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Israel 'Izzy' Martinez

BIO INFORMATION

Israel started wrestling with the Tomcat wrestling club in Aurora, Illinois at the age of nine.  At the age of ten Israel won his first IKWF state title at 62lbs then went on to win titles at 66lbs, 74lbs, 79lbs, and 95lbs. Israel was undefeated all five of those years with the exception of  a disqualification due to a slam.  High school at West Aurora brought more success. Israel was a three time state champ wrestling at 112lbs, 130lbs, and 145lbs.  He finished high school with an amazing record of 118-1 losing only one match again due to an illegal slam. Israel then went to North Idaho College where he was 40-0 and won a Junior College National title at 157lbs.  He then wrestled for the University of Iowa, wrestling in 2 open tournaments compiling a record of 6-0.

Israel wrestled numerous freestyle tournaments including cadet and junior nationals, cadet world championships and the espior world team trials. Israel is now coaching at Montini Catholic High School, along with the Bronco wrestling club (IKWF) during the folk-style season as well as Carlson Gracie Team MMA.  During the "off-season", he is the Head Coach of Izzy Style School Of Wrestling. 

COMPETITVE CAREER
  • 5x IKWF State Champion
  • Marty Combe and Ron Irwin Award Winner
  • 3x IHSA State Champion
  • Outstanding wrestler 2000 IHSA
  • 3x Freestyle All-American
  • 2x Greco All-American
  • 3rd Cadet World Championships
  • 6x Northern Plains Freestyle Champion
  • 2nd Fila Junior world team trials- espior
  • Junior College National Champion
  • Outstanding wrestler Junior College Regional

 

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