March 28, 2011



Providence, R.I.óRhode Island College senior Travis Drappi (West Orange, NJ), junior Brandon Gauthier (Lowell, MA) and senior Kevin Sutherland (Dauphin, PA) were named Scholar All-Americans by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA).


Drappi, who is a physical education major, owns a 3.50 GPA and receives the honor for the second consecutive season. He posted a 4.00 GPA during the fall 2010 semester. He finished his decorated career with a record of 91-42 (.684), while accumulating 162 takedowns, 33 reversals, 120 escapes, 78 near-falls and 21 pins. Drappi was a two-time All-New England wrestler.



 Senior 133 lbs. Travis Drappi


As a senior in 2010-11, Drappi posted a record of 26-9 to go along with 40 takedowns, 11 reversals, 32 escapes, 26 near-falls and six pins.  Drappi was the top finisher at 133 lbs. in the Doug Parker Invitational (Nov. 20), while also placing second and third at the Citrus (Dec. 29-30) and Roger Williams (Nov. 13) invitationals, respectively.  Drappi was named a First Team Pilgrim League All-Star.


Gauthier, who is a physical education/health major, owns a 3.07 GPA. He posted a 3.31 GPA during the fall 2010 semester. He received the teamís Most Outstanding Wrestler Award. Gauthier was an All-American, placing seventh at the 2011 NCAA Div. III Wrestling Championships. He was the New England Champion at 125 lbs. at the 2011 New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Championships in addition to garnering First Team All-Pilgrim League and Scholar-Athlete accolades. Gauthier finished the season with a 40-8 record to go along with 59 takedowns, 10 reversals, 40 escapes, 17 near-falls and a program-record 18 pins. He placed third at both the Roger Williams Invitational (Nov. 13) and Citrus Invitational (Dec. 29-30).



 Junior 125 lbs. Brandon Gauthier


Sutherland, who is a physical education major, owns 3.66 GPA and receives this accolade for the third consecutive year. He posted a 4.00 GPA during the fall 2010 semester. He finished a distinguished career with an overall record of 136-35 (.795) to go along with career totals of 261 takedowns, 29 reversals, 180 escapes, 116 near-falls and 13 pins.  Sutherland was a two-time NCAA individual qualifier. He was a four-time All-New England wrestler and was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the 2009 New England Championships.


As a senior in 2010-11, he was 26-2 at 149 lbs. to go along with 55 takedowns, one reversal, 34 escapes, 29 near-falls and two pins.  Sutherland earned All-New England honors for the fourth straight season with a fourth place finish at the New England Championships. He placed first at the Roger Williams Invitational (Nov. 13) and second at the Citrus Invitational (Dec. 30). Sutherland was named a First-Team Pilgrim League All-Star.



 Senior 149 lbs. Kevin Sutherland


Head Coach Jay Jones team finished the season with an 11-10 overall record, a 9-6 mark against New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) opposition and was 3-2 in the Pilgrim Wrestling League. RIC placed eighth at the New England Championships.