Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College wrestling team dropped its 2018-19 home opener, 25-19 to fellow New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) school, Williams College on Friday night in Oosting Gymnasium. The match was the first dual of the year for both teams and Trinity's last of the fall semester. The Bantams return to action over the winter break when they travel to Florida for the Citrus Invitational in Fort Lauderdale on December 29.
Trinity won five of the eight matches that were wrestled but the Ephs were aided by a pair of forfeits, at 125 and at 141, en route to the six point victory. Trinity co-captains Grant Sorensen (Moore, Okla.) and Jack Reilly (Andover, Mass.) provided the fireworks in back-to-back matches to get the home crowd going after Williams opened up a 22-0 lead thanks to wins at 133 by Ben Morton (Evanston, Ill.) and 149 by Alex Pankhurst (Austin, Texas). Sorensen dominated at 157, defeating Brendan Kiernan (Wayland, Mass.) via tech fall, 27-11. Reilly followed that with an electric, 7-3, win at 165 over two-time national qualifier and 2017 All-American Brendon Seyfried (Short Hills, N.J.), working his way back from an early, 2-1 deficit.
Tariq Grissom (Santa Monica, Calif.) halted the Trinity momentum with a 9-3 victory at 174 before the Bantams closed the match with three-straight victories. Sophomore Evan Frank (South Salem, N.Y.) earned a 6-1 triumph at 184 before an 18-3 tech fall at 197 by senior Mason Sangillo (Florham Park, N.J.). Rookie Anders Klass (Braintree, Mass.) capped Trinity's scoring on the evening with a 9-4 win at heavyweight over Williams' Ian Darling (Peachtree City, Ga.)
Trinity v. Williams
125: W - David Yeh won by forfeit (6-0)
133: W - Ben Morton d. Finnegan McGovern, 10-3 (10-0)
141: W - Joe Rossetti won by forfeit (16-0)
149: W - Alex Pankhurst d. Joe Penna WBF at 3:59 (22-0)
157: T - Grant Sorensen d. Brendan Kiernan, 27-11 (22-5)
165: T - Jack Reilly d. Brendon Seyfried, 7-3 (22-8)
174: W- Tariq Grissom d. Stephen Cerrone, 9-3 (25-8)
184: T - Evan Frank d. Luke Anselmi, 6-1 (25-11)
197: T - Mason Sangillo d. Bennett Caplin, 18-3 (25-16)
HWT: T - Anders Klass d. Ian Darling, 9-4 (25-19)
EXH: T - Lukas Kaminski d. Dylan Millson, 5-2
Williams 25, Trinity (Conn.) 19