Springfield, Mass. - Senior co-captain Grant Sorensen (Moore, Okla.) brought home first-place in the 157-pound bracket, knocking off three national qualifiers in the process, to lead the Trinity College wrestling team to a ninth-place finish at the Doug Parker Invitational on Saturday, hosted by Springfield College. The Bantams finished 54.5 team points, just six behind eighth-place Western New England. Springfield took home the team title with 111.5 points.
Sorensen went 5-0 on the day to win his division in a dominant display over top competition. His win in the semifinals was a rematch of last year's Northeast Regional semis, in which he lost in double-overtime to Brendan Seyfried of Williams College. Sorensen defeated the two-time national qualifier and 2017 All-American via a 2-1 decision en route to the title. Sorensen also becomes the first Trinity wrestler to win the Doug Parker Invitational since Mike Marcuccio in 2000.
Elsewhere, sophomore John O'Brien (Reading, Mass.) took fifth place, going 5-1 with four falls in a strong showing. Senior co-captain Jack Reilly (Andover, Mass.) went 2-0 before being withdrawn due to cautionary reasons. Juniors Lukas Kaminski (Hopkinton, Mass.) and Fumihiro Tamada (Okayama, Japan) each went 3-2 at 157 pounds for Trinity as well.
Trinity returns to the mat on Saturday, December 1st, for the Rochester Invitational in Upstate New York.