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MINNEAPOLIS -- Each year, MatBoss, wrestling's premier videostats app, awards $500 scholarships to high school or college wrestling managers. This year's MatBoss Manager Scholarship recipients are Julianne Metzgar (North Warren Regional High School, N.J.), Karla Mejia-Garcia (Basalt High School, Colo.), and Perla Muro (Sioux Center High School, Iowa).
MatBoss Manager Scholarship recipients are chosen based on their service to the sport of wrestling, academic achievement, honors and awards, as well as their involvement in outside activities and the community.
To be eligible for a scholarship, the student's wrestling team must be a MatBoss customer during the 2019-20 season, served an active role as a manager on her/his team and be a high school senior or currently enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution.
Below are profiles on each of the three 2020 MatBoss Manager Scholarship recipients.
Julianne Metzgar (North Warren Regional High School, N.J.)
Julianne Metzgar, who has served as a wrestling manager at North Warren Regional High School in New Jersey for the past four years, enjoys the sight of a packed gymnasium and a spotlight beaming on to a wrestling mat.
"A packed gym and a lit mat creates a feeling of not only happiness, but accomplishment," said Jules. "As a wrestling manager, a wrestling match is more than just a sporting event."
Jules' responsibilities as a wrestling manager included training younger managers, keeping book, tweeting results, inputting results to Trackwrestling, and filming matches.
She says that being a wrestling manager has helped her obtain many important life skills, including organization, punctuality, dedication, commitment and teamwork.
"Being a wrestling manager is like being another team member," said Jules. "It is my job to attend all duals, quads, tournaments and events. It is also my job to organize all film, Trackwrestling, and the table. These qualities have shaped me into a better person."
North Warren Regional High School head wrestling coach Kellen Bradley says it has been a "delight" to have Jules as the team's wrestling manager and that she will most certainly be missed next season.
"For everything that Jules does for our program, she asks nothing in return," said Kellen Bradley. "She simply enjoys the sport and cares genuinely about the members of our team."
Jules enjoyed using MatBoss as both a learning tool and teaching tool.
"MatBoss is an amazing application that not only allows for clear film quality, but can be used as a learning tool," said Jules. "MatBoss allows managers to not only film, but designate periods, input the score, and learn from the scoring options while filming. MatBoss has made my job as a manager easier due to its versatile qualities, its ability to store data and have clear film, allowing the user to input scoring and period change, connecting each match to Trackwrestling, and overall teaching young managers how scoring works."
She served as President of the Class of 2020 at North Warren Regional High School. In addition to her managerial duties with the wrestling team, Jules was involved in many activities at the high school, including field hockey, lacrosse, student government, peer leadership, Interact Club, Math League, Science League, Prom Committee and Voices of the Veterans Committee.
Jules plans to study nursing at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, N.J.
"The skills and characteristics I have acquired while being a wrestling manager will not only help me flourish in my academic career at Monmouth University, but shape me into the nurse I want to be."
Karla Mejia-Garcia (Basalt High School, Colo.)
Karla Mejia-Garcia has gained many skills in her six years as a wrestling manager in the Basalt (Colo.) school district. Among the most notable skills: communication, organization and patience.
Karla says the communication skills she developed helped her become a leader among the managers.
"The leadership skills will be beneficial to me both inside and outside the classroom," said Karla. "Communication skills take practice, but in the real world they will open many doors."
She says using MatBoss saved her and the other wrestling managers a significant amount of time.
"MatBoss has made my job easier in many ways," said Karla. "MatBoss makes it easier to organize the team's film and it also limits the possible points to minimize errors in scoring. MatBoss' ability to provide team rosters has saved me a lot of time because I don't have to go through the struggle of typing each individual's name."
In 2011, Karla's school restarted its wrestling program after the program was cut in 2003. The program operated on a shoestring budget when Karla was starting as a wrestling manager.
"She has made sacrifices and shown a ton of commitment to the program," said Basalt High School head wrestling coach Ryan Bradley. "In the early days we couldn't afford hotels and would often depart for tournaments at 4 a.m. on Saturdays and not return until 10 p.m. Very few of our wrestlers have shown the commitment that Karla has shown to the program."
Karla has received many academic awards and participated in the student mentoring program and pre-collegiate program. She has also volunteered with many organizations.
Basalt had a successful season, qualifying multiple wrestlers for Colorado's 3A state wrestling tournament and placing 26th as a team.
