Israel "Izzy" Martinez

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COACH IZZY Israel Martinez is one of the most decorated wrestlers and coaches to come through the state of Illinois. Throughout his career, he has experienced success as a coach and as a competitor. As a youth wrestler, Israel compiled one of the greatest careers in the state’s history. He was a winner of five state titles and a recipient of both the Marty Combe and Ron Irwin awards. These prestigious awards are only given to the best wrestlers in the state at the novice and senior division age groups. In high school, Israel wrestled for West Aurora High School. While at West Aurora High School, he won three state titles for the Tomcats with a career record of 118-1. His lone loss coming from an illegal slam that led to a medical forfeit. In addition to his high school state championships, he was also decorated in Freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling. Israel was a three-time All-American in Freestyle and two-time All-American in Greco-Roman at the ASICS/Vaughan Junior and Cadet National Championships, a six time Freestyle champion at the Northern Plains Regional Championships, 3rd place finisher at the Cadet World Championships in Lodz, Poland, and a 2nd place finisher at the Fila Junior World Team Trials. As a senior, Israel was one of the top recruits in the country. Following high school, Israel competed at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. In 2002, Israel won an NJCAA Junior College National Championship at 157lbs. Picture In the same year, he won a Western Regional title and received the Outstanding Wrestler award in Freestyle. Israel’s college career was cut short; however, his competitive career was far from over. He began coaching youth and high school wrestling in 2003. In 2005, Israel opened Izzy Style School of Wrestling. As owner and founder of Izzy Style School of Wrestling, Israel began developing numerous state and national champions; many of which have gone on to become NCAA All-Americans. Most notably, 3x All-American for the University of Illinois, Jordan Blanton and 3x All-American and 2014 NCAA Champion for the University of Iowa, Tony Ramos. As a high school wrestling coach, Israel has coached numerous IHSA state champions. In 2005, as an assistant coach at the prestigious Montini Catholic High School, Israel leadership helped lead the Broncos to three consecutive Team State Championships in 2007, 2008, and 2009. After the 2009 season, Israel was appointed head coach of the Montini Catholic Broncos. Since taking over the program, Israel has continued the team’s domination in the state of Illinois by winning three consecutive Team State Championships from 2010-2013. Off the mat, Israel began working with, long time friend and mixed martial artist, Clay Guida, on perfecting his wrestling skills for his career in the octagon. Clay has been fighting in the UFC since 2006 with Israel as his head wrestling coach. Israel has worked with multiple world champions and many others that have been at the top of their divisions in the UFC, including names such as Carlos Condit, Brian Stann, Cub Swanson, Dieago Sanchez, Erik Perez, Isaac Valle-Flagg, Kyle Noke, Tom Watson, Travis Browne, Julie Kedzie, and Holly Holm. Since 2009, Israel has been the head wrestling coach for Jackson’s MMA, located in Albuquerque, NM. Israel is also the head wrestling coach for the reigning, pound for pound, number 1 fighter in the world, Jon “Bones” Jones. Israel Martinez is one of the most recognized wrestling coaches in the state of Illinois and the most talented coaches in the world. He has a proven method of developing the best wrestlers. Through a mixture of mental toughness and technical wisdom, Israel Martinez has coached his athletes to success at the highest level and on the highest stage.

Super excited about this one but I need some help! What should I cook first? @jbasch @traegergrills 👊🏽

Taco Tuesday with these animals! Earn your tacos, we did! #izzystyle #tacotuesday

Happy Birthday to my brother @tussagb! Enjoy your last days of peace and quit before that young champions arrive. #flashbackfriday to 2014 Ultimate Fighter.

