Born February 3, 1997, Alexander Justice Sebahie was born a competitive athlete. At the early age of 8 years old, Alex began wrestling in Edgewater, NJ and never looked back. By the age of 9, he wrestled his first tournament. As time passed, he continued to hone his craft and competed in many more tournaments. After winning gold and silver in tournaments in Edgewater, he moved to Paramus NJ, where he joined wrestling and football.
Being a kid that “Never Backed Down,” Alex excelled in anything and everything he put his mind to. During Alex’s short period of time playing football, Alex was a team captain who lead his Super Bowl winning team to victory. He was also a part of the first tri-county team to ever win a championship.
Though Alex put his effort into everything he did, it was apparent at an early age that his heart was truly in the sport of wrestling. In Paramus Recreational Wrestling alone, Alex went on to be an 8x District Champion and 2x Regional Champion. When Alex reached freshman year at Paramus High School, he earned a spot on the Paramus Varsity Wrestling Team. Freshman year, Alex made it to States in Atlantic City, NJ at 126 pounds. He was a District Champion and 3rd at Regions.Sophomore year Alex was once again a District Champion, 3rd at Regions, and also 3rd in Counties. During the summer of his Sophomore year, he traveled to Virginia to wrestle at a national competition where he placed and became an All American. Junior year, Alex took 2nd place at Districts, 3rd at Regions and 8th in the State. Junior Year and Senior Year he was the Captain of the Paramus High School Wrestling Team, where he led them to win a State Sectional Title two years in a row. Senior Year, Alex went back to become a District Champion, and then improved to 2nd in Regions and 2nd in Counties. He is Paramus’ 6th All Time Winner with 121 wins and a member of the 100 Winner Club.
Alex would later accept a scholarship to Rider University, a Division 1 University, where he wrestled for a short time.
Off the mat, Alex was an active member of society. Alex volunteered his time raising money for programs such as Autism Awareness, the LEAP program, where he helped raise $4753.00 and spent his spare time mentoring younger wrestlers. Alex was also one of the few who completed and graduated from the Bergen County Youth Police Academy Program.
His hard work and dedication was acknowledged by Senator Booker, Senator Menendez and Congressman Garrett, who all nominated Alex to attend the United States Naval Academy.
Alex was the definition of class on and off the mat. A person with great sportsmanship, Alex was a natural born leader who would give the clothes off his back for anyone who needed it. With this organization, we hope to keep Alex’s name and message alive by giving back to those who need it, because that is exactly what Alex would want. Alex saw the wrestling community as his family, and we hope to inspire many other wrestlers to “Never Back Down.”
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