Coaches are not the only people who help the team run smoothly, student managers play an important role on the wrestling team.
Being a manager helps students learn life skills, how to be a leader and them make new friends. They are expected to be as committed to the team as the actual wrestlers. The student managers may not be able to make a direct impact on the score of the match, but they have a direct impact on the outcome of the game.
Last year senior Bailey Pagels decided to give it a try. She had no idea what was expected of her or what she should expect. She had no idea of how much fun and exciting a student manager could be. She loved being part of the team so much that she did it again this season.
Pagels said, “I wanted to be a manager because I had a lot of friends who were managers and I had some friends on the wrestling team, so I wanted to give it a try.”
She thought it would just be time to hang with friends, but she learned a lot from her experience.
Student managers for wrestling do little things but their actions impact the wrestlers very much.
They fill up their water bottles, make sure the wrestlers have tape for their wrists and clean the mats.
Sophomore wrestler, Evan Fuchs said, “The managers help coach be organized and run the clock.”
They try to think of the small things so the wrestlers don’t have to, and can focus on winning.
Pagels said, “Student managing impacted my life by learning how to become a leader.”
She had to look to see what needed to be done and do it without being told. She knew her responsibilities and wanted to make sure that she didn’t ever let anyone down especially since there are a lot of wrestlers counting on her.
Pagels made lifelong friends during her time as student manager. Many of these friends she doesn’t believe she would have ever met if it wasn’t for wrestling.
Fuchs said, “Bailey Pagels is a very close friend of mine that I met her through wrestling.”
Fuchs is now one of Pagels best friends.
“Evan is my best friend on the team. He is almost like my little brother and I would have never met him if I did not student manage,” Pagels said.