A lot of people in Connecticut wrestling circles may not know the name Marcus Murabito. By the time this winter thaws out, though, all that could change.
The senior who transferred to GFA from California this year made a big splash in his first meet as a Dragon, winning the 165-pound division of The Centenary’s Bob Quade Memorial Wrestling Tournament last weekend.
Just last month, though, he made even bigger news when he confirmed his commitment to wrestle at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in the fall of 2022.
“I checked it out. I really liked the school. I really liked the coach,” Murabito said. “My coach [in California] went there and highly recommended it. So, I just think it was a good place for my wrestling, academics, and the overall experience. It felt like the best place for me. It’s just a great school.”
After losing four college-bound wrestlers in 2021, Murabito’s arrival to campus has helped the Dragons reload instead of rebuild. Despite his seemingly laid-back style, Murabito brings new energy into the wrestling room this year, according to GFA wrestling coach Jack Conroy.
“He’s got a great energy about him,” Conroy said. “Today we were going through a hard workout and he loves it. It’s just a different feel. He’s a guy who enjoys working hard and doing well.”
As Murabito showed in his inaugural meet representing GFA, he’s ready to make an impact in Connecticut, in the NEPSAC, and nationally.
“He brings experience into the room, especially after we lost that strong seniors last year,” Conroy said. “Every senior class is so important, and Marcus has already shown guys what it takes. Here’s a kid who has made a lot of sacrifices to be successful.”
It’s been a bit of an adjustment moving from California to New England, as well as adjusting to the academic demands GFA offers. Murabito is taking it all in stride, while working hard to achieve his goals.
“Moving across the country definitely gave me this whole new look and new approach on everything,” Murabito said. “But this has been great. It’s tough academically and not what I’m used to, but I actually took that on as a challenge and I’ve enjoyed it.”