Several Pokes honored for successful season
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UW trio earns spot in event with solid performances
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Photos of the Wyoming Cowboys at the 2011 NCAA Wrestling Championships in Philadelphia, Pa. 3/17-3/19/11
Photos of the Wyoming Cowboy wrestlers at the 2011 West Regional tournament. 3/6/11
2010-11: Martinez started his junior campaign as Wyoming's starter at 133 pounds, but after a 4-5 start to the season he moved back to 125 pounds with his usual success. Martinez won his third consecutive West Regional/WWC individual title to qualify for the NCAA Championships for a third time. He went 20-10 overall on the season, including 11-4 in duals, with four major decisions. He posted a 7-4 mark against the WWC.
Martinez entered the NCAA tournament ranked No. 13 in the nation by InterMat, but went 2-2 to fall just short of All-America honors for a second year. He lost his first match, 6-2, to Rutgers' Joseph Langel, before rebounding with 7-2 and 7-5 decisions over Liberty's Robert Jillard and Mark Rappo. He was eliminated with an 8-2 loss to North Dakota State's Trent Sprenkle.
Martinez's third West Regional title came courtesy of some tough-fought matches. He claimed a 14-5 major decision over Northern Colorado's Sam Bauer in the first round, but scraped by Sprenkle with a 3-2 decision in the semifinals and earned a 3-1 sudden victory over Northern Iowa's Caleb Flores in the final. The victory secured his third first-team All-WWC honor.
Martinez notched an 11-3 record through the months of January and February, including a perfect 3-0 mark at the Virginia Duals. He was named the WWC Wrestler of the Week on Feb. 1 after leading the Cowboys to dual wins over South Dakota State and North Dakota State. He started the season at 133 pounds, but went 4-5 at the Cowboy Open and Reno Tournament of Champions before returning to 125. After the season, he was received UW's Joe Dowler Cowboy Up Award.
Martinez entered the year ranked in the top-20 by several preseason publications at both 125 and 133 pounds.
2009-10: During his sophomore season, Martinez posted a 33-9 record, with two technical falls and 10 major decisions. He won his second-straight West Regional title at 125 pounds and participated in his second-straight NCAA Championships.
His example on the mat helped lead the `Pokes to the 2010 West Regional team title, as well as the 2010 Western Wrestling Conference Regular Season Dual team title.
Martinez had an 8-1 record against WWC opponents and he was 11-2 in duals, scoring 43 points.
He finished first at the Cowboy Open, second at the Body Bar Classic, as well as fourth at both Las Vegas and Reno.
Michael defeated five top-20 foes, the highest ranked of which was No. 5 James Nicholson of Old Dominion, Nicholson's only loss during the season heading into the NCAA Championships. He defeated WWC-rival Ben Kjar from Utah Valley two different times while Kjar was ranked No. 9.
At the NCAA Championships, Martinez won his opener over Aaron Kalil from Navy and then lost in his second go-around versus Jarrod Garnett from Virginia Tech. He then clawed his way back through the 125-pound consolation bracket with two wins against Garrett Frey from Princeton and the No. 9 seed Jarrod Patterson (Oklahoma), only to lose his third match of the day to All-American and No. 4 seed Anthony Robles (Arizona State) and have to leave the event just one victory shy of All-American status.
In the summer prior to the season, Martinez participated in the Senior World Team Trials.
He was named the WWC Wrestler of the Week on Nov. 17 and earned first-team All-WWC honors by winning the West Regional.
2008-09: Martinez was an NCAA Qualifier and West Regional champion as a redshirt freshman. He won his opening round match at the NCAA Tournament over No. 17 ranked Marcus Orozco of UC Davis and finished the season 38-11, which tied him for ninth all-time at UW with Reese Andy (1995-96).
Martinez had a 15-3 dual record and scored 58 team points in those matches for UW. He had 12 major decisions, three wins by technical fall and two pins.
Martinez scored an upset win at the NWCA National Duals over Boise State's Brian Owen (5-3), who was then ranked No. 18. To win his league title, Martinez beat UNCo's Tony Mustari by decision in the finals after splitting their two previous regular season meetings.
He placed second at the Cowboy Open and Omaha Open, and took fifth at Reno. Martinez was named to the Amateur Wrestling News All-Rookie Fourth Team and was twice awarded WWC Wrestler of the Week. His West Regional title earned him first-team All-WWC honors.
2007-08: Martinez took an Olympic redshirt during this season to compete for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. He trained in Colorado Springs at the Olympic Training Center all year. Martinez won the Rocky Mountain Regional. He wrestled internationally, in addition to qualifying for and competing in the Olympic Trials.
2006-07: Martinez redshirted in `06-07. In his open matches, he went 20-8 recording three major decisions, one technical fall and one pin. Martinez took fifth at the U.S. Open. He won the Bob Smith Open and took second at the Glen Brand Open.
2004-06: Martinez did not wrestle collegiately.
High School: Martinez wrestled four years at Pagosa Springs High School from 2000-04, was a two-time state champion and was a state placer each of those years. He won state as a senior at 119 pounds, took first as a junior at 112, third as a sophomore at 112 and fourth his freshman year at 103. Martinez also lettered in football.
Personal: Born February 10, 1986 in Durango, Colo. He is one of four children of Joseph and Barbara Martinez. Michael has two brothers and one sister, all older. He is a rangeland ecology and watershed management major at UW.