Four Pendleton High School wrestlers have received $500 scholarships from the Rollin Schimmel Memorial Wrestling Foundation.
Sheehan Barnhart, Michael Savage, Travis Suttle and Justin Lauer, recent graduates of Pendleton High School, will use the funds to attend college next fall. All four wrestled for PHS and had grade-point averages of between 3.7 and 4.0.
Foundation members awarded the scholarships at a special event following the Rollin Schimmel Memorial Football game on May 16. The event, hosted by the Pendleton Knights of Pythias Lodge, had many past Pendleton wrestlers and wrestling fans in attendance.
Randy Schimmel, Rollin's son and past PHS state wrestling champion, spoke. Schimmel said the foundation was a vision of his father's and that a rafting accident that took his life in May 2005 prevented him from going ahead. The foundation board was later put together by Travis Hancock and Randy Schimmel to help kids in the Pendleton community.
Through Rollin's will, his writings and his close friends, the board created the foundation to encourage kids to learn lifelong skills that can be gained through wrestling and motivate them to be the best student athletes they can be. Current board members are Travis Hancock, Randy Schimmel, Mike Arbogast, Marcy Rosenberg, Kone Hancock, Tim Stewart and Tracy Suttle.
The foundation helps kids of all ages attend a summer wrestling camp near Wallowa Lake.
The event raised more than $1,000 for future scholarships.