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Martinez, Rooney to represent Holmen in the NSIC

Two Holmen Seniors Sign Letters of Intent

HOLMEN, Wis. - Dillon Martinez had many offers. Some were tough to turn down, like when he was asked to be a preferred walk-on with the Wisconsin Badgers.

In the end, Martinez felt Minnesota Duluth was the right fit for what he was looking for in a college to attend.

"Academically it fit. And they have a very good winning tradition," said Martinez after signing his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday.

"I wanted to go somewhere where I had a chance at getting a national championship ring. And I firmly believe Duluth has a shot in the upcoming years."

On the field Minnesota Duluth plays a similar defense Holmen played in 2013, another selling point to Martinez.

"I'll be playing a lot of man-to-man coverage and I'm pretty good at playing man coverage. I don't feel like there are a lot of people who will be able to stretch me and burn me deep. I think I'll be able to hang with a lot of people, I know that the college game is a lot faster."

Martinez' teammate Greg Rooney heads to rival Winona State. Rooney checked out a handful of teams in the NSIC. The Warriors coaching staff won him over.

"I'm really excited," said Rooney on Wednesday. "I'm excited to play at the next level - see how fast it is, see how much different it is. Hopefully I'll adapt to it very well, that's my goal."

Martinez was named Second Team All-State as an Offensive All Purpose selection. Rooney received Honorable Mention All-State honors at outside linebacker. Rooney will play tight end at Winona State while Martinez will play cornerback along with returning kicks on special teams.

Thomas Sanchez also signed his National Letter of Intent at Holmen's signing ceremony. He will play baseball and pitch for Marshalltown Community College.

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