"She was more important than any single wrestler to the success of the program," said Ryan Bradley.
Perla Muro (Sioux Center High School, Iowa)
Perla Muro has been a high school wrestling manager in Iowa since 2016, first at West Sioux High School and then Sioux Center High School. She has grown a great appreciation for wrestling because of what the sport teaches.
"The great sport of wrestling teaches you many things, such as hard work, leadership, determination, and perseverance," said Perla. "Watching the boys' hard work throughout the years involves a lot of success and failure. Achievement does not arise in a matter of night to day. The success you obtain is cultivated through dedication in what truly matters to you in your heart. Wanting something is simply not enough to succeed. It is the work that you put in, as well as the energy you generate, that will ultimately land you where you wish to be."
Perla appreciates MatBoss for many reasons.
"MatBoss has made my life easier in various aspects," said Perla. "I remember in my middle school years of being a manager we would have to write everything out on pen and pencil. MatBoss allows for a much higher level of efficiency when taking stats. I am able to rush from mat-to-mat and simply press the 'add match' icon and start recording a new match. I am able to go back and plug in weight, wrestler names, as well as other information onto the recording in my downtime at tournaments or meets."
Aaron Schmidt, head wrestling coach at Sioux Center High School, says Perla approaches each day with a very positive attitude. The two things that stand out to Coach Schmidt about Perla are her ability to work well as a team member of the wrestling team and her great rapport with teachers.
"Her ability to work as a team member has been seen in her ability to work well with the coaches and wrestlers on the team, as well as fellow managers," said Schmidt. "She was willing to do whatever was asked of her to help make the team better. She definitely helps keep our wrestling program organized and operating at a high level. Not only did she work well with her team, but she also works hard and has a drive to get better. Perla is one of those people who wants to make themselves better in everything they do."
Perla was a member of Student Council and Key Club, as well as a science tutor.
She plans to study at Kirkwood Community College before transferring to the University of Iowa. Fluent in both Spanish and English, Perla has her sights set on a career in international business. She hopes to be a leader to the Hispanic population.
"The skills of leadership I have learned will follow me as I attempt to lead the Hispanic population to a better and higher standard."
St. Edward (Ohio) has captured 37 state championships in wrestling and 11 national titles, making it the winningest high school wrestling program in the state of Ohio and among the most highly regarded wrestling programs in the United States.
The Eagles begin the season ranked No. 4 in the InterMat Fab 50 high school wrestling rankings and are one of 23 Fab 50 teams using MatBoss, wrestling's premier videostats app.
St. Edward has won five consecutive Division I state titles, eight of nine, and 21 of 23. The Eagles are led by nationally ranked state champions Padraic Gallagher (160) and Bryce Hepner (152), along with six additional returning state tournament participants.
Three other national top-10 wrestling programs are using MatBoss this season: No. 5 Detroit Catholic Central (Michigan), No. 8 Montini Catholic (Illinois) and No. 9 Tuttle (Oklahoma).
Detroit Catholic Central has won three consecutive Division 1 state titles, six of eight, and seven of the last ten. The Shamrocks are anchored by four nationally ranked wrestlers: Dylan Gilcher (106), Josh Edmond (138), Derek Gilcher (160), and Steven Kolcheff (285). They feature four additional returning state medalists, and two other returning state qualifiers.
Montini Catholic has won back-to-back state championships in Illinois Class 3A and state titles in 10 of the last 12 seasons. The Broncos are led by a pair of nationally ranked University of Michigan signees, Dylan Ragusin (126) and Fidel Mayora (152). They also feature four additional state medalists and another wrestler with state experience.
Tuttle has claimed 11 consecutive individual state tournament titles and ten straight in the dual team state tournament; nine consecutive years with ten or more placers at the state tournament. The Tigers are led by Oklahoma State signees Luke Surber (170) and Dustin Plott (182). Both are ranked inside the top three nationally at their weight class. They return three other state champions and five additional with appearances on the state podium.
Below is a look at the rest of the Fab 50 teams using MatBoss.
Jerry Best is head wrestling coach of the Allen (Texas) Eagles, ranked No. 11 in the nation (Photo/Sam Janicki, SJanickiPhoto.com)
No. 11 Allen (Texas): Winners of ten straight state titles, the Eagles are led by four nationally ranked wrestlers: Braxton Brown (113), Anthony Ferrari (145), Elsie Brown Ton (160), and A.J. Ferrari (220). Four other wrestlers on the roster have state placement finishes in their career.
