Barnstable’s Murray to Grapple for School’s First-Ever New England Wrestling Title

NORTH ANDOVER — By his own estimation, this will be the last weekend of high school wrestling he will ever participate in.

A cool, calm and focused Owen Murray – the top high school heavyweight wrestler in the state of Massachusetts – had no qualms yesterday about the realization that today’s CNESSPA New England High School Wrestling Championships will be the last time he will grapple on the mats not only as a Red Raider, but at all.

Barnstable High School's Owen Murray, seen here earlier this season with BHS coaches Kyle Cocozza Jr. and Mark Barrett and teammate Casey Connor, will vie for the school's first-ever New England title today at North Attleboro High School. Photo courtesy of Dan Connor

Barnstable High School’s Owen Murray, seen here earlier this season with BHS coaches Kyle Cocozza Jr. and Mark Barrett and teammate Casey Connor, will vie for the school’s first-ever New England title today at North Andover High School.
Photo courtesy of Dan Connor

“Yeah, this will probably be it for me and wrestling,” Murray said.

Should he win this weekend, Murray will be the first New England Wrestling Champion in Barnstable High School history.

Murray became just the second Red Raider to be crowned an All-State champion last weekend as he extended his unbeaten streak to 34-0 on the season. Class of 2013’s Will Henson was the first Barnstable High wrestler to win an All-State championship title.

Murray won his first-ever state championship title the weekend before, becoming the third wrestler in school history to do so, behind Michael Botello and Henson.

Prior to that, Murray won his third straight Division 1 South Sectional championship title – he owns three of Barnstable High’s 13 all-time south sectional wrestling titles.

Murray will likely hit the mats around 5:00 pm today and if he advances, will begin wrestling sometime around noon. Live results are at www.kapwrestling.com.

Murray is a two-time Old Colony League all-star in football and was a three-year starter, playing on two Old Colony League champions. He signed a commitment letter to Division 2 Stonehill College three weeks ago to play football on an athletic scholarship for the Skyhawks.

— Sean Walsh is the sports editor for www.capecod.com. His email is [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @coachwalshccbm

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