Frazee’s Schermerhorn carries family tragedy with him on the wrestling mat

Missy Carlson had just put her sons to bed on a summer day in 2001. Josh was a week away from turning 6 years old and Tanner was 1½ —a few months from putting on his first wrestling singlet. She went out to the garage of their Frazee home to talk with her husband, as she often did at the end of their day.

Scott Schermerhorn, known to most in Frazee as “Shorty” based off his height, had gotten off work early that day. He was an avid demolition derby driver and was working on his car to get ready for Frazee’s Turkey Days. Missy and Shorty were high school sweethearts. Missy was the manager for the Frazee wrestling team and Shorty wrestled for the Hornets.

Missy came out to the garage to find Shorty not moving underneath his car. He was a three-time state qualifier and a state runner-up at Frazee. She had seen him get up many times. She tried to revive him before calling for an ambulance.

“I tried CPR, but in my heart I knew he was gone,” Missy said. Continue reading at