March 5, 2009



Providence, RI-Rhode Island College senior Mike Martini (Cranston, RI) and sophomore Kevin Sutherland (Dauphin, PA) will open competition at the 2009 NCAA Wrestling Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa tomorrow morning at 11 a.m.


The official website to follow of the action is:



 Senior 157 lbs. Mike Martini


Martini is unseeded at 157 lbs. and will face sixth-seeded Erik Hanson (25-7) from Loras in his opening bout. He is 36-3 with five pins, 74 takedowns, 20 reversals and 16 near-falls on the season. Martini, who is making his second appearance at the National Championships, was the New England Champion for the second consecutive season and attained All-N.E. status for the third straight campaign. He placed first at both the Roger Williams and Doug Parker Invitationals, while finishing third at the RIT Invitational this winter.



 Sophomore 149 lbs. Kevin Sutherland


Sutherland is unseeded at 149 lbs. and will face eighth-seeded Erik Smith (25-9) from Wilkes in his opening bout. He is 40-10 with one pin, 85 takedowns, seven reversals and 19 near-falls. Sutherland is making his first appearance at the National Championships. He was the New England Champion and attained All-N.E. status for the second consecutive campaign. Sutherland placed third at the Doug Parker and fourth at the RIT Invitationals this season.