Martinez garners gold for repeat champ Grand View

DES MOINES – Two years, two-time All-American.

Grand View University sophomore Gustavo Martinez added a gold medal to his collection by winning four matches Friday and Saturday at the NAIA Wrestling National Championships, topping the podium at 141 pounds after finishing fifth a year ago.

Martinez, a 2010 Marshalltown High School graduate and two-time state placewinner for the Bobcats, climbed to the top of the podium on Saturday at the Jacobson Exhibition Center to back his No. 1 ranking and finish the season with a 32-4 record.

After scoring a first-round bye, Martinez won a major decision over Nick Schroeder from Midland University, 13-4, and advanced out of Friday with a 6-3 decision over sixth-ranked Chris Teague of Campbellsville.

In Saturday’s semifinal opener, Martinez picked up third-ranked Wismit Moinius of Lindsey Wilson College and put him to his back late in their match, scoring a win by fall in 7 minutes, 24 seconds to advance to the finals.

Martinez then became the first of four Grand View wrestlers to win their weight class with a 5-2 decision over No. 2 Myles Mazurkiewicz from Great Falls.

Martinez and Mazurkiewicz met twice during last year’s national tournament. The three-time national qualifier Mazurkiewicz defeated Martinez in the quarterfinals, 9-1, before Martinez turned the tables for a 4-1 win in the match for fifth.

Grand View eventually claimed its second consecutive NAIA national tournament team title with 159 points, breaking a 153-all tie with Southern Oregon on the strength of heavyweight Eric Thompson’s win by fall in his championship match.

After redshirting in his first year at Grand View, Martinez has compiled a 64-12 career record and two-time All-American status at Grand View. Martinez was 98-44 in his prep career at Marshalltown, earning eighth- and second-place medals at the state meet.