Cowboys ranked in top 25 in preseason poll
Wyoming uses tiebreaker points for big road win
National championships will be March 15-17 in St. Louis
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Cowboys win four matches versus powerful OSU squad
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
2011-12: Martinez had another great year for the Pokes, finishing second on the team in victories (35), fourth in dual wins (10), fifth in dual points (40), fourth in pins (nine), second in technical falls (three) and fifth in major decisions with seven.
His major decision over Oklahoma's Nolan McBryde sealed Wyoming's first-ever win over the Sooners in a Jan. 3 dual, while he kept powerful Oklahoma State within reach with a pin of Zach White versus the Cowboys two nights before.
He proved he was the class of the WWC at 174 pounds, finishing 11-1 versus conference opponents. He placed in four open tournaments, including a win at the Kearney Open and fourth in both the Las Vegas Invitational and Reno Tournament of Champions. At the West Regional, Martinez was crowned for the second-straight year on the podium.
He finished the season at the NCAA Championships, going 1-2 to end the year.
2010-11: Martinez had a solid first campaign with the Cowboys, as he finished 29-15 overall and 8-7 in duals to earn a West Regional title and trip to the NCAA Championships. He started the season at 165 pounds, but moved up to 174 in December and earned the starting nod. Martinez collected a team-high 10 major decisions to go with one pin and one technical fall while posting a 10-3 mark against the WWC. Martinez went 1-2 in his first trip to the national tournament. He opened with a 10-3 loss to Minnesota's Scott Glasser, before notching a 12-3 major decision over Liberty's Royal Brettrager. His tournament ended with a 9-4 loss to No. 12 Mike Benefiel of Oklahoma State.
Martinez won his first West Regional title and first-team All-WWC honors with a major decision and two decisions at the tournament, after going 8-5 down the stretch in the dual season. He opened the 2010-11 campaign by winning the Northwest Open and placing second at the Cowboy Open. He went 2-2 at the Kaufman-Brand Open, but rebounded with a third-place showing at the UNK Loper Open. Martinez also went 3-2 at the Reno Tournament of Champions.
2009-10: Patrick used his redshirt season in his first year at UW and in open tournaments he was sometimes dominant. His record was 17-3 while competing at 165 and 174 pounds. He had one technical fall and five major decisions.
Martinez placed either first or second in every tournament he entered. He won his weight class at the Northwest Wyoming Open and the Northern Colorado Open, and was second at the Cowboy Open, the UNK Loper Open and the Utah Valley Open.
In the summer prior to starting college, he placed at Junior Nationals in both freestyle (fourth) and Greco (seventh).
High School: Martinez was the 160-pound California state champion as a senior and place-winner (sixth) as a junior in arguably one of the most difficult state high school events in the nation. He is a two-time Freestyle and Greco Roman State Champion, as well as a place-winner at the Reno Tournament of Champions. His high school team, Temecula Valley, won the CIF championship four straight years and the Southern Section Masters championship those same years. Martinez was a California Triple Crown winner in 2007 and the California FILA Greco-Roman state champion. Many other schools recruited him, but he chose UW over the likes of Missouri and Maryland.
Personal: Martinez was born April 5, 1990, in Hemet, Calif., and he is the son of Anthony Martinez and Barbara Morlan. He is a social science major at UW.
Career record: 64-27 (10 falls)