Friends remember fallen high school wrestler

Friday night, an East Tennessee community came together for a fallen high school wrestler whose life was cut short.

Skyler Boring, 17, died in May from what authorities suspect was an accidental gunshot wound. Boring wrestled for Heritage High School in Blount County. He graduated from that school just days before his death.

Skyler's family held a fundraiser at the American Legion, Post 13, to support a scholarship in Skyler's name.

The Skyler "Rooster" Boring Wrestling Foundation, Inc. will make the scholarship available to at least one wrestler each year.

Eligible wrestlers must be in their senior year and attend either William Blount High School, Maryville High School, Alcoa High School or Heritage High School.

"This would be awesome because he understands the struggle of getting through school, so I hope that he's proud," said Skyler's mother, Amy Boring.

Website: Skyler Boring's Scholarship

Ever since Skyler died, his family has received support non-stop. His grandmother said quickly after his death, she felt the need to help other wrestlers in the community with a scholarship.

"All of these young men here were Skyler's brother in every way that counts," she said.

Friends and family also honored Skyler at Friday's event with a painted portrait. Skyler's summer wrestling coach, Rex Matlock, was the artist.

"Outgoing, always outgoing," he said of Skyler. "Never a dull moment with Skyler."

Skyler's painting will soon be placed in Heritage High School next to some of his fellow wrestlers.

The Blount County Sheriff's Office says the investigation into Skyler's death is still open. A spokesperson said the department is still waiting on test results from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.


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