2012-13 (Redshirt) Regular Season Shaun’qae McMurtry went 22-5 over six open tournaments at 165 pounds in 2012-13. McMurtry earned two of his six pins on the season at the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open, where he finished third. He won three of the next four tournaments at the Nebraska-Kearney Holiday Inn Open, UNK Loper Open and Viking-Warrior Open.
Before Nebraska A three-time state qualifier out of Lockport Township High School in Illinois, McMurtry is one of two Nebraska recruits ranked among the top 100 high schools seniors in the country, checking in at No. 96 overall according to InterMat. McMurtry is the No. 13 rated 160-pound wrestler in the country by InterMat and the No. 6 ranked 160 pounder according to WIN Magazine. A 2012 InterMat All-American, McMurtry was the Illinois Class 3A 160-pound state champion after a 45-1 season as a senior. During his junior year, the talented wrestler was runner-up at the 152-pound weight class, going 33-8. McMurtry won the Cheesehead tournament in January of 2012, defeating fellow nationally ranked wrestler Brandon Kingsley in the finals, 12-6.
Personal The son of Naomi McMurtry and Robert Simpson, Shaun'qae was born on May 13, 1994. He has two brothers, Shaquille, 19, and Daemon, 10. Shaun'qae has not declared a major, but he did earn a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the spring of 2013.