COLUMBUS, Ohio – Rising junior Myles Martin capped an impressive weekend and added another line to his growing resume when he took home the 86kg title at this weekend’s University Nationals in Akron, Ohio.
University Nations is restricted to athletes currently taking college classes and progressing toward a degree. It includes competition in both freestyle and Greco-Roman.
Martin, one of two NCAA champions among the nearly 600 registered entries, flew through the early rounds of the tournament. He racked up technical falls in each of his first three matches to outscore his opponents, 30-0. Martin started his tournament with a win over Max Dean, before rolling over Will Schaney and Taylor Jackson to advance to the quarters.
In the quarterfinals, Martin got his first real test of the competition: he outlasted Rutgers’ Nicholas Gravina, 4-0, to advance to the semifinals. Martin and Gravina faced each other during the regular season this past winter, which Marin claiming a 9-2 win as part of the Buckeyes’ dual victory over the Scarlet Knights.
Martin rolled to a 10-0 semifinal win, setting up a meeting with Pete Renda of N.C. State in the finals. A third place finisher during his career at the NCAA Championships, Renda beat Martin last December at the Midlands Championships. Today, however, Martin scored two points just as the first two was ending and two more to start the second and held on for a 4-2 victory.
The University Nationals title is the first for Martin, who coming out of high school at McDonogh School was a four-time national prep finalist and junior national freestyle champion. The won the 174-pound NCAA title as a true freshmen and finished fifth this year at 184 lbs. He’s won 65 matches in his first two years with the Scarlet and Gray.