Head Wrestling Coach
Martin Berberyan was born on May 22, 1980 in the city of Yerevan, in the Republic of Armenia. From 1997 to 2001 he attended the Institute of Physical Culture and Education and was graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Physical Education. From 2000 to 2002, Martin served in the military at the Ministry of Defense of Armenia. Since the age of 5, Martin has been practicing and training in the sport of freestyle wrestling with his coach Samvel Markaryan at the Olympic Youth Sports School of Wrestling. For 10 years, from 1995 to 2005, Martin was the Armenian National Champion in Freestyle Wrestling.
1996: Martin won the Bronze Medal in the Junior World Championships of Free Style Wrestling.1997: Martin placed 2nd in the 52kg weight class of the World Free Style Wrestling Championship for Juniors. 1998: Martin captured 1st place in the European Free Style wrestling Championship for Juniors. 1999: Martin came in 3rd place at the European Junior Free Style Wrestling Championship. 1999: Martin placed 4th in the World Championships in Ankara, Turkey qualifying him for the 2000 Olympic Games. 2000: Martin placed 6th in the 58kg weight class in the Sydney Olympic Games 2000: Martin won 1st place in the Senior Free-Style Wrestling International Military Championship. 2001: Martin again wins 1st place in the Senior Free-Style Wrestling International Military Championship for the second year in a row. 2004: Martin represents Armenia as a member of its Olympic Wrestling team in the 55kg weight class, in Athens. 2004: Martin wins 1st place in the International Grand Prix Tournament in the 55kg weight division. 2004: Martin won 1st place in the 55kg weight class at the European Free Style Wrestling Championships in Ankara Turkey on April 24th (which, coincidentally is the Armenian Genocide day of remembrance) defeating the Turkish wrestler in the semi-finals. 2005: Martin placed 2nd at the International Grand Prix Tournament in Russia. 2005: Martin won 3rd place in the 60kg weight class of the World Free-Style Wrestling Championships in Budapest, Hungary. 2006: Martin won 1st place at the Senior Free-Style Wrestling California State Championships. 2007: Martin won 1st place for the second year in a row at the Senior Free-Style Wrestling California State Championships. 2007: Martin became a Champion in the Real Pro-Wrestling tournament in San Jose, California. 2007: Martin won 1st place in the International Grand Prix tournament in Valiningrad, Russia. 2007: Martin placed 2nd in the Free-Style Wrestling International tournament in Vanadzor, Armenia. He has also won this tournament 9 times in the past. 2008: Martin represented Armenia in wrestling at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China and the 2008 European Championships in Finland. – In August of 2006, Martin got married and was blessed with a beautiful daughter named Mariam, on June 27 2007.