UW's Martinez Named WWC Wrestler of the Week, Moves Up to No. 10 Ranking

Nov. 17, 2009


University of Wyoming sophomore 125-pounder Michael Martinez (Pagosa Springs, Colo.) has been named the Western Wrestling Conference's Wrestler of the Week as announced by league officials on Tuesday.

This is Martinez's third career weekly honor from the WWC, the first this season. In national polls released earlier today by InterMat and the National Wrestling Coaches Association, Martinez climbed to the No. 10 spot at 125 pounds.

Martinez, a returning NCAA qualifier at 125 pounds, started his season in a big way this past weekend by going 5-0 and getting a huge win over No. 9 ranked Ben Kjar of Utah Valley in the final of the Cowboy Open.

On Friday, Martinez, ranked No. 17 at the time, opened the Cowboys' home dual with Northwest College (24-13 team win) by cruising to a technical fall victory. He used four takedowns, three nearfalls and a reversal to beat Phillip Grout, 18-3.

Then on Saturday at the 37th annual Cowboy Open tournament, Martinez won the 125-pound Elite weight class. He was 4-0 and recorded three major decisions on the day. In the finals he got one of the biggest wins of his young career, over Kjar by sudden victory decision 5-3. After forcing the pace in the closing minutes, Martinez earned the decisive takedown near the edge of the mat late in the overtime period.

The Western Wrestling Conference is comprised of seven schools including the Air Force Academy, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, Northern Iowa, South Dakota State, Utah Valley and Wyoming.

2009-10 WWC Wrestlers of the Week

  • Nov. 10 - Tyler Sorenson (South Dakota State)
  • Nov. 17 - Michael Martinez (Wyoming)