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Published November 21, 2011, 10:19 PM

Frazee students and faculty rally behind wrestler injured in car accident

Frazee, MN (WDAY TV) - A 17 year-old Frazee-Vergas student is still listed in critical condition after a weekend accident in which his car was discovered upside down in water. Now, a family, a school, and a community are rallying in support.

A 17 year-old Frazee-Vergas student is still listed in critical condition after a weekend accident in which his car was discovered upside down in water. Now, a family, a school, and a community are rallying in support.

Myrel Schermerhorn was transferred to Essentia Health where he is now in a Coma as doctors are still slowly warming his body. Now, family members tell WDAY he is expected to live, a miracle after he spent an estimated 20 minutes submerged in icy waters Friday night.

Caitlin Wacker – Myrel’s Cousin: “He's just smiling all the time, he's nice.”

A sign on nearly every locker...pray for Myrel. Hundreds of students wore headbands today in support of the junior wrestling standout at Frazee-Vergas High School. Headbands are what Myrel is known for.

Chuck Cheney – Frazee Superintendent: “Probably three-fourths of the kids came to school with a headband on, as a tribute to him and a way to say, "’Hey Myrel, we're with you.’"

Friday night icy driving conditions led to Myrel losing control of his vehicle on County Road 29, a mile north of Frazee. Police say after over-correcting, his vehicle was discovered upside down in a pond with the headlights on. Myrel was coming home from a banquet where he and other athletes were raising money for their respective programs.

Tyler Wacker – Myrel’s Cousin: “He works hard in basically everything he does, pushes himself.”

Caitlin Wacker: “Amazing wrestler, it's going to be weird not watching him.”

A teenager who's battled others his whole life to be one of the best, now faces the toughest battle of all, another one family members say he will ultimately win.

Chuck Cheney: “Myrel is a stand-out, stand-out kid, one everyone looks at with a big smile on their face.”

Medical Bills are piling up, there has been a fund set up for Myrel at Bremmer Bank in Detroit Lakes. Students in Frazee will also be selling window stickers, wristbands, T-Shirts, and of course, bandannas to raise money.

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