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El Reno community sets up wrestling clinic and donation fund for teen who died in car accident

by Kyle Fredrickson Published: March 19, 2014
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The El Reno community was devastated earlier this month when two high school sophomores — Jesse Gorbet, 16, and Karson Baker, 15 — were killed in a car accident. El Reno High School hosted a vigil shortly after to honor Gorbet, Baker, and the other teens still recovering from the wreck.

Since then, Brian Shelton, an assistant El Reno wrestling coach, and Derrick Fleenor, an El Reno alum, set up a fundraiser and wrestling clinic to honor Gorbet, who was a varsity El Reno wrestler.

The free clinic was held Saturday and brought in more than 100 high school wrestlers from across the region. Shelton said the fundraiser has reached more than $8,700 — with every penny going to Gorbet’s family to help offset funeral and medical expenses. You can donate here.

Shelton said they plan on keeping the donation website open until at least March 27 when the wrestling team hosts its annual banquet.

“We wanted to do something to bring both the El Reno community and the wrestling community together,” Shelton said. “We figured what better way to celebrate the life of a wrestler than by hosting a wrestling clinic? Jesse was a great young man. He was a real pleasure to coach as he always gave 100 percent both on and off the mat. He was the type of guy that could strike up a conversation with anyone, anywhere. He’s going to be missed both in the wrestling room and around El Reno.”

A group photo from Saturday's free wrestling clinic at Jenks Simmons Fieldhouse honoring Jesse Gorbet, a former El Reno wrestler who died in a car accident on March 2.
A group photo from Saturday's free wrestling clinic at Jenks Simmons Fieldhouse honoring Jesse Gorbet, a former El Reno wrestler who died in a car accident on March 2.
by Kyle Fredrickson
OSU beat writer
Kyle Fredrickson became the Oklahoma State beat writer for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com in July 2014. A native Coloradoan, Fredrickson attended Western State College before transferring to Oklahoma State in 2010 and graduating in 2012. Fredrickson...
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