Isaiah Martinez officially headed to 165
Two-time NCAA champion Isaiah Martinez is changing weights
(Photo by John Sachs | Tech-Fall)
Big news out of Champaign, Illinois as the reigning 157-pound NCAA champion Isaiah Martinez confirmed on Twitter that he is officially on his way up to 165 pounds for the 2016-17 season.
I will be competing at 165 lbs next year, hence my Twitter handle now makes sense lol
— Isaiah Martinez (@Imar165) May 17, 2016
This has been a long time in the works, as Martinez told Takedown Radio this past March that he was most likely headed up a weight for the next season stating the weight was beginning to become uncomfortable at times during the season. This tweet by Martinez would now seem to make that previous announcement even more official.
“The decision was more of an individual one.” Martinez said on why he wanted to move up, “We have an open slot with the graduation of Steven Rodrigues. I walk around at about 175 pounds right now. I’m in good shape because I’m training for the University Trials. Although during the college season I plan on being a little leaner, around 172.”
Martinez continued saying, “I would really like to go to the Non-Olympic weight world championships so I’m going to do everything I can to make sure I’m prepared to compete properly at the weight.
Lastly, I decided to go for it because I just wasn’t comfortable last year at 157. My body was telling me to go up in weight, but I made a commitment to be at 157. Now that I have a little time to reflect I believe 165 will be a more comfortable weight and my performance will reflect that.”
After going an impressive 34-0 as a freshman, Martinez suffered his first career loss this past season in a dual meeting against Penn State’s Jason Nolf. Martinez would rebound from that meeting to win the next two meeting against Nolf, including his 6-5 victory to cap off his second NCAA title this past March. Martinez finished his sophomore season with a career record of 65-1.
The move to 165 pounds should be beneficial for number of reasons. One of the most obvious reasons being that three-time NCAA champion and the recipient of the 2016 Dan Hodge trophy, Alex Dieringer, has graduated opening a void for a new wrestler to step in and be the top wrestler at this weight.
Looking forward, the 165 weight didn’t get any easier, as it also returned All-Americans Isaac and Bo Jordan, Daniel Lewis, and David McFadden.