Had a great time in Albuquerque, New Mexico last week! Great seeing the champ @jonnybones. Pumped to do it all again. #teamjones @jacksonwink_mma


Great week of training and hanging with the champ @hollyholm. See you soon!! #teamholm

Posted @withregram • @hollyholm A little @izzystylewrestling over the past week. Thank you for the knowledge 👊🏼👊🏼

QuaranTEAM! Great week down in New Mexico with these champions. Always a honor to coach with @baratagb! #wrestlingislife @jacksonwink_mma

@danawhite and the @ufc has announced the fights will go on. Thankfully @karatehottiemma has a private gym that allows her to still get prepared for May 9th. #ufc249

Register now! Freshman/Sophmore State Championship is around the corner. Link on bio! @iwcoa @illinoismatmen SESSION BEGINS TOMORROW!

Thank you @cliffkeenathletic for the new singlets. Montini Wrestling! #wearemontini

#wearemontini #postseason

Baby Israel first Iowa Wrestling dual! #familynight #wrestlingislife #teamassad #izzystyle #iowawrestling #pennstatewrestling

Thank you Coach Mikey Benefiel, Coach Sam Geraci, Coach Claudio Torres, Coach Edgar Ruano, Coach Josh Lahman! The future is bright! #wrestlingislife #youthteam

Wrestling season in Chicago!

Jack Jessen with a upset win over the #11 wrestler in the country! @jack_jack24 @nuwrestle

Registration is now open! #izzystylewrestling

Registration is now open! #izzystylewrestling

What a day. @hollyholm with a big win over #5 in the world. The @montiniwrestling broncos with 4 wins over nationally ranked teams and @abeassad with a big win for the @hawkeye_wrestling! #wrestlingislife #izzystyle @ T-Mobile Arena

Thank you Lissy for bringing the boys and showing support for the #broncos! #wearemontini #family #wrestlingislife Montini Wrestling

Proud of these young men. For the second week in a row we went into enemy territory and knocked off a top 5 team. Together they are working. Back to work tomorrow! #wearemontini @montiniwrestling #wrestlingislife

Got em! Big win over another #3 team in the country! Extremely proud of these young men! #wearemontini @montiniwrestling #wrestlingislife

Nice 6 mile hike on our rest day. What a beautiful place. @yosemitenps @alexhonnold #yosemite #elcapitan #freesolo #wrestlingislife #montiniwrestling #izzystyle #nationalpark

Thank you Irving Hernandez and 4K Automotive Solutions Inc for the amazing job your team did on our team van. If you want your vehicle wrapped the right way and attention to detail then give Irving a shout. #4kwraps #izzystylewrestling #wrestlingislife @tjcampbell_chi @ 4K Automotive Solutions Inc

Attention all college wrestlers in the chicago land area who are in-town for the holidays! See you this week!!! #WRESTLINGISLIFE

Bowling in Rockford with the #broncos Dvorak tomorrow! #wearemontini @montiniwrestling

Proud to announce Trevor Swier is headed to the United States Naval Academy! Congratulations @trevorswier44 @navy_wrestling #signingday #navy #navywrestling

2019-2020 Montini Catholic Broncos! #wearemontini

Feb 8! #teamjones @jonnybones

Thank you @cliffkeenathletic for the amazing singlets. Love the tribute to my Aunt Melinda. #izzystylewrestling #cliffkeen @cliffkeenathletic @ Izzy Style School of Wrestling Cliff Keen Wrestling

Great weekend with @jonnybones & @abrahamkawa in town. Pumped for Feb 8! @ufc #TEAMJONES @jacksonwink_mma @firstroundmgmt @ Izzy Style School of Wrestling

High school in season starts today. #wrestlingislife

Pumped to have @karatehottiemma and family in town. Great work today with @arianna_m_hernandez! #wrestlingislife @jacksonwink_mma @joshuagomeznm

Enjoying the beautiful @stanford campus here. @cardwrestling. So proud of Real Woods. @realwoodsz! #teamwoods

First practice of the 2019 IKWF Season. It’s great to see so many familiar faces and awesome to see some new ones. Registration is open on our website. Come join our championship team!!! #wrestlingislife #izzystylewrestling

First practice of the 2019 IKWF Season. It’s great to see so many familiar faces and awesome to see some new ones. Registration is open on our website. Come join our championship team!!! #wrestlingislife #izzystylewrestling

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