Martinez moving up to 165 pounds for junior season

After winning two NCAA titles in two seasons at 157 pounds, Isaiah Martinez is moving up a weight class for his junior season.

Isaiah Martinez after winning his second NCAA title at 157 pounds (Photo/Tony Rotundo,
Martinez announced his decision to move up to 165 pounds next season on Twitter.

Martinez, a native of Lemoore, California, was an undefeated freshman NCAA champion in 2014-15. He was InterMat Freshman of the Year and a Dan Hodge Trophy finalist that season.

This past season Martinez finished 32-1 en route to winning his second NCAA title. He has gone 67-1 over his first seasons in the Illini lineup. Martinez has earned bonus points in 47 of his 67 wins in his college wrestling career.

He started his college wrestling career on a 54-match winning streak before it was snapped on Jan. 23, 2016, when he was pinned by Penn State's Jason Nolf. Martinez came back to defeat Nolf in the Big Ten finals and NCAA finals.


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mswenson (1) about 5 years ago
Martinez is the man. I like that he is not afraid to bump up a wait. He is a beast! Love what he does in the offseason to promote wrestling and his willingness to help youth all over the nation. He is a class act!