Friday, February 1, 2008

York College President speaks on the loss of a student

York College President speaks on the loss of a student

(1/20/2008) By Ginger ten Bensel A central Nebraska College is in mourning this weekend as they deal with the loss of one of their own. Brock Pigorsch was killed Friday on his way to a wrestling tournament in Iowa.

The wrestling team's van was pulling a trailer down I–29 about an hour north of Omaha when a car in front of them slammed on its breaks to avoid a pedestrian.

The driver of the van made his way around the hazard but the trailer began to sway causing the van to roll several times. Brock was thrown out of the van and died on the way to the hospital.

The moment it was known that 21 year old Brock Pigorsch had died in a car accident, teachers, students, staff, and the schools crisis team began to gather at the Prayer Chapel.

“It just hurts so badly and we grieve all of us. Even though we go about our business everyday and go through the motions of what we have to do everyday it is always on our minds and hearts,” said York College President, Dr. Wayne Baker.

The President of the College and several others rushed to the Hospital in Sioux City Iowa were the rest of the team; nine wrestlers and two coaches were treated and released.

“The wrestling team met with facility and councilors for prayer and general comfort on Saturday afternoon,” said Dr. Baker.

Brock was an experienced wrestler working to be a national qualifier and during the prayer vigil at the prayer chapel many people spoke about Brock and how he touched other people’s lives.

“What I heard over and over again was how Brock came into the room smiling; he always seemed to light up the people around him,” said Vice Pres. Finance & Admin., Todd Sheldon.

There will be a memorial service for Brock during the college's chapel service on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the East Hill Church of Christ in York.

The funeral arrangements are still being made, but the funeral will be in Brock's home town in Herington Kansas.