No. 15 Elyria (Ohio): 2018-19 marked a fifth consecutive season in the national team rankings for the Pioneers, who scored a program-high 143 points in finishing third at the Ohio big-school state tournament. Elyria is anchored by three nationally ranked wrestlers: Dylan Shawver (126), state champion Mick Burnett (138), and Jake Evans (182); while other key wrestlers include state champion Peyton Fenton (113), state runner-up Enrique Munguia (160), along with state placers Bryce Allison (120) and Nate Burnett (132).
No. 17 Brighton (Michigan): The Bulldogs finished as state runner-up for a second straight season in 2018-19, and return eight state medalists from last year's team, led by state champion Eddie Homrock (138). Other multi-time state placers returning for Brighton include Mason Shrader (126), Sam Freeman (132), Zach Johnson (145), Dane Donabedian (170), and Luke Stanton (285).
No. 19 Southeast Polk (Iowa): The Rams ended last season nationally ranked for an eighth straight year and earned their fourth dual team title in the last seven seasons; the runner-up finish in the individual tournament marked a ninth straight top four finish in the state tournament, and 10th in 11 years. This year's team is anchored by nationally ranked returning state champion Gabe Christenson (195), while six other Southeast Polk wrestlers have state experience: returning medalist Justin Brindley (182), Joel Jesuroga (132), Camden Baarda (152), Deveyan Montgomery (160), Kaleb Runyon (220), and Connor Brown (285); also expected to make significant contribution is impact freshman Nathan Jesuroga (106).
No. 20 Shakopee (Minnesota): Winning their first team state title, the Sabres ended the 2018-19 season as a nationally ranked team for the third straight year. State champions Paxton Creese (120) along with Pierson (126) and Carson (170) Manville anchor this year's squad, while five additional wrestlers with a state podium finish compliment: Blake West (113), Ben Lunn (132), Connor Raines (160), along with Joey (195) and Tommy (220) Johnson.
No. 22 Brecksville (Ohio): The Bees have finished in the top five of the individual state tournament each of the last season years, and have been nationally ranked in six of those seasons, including three straight headed into this year. Anchoring this year's team are a pair of nationally ranked wrestlers: Victor Voinovich (145) and Ethan Hatcher (220); Ben Vanadia (182) is a returning state runner-up and Jimmy Carmany (132) is a two-time state placer; while James Bronstrup (138) and Anthony Rizzo (170) return as state qualifiers.
No. 24 Stillwater (Minnesota): After last year's runner-up finish at team state in their third successive appearance, the Ponies seek to reach new heights in the 2019-20 season with a first finish in the national rankings, and then some. They are led by two-time state champion Reid Ballantyne (132) and six other wrestlers with podium finishes in past state tournaments: Matt Hogue (120), Kieler Carlson (138), Trey Kruse (145), Hunter Lyden (152), Ryder Rogotzke (160), and Josh Piechowski (195). The starting lineup is expected to feature three-to-four other wrestlers with state tournament experience.
No. 26 Malvern Prep (Pennsylvania): The Friars seek a return to the national rankings, where they were in the three seasons prior to 2018-19, during the upcoming season. Anchoring their lineup are six returning National Prep placers: Dayton Delviscio (120), Dalton Harkins (152), Jack Wehmeyer (160), Caden Rogers (170), Andrew Connolly (182), and Nicholas Feldman (195).
No. 28 Mt. St. Joseph (Maryland): The Gaels are led by a pair of nationally ranked wrestlers in three-time National Prep top three finisher Chris Barnabae (126) and returning champion Isaac Righter (285). Five additional wrestlers have placed at the National Prep tournament during their careers: two-time medalists Nathan Porter (132) and Connor Strong (152), Joseph Couch (106) and Parker Werner (220), as well as 2018 placer Clement Woods (138).
No. 30 St. Joseph Montvale (New Jersey): Leading the Knights squad is nationally ranked sophomore Alex Almeyda (120), along with two additional wrestlers that have placed at state in Joe Manno (113) and Justin Bierdumpfel (132). Additional wrestlers with state experience include Jordan Iannone (126) Stefano Sgambellone (152), Jean Carlos San Juan (160), Jack Farinaro (182), and Michael Toranzo (220); while Jim Mullan (285) is expected to make significant noise as a freshman.
