By Melissa McKeown
Air Force Academy Sports Information
USAFA, Colo. – Air Force sophomore Josh Martinez has been named the Western Wrestling Conference wrestler of the week, as announced by the league on Tuesday. It marks the first conference honor of the season for a Falcon, and the second in Martinez’s career.
Martinez, a native of Colorado Springs, Colo., led the Falcons’ contingent at the prestigious Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. Invitational, placing third at 125 pounds for the second-straight season. Martinez, who entered the tournament seeded fifth and ranked eighth nationally, posted a 7-1 record on the weekend, with four major decisions and three decisions.
Among Martinez’s victories were three wins against nationally ranked opponents, including a 14-1 major decision over 10th-ranked Tim Lambert of Nebraska, a 10-7 decision over Northern Iowa’s seventh-ranked Dylan Peters and a 4-1 decision over No. 20 David Terao of American in the third-place match. With his performance at the CKLV Invitational, Martinez moved to 13-1 on the season and is currently ranked sixth in the nation by InterMat.
In addition to earning WWC Wrestler of the Week accolades, Martinez also shared Air Force Athlete of the Week honors for his performance.