Congratulations to the 20 Frazee High School seniors who received scholarships in memory of Myrel Schermerhorn.
'Beast Mode' brings Frazee Class 1A state runner-up honors
“Beast Mode.” It’s the two words which the Frazee Hornet wrestling team rode all the way to the Class 1A state championship match, where they eventually lost to the No. 1 ranked Jackson County Central 38-22.
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Published March 1, 2013
By: Brian Wierima, DL-Online
It’s the two words which the Frazee Hornet wrestling team rode all the way to the Class 1A state championship match, where they eventually lost to the No. 1 ranked Jackson County Central 38-22.
It was the 10th time a Hornet team made the final round in the state meet, while winning a total of four, including 2011 when they were co-champions along with JCC.
But this year’s run was a little unique in all the adversity the Hornets had to overcome to have such a successful season as they did.
Inspiration lay in those two words – “Beast Mode” – which refers to the team’s fallen teammate, Myrel Schermerhorn, who passed away from injuries inflicted in a car accident last year.
“Myrel lived for wrestling and I have imagined him with me every time I’m on the mat,” said senior 138-pounder Bruce Lemon. “I know he is proud of us of what we did.”
The team honored Schermerhorn by displaying “Beast Mode” on their headbands, warm-up pants and even bringing an enlarged poster of the Hornet in action out for the ceremonial handshakes on the middle of the mat for the championship match.
The poster took up a couple of seats on the Hornet’s sidelines for a constant reminder that Schermerhorn is still a big part of the team.
“I’m proud of what these seniors accomplished with all the adversity they have gone through the last two years,” said Frazee head coach John Barlund. “It was just a unique season with all the injuries they overcame. They went through a lot this year and were very successful.”
The Class 1A state team tournament basically came down to JCC and Frazee.
Then, everyone else.
The 2012 Myrel Schermerhorn Beast Mode Challenge was a success! Thank you to everyone who participated and volunteered to make this a memorable event.
Twenty-two teams and 22 individuals competed. Zack Bauck was the overall individual winner with a total of 152.97 points. Team Sam Schrampsh, consisting of Eric Sweeny, Kyler Wegner, Josh Erckenbrack, and Luke Hanson, won the team portion with a total of 86.75 points. Individual winners including Zack Bauck, Dan Schermerhorn, Tim Teragawa, and Danielle Schermerhorn, and Team Sam Schrampsh competitors won custom Beast Mode Challenge sweatshirts.
Myrel Schermerhorn was a young man with an unmatched drive to achieve his goals. Any activity that he decided to pursue became an obsession. When Myrel decided that he wanted to become a great wrestler, he trained with an unparalleled level of intensity and dedication. By the time Myrel was 12 years old, he had cleared everything out of his bedroom to make room for gym equipment. While most kids his age would save money for bikes or video games, Myrel would buy weights, a pull up tower, and wrestling shoes. He trained 365 days a year. Myrel also knew that in order to be the best he needed to learn everything that he could about the sport. He spent nearly every night on the computer researching new wrestling moves and training techniques. In addition, Myrel focused on his schoolwork so that he could wrestle in college. By the time he was a sophomore, Myrel had become a top 5 rated wrestler in Minnesota. His success on the mat was the result of his dedication to becoming the best. Before beginning one of his workouts, Myrel was often heard saying that it was time to go into “beast mode.”
The Beast Mode Challenge has been created to commemorate this champion. The challenge has been set up so that nearly anyone can participate, but you will need to be a true beast to win. It is our hope that no matter your physical ability, all participants will put forth a true “beast mode” effort.