Jennesis Martinez was no different from hundreds of other athletes who wanted to compete in college. Her intent was to circulate both her name and her skills.
“I had created my recruiting video, and within a few hours of me posting it, the coach from Colorado Mesa contacted me, saying he wanted to talk to me about wrestling for his program,” said Martinez, a Manzano High School senior.
And in fact, just last week Martinez announced that she will be wrestling for Colorado Mesa University, located in Grand Junction. Martinez certainly is one of the first New Mexicans to transition from high school competition in New Mexico – where girls wrestling is not yet a sanctioned sport – to a women’s college program.
“Going into college for wrestling is really exciting for me,” said Martinez, 18, a two-time state champion for the Monarchs as New Mexico the last two seasons staged an exhibition tournament concurrent with the boys state event. “I hope other girls can see there are opportunities for them to go to college and wrestle. The sport is growing.”