Williamstown, Mass. – The Trinity College wrestling team fell in a close dual-meet with New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) foe Williams College, 22-20, on Friday evening in Lasell Gymnasium on Williams' campus despite winning five out of the eight contested matches as well as three of the five exhibitions. The Bantams wrap up competition for the fall semester before returning to the mat on January 6th for a quad-meet at home with Roger Williams, Wesleyan and Worcester Tech.
The Ephs opened up an early lead when they picked up forfeit wins at both 125 and 133 to open the match with a 12-0 lead. The hosts added to their lead when Joey Rossetti claimed a major decision over Trinity junior Drew Saccone (Osterville, Mass.), 13-5, at 141.
Trinity got on the scoreboard when junior captain Grant Sorensen (Moore, Okla.) pinned the Ephs' Alex Pankhurst in 4:54 in the 149-pound battle, narrowing the Eph lead to 10 at 16-6. Sorensen continues his dominance this winter as he improves to 10-2 on the year with seven falls.
Bantam junior Jack Reilly (Andover, Mass.) put up a gritty performance at 157 but ultimately fell, 8-5, to the Ephs' Brendon Seyfried. Trinity sophomore Lucas Kaminski (Hopkinton, Mass.) collected three more points for the Bantams when he won by decision at 165, 3-0, over Jake Savoca, a 2015 National Qualifier. Williams claimed a win at 174 to open up a 22-9 lead but the Bantams battled back.
At 184, Trinity sophomore Stephen Cerrone (Quechee, Vt.) won via decision over the Ephs' Carl Sangree, 5-2, to make the match score 22-12. First-year Evan Frank (South Salem, N.Y.) followed that with a major decision victory over the Ephs' Sebastian Dziadkiewicz, 13-5 to cut the deficit to six, 22-16. In the heavyweight bout Trinity junior Mason Sangillo (Florham Park, N.J.) recorded a major decision win, 14-5, but the match had been decided at that point as Williams took home the two-point victory.
Trinity Head Coach Marques Gales was excited with how his team wrestled despite the final score. "I thought we wrestled exceptionally well. Going into this week, we knew we were facing a few challenges with holes in our lineup, so we had to make a few adjustments," said Gales. "Lukas, Nolan, and Evan all moved up a weight class and competed hard, with Lukas and Evan finishing with big victories. Although we feel that we out-wrestled Williams, the dual score doesn't reflect it. We have to find ways to win as a team, especially considering we will most likely forfeit 125 and 133 for the rest of the season."
Trinity v. Williams
125: W- Matt Morris won by forfeit (6-0)
133: W- Dietrich Hartman won by forfeit (12-0)
141: W- Joe Rossetti d. Drew Saccone, 17-3 (16-0)
149: TC- Grant Sorensen d. Alex Pankhurst, WBF at 4:54 (16-6)
157: W- Brendan Seyfried d. Jack Reilly, 8-5 (19-6)
165: TC- Lukas Kaminski d. Jake Savoca, 4-0 (19-9)
174: W- Luke Anselmi d. Nolan Cornu, 3-2 (22-9)
184: TC- Stephen Cerrone d. Carl Sangree, 5-2 (22-12)
197: TC- Evan Frank d. Sebastian Dziadkiewicz, 13-5 (22-16)
HWT: TC- Mason Sangillo d. Nicholas Beauchamp, 11-3 (22-20)
Williams 2, Trinity (Conn.) 20