After unparalleled success at the high school level, former Great Bridge High School head coach Steve Martin took his talent for molding wrestlers into elite athletes to Old Dominion University. Martin won 12 Virginia Group AAA State Championships at Great Bridge and his team was nationally ranked every single year during those state championship runs. Martin’s 2008-09 ODU squad cracked the Top Twenty at the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. The 08-09 squad produced 3 Academic All-Americans and a National Finalist in Ryan Williams at 141 lbs. The dual meet year was a success as the Monarchs earned their highest ranking ever at #15. The 09-10 squad was again ranked in the Top Twenty in the Nation.Chris Brown achieved All-American status and became Steve martin’s 3rd All-American in 3 years. The 2010-11 campaign saw Martin and the Monarchs produce their fourth-straight All-American, as James Nicholson earned All-American honors for the second time in his career, becoming the first Monarch since Buddy Lee to be a two-time All-American. In 2011 – 12, Martin led ODU back into the Top 25 en route to capturing a school record seven qualifiers for the NCAA Championships. The Monarchs stunned ranked foes Iowa State, Rutgers and Central Michigan during the season. In 2012-13, the Monarchs were in the Top 25 as a team. 4 Monarchs qualified for the NCAA Championship, while Freshman Chris Mecate & Billy Curling captured the CAA Championships. The Monarchs won the regular season CAA Title, which includes wins over top 25 teams, Iowa St and Wisconsin. Martin captured his 100th win, and has led 37 wrestlers into the NCAA Championship over the past 9 seasons.
With a high school record of 305-15-1, Martin was a national finalist for the National High School Coach of the Year twice. Martin has produced 40 State Champions, 37 All-Americans and seven National Champions at the high school level and has also produced a 2000 NCAA Champion Carl Perry, who won his title at the University of Illinois. A Virginia native and three-time high school State Champion at Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach, Martin was a 1989 NCAA All-American at the University of Iowa under legendary wrestling coach Dan Gable. He was also a Midlands Champion and a 1988 Olympic Trials qualifier. Martin has instituted his Granby Style at Old Dominion and over the last 2 years his recruited classes have been ranked in the top ten. His father, Billy Martin, was named America’s #1 High School Wrestling Coach according to the book, “Americas Greatest Coaches.”
James Nicholson, a product of the Granby School of Wrestling, was Old Dominion’s first two-time All-American since 1982 and a four-time national qualifier. He is one of three wrestlers to win four CAA Conference titles. He was the CAA Rookie of the Year in 2008 and CAA Wrestler of the Year in 2011. He was a two-time participant in the NWCA All-Star Classic. He is decorated with many awards, one of which he is most proud of is the Thomas L. Scott Memorial Award, which is awarded to the most outstanding athlete at Old Dominion University presented by the Norfolk Sports Club. Not only was he an exceptional wrestler, but also excelled in his academics and strived to be a mentor to younger athletes. He was a four-time NWCA All-Academic Team member. He double majored in finance and marketing and graduated in 2011 with a cumulative GPA of 3.38. He has been technician for the Granby School of Wrestling since 2007. He is from Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa, where he won a state championship and was a two-time Asics/Vaughan Junior All-American. James is a master teacher and has been a coach since 2007.
All of our Coaches are master teachers. The majority of our coaches coach at the high school level in championship programs. The remaining portion of our coaches are competing in college at Old Dominion University or wrestle for several Division I Universities throughout the nation. All are excellent teachers and bring a wealth of knowledge for you to learn.