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Class of 2006
 
Carlas Martin
1985

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Carlas Martin - MAHOF Class of 2006Perhaps 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 third.

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.

Welcome, Carlas Martin, into the Midview Athletic Hall of Fame

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