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2015 and 2016 NCAA National Champion at 157 lbs for the Fighting Illini, 2017 and 2018 NCAA Finalist, Four-time NCAA All-American, Four-time Big Ten Champion,Three-time CIF State Champion for Lemoore HS, 2012 USA Wrestling Junior National Freestyle Champion.

  1. IMar To Illinois Completes Insanely Credentialed Coaching Staff

    IMar To Illinois Completes Insanely Credentialed Coaching Staff

    Jun 10, 2022

    Isaiah Martinez cemented himself as an Illinois legend when he capped an undefeated freshman season with an NCAA title in 2015. He followed that up with a second NCAA championship in 2016, then made the finals twice after that. Now, he's rejoined the Illini as the fourth member of Mike Poeta's coaching staff. Illinois announced the hire with the following article.
  2. 10 Must-Watch Final X Era WTT Matches

    10 Must-Watch Final X Era WTT Matches

    May 18, 2022

    The Final X era of the World Team Trials Challenge tournament has a brief but memorable history. A tournament was held in 2018 and 2019 to determine which wrestlers would face each other for the World team spot in each weight class. The format was scrapped for the 2021 World Team Trials since the Olympics were held the same year due to the postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games.
  3. Projecting The 2022 World Team Trials Seeds

    Projecting The 2022 World Team Trials Seeds

    May 13, 2022

    The 2022 World Team Trials are set to go down in Coralville, Iowa May 21-22. This tournament will set the top two wrestlers at every weight who will wrestle-off for the world team spot in June at Final X. Seeds for the trials likely won't be released until a few days prior to the tournament, but because of its importance, we decided to predict what the top 7-8 seeds at each weight will look like. Take a look at those projections for men's freestyle below.
  4. Who's Registered For The Last Chance Qualifier

    Who's Registered For The Last Chance Qualifier

    May 6, 2022

    Everyone Registered so far for the Last Chance Qualifier in Atlantic City, NJ, and who might see there yet.
  5. US Open Men's Freestyle Upperweight Preview + Predictions

    US Open Men's Freestyle Upperweight Preview + Predictions

    Apr 28, 2022

    The US Open finally returns, and with it, a chance for the top senior level contenders to qualify for the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament in May, which determines who participates in Final X. Challenge Tournament seeds will also largely be determined by the results from the Open.
  6. US Open Men's Freestyle Cheat Sheet

    US Open Men's Freestyle Cheat Sheet

    Apr 25, 2022

    In which we provide a quick guide to the men's freestyle weight classes at the USMC US Open.
  7. Seeding 79kg At The WTT Is Not Easy

    Seeding 79kg At The WTT Is Not Easy

    Aug 26, 2021

    The World Team Trials will take place September 11-12 to determine the team that will compete in Oslo, Norway October 2-10. In this article we’ll explore what the top 8 seeds might look like for the competitors at 79kg in men’s freestyle.
  8. Jordan Burroughs vs Isaiah Martinez Match Is Cancelled

    Jordan Burroughs vs Isaiah Martinez Match Is Cancelled

    Jun 14, 2021

    Jordan Burroughs and Isaiah Martinez were set to face off in the highly anticipated main event of FloGrappling’s Who’s Number One on June 18th. However, Isaiah Martinez notified both FloWrestling and Jordan Burroughs last week that he would not be able to make the agreed upon weight of 79kg. As a result, Friday’s match between Burroughs and Martinez has been cancelled. We hope to see Isaiah and Jordan wrestle at a later date.
  9. How Many Points Will IMar Need To Beat Burroughs?

    How Many Points Will IMar Need To Beat Burroughs?

    Jun 9, 2021

    Jordan Burroughs and Isaiah Martinez will wrestle for the sixth time Friday, June 18th. The two wrestled in both 2018 and 2019 Final X and this could be a preview of this year’s World Team Trials Finals at 79kg. Take a look at a comprehensive "by-the-numbers" breakdown of their careers to see what the data says about this match-up and how many points Isaiah Martinez will have to score to defeat Jordan Burroughs.
  10. Legacies Are On The Line When Martinez Faces Burroughs On June 18

    Legacies Are On The Line When Martinez Faces Burroughs On June 18

    Jun 7, 2021

    There is more on the line than a win when Jordan Burroughs faces Isaiah Martinez on June 18 during the showcase match on the Who’s #1 FloGrappling card. Legacy points are at stake as both wrestlers attempt to carve out their place in U.S. wrestling history.
  11. Jordan Burroughs - Isaiah Martinez Preview

    Jordan Burroughs - Isaiah Martinez Preview

    Jun 7, 2021

    The 2019 Jordan Burroughs - Isaiah Martinez three-match series is my hands-down all-time favorite Final X series. Now we get to relive it. On Friday, June 18th, and for the first time since their epic showdown, the two will be taking the mat as competitors.
  12. FRL 656 - JB IMar Is On + Poland Is Going To Be Incredible

    FRL 656 - JB IMar Is On + Poland Is Going To Be Incredible

    Jun 3, 2021

    On episode 656 of FRL, the boys break some big news and talk about the big list of Poland entries.
  13. Jordan Burroughs & Isaiah Martinez To Wrestle June 18 Live On FloWrestling

    Jordan Burroughs & Isaiah Martinez To Wrestle June 18 Live On FloWrestling

    Jun 3, 2021

    Five-time World and Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs will make his return to the mat on June 18th against two-time NCAA champion and four-time finalist Isaiah Martinez live on FloWrestling.
  14. What We Learned From Senior Nationals

    What We Learned From Senior Nationals

    May 4, 2021

    Senior Nationals had some of America's top senior level wrestlers in action. Let's take a look at what we learned from James Green, Isaiah Martinez, Nate Jackson and Tony Cassioppi.
  15. Anything Can Happen At 79kg

    Anything Can Happen At 79kg

    Apr 30, 2021

    There are sure to be many upsets this weekend at Senior Nationals. The very nature of an upset is that no one sees it coming. However, there’s one weight with all the right conditions for chaos - 79kg.