Podium Finish for Martinez at NCAAs
March 19, 2016

NEW YORK -- Boise State sophomore Geordan Martinez wrapped up the 2016 NCAA Wrestling Championships at Madison Square Garden Saturday, dropping his final match of the tournament to finish eighth at 149 pounds.

The eighth-place effort earned him a spot at the podium Saturday evening, and ultimately his first-career All-America accolade.

Martinez, the No. 12 seed at the national tournament, fell in the seventh-place bout to No. 9 Justin Oliver of Central Michigan, 5-1. His only other losses came to Missouri's Lavion Mayes, who finished third, and Michigan's Alec Pantaleo, who finished sixth.

He concluded the tournament with a record of 4-3, finishing the season at 32-8.

In his two seasons with the Broncos, Martinez is 62-15, with a pair of Pac-12 Tournament titles -- one at 141 and one at 149 -- and two trips to the NCAA Championships.

He is the only Boise State wrestler to win Pac-12 Championships as both a freshman and sophomore, and in addition to having a chance to become the only four-time Pac-12 champion in school history, now has a chance to join former Bronco Kirk White as the only three-time All-Americans in school history.

White and fellow former Bronco Ben Cherrington were named to the Pac-12 All-Century Team last month.

FINAL MATCH-BY-MATCH RESULTS
149
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. 9 Justin Oliver (Central Michigan) dec. No. 12 Geordan Martinez (Boise State), 5-1

157
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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