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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

Class of 2014:

Caleb Batease

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

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

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.

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University of Oregon Wrestling Fans and Alumni

Ron Finley
        Ron Finley

Len Kauffman wanted me to share the note below with you, concerning the induction of one of our distinguished alumni members, Dick Bellock, into the Oregon Chapter of the Wrestling Hall of Fame. The ceremony takes place May 3, 2014. This would be a great opportunity to support, congratulate, and renew friendships with former wrestlers and fans from the State of Oregon. Let’s have a big Oregon table for this big event.

For all the details, see Len’s note following my sign-off. Len also attached a reservation order form for those interested in attending. Thank you.

-Coach Ron Finley


The 20th annual Oregon Chapter, National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Honors Banquet is Saturday, May 3, 2014, at the Washington Square Embassy Suites Hotel. Social begins at 4:00 p.m., dinner at 6:30.

One Duck will be induced for Lifetime Service to Wrestling – Dick Bellock. Other Lifetime Service inductees are Joe Wells and Ron Sather, Doug Hislop and Wayne Snoderly. State Senator Frank Morse will be honored as Outstanding American from Oregon. Read short bios below for each inductee.

Please help us honor these fine individuals and celebrate their outstanding careers. Below is the reservation form (PDF file), which you may fill out online and then print. We expect a full house so please send your check and reservation form early.

Reservation Form

Hope to see you there.

Len Kauffman
OSU 1965

Outstanding American

Senator Frank Morse wrestled four years at Lebanon High School under legendary coach Dick Weisbrodt. After graduating from Northwest Christian University in 1966, he earned a Master’s degree from Oregon State University. In his professional career, he became president of Morse Brothers, Inc., retiring in 2000 and forming a new company, Environ-Metal, Inc. He was elected to the Oregon Senate in 2002 and re-elected in 2006 and 2010. Senator Morse was honored by the Oregon Business Association as 2010 Statesman-of-the-Year. He was a recipient of the OSU College of Business Distinguished Service Award was inducted into the OSU Engineering Hall of Fame in 2011.

Lifetime Service to Wrestling

Dick Bellock coached Waldo Middle School to nine consecutive undefeated dual meet seasons and lost only one dual meet in his ten years there. He started the wrestling programs at both McKay and West Salem high schools and served as athletic director at both new schools. He was head coach at McKay for twelve years and officiated wrestling eighteen years at the high school and collegiate levels.

Doug Hislop has been a wrestling coach and official for over 40 years. He served head coach at LaGrande Middle School and assistant coach at LaGrande High School. During his tenure at LaGrande High School, the Tigers won eleven district team championships and two OSAA team titles. Doug also directed the LaGrande Kid’s Wrestling Program for 28 years. He now serves as Imbler School District superintendent and head wrestling coach. He has served as commissioner of the Northeast Oregon Wrestling Officials Association since 1978.

Ron Sather has been a mainstay in Corvallis wrestling his entire life. After placing in state for the Corvallis Spartans, he enrolled at Oregon State where he lettered all four years and recorded 66 wins as a Beaver. He was runner-up in 1973 at the National Invitational Freestyle Championships. Returning to Corvallis High in 1980, Sather was assistant coach for 8 years and head coach for 23 years. His teams won 224 dual meets. His wrestlers won five individual OSSA State titles, three of those in 2008. He is co-founder of the Orange Crush Wrestling Club.

Wayne Snoderly was a state champion at David Douglas High School. He returned to his alma mater in 1989 and helped the Scots win four Mt. Hood conference championships. He was an assistant for five years before becoming head coach in 1993, a position he held until 2007. He returned in 2009 as an assistant coach and helped David Douglas win the 2013 Oregon 6-A state team title. Snoderly started the David Douglas Youth Wrestling program in 1994 that continues today.

Joe Wells spent half of his coaching career in Oregon, guiding Oregon State as head coach for fourteen years. In 1994, the Beavers won the Pacific-10 conference title and placed fourth in NCAA tournament. The following year, Wells’ team finished second at nationals with four All-Americans. Before heading west, Wells coached at the high school level for three years and then thirteen years as an assistant at the University of Michigan. He was named national Assistant-Coach-of-the-Year in 1988. Joe served as assistant coach of the U.S. Olympic teams in 1988 and 1992, and was the U.S. team freestyle coach at the 1990 World Championships.

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