About The Program

“We wrestle our hardest because there will possibly be disappointment but there will be no shame.”

The Sanderson Wrestling Team is a team made of hard working athletes. Each year the team gets better and better. This is a new era of Sanderson Wrestling. The assistants Alex Johnson and Marcus Felton. Sanderson Wrestling has come from the bottom working its way to the top. Every wrestler that has come and gone through the wrestling team has gotten something out of it and is a better person for it.

Sanderson had great wrestlers in the late 70’s and early 80’s such as David Cooke, Sanderson’s first ever State Champion.  Sanderson’s program has two individual state champions since the school’s opening in 1968(David Cooke-1977, Terry Bogan-1994).  The Spartans also won the 1983 NCHSAA Championship.


In 2005 Sanderson had its first state qualifier in the new era of neo-spartanism. His name was Anthony Smith. From that point on Sanderson wrestling grew. Two years later David Tran made his presents known by being the only Sanderson High state qualifier at 103 pounds. In the 2007-2008 season Sanderson had three state qualifiers, David Tran(103), Chad McElreath(160) and Mikhael Sylvia(285). Sanderson also had many up and coming athletes just waiting for their time to shine.


In the 2008-2009 season Sanderson was a top ten ranked team in the state, had a 12-7 record(6 0f 7 losses to others top ten teams) and placed 2nd in the conference. The Spartans also had six state qualifiers, the second most in the state.  In those 6 qualifiers the Spartans placed three wrestlers top 6.  David Tran, Brett Kostern and Justin McElreath all placed 6th, 3rd and 2nd respectably.  The horizon is bright for Sanderson and will be for years to come.


The 2009-2010 Sanderson wrestling team has survived what many though was a rebuilding season. 13-12 isn’t a state championship but its a winning record and its proof that this program can live and strive through adversity. Sanderson had one state qualifier, Adam Tassitino that placed sixth in the state. The team is only losing three seniors and will be in contention to win the conference title, regular season and tournament and will regain the spot in the state playoffs and go on to be a champion. The group of guys assembled on this team at this moment and the ones that are sure to come will continue to build this team to greatness.


The 2010-2011 Sanderson Wrestling team was 21-4 and on paper the best team Coach Barefoot has ever coached. The team got to the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs after not making it the previous year. The Spartans are built of many two and three year wrestlers. Sanderson has two seniors, Philip Price and Tyree Linen that are having championship like seasons. The team has battled through injury and adversity to accumulate the wins they have. Sanderson has won the regular season and post season conference championships and Jeremy Barefoot won coach of the year as the team heads to the regionals tournament in Lee County.  The Spartans secured four state qualifiers at the regional tournament and two of the wrestlers placed.  Blane McElreath placed fourth, Philip Price placed 6th, Ian Clark qualified and Tyree Linen placed in the top eight.  The Spartans have had another good year and the next will be even brighter graduating only two seniors.


The Spartan wrestlers wrote another page in the Sanderson history books with twenty two seniors on the team and sixty-five wrestlers overall.  With the biggest turnout for wrestling this decade Sanderson had high expectations that the team planned to exceed.  Though injuries hurt the Spartans throughout the year Sanderson earned a 21-4 record for the second straight year being ranked fourth in the state mid season.  The wrestling team won the Green Hope Tournament, Wakefield Challenge and the Cap 8 Conference Championship in the 2012 campaign.  The Spartans placed second at the Sgt. Mark Adams Classic in the campaign.  For the first time since 1983 the Spartans placed second behind regional champions Cary.  Sanderson went undefeated in the Cap 8 Conference for the second year in a row and claimed the Conference Tournament championship a second time in as many years.  During the year the team had as many as seven wrestlers ranked in the state of North Carolina.  Sanderson had five Conference Champions in 2012 and took all fourteen starters to the 4a Mideast Regional Tournament.  The Spartans took five qualifiers to the NCHSAA State Tournament and had a solo placer in Ian Clark who placed 4th after only three years of wrestling and two of those being varsity.  Marshall Bass and Blane McElreath both achieved 100+ wins overall in their career.  The future is already beginning as the lone returning state qualifier Jonny Gomez leads the young team in the off-season of 2012.  We wish you luck Spartans.


Sanderson high has had a strong wrestling program that has continued to grow but after the loss of 22 seniors last season many thought it would legitimately hamper the growth.  Any doubters saw that though it seemed the program took a step back as it refers to individual talent, the team has had the best winning percentage since Jeremy Barefoot has been coaching.  The Spartans have still been strong in dual matches posting a 16-3 record on the year and continue to compete hard at tournaments.  Sanderson tied for 1st place in the regular season Cap 8 race and placed second to Millbrook at the conference tournament, losing by one point.  The Spartans take 4 state qualifiers to the state tournament and two of those are seniors.  Though Sebastian Murray and Jonny Gomez leave the program Sanderson still is getting better.  Gomez achieved over 100 wins this year and the number continues to grow.  Chris Grannan and Antwuan Elliot, juniors, hope to build upon their success next season as they will be the returning state qualifiers.  The future is very bright as Adam DeRose captains next years team.  Good luck Spartans.


The Spartan wrestling team had a very strong showing as it moved on to its fourth consecutive Cap 8 championship. The program also saw seven state qualifiers, the most in recent Sanderson history.  Again the program did not take a step back and continues to rage forward as the wrestlers head into a fast approaching season.  The Spartans look to build upon their elite 8 state dual championship performance and push on to the later rounds.  Sanderson finished 16-2 with its only two losses in close fashion to Holly Springs High. Adam DeRose leaves Sanderson but leaves behind a legacy with over 100 wins in his career, a 6th place finish at the state championships and a little brother, Ben DeRose, trying to keep the DeRose name strong as a freshman. The team returns two state qualifiers, David Losada and Mark Bowens, and the two look to capitalize and return the the state championships in February.  The Sanderson wrestling team is going through a huge change this year with head coach Jeremy Barefoot resigning his position and taking an opportunity at Princeton Middle and High school as an assistant principal. The team’s future is still as bright as ever as they look to capture their fifth consecutive Cap 8 crown. Keep pushing through Spartans.


Sanderson’s wrestling team went through a year of development with young wrestlers learning the tricks of the trade. The Spartans went this year without long-time head coach Jeremy Barefoot as the interim head coach Alex Johnson and staff stayed the course. This is the first year since 2004 the team has been without barefoot but they didn’t miss a beat. The team pushed 106 pounder Ben DeRose, 132 pounder and senior David Losada, 170 pounder and senior Brandon Barrentine and 182 pounder and senior Jalil Monk to the NCHSAA State Championships. Though their legacy is left behind returning qualifier DeRose looks to take his family’s wrestling lineage by returning the big dance. The Spartans also tied to win their fifth consecutive regular season Cap 8 crown for the first time in the conference’s history. Keep fighting mighty Spartans.





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