The Save Oregon Wrestling Foundation (SOW) is pleased to announce its third class of scholar athletes. Congratulations to 2014 winners Caleb Batease of Grant Union High School, Max Hane of Roseburg High School, and Ian Thomas of Roseburg High School. These champions demonstrated remarkable academic and athletic achievement, extra-curricular participation, along with community service, and will receive annually renewable scholarship awards of $3,000, $1,000 and $1,000 respectively.
Funded by the Save Oregon Wrestling Foundation, this scholarship program was enacted to give greater opportunity to Oregon student athletes to further their education and compete in wrestling at the collegiate level. This program seeks to offset the loss of collegiate wrestling opportunities for Oregon’s many talented high school wrestlers. SOW has a long-standing history of promoting the sport of collegiate wrestling, and this fund supports Oregon’s great scholar athletes who share our commitment and represent our future. This year, 11 applications were accepted from Oregon students attending public schools in Milwaukie, Grants Pass, Roseburg, Woodburn, Bend, Oregon City, Heppner, Sherwood, Myrtle Creek and Canyon City.
The Save Oregon Wrestling Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to the reinstatement of the University of Oregon Wrestling Program and the restoration of collegiate opportunity for Oregon’s great high school athletes. SOW created the Oregon Wrestling Scholarship Awards to help finance Oregon student athletes’ post-secondary education. The 2014 Oregon Wrestling Scholarship Awards finalists and award winners were selected through review and interviews conducted by the SOW scholarship committee comprised of SOW’s CEO and Co-Founder, Ronald L. Finley–who was also the 1984 U.S.A. Olympic Wrestling Coach, and is Head Coach Emeritus at the University of Oregon; and four additional members of SOW’s board of directors.
Donations to this scholarship fund are being accepted online at www.SaveOregonWrestling.com.
Class of 2014:
Caleb Batease, Grant Union HS- Batease will be attending Warner Pacific College in the fall of 2014. A Canyon City, Oregon, scholar-athlete who participated in wrestling, football, track, 4H and the Eastern Oregon Leadership Council, also participated in a cultural exchange program with South Africa, and held a 3.03 GPA. Batease’s athletic achievements include: 3x State Champion Wrestler, 2x All-League Offensive Lineman and holds several other state titles. Batease’s community service includes Oregon Department of Forestry, USDA Forest Service Trail Crew, USDA Wildlife Crew and two years as youth mentor at Grant County Wrestling Club. Batease’s hobbies include hunting, camping, fishing and traveling.
Max Hane, Roseburg HS- Hane will be attending Southern Oregon University the fall of 2014. A Roseburg, Oregon scholarathlete holding a 3.06 GPA. Hane’s athletic career focused primarily on wrestling. Hane’s accomplishments include 1x wrestling State champion, 3x wrestling State qualifier, 4x Freestyle/Greco wrestling State placer, and 2x Freestyle/Greco wrestling Regional placer. Hane’s community service includes volunteer work at Roseburg Mat Club, as well as for Umpqua and Roseburg Lions Club. Hane’s other interests include weight lifting and conditioning, hunting, fishing, kayaking and other water sports, and spending time with family and friends.
Ian Thomas, Roseburg HS- Thomas will be attending Umpqua Community College in the fall of 2014. A Roseburg HS graduate, with a 3.87 GPA, Thomas ranked 34th in his class of 380. Thomas participated in wrestling and Link Crew, a peer mentoring program that assists freshman with HS transition. Thomas holds awards for 4x Reser’s Smart and Tough Team, 1x Clash All Academic Team, and 2x State wrestling placer. Thomas’ other interests include volunteer work at Roseburg Mat Club and part time work at a chiropractic clinic.