the Bears to give the Bantams a shot at 13th place. Sorensen was named to the all-tournament team.