Sebastian Murray, a senior at Sanderson high school, started off the 2012-2013 campaign as the back up 220 pounder.
He has an undefeated junior varsity record in his two years of wrestling. Murray, as a freshman, wrestled for Sanderson but transferred out the following year.
He returned his junior year but was not eligible to wrestle at that point in time. When his senior year came around it seemed he would bask in the glory of returning wrestlers whom had stayed at Sanderson for four years. That, fortunately, was not the case.
When starting 220 pounder Ramzy Ruiz was injured at the start of the season the spot was influx; no one knew what would happen at that position. Murray wrestled off and eventually became the starter.
Always with a smile Murray fights tooth and nail every match, no matter the opponent and leaves everything on the mat. As the 7th seed in the regional tournament hopes were not high from others about Murray making the state tournament with only 1 year varsity experience.
The Spartans thought he could “sneak in” possibly winning a 4th spot at regionals but Murray exceeded all and any expectations. In the first round of the regional tournament the Spartan wrestled to a decision victory over the 10th seed 7-1.
It was expected. What happened next was not. Murray wrestled the number 2 seed from Broughton that had beaten him twice already and many thought that would be Murray’s trip to the consolation round.
They were wrong. Sebastian Murray defeated the number 2 seed 7-3 and advanced to the championship semifinals along with four other Spartans.
He then had another tough task on his hands; taking down the number 3 seed from Northern Durham whom had put together quite the season so far. In the end Murray had won the match 3-0 and secured a spot in the 4a Mideast Regional finals.
Murray had punched his ticket to the big dance and was the only Spartan to successfully win their semifinal match. He is the first 220/215 pounder to advance to the state tournament in Jeremy Barefoot’s tenure as head coach.
Giving everything is what Murray did at regionals and giving more is what he will continue to do.