Behind The Mats

Wrestlers were supported all season long by a group of managers who work without any spotlight.

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Mason Beister

Gavin Lenn tussles with an opponent.

Makayla Brackett, Reporter

This year at Elkhorn High school, wrestling made a name for itself. Elkhorn had 2 varsity wrestlers, Mason Villwok and Gavin Ienn wrestle at state. Elkhorn’s wrestlers routinely performed well and exceeded expectations. They could not have accomplished all they did without the efforts of all six managers. 

 

The wrestling team managers contribute a lot of their time and energy helping prepare these wrestlers to perform at their fullest. This year’s team managers are Emma Lorenson, Maggie Swanson, Rachel Tysdal, Erin Stara, Kaylee Moody, And Mazen Salem. 

 

“Last year I went to a lot of meets and I really seemed to enjoy it … so I decided to take another step,” Sophomore Emma Lorenson said. 

 

Lorenson is a first-year manager for the team. Going into this year she did not realize how much time managers put in to help these wrestlers.

 

“Weekdays we had like two and a half hour practices… and we have five hour meets on weekends,” Lorenson said. “Oh gosh, Like 11 hours a week, and then the meets on the weekends.”

 

The workload and time commitments for these managers are comparable to an actual athlete. The managers aren’t sweating off five pounds of water weight a practice, but they are in that hot and sticky wrestling room early in the morning and late at night. Another fellow manager, Maggie Swanson, is a junior at Elkhorn high school. She has been helping the team and Head Coach Potter for 3 years now. Swanson has grown up around wrestling, so becoming a manager was an easy decision for her. 

 

“My dad wrestled in high school, and my brother wrestled in high school, and when he was a little kid,” Swanson said. 

 

Agreeing with Lorenson, Swanson says that becoming a wrestling manager makes her schedule busy, however, it is worth every minute due to all the fun moments with the team. On normal practice days, the managers have to do an assortment of tasks. The top of the list is to put ice on the thermostat. The purpose of this is to make the wrestling room warmer so the guys will sweat more, making them lose water weight. The list reads as follows: clean the mats, get nose plugs, prepare the mops pads, do little chores Coach Potter has in store for them, and at the end of their night the managers come together to sort through jerseys and clean up any blood on the mats.

 

Swanson said, “To me, wrestling means family.”

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