When at matches, the duo is as involved as the wrestlers. They focus on helping, cheering and keeping score as well as cleaning the mats. They also take on the task of keeping the wrestlers' heads in the game and not letting them get sidetracked.
If there's an injury, the mat maids rush to the wrestler's side, tending to all injuries and retrieving ice when needed. They also take records during matches.
Norris and Thompson are in charge of keeping wrestlers' stats and times. They have to make sure the wrestlers are at the correct weight for their matches, too.
"Mat maids: keeping the score, the time and the wrestlers in line," said Thompson.
This year, she and Norris have grown together as best friends and gotten to know all the team members. The pair enjoys taking care of the co-ed team, which has become a close-knit group.
"No matter what you go through with the wrestlers, they'll always be family, and you'll always love them more than anything," Norris said.
The girls who are mat maids, not only at Riverside but everywhere, are underappreciated. They are the wrestlers' and coaches' backbone.
Mat maiding may not be the first thing a girl wants to sign up for when she is in high school, but it's a great opportunity to make new friends, develop new skills and abilities and even to see a whole new world you might not have known was there.