Michael Martinez of Pagosa Springs, CO, is a two-time Colorado State Champion wrestler, Olympic Training Center resident, and four-time NCAA qualifier for the University of Wyoming. Recently he awoke at 1:00am and was lighting the pilot light in his camper when a propane leak caused the entire unit to explode and erupt into flames, resulting in 2nd and 3rd degree burns to 80% of his body.
Alone, and in typical Michael Martinez fashion, he extinguished the flames on his body, got in his truck and drove himself to reach help. He was life-flighted to a trauma and burn center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he spent three weeks. He has been in intense pain and is very weak, but he is a fighter. Michael is now home to continue the long road to recovery.
Michael graduated from Wyoming last spring and has been working in construction, ranching, and as a volunteer wrestling coach, but was without insurance at the time of the accident. If you would like to contribute to the fund set-up on his behalf, you may do so at any Wells Fargo Bank in the United States under the name “Michael Martinez Donation Fund” or you may contribute online directly to the fund through PayPal (note a 2.9% transaction fee to use PayPal).
The wrestling community bands together – when the Olympics try to take out our sport and when accidents happen. Let’s come together to support Michael and show, once again, the strength of the wrestling community.
Find out more about how you can help with the Michael Martinez Fund