March 11, 2008
Multi-sport star Martin piling up titles
Michigan signee Mike Martin of Detroit Catholic Central will play defensive tackle for the Wolverines' football team; however, at the high school level, he has proven to be a versatile athlete, finding success in a number of sports. A year ago, he took up wrestling and found immediate success, winning the individual state championship. Over the weekend, he repeated that accomplishment, claiming the Division I state title.
"It feels really good," stated Martin. "To come out my first year and win one and then repeat again, it feels really good. I was inducted into the national high school wrestling hall of fame, and that's a great accomplishment. And just to be known as a wrestler, it's a totally different sport. Just to be part of something like that. My head coach is going to be nominating me to get All-American status for wrestling and that would be a really great honor too."
With a 7-3 victory over Hartland's D.J. Charneski in the final round, Martin was even more pleased with his effort in the semifinals, where he faced Brett Correll of Utica Eisenhower, who entered the meet with a 43-1 record. Correll had made public statements leading up to the event to the effect that Martin was only a football player and didn't belong in the sport of wrestling. Rather than flustering the future Wolverine, the trash talk from his competition only motivated him to prove a point.
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