Worcester, Mass. - Trinity College junior wrestling captain Grant Sorensen (Moore, Okla.) finished third in the 149-pound division to qualify for the NCAA Division III National Championships and lead the way for the Trinity College Bantams at the NCAA Division III Regional Tournament over the weekend at WPI. Sorensen went 2-0 on Saturday to advance to Sunday's semifinal bout where he dropped a heartbreaker, 4-3, to Brendan Seyfried of Williams, a two-time National Qualifyer and 2017 All-American. Sorensen rebounded with a 6-1 decision on the other side of the bracket before dominating in the third-place match, winning via a 15-0 technical fall over Brendan Weir of Southern Maine. The Bantams finished in 13th out of 17 competing schools.
"Grant's mental fortitude is what sets him apart from most people," said Trinity Head Coach Marques Gales (5th season). "There was a very questionable call in the semis that affected the outcome of the match. Grant kept a level head, stayed focused on the tasks in front of him, and dominated in his consolation matches - outscoring his two opponents 22-1. He is now focused on placing high at the National Championships."
The top three in each weight class advance to the 2018 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships hosted by Baldwin-Wallace on Friday, March 9th and Saturday, March 10th in Cleveland, Ohio, while the top six earned all-region recognition. Sorensen, the region's top-ranked grappler at 149-pounds according to the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA), moves to 34-5 on the year with 12 pins and earns All-Region honors after reaching the NCAA Division III Championship Consolation Quarterfinals at 141 pounds last winter.