Martinez Earns All-America Status
March 18, 2016

NEW YORK – For the second time in as many seasons, sophomore Geordan Martinez advanced to the Blood Round at the NCAA Wrestling Championships. This year, in front of a sellout crowd of 18,309 fans at Madison Square Garden, he won his match, advancing to the consolation quarterfinals en route to the first All-America accolade of his career, Friday.

He is the 31st All-American in Boise State wrestling history.

Martinez, the No. 12 seed at 149 pounds, had an opportunity to advance to the consolation semifinals, but fell to third-seeded Lavion Mayes of Missouri, 5-1. He will wrestle in the seventh-place match Saturday, taking on Central Michigan’s Justin Oliver (No. 9). Martinez, now 32-7, defeated Oliver 10-5 en route to the title at the Reno Tournament of Champions, Dec. 20.

In his opening match Friday, Martinez dispatched of Oregon State’s Joey Delgado with a 5-4 decision. He picked up a point for riding time (1:07), which proved to be the difference. He followed with a 3-2 decision over Oklahoma’s Davion Jeffries, getting the only takedown of the bout in the opening period.

The victories advanced Martinez to the Blood Round, where a win cements All-America honors and a loss eliminates you from the tournament. There, he faced the tournament’s No. 7 seed, Jake Sueflohn of Nebraska. Martinez scored on takedowns in each of the first periods, and held on for a 7-5 win.

“It hasn’t really sunk in yet,” Martinez said of becoming an All-American. “It’s still kind of surreal to be honest. I’m sure when I’m on the podium tomorrow and with my family later this weekend, nothing will compare.”

Redshirt senior Chris Castillo also went 1-1 on the opening day of the NCAA Championships, earning a ticket to the second day of the tournament. In his opening match however, he ran into the tournament’s No. 2 seed at 157 pounds, Thomas Gantt of North Carolina State. Gantt was upset in the second round by the No. 15 seed, and defeated Castillo in the second round of consolation via 14-2 major decision.

With the loss, Castillo’s season and Bronco career came to a close. He finished the year 20-12, earning his first-career trip to the NCAA Championships by winning the Pac-12 Championship.

Saturday’s action is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. (MT), with the consolation semifinals, followed by the medal round. The medal round will be televised by ESPNU, and complete coverage is available on ESPN3.

No. 12 Geordan Martinez (Boise State) dec. Laike Gardner (Lehigh), 8-3
No. 5 Alec Pantaleo (Michigan) dec. No. 12 Geordan Martinez (Boise State), 8-3
No. 12 Geordan Martinez (Boise State) dec. Joey Delgado (Oregon State), 5-4
No. 12 Geordan Martinez (Boise State) dec. Davion Jeffries (Oklahoma), 3-2
No. 12 Geordan Martinez (Boise State) dec. No. 7 Jake Sueflohn (Nebraska), 7-5
No. 3 Lavion Mayes (Missouri) dec. No. 12 Geordan Martinez (Boise State), 5-1

No. 16 Markus Scheidel (Columbia) dec. Chris Castillo (Boise State), 5-4
Chris Castillo (Boise State) dec. Robert Henderson (North Carolina), 6-2
No. 2 Thomas Gantt (North Carolina State) major dec. Chris Castillo (Boise State), 14-2

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