Joe Ladd ’19
Trinity College men’s wrestling team dropped a match against the Oswego St. Lakers at home last Saturday. As the match progressed, the Lakers took an early lead as they took a 12-to-6 lead against the Bantams. However, the Bantams got a few team points due to a forfeit by the Lakers. Despite a losing battle, the Bantams took stride in senior co-captain Grant Sorensen ’19, as he won his match-up 12-1. In fact, Sorensen has succeeded so well at Trinity that he has since risen to the number fourth ranked wrestler at 157 pounds in the nation. This impressive feat has led the Bantam wrestling program throughout the season.
As the match progressed, the Lakers continued to edge the Bantams as they won the next two bouts to gain a 23-10 lead. Despite the score, Bantam first-year Anders Klass took charge as he won his match 7-3 in the 184 pound class. As a result, the Bantams received three team points. Included in this match-up was senior Mason Sangillo, who won his match by a score of 6-4 in the heavyweight class. On Sunday, the Bantams traveled to Johnson and Wales University to compete in the USC Wildcat Open. Yet again, senior co-captain Grant Sorensen led the charge for the Bantams as he defeated all five of his opponents and continued on to win the 157-pound class in the tournament. Continuing the solid effort by the Bantams, fellow senior co-captain Jack Reilly finished in fourth place in the 165-pound bracket.
Sorensen won his opening match with a pin in just 27 seconds against a Roger Williams wrestler and followed with a pin at 2:26 over a New York University wrestler in the second round. For the quarterfinals, he won 5-0 and in the semifinals, he won 6-0 against a New York University wrestler. As he entered the finals, it was evident that Sorensen continued his momentum and strength, because he ultimately ended up winning 5-0 against a wrestler from the host-tournament team. Bantam junior Lukas Kaminski also wrestled in the 157-pound bracket and defeated a Springfield College wrestler, 19-2, in the first round before thereafter losing a match. This coming Saturday, the Bantams will be hosting a double header against Western New England University as well as against Southern Maine University. Be sure to come out the Oosting Gymnasium right here at Trinity College all season in order to cheer on your succesful Bantam wrestlers!