Art Martinez


Year Inducted: 1989
Nominated By: Donald "Corky" Madrid
Sports Competed In: N/A
Athlete, Coach or Contributor: Contributor

Willie WrightWillie Wright

High School:
Attended Pueblo County H.S. (PCHS), graduating in 1966.

Achievements:
High School:
● Posted a record of 35 wins and 10 losses on the wrestling team.
● During sophomore season, he was getting off the school bus following football practice and was hit by a car...Fractured his leg in two areas and placing him in a cast for six months.
● Recorded a record of 16-6 during his Junior season and lost in the district semifinal 5-4 to Lynn Bickford (state champion from Rocky Ford).
● Missed a state birth his senior year despite putting up a career best 19 wins in 23 matches.

Related Activities:
Played fast pitch softball for the Aztec Softball Club as a pitcher/catcher.

Honors:
● Won many All-Tournament honors and 16 Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards which include International Softball Congress State (ISC) Tournament MVP (1983).
● Named the ISC District MVP in 1978 and CF&I Local 2102 League MVP five times 1973, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980.
● Played in three ISC World Fastpitch Tournaments while a member of the Aztec Softball Club.

Contributions:
● Spent 20+ years officiating wrestling at Dual, Conference, District, Regional, and State Meets.
● Selected to officiate first State Wrestling Tournament (AA Tournament) in 1971.
● Worked first AAA State Wrestling Championships that took place in 1974.
● From 1974-81, refereed eight AA State Wrestling Tournaments and a week later refereed eight AAA State Wrestling Tournaments..
● Has been selected every years to referee the State Wrestling Tournaments making it 19 Consecutive years.
● From 1971-89, he refereed 12 AA tournaments and 15 AAA tournaments for a total of 27 state wrestling tourneys which is a Colorado record for most officiated state tournaments all-time.
● Also officiated for Colorado University until they dropped the program and for the NAIA  (Adams State and the University of Southern Colorado).
● Officiated the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament twice.
● Served as both the President and has been secretary of the Pueblo Study Group of Wrestling Officials for eight years.
● One of three Area Directors for all of Southern Colorado for wrestling officials.
● In addition to officiating wrestling, also worked the sidelines in football for 17 seasons and umpired baseball for 15 years and worked in numerous play off games for both sports.
● Last year as an umpire was in 1985.

Quick Facts:
"On April 20, 1985, during a fishing trip with his son Mark at Runyon Lake two boys fell into the lake and Art jumped in and helped rescue the boys."
- Dino Aragon, Secretary of the Pueblo Wrestling Officials Association (PWOA).

Quotes:
"Art Martinez was one of the best high school wrestlers we participated against - and a fine gentleman. I had the opportunity to watch him officiate in his early years and he was one of the best in the state."
-Hoy E. Frakes, Historian GPSA

Occupation:
Worked a total of total 22 years at the CF&I, starting in 1967 (10 years) in the blast furnace, then worked in the boiler shop as a crane man.

Personal:
Lives in Pueblo with his wife, Patty.


GPSA "M" By The Numbers

LEGEND: p = awarded posthumously; ^= attended first meeting; * = deceased;+ = charter member (placed after year inducted)

1
Administrator/Contributor
Brian Macartney (1988*>)

Athlete/Contributor
James Samuel Mastrini (2019*)

Athlete/Administrator/Coach
Dr. Thomas J. "Tom" Muhic (1993*)

Athlete/Coach/Official
Carol Patrick "Pat" McGraw (2009)

Attended First Meeting
Brian Macartney (1988*>)

Attended H.S. Inside Colorado
Brian Macartney (1988*>)
Salida H.S., Salida, CO

Attended H.S. Outside Colorado
Donald "Don" McIntosh (1991)
H.S. in Provo, Utah

Attended Pueblo Catholic H.S.
Luz V. Montelongo (1988)

Attended P. County/P. South H.S.
Timmie-Jo Miller Lisac (2017)

Attended Pueblo Roncalli H.S.
Mike J. Marcovecchio (2022)

Attended Pueblo South H.S.
Carol Patrick "Pat" McGraw (2009)

Auto Racing
Ronald Bruce McDowell (1988*)

Bowling
Floretta "Doty" McCutcheon (1974*p)

Coach/Contributor
Charles "Charlie" Manning (2015)

Charter Member
William L. "Bill" McClatchy (1973*+)

Rodeo
Marie Mass (2022*p)

Tennis
Donald "Don" McIntosh (1991)

Track
Richard "Rick" Joe Macias (2018)

2 
Athlete/Coach/Contributor
Mike J. Marcovecchio (2022)
Donald E. "Corky" Madrid (2016)

Attended Pueblo East H.S.
Richard "Rick" Joe Macias (2018)
Michael Dean Martinez (1997)

