2024 MatBoss Manager Scholarship Recipients Announced
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Posted by eric.gerold on Friday, April 12, 2024 6:21 PM UTC

MatBoss is pleased to announce the eight recipients of the 2024 MatBoss Manager Scholarship. 

The MatBoss Manager Scholarship was created in 2018 to support wrestling managers across the nation. 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 MatBoss Manager 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.

The eight recipients were selected from a pool of 208 applicants in 34 different states. 

The 2024 MatBoss Manager Scholarship recipients are Delaney Kellogg, Elizabeth Incha, Raynee Leone, Cami Staudt, Grace Lupton, Ella Skaro, Mary Richter and Colin Nation.

Congratulations to the eight recipients. Thank you for your service to wrestling.

Below is a brief bio on each of the recipients.

Delaney Kellog

Delaney Kellog was not a natural leader when she started high school but learned to become a leader during her time as a wrestling manager at Perham High School in Minnesota.

"When I first became the lead manager I didn't have all the leadership skills I needed and didn't know how to manage a team the best, but I knew with some hard work I could do it," said Delaney. "I learned how my team, coaches and fellow managers reacted to my management skills and adjusted my leadership style to that. Leadership skills are my most improved life skills as a manager.

Her leadership skills also helped bring out her creative side. 

"Creativity is something that also advanced as I progressed as a leader," said Delaney. "We make posters for the wrestlers when they achieve milestones. I had to learn how to be creative with those posters, so it wasn't just the same poster every time."

Delaney will attend North Dakota State University and would like to remain a wrestling manager in college.

Elizabeth Incha

Wrestling has played a big part in Elizabeth Incha's life despite never competing in the sport. 

In addition to being a wrestling manager at Cambridge High School in Wisconsin, Elizabeth has been a wrestling fan, photographer and official.

"Wrestling has helped me learn to anticipate, maintain composure, show respect, perseverance, dedication, humility, advocacy and so much more, even though I haven't competitively wrestled a day in my life," said Elizabeth.

As a wrestling manager, she has to wear many different hats. 

"As a manager, I'm a 'Jack of all Trades,'" said Elizabeth, who plans on attending Northern Michigan University. "I've had to find lost headgear, film matches, set up mats, give athletes pep talks and so much more. I'm an often-overlooked part of the team that keeps everything running smoothly.

She believes a lot can be learned from the sport of wrestling.

"It's very well known that athletes can learn a lot from their sports," said Elizabeth. "Learn not only physically but also neurally, mentally and emotionally but competing isn't the only way to learn from a sport. "

Raynee Leone

Being a wrestling manager at Shawnee High School in Oklahoma has taught Raynee Leone time-management skills that she believes will help her in her future career.

"While I want to go into the medical field, I will need time-management skills and I have learned in many ways how to do that with wrestling," said Raynee.

Her town and wrestling program dealt with tragedy last year. 

"Last April our town had a tragic tornado that hit our wrestling facility," said Raynee. "I was in charge of keeping inventory for all the team gear and equipment. We were placed in another facility. As a manager I had to figure out how and where to place the gear so it would be up and out of the way and had to find a place for all of our equipment not being used at this facility but to be stored for our new one. So that is a skill of flexibility that was taught to everyone this year."

She credits MatBoss for making life her life easier as a wrestling manager.

"MatBoss made my life easier," said Raynee. "When having to do stats I could print off the wrestler report sheet and match it with my scorebook. The video aspect was great for the wrestlers to be able to log in and watch instead of having me record the match and send the match at the end of the day."

She will attend Oklahoma State University and hopes to continue as a manager for one of the most historic college wrestling programs ever.

Cami Staudt

Many wrestling managers grow up around the sport. Often times a member of their family was involved in wrestling so it becomes a natural fit. That wasn't the case for Cami Staudt.

She had always been a three-sport athlete, but after breaking both of her legs in her eighth-grade year, Cami needed a temporary halt from her winter sport to heal and undergo rehab. She took a leap of faith and became a wrestling manager.

"Becoming a wrestling manager is something that I never thought I would do," said Cami, who attends Centerville High School in Ohio. "To be completely transparent, I had never been around the sport of wrestling or attended a wrestling match before committing to this position."

Initially, Cami thought her duties as a wrestling manager would only last one year as she rehabbed from injury. But she not only enjoyed her duties and the leadership skills she gained in her first year as a wrestling manager -- but also gained a newfound respect for the sport -- that she continued as a manager for four years. 

"Let me tell you, this role was nothing like I had imagined," said Cami. "I have been around sports my whole life, but I full-heartedly believe that it takes a special person to become a wrestler. Wrestlers go through blood, sweat and tears to compete in this sport. I have learned so much about the sport of wrestling through this position, not only about the technique and rules of wrestling, but also important life skills in being a leader/manger."

