Eugene Martin passes 200-win wrestling milestone

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

“I don’t think anyone can beat me when I’m on my feet,” said 2012 182-pound state champion wrestler Eugene Martin. He strongly supported this statement Jan. 26 as he crested 200 career wins. This is a lofty total rarely achieved in South Dakota.


He is currently the top-ranked Class B wrestler in South Dakota in the 195-pound weight class. Perhaps even more impressive is his ninth-place ranking among all wrestlers in the nation at that weight.


Martin is 201-65 in his high school wrestling career with the Kingsbury Knights. For Martin 65 losses mean 65 learning opportunities. “Eugene is very coachable,” said Kingsbury Knights assistant wrestling coach Mike Johnson. “He wants to learn and improve.”


Martin also spends his summers working hard to improve his skills and travels to summer tournaments. One of these is held in Fargo, N.D. and is considered the toughest in the nation. Last year he placed fifth, earning him Junior All-American status.


“What’s amazing with Eugene,” said Knights coach Steve Gilbertson, “ is that some athletes who achieve at high levels are one-dimensional.”


That is certainly not the case with Martin. “Eugene is unique in having many other interests, including hunting and fishing as well as football and even the occasional rodeo,” said Gilbertson.


In addition, Martin helps his father Pat and mother Kay run their farm in Bryant. He has no brothers or sisters.

Martin’s final season as a Kingsbury Knight is nearing its end. The Kinghts’ finalmatch is Feb. 2 at the Big East Tournament in Tri-Valley. The regions are not far behind on Feb. 16 in Redfield and state will be Feb. 22-23 in Aberdeen.


All eyes will be on Martin to see if he can once again win it all. However, with one state championship and a wrestling scholarship under his belt, he will already be a winner no matter what happens.



David Tritle

Assistant Editor

The De Smet News

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