Attended Pueblo County H.S.
Marie Mass (2022*p)
Art Martinez (1989)

Cross Country
Richard "Rick" Joe Macias (2018)
Gene A. Morenz (1995)

Official
Mike J. Marcovecchio (2022)
Dan Milusnic (1983*)

Softball
Timmie-Jo Miller-Lisac (2017)
Michael M. "Mike" Milner (1992)

Wrestling
Donald E. "Corky" Madrid (2016)
Robert J. "Hawk" Martinez (1988)

 

3 
Coach
Sonja Melton (2001*)
Gene A. Morenz (1995)
Donald "Don" McIntosh (1991)

 

4 
Athlete/Coach
Timmie-Jo Miller Lisac (2017)
George Joseph Mastrini (2014*p)
Joseph L. "Joe" Massaro, Jr. (1995)
Robert J. "Hawk" Martinez (1988)

Basketball
Timmie-Jo Miller-Lisac (2017)
George Joseph Mastrini (2014*p)
Luz V. Montelongo (1988)
Dan Milusnic (1983*)

Contributor
Richard "Rick" Joe Macias (2018)
David John "Dave" Mihalick (2007)
Art Martinez (1989)
William L. "Bill" McClatchy(1973*+)

 

6 
Attended Pueblo Central H.S.
Charles "Charlie" Manning (2015)
David John "Dave" Mihalick (2007)
Joe Mohorcich (1993)
Michael M. "Mike" Milner (1992)
Dan Milusnic (1983*)
Robert E. "Bob" McGraw (1979*p)

Honorees Awarded Posthumously
Marie Mass (2022*p)
George J. Mastrini (2014*p)
Andrew "Chink" Mihalick (2012*p)
Ronney McDowell (1988*p)
Robert E. "Bob" McGraw (1979*p>)
Floretta "Doty" McCutcheon (1974*p)

8
Athlete
Marie Mass (2022*p)
Michael Dean Martinez (1997)
Joe Mohorcich (1993)
Michael M. "Mike" Milner (1992)
Ronald Bruce McDowell (1988*)
Luz V. Montelongo (1988)
Robert E. "Bob" McGraw (1979*p)
Floretta "Doty" McCutcheon (1974*p)

Football
Mike J. Marcovecchio (2022)
James Samuel Mastrini (2019*)
Donald E. "Corky" Madrid (2016)
Joseph L. "Joe" Massaro, Jr. (1995)
Joe Mohorcich (1993)
Robert J. "Hawk" Martinez (1988)
Luz V. Montelongo (1988)
Dan Milusnic (1983*)


Attended Pueblo Centennial H.S.
James Samuel Mastrini (2019*)
Donald E. "Corky" Madrid (2016)
George Joseph Mastrini (2014*p)
Joseph L. "Joe" Massaro, Jr. (1995)
Dr. Thomas J. "Tom" Muhic (1993*)
Robert J. "Hawk" Martinez (1988)
Ronald Bruce McDowell (1988*)
William L. "Bill" McClatchy (1973*+)

 

10
Baseball
Mike J. Marcovecchio (2022)
James Samuel Mastrini (2019)
Donald E. "Corky" Madrid (2016)
Charles "Charlie" Manning (2015)
George Joseph Mastrini (2014*p)
Michael Dean Martinez (1997)
Joseph L. "Joe" Massaro, Jr. (1995)
Dr. Thomas J. "Tom" Muhic (1993*)
Robert J. "Hawk" Martinez (1988)
Robert E. "Bob" McGraw (1979*p)

 

13 
Honorees Deceased
Marie Mass (2022*p)
James Samuel Mastrini (2019*)
George J. Mastrini (2014*p)
Andrew "Chink" Mihalick (2012*p)
Sonja Melton (2001*)
Michael M. "Mike" Milner (1992*)
Brian Macartney (1988*>)
Ronney McDowell (1988*p)
Dan Milusnic (1983*)
Robert E. "Bob" McGraw (1979*p)
Floretta "Doty"McCutcheon (1974*p)
William L. "Bill" McClatchy (1973*+)
Dr. Thomas J. "Tom" Muhic (1993*)

 

28
Honorees in "M" Section

 

REMEMBERING OUR FALLEN GPSA INDUCTEES

The Greater Pueblo Sports Association (GPSA) has announced a list of honorees that have passed since the 2023 induction ceremony on Nov. 15.

 

 

Daniel RosalesDaniel
Rosales

12/13/2023
Class of 2002

Everett C. ThalhamerEverett C.
Thalhamer

12/23/2023
Class of 2014