Achieving a starting position in any sport is a difficult feat and on the Virginia Wrestling team, there's a sibling rivalry going on.
"So far I always win," said Joe Martinez. "He's catching me though"
Joe's younger brother Emilio said, "He doesn't want to lose as much as I want to make him better."
Joe Martinez is a red shirt sophomore whose claimed the number one spot for Virginia's 133 pound weight class. Joe's brother, Emilio, is a freshman at UVa and wrestling in the same weight class.
Joe said, "There's always that brotherly rivalry, if he can beat me he'll take the spot."
"I see it as a support system," said Emilio. "We're both getting better while we're here. I know I'm a freshman, so I know it's his time right now to be the starter and then my time will come"
UVa Head Coach Steve Garland can relate to the Martinez brothers. The former Cavalier used to compete against his twin brother at Virginia.
Garland said, "I see them doing it the right way. I think my brother and I were a little nutty, probably took it to a whole other level it didn't need to go to. Fortunately the Martinez brothers have a pretty unique special relationship. Emilio came to us and said you know coach we're not having any wrestle offs. I'm here to help my brother and I'm here to help this team."
Joe added, "He knows me better than everyone else so he's going to tell me the biggest things I need to work on that someone else might not see or have the courage to tell me."
Before Martinez leaves UVa, his main goals are to be an NCAA Champion and an All-American, but it wouldn't hurt to see his brother do the same.
Emilio said, "to be able to achieve that its a lot of hard work and we both have a long way to go, but its always possible, you just gotta push yourself." Joe elaborated, "back in high school I'd win state and then he'd be right behind me doing the same thing. Usually he beats me a little though, but good coaching on my part."
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