Collegeville, Pa. – Junior captain Grant Sorensen (Moore, Okla.) won the 149-pound championship to lead the Trinity College wrestling squad to a sixth -place finish at the Will Abele Invitational, hosted by Ursinus College, on Saturday afternoon at the Lewis Bakes Center. The Bantams finished 11.5 points ahead of seventh-place Southern Virginia University and just 6.5 points behind fifth-place Western New England. The Bantams return to the mat on Sunday of next weekend for the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Duals Championships.
Sorensen continued to dominate at 149, starting off the day with a 19-3 major decision victory against Ryan Butcavage from Castleton. Sorensen then pinned his opponent from Oneonta State in the final round of his second bout of the afternoon to advance to the bracket's semifinals. Sorensen's semifinal opponent was forced to retire after six minutes of grappling due to injury, sending Sorensen to the championship bout against Daniel Romero of Wheeling Jesuit. In the championship bout, Sorensen pinned Romero in the second round (4:21) to bring home the tournament's 149-pound title.
Junior Drew Saccone (Osterville, Mass.) picked up a pin in his first bout of the day at 141-pounds, as did classmate Mason Sangillo (Florham Park, N.J.) at 285. Sangillo went on to win two decisions in the consolation bracket before retiring due to injury.
First-year Evan Frank (South Salem, N.Y.) had a strong day at 184-pounds as he reached the quarterfinals of the consolation bracket, picking up three wins, all via pin, to finish the day 3-2. Junior Jack Reilly (Andover, Mass.) also picked up a pair of wins for the Bantams at 157-pounds.