Hall of Fame – 1997
Omaha North (Tech) & Northern Iowa University
At the ripe old age of 29, Corporal Duaine E. Martin, United States Marine Corps, somewhat resembles the Eveready Battery, he just keeps going, and going, and going. He has compiled more awards, titles, and honors than most people his age have done in two lifetimes. Beginning his high school wrestling career at Omaha Tech, then moving to Omaha North when Tech closed, he blew the lid off with a career record of 131-3-1. He was a 3x State Champ and elected to attend Northern Iowa University where he placed 8th in the NCAA Championships and closed his college career with a 56-22 record. Still Looking for competition he enlisted in the Marine Corps where he became a 4-time All Marine Champ, captured the Armed Forces Freestyle Championship in ’94-’96, was the ’95 Armed Forces Greco-Roman Champ, took 5th place in the Greco-Roman Open nationals in ’95 and 7th place in the World Team Trials that same year. Not to let himself get bored he also took 11th place in the World Military Games and walked away with the Sunkist Open Championship and the 1st place title in the USMC Hawaii Military Tournament. Let’s also mention his taste in tournaments outside the United States: 2nd place Haparanda Cup in Sweden, 5th place Vantaa Cup in Finland in ’94. In ’96 the honors continue to roll in with 3rd place in the Michigan International Open Freestyle, 3rd place in the U.S. Open National Championships, 5th place in the U.S. Olympic Trials, and a member of the ’96 World Clup Team. And still going, he is the ’97 Michigan Open Champion, the ’97 Armed Forces Greco-Roman Champ, the ’97 Armed Forces Freestyle Champ, and 3rd in the ’97 Greco Roman Open Nationals. Receiving the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal he also helps with the United States Marine Corps wrestling team clinics. Duaine is being introduced by his high school coach and friend, Curlee Alexander, (Hall, ’91).