Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College wrestling sophomore captain Grant Sorensen (Moore, Okla.) was named as a 2017-18 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division III Scholar All-American, and joined juniors John Davis III (Princeton Junction, N.J.), Joe Penna (Reading, Mass.), Mason Sangillo (Florham Park, N.J.), and sophomores Fumihiro Tamada (Okayama, Japan) and Mason Allen (Morristown, Tenn.) on the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Winter All-Academic Team. Sorensen, Davis, Sangillo, Tamada and Penna also qualified for the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) All-Academic Team, along with sophomore Lukas Kaminski (Hopkinton, Mass.), junior Jack Reilly (Andover, Mass.) and junior Ian Steckel (Winchester, Mass.). In addition, the Bantam squad was recognized as a NWCA Scholar Team Award recipient thanks to their 3.46 team GPA. Trinity, coached by Marques Gales (5th Season), finished the 2017-18 season with a 5-10 record and saw a handful of impressive individual performances at tournaments throughout the winter. Trinity finished seventh at the Ted Reese Invitational in December and capped off the year with a 13th-place finish at the NCAA Division III Regional Championships in late February.
Sorensen earned the NWCA Scholar All-American honor for posting a cumulative GPA of better than 3.2 and winning over 67 percent of his matches. Trinity wrestling received its national award due to its team GPA of 3.46, which ranked sixth-best in the nation among Division III schools. To earn NESCAC All-Academic, an individual must have reached sophomore academic standing and be a varsity letter winner with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.40.
Sorensen capped off the season by becoming the first Bantam since 2014 to qualify for the NCAA Championships after placing third in the NCAA Division III Northeast Regional Championships in late-February. He went 2-0 on the first day of NCAA Regionals to advance to Sunday's semifinal bout where he dropped a heartbreaker, 4-3, to two-time National Qualifier Brendan Seyfried of Williams. Sorensen rebounded with a 6-1 decision on the other side of the bracket before dominating in the third-place match with a 15-0 win by technical fall over Brendan Weir of Southern Maine to earn a bid to Nationals. A native of Moore, Oklahoma, Sorensen completed his historic season with a final record of 34-7, including 14 wins by fall, recording the second-highest win total in a single season in the program's history. A graduate of Heritage Hall High School, he is the son of Carol and John Sorensen.
Davis was 6-8 this winter, split between 174 and 184-pounds, with all of his victories coming via pin. A three-time NEWA All-Academic honoree, Davis is a graduate of the Lawrenceville School and is majoring in economics and history at Trinity. He is the son of Sharon and John Davis.
Penna went 4-8 at 149 pounds with one win by fall this winter. A NEWA All-Academic honoree as a first-year and sophomore, Penna is a graduate of Reading Memorial High School and is majoring in biology with a minor in Spanish at Trinity. He is the son of Ann and George Penna.
Sangillo finished third on the team in wins this winter, compiling a 19-12 record with three pins at the heavyweight division. A three-time NEWA All-Academic honoree, Sangillo is a graduate of Hanover Park High School and is majoring in economics at Trinity. He is the son of Rosa Marsal and Frank Sangillo.
Tamada won six matches this year at 157, the first six wins of his career, with two victories via fall. This is the second-straight year that Tamada has garnered NEWA All-Academic honors after earning the accolade as a rookie last season. A graduate of Okayama Hakuryo in Japan, he is a physics major and the son of Satoko and Sadoa Tamada.
Allen wemt 0-4 at 184-pounds this season after transferring into the program from Reed College in the fall. A computer science major with a minor in models & data, he is the son of Victoria and Ernest Allen.
Kaminski enjoyed a breakout sophomore season, finishing second on the team in wins with a 23-14 record with 10 pins while wrestling primarily between 165 and 157. A two-time NEWA All-Academic honoree, Kaminski is a graduate of Hopkinton High School and is majoring in economics. He is the son of Mark and Annette Kaminski.
Reilly won 15 matches this winter, seven of which came via fall, at 157-pounds. Reilly was the team's rookie of the year in 2015-16 and reached the semifinals in the NEWA Futures Tournament last winter. A three-time NEWA All-Academic Team member, Reilly is an economics major, a graduate of Tabor Academy and the son of Maria and John C. Reilly.
Steckel went 6-8 at 197-pounds this winter and earned four falls. A two-time NEWA All-Academic honoree, Steckel majors in biology at Trinity. He is a graduate of Malden Catholic High School and the son of Ted and Maureen Steckel.
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