Perhaps no other sport requires the sacrifice,
commitment and discipline as does wrestling. To ultimately be
successful enough to perform at a championship level without having
undertaken the sport at a young age is a rarity.
Carlas Martin had no prior wrestling experience
until well after the season had started his junior year in high
school. That first year was a true learning experience, but he was a
quick learner and he was ready to take it to another level his
senior year. Carlas took it to the highest level, winning the state
AAA Division 98 lb. State Championship.
In his senior year, Carlas breezed through the
regular season undefeated. He won the Columbia and Brunswick
Invitational Tournaments and was the Lakeland Conference Champion.
He defeated a North Olmsted wrestler for the District Championship,
5-0. He lost in the first round of the regionals, but still earned a
trip to the state meet with a win in the consolation round to finish
In the first round at the state meet, Carlas
defeated a Louisville wrestler who was the prior year’s state
runner-up 5-0, for a quarterfinal win. He then avenged his only
loss, a 2-1 regional setback to Jim Gardner by handing the Mentor
senior a 7-5 loss. Trailing 5-3, Martin hit a takedown and a two
point nearfall with nine seconds remaining for his championship
berth. His coach Phil Gregor said, “Carlos is still so new to
wrestling that every match presents a new predicament for him.
Fortunately he learns from his mistakes.”
His championship record was aptly described by
Chronicle Telegram sports writer Judi Asp, “Carlas Martin of Midview
earned the area’s earliest crown. The Middie 98 pound champion stuck
with what he does best, take downs. Martin brought Solon’s Gary
Kozlowski to the mat four times in route to a 9-4 AAA Championship.
‘I had my mind set on being a state champ and I wouldn’t settle for
less,’ offered Martin.”
Carlas lives in Las Vegas, Nevada with his wife,
Tamara and two children. He is an electrical/mechanical technician
and works for MEDCO.
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