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Trinity College coach wins rookie of the year honors

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, March 15, 2014 — The Trinity College wrestling team sent two representatives to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament for the first time since 2001, and Bantam Head Coach Marques Gales was honored for his outstanding effort in his first year at the helm for Trinity as one of three to share the 2014 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) National Rookie Coach of the Year honors.

Gales was hired as Trinity’s head coach in late summer, inheriting a small roster that yielded 12 or more points to Bantam opponents due to forfeits at two or more weight classes.

Trinity wrestlers battled its opponents tough from the beginning of the year to the end, finishing with a 2-18 dual-match record but rallying to finish 11th in the NCAA Division III Northeast Regional Championships at Wesleyan two weeks ago.  He shares the NWCA National Rookie Coach of the Year Award with Nate Yetzer, of Ferrum, and Efrain Ayala, of Wisc.-Oshkosh.

Connecticut Wrestling Online has been covering the sport of wrestling in Connecticut and New England since 2001.

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