She will attend The Ohio State University and hopes to be a wrestling manager for the Buckeyes.

Grace Lupton

Grace Lupton, a senior at Falcon High School in Colorado, aspires to be a human trafficking detective one day. She believes the skills gained as a wrestling manager will help her in the future. 

"Every day law enforcement officers utilize skills such as communication, leadership and delegation," said Grace, who maintains a GPA of 4.369 (on 4.0 scale). "All of these skills have been built by my time as a manager, and I could not be more grateful for the life experiences it has prepared me for. These skills, along with many others I did not list, have made me a better person, not just currently, but also for the future."

While Grace has been a wrestling manager since she was in eighth grade, her wrestling team used MatBoss for the time this past season, which she says relieved stress and saved time for her and was a useful tool for the wrestlers on the team. 

"MatBoss relieved the stress from both scoring on paper and recording because it allowed me to do both in one. It saved a great amount of time with team names and weights already being uploaded. The wrestlers also loved MatBoss because they were able to review their matches quickly and could see the mistakes they made to improve in their next match. MatBoss was an amazing addition to our team, and I cannot express how useful it is for any wrestling team."

Grace will be attending Grand Canyon University but hopes to manage wrestling at Arizona State University.

Ella Skaro

Ella Skaro says becoming a wrestling manager completely changed her life.

"I cannot even begin to explain just how much it means to me to have been a part of such a wonderful team," said Ella, a senior manager for the United North Central (Menahga/Sebeka) wrestling team in Minnesota. "Wrestling is a sport in which the team becomes your family, and I will forever be grateful for that bond. My time in wrestling helped shape me into the person I am today. I have become more mature, responsible, organized, and creative. I have also gained leadership, communication, and time management skills that I know will help me through the next stages of my life."

One area in particular that being a wrestling manager helped with is stress management.

"I have struggled with stress and anxiety for as long as I can remember, often putting too much on my plate and getting overwhelmed by the amount of things I have to do," said Ella. "Wrestling gave me a sort of safe haven where I could release a lot of that stress."

Ella says she knew very little about wrestling when she became a wrestling manager. MatBoss helped her learn the sport and also train other managers. 

"MatBoss has been a lifesaver throughout my time in wrestling," said Ella. "When I began helping the team, I knew very little about the sport. MatBoss made the learning process as easy as possible and has made training in new managers an exponentially smoother process."

Ella's post-secondary plans include attending Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minnesota.

Mary Richter

Mary Richter, a wrestling manager for the University of Mary in Bismark, North Dakota, believes organization is one of the most important attributes required to be a wrestling manager. 

"I have to be organized because I am given the responsibility of many tasks and without being able to complete those tasks I do not only let down myself or my coach but also the team as a whole," Mary said. "If anyone knows Coach (Adam) Aho personally, you may know that he has many different tasks that he has going on and for me to be able to make that easier for him by being organized can go a long way."

She also lists communication, leadership and honesty as key skills she acquired from being a wrestling manager.

"All of these skills that I have been able to acquire while being a manager will help me go far in life," said Mary. " I am able to admit to others when I have made a mistake or take a leadership role when no one else has the courage to do so."

Mary credits MatBoss for simplifying her duties as wrestling manager and giving her the ability to doublecheck scores and statistics. 

"Being able to use such a wonderful tool like MatBoss has made my job as a manager easier," said Mary. "I am able to upload videos faster so that the wrestlers are able to use the film to improve. Not only that, but I am able to see when other videos have not been uploaded or when wrestlers are not able to see their matches. I am able to use the MatBoss videos as a way to doublecheck the score and ensure that the wrestlers are being credited for things such as a takedown."

Colin Nation

Colin Nation was a high school state champion wrestler before joining the Campbell University wrestling team. While wrestling collegiately for Campbell, Colin suffered severe spinal injuries, which forced him to stop competing. Determined to stay involved in the sport, Colin became the wrestling manager for Campbell.

"The injuries sustained while wrestling for Campbell have taught me resilience and perseverance in the face of adversity," said Colin. "Despite the physical limitations I experienced, I was determined to continue my involvement with the wrestling team and contribute in any way I could."

Colin believes the skills he acquired as the wrestling manager at Campbell will help him as he moves forward in life. 

"The skills I have acquired and improved as a wrestling manager will undoubtedly benefit me in life after graduation, especially considering the challenges I have overcome," said Colin. "My resilience and determination will serve me well in any future endeavors, as I have learned to persevere in the face of obstacles and setbacks. Furthermore, my experience as a wrestling manager has allowed me to develop strong leadership skills, which will be invaluable in professional settings. I have learned how to effectively communicate, motivate and guide a team, skills that are highly sought after in various industries."

MatBoss helped him with his duties as a wrestling manager. 

"I genuinely believe that MatBoss is the best system out there," Colin said.