Rifle’s Martinez falls in semifinals | PostIndependent.com

Rifle’s Martinez falls in semifinals

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Jeff Caspersen Post IndependentRifle senior James Martinez (top) wrestles to a 17-2 win by tech fall over Cheyenne Mountain's Mike Johnson in a 4A, 140-pound championship quarterfinal match at the state wrestling tournament in Denver on Friday.

DENVER, Colorado – James Martinez knew he’d have problems the second he stepped on the mat for Friday’s 4A, 140-pound state semifinal match.

“As soon as I stepped on the mat, something didn’t feel right,” he said. “I think my nerves got to me, to be honest.”

A few minutes later, Martinez’s state title hopes were derailed.

Frederick’s Tyler Parker got the best of Martinez, scoring a 6-0 win over the Rifle senior, who entered the state tournament with just two losses.

“I psyched myself out,” Martinez said. “It’s so hard to keep your head right. I just couldn’t think straight.”

Martinez will return to the mat at the Pepsi Center in pursuit of a third-place finish today. He’ll open with a consolation semifinal match.

Friday’s setback won’t keep Martinez from gunning for bronze.

“I won’t settle for anything less,” he said. “There’s no reason for me to place anything lower than third.”

Martinez did pick up a win in Friday’s consolation quarterfinals, scoring a tech fall win (17-2) over Cheyenne Mountain’s Mike Johnson.


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