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Damion MartindaleDamion Martindale

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School: Marshall Graduation Year: 1994

Year Inducted: 2014

Sports Played: Football, Wrestling

High School Honors: 4 year letter winner in football, as a senior All-PIL offense and defense and All-State on offense and second team on defense. Led state in rushing yardage and points scored as a senior; played in Shrine All-Star game. 4-year letter winner in wrestling, second in District as a frosh at 157; District champion at 168 as a sophomore, and 178 as a junior and senior; State champion at 178 as a senior with 36-0 record.

Post High School Career: Clackamas Community College for 1 year, wrestling letter, second in the nation. Montana State College, 2-time wrestling All-American, placed third and fifth in the national meet; team won the national championship both years. Professional mixed martial arts fighter with 20-10 record; bouts in U.S., Canada, Poland and Ukraine; 9 championship belts. Fights for 503 West Coast Jujitsu in Clackamas.

Commentary:

(Notes from conversation)

Damion was inspired to compete and looked up to his older brother and fellow inductee Lloyd Martindale; impressed with Lloyd’s success and dedication. Began having his own success and came out of the shadows of his older brother. Always felt the full support of his family.

In College, one of his NCAA victories was over wrestling legend Brock Lesnar in 1997, giving Lesnar his first college loss. Lesnar went on to win the Ultimate Fighting Championship and is a big name in the World Wrestling Entertainment.

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