Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College wrestling junior captain Grant Sorensen (Moore, Okla.) has qualified for the 2018 NCAA Division III National Championships and will begin competition this Friday morning, March 9th, at the Cleveland Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio. The Bantams, led by Marques Gales (5th Season), finished 13th in the NCAA Division III Regional Championships at WPI in late February. Sorensen becomes Trinity's third National Qualifier under Gales, the 2014 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) National Rookie Coach of the Year, and first since Petros Hologitas '14 and Kyle Maguire '15 and in 2014.
Sorensen begins his title quest in the 149-pound division on Friday morning against Cross Cannone of Wartburg. Sorensen has enjoyed a remarkable junior campaign, posting a 34-5 record, which comes as the second-most wins in a single season in program history. Sorensen recently became the fourth Bantam in program history to reach 30 victories in a single season after going 2-0 in Trinity's final tri-match of the season.
The Oklahoman went 2-0 on the first day of regionals 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 to earn a bid to nationals.