No. 33 Lowell (Michigan): The Red Arrows won their sixth straight team state title in Michigan's Division 2 last season despite not finishing as a nationally ranked team; they seek to return to the Fab50 this season, where they were positioned five times from 2012 to 2018. Lowell's lineup is led by nationally ranked three-time state champion Austin Boone (145) and is joined by eight other wrestlers that have placed at the state tournament in their career. Two-time state placers in the group include James Fotis (152), Doak Dean 9160), and Tyler Deloof (285).
No. 35 Waverly-Shell Rock (Iowa): The Go-Hawks had an extraordinary performance on Thursday and Friday two in the individual state tournament title in Iowa's big-school division after finishing runner-up in the dual team event to Southeast Polk on Wednesday. Four wrestlers return with state podium finishes on their resume: Bailey Roybal (113) and Aiden Riggins (126), along with two-time medalists Evan Yant (152) and Brayden Wolf (195). Ryder Block (106) should make a significant impact as a freshman, while three others bring state experience to the table.
No. 40 Park Hill (Missouri): The Trojans ended last season nationally ranked for a fourth straight year and bring back five wrestlers with state placement finishes on the resume. A trio of nationally ranked wrestlers anchor the squad: Ethan Miller (126), Trey Crawford (138), and Ashton Sharp (220); Kal Miller (132) and Greyston DiBlasi (145) also placed at state last year; while Cael Keck (106) and Ryker Smith (113) were state qualifiers.
No. 41 DeKalb (Illinois): The Barbs advanced to the semifinal round of the dual team state tournament in Illinois' big-school division last year. The Barbs are led by three returning state placers: 2018 state champion Fabian Lopez (138) as well as Danny (126) and Tommy (132) Curran. Four other wrestlers made the state tournament last year: Ben Aranda (106), Blake McGee (120), Damian Lopez (145), and Bradley Gillum (160).
No. 42 Nazareth (Pennsylvania): The Blue Eagles finished last year nationally ranked for the fourth straight year, and fifth time in six overall. This year's team is led by returning state runner-up Deshawn Farber (145) along with four additional state placers: two-time state medalists Andrew Smith (120) and Nathan Stefanik (152), along with Connor Herceg (170) and Drew Clearie (182).
No. 43 Stoughton (Wisconsin): The Vikings won a second consecutive state title last season, and this year's team is led by returning state champion Nicolar Rivera (120). Three other wrestlers have finished as state runner-up in their career: Braeden Whitehead (145), Luke Mechler (160), and Brooks Empey (220); while Gavin Model (152) and Brandt Spidle (182) also possess state tournament experience.
No. 44 Christian Brothers College (Missouri): The Cadets repeated as state champions last year in Missouri's big-school division, and finished nationally ranked as well for a second straight year. Nationally ranked three-time state champion Joshua Saunders (145) is the clear anchor of the squad, while state champion Vincent Zerban (152) is one of four additional returning state medalists.
No. 45 Simley (Minnesota): The Spartans won a 12th state title in program history, ending a three-year drought, last season; the key victory came in the section final over Kasson-Mantorville. This year's roster is led by nationally ranked Ryan Sokol (138), a Cadet World team member in freestyle this past summer; additional key wrestlers include Super 32 placers Quayin Short (182/195) and Bennett Tabor (195/220), state champion Chase DeBlaere (132), state runners-up Cael Berg (145) and Nolan Wanzek (160/170), along with returning third place finishers Reid (113) and Gavin (170/182) Nelson.
No. 47 Fort Dodge (Iowa): The Dodgers were nationally ranked in the three years prior to last year and are led this year by nationally ranked state champion Drake Ayala (120). Four other wrestlers on the roster have placed at the state tournament in their careers: Lane (113) and Brooks (132) Cowell, state champion Carson Taylor (126), and 2018 state medalist Levi Egli (195). Four additional projected starters have qualified for the state tournament during their careers.
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Sophie and Ellie were selected from a large pool of candidates across 24 different states. Each will receive $500 scholarships.
MatBoss Manager Scholarship recipients are chosen based on their service to the sport of wrestling, academic achievement, honors and awards, as well as their involvement in outside activities and community.
To be eligible for a scholarship, the student's wrestling team must be a MatBoss customer and she/he must have served an active role as a manager on her/his team and be a high school senior or currently enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution.
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