CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Schools have cheerleaders for basketball and football and all the games, pep rallies and other events that go with them. But what about all the other sports that have many participants but don't have their own cheerleaders?
Many sports have parents and others in the crowd to cheer them on, but now wrestling teams have even better supporters: mat maids.
It may sound silly, but it's not. This is a role that all wrestling teams require, and it's an important one.
Freshmen Bethany Norris and Whitney Thompson are the mat maids at Riverside High School. Even though this is their first year being mat maids, they perform each required task like experts.
They go to all the practices the team does, and yes, they clean the mats after the wrestlers lay them out, but that's not the girls' only task.
They are also the cheerleaders for the team, as well as nurses, coaches' assistants and more. They even know the wrestling signals the coaches use to communicate with the wrestlers during matches.
"Mat maiding is a hard job. Nobody will ever understand how much effort and responsibility it is!" said Norris.