Jan. 10, 2012
OREM, Utah - University of Wyoming 174-pound sophomore Pat Martinez (Hemet, Calif./Temecula Valley HS) has been named the Western Wrestling Conference Wrestler of the Week by the league on Tuesday after an outstanding performance on the mat last week.
Martinez sealed Wyoming's first-ever dual victory over ninth-ranked Oklahoma with a bonus-point win in the 174-pound bout on Jan. 3, dominating OU's Nolan McBryde in a 15-2 major decision.
His win came at an opportune time, as UW entered the final match down three points. Martinez's win, worth four team points, vaulted the Cowboys to 18 points, one point better than Oklahoma.
The conference honor is Martinez's first of the season and first of his career. The victory was also the his 23rd of the season, good for second-best at UW this year.
The Western Wrestling Conference, which is in its sixth year of competition, is comprised of seven schools including the Air Force Academy, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, Northern Iowa, South Dakota State, Utah Valley and Wyoming.
2011-12 WWC Wrestlers of the Week
Nov. 9 - Cole VonOhlen (Air Force)
Nov. 15 - Shane Onufer (Wyoming)
Nov. 22 - Kasey Garnhart (Wyoming)/Steven Monk (North Dakota State)
Nov. 29 - Ryan Loder (Northern Iowa)
Dec. 6 - Joe LeBlanc (Wyoming)
Dec. 13 - Zach Zehner (Wyoming)
Dec. 20 - Shane Onufer (Wyoming)
Jan. 4 - Steven Monk (North Dakota State)
Jan. 10 - Patrick Martinez (Wyoming)