Caroline Schmitt has built a reputation as one of the hardest workers on the West Orange girls wrestling team.
In just two years as a member of the West Orange High School wrestling program, Caroline Schmitt has built a reputation for being one of the hardest workers in the program — girl or boy. Coach Kristen Iannuzzi praises the work ethic and improvements that she has seen in Schmitt since the sophomore joined the team. Most recently, Schmitt went 3-2 at the Metro Conference meet and placed fourth.
How did you get involved with the girls wrestling team?
At first, I was going to try out for weightlifting, but then I found out it was full and I saw the flyer for the first girls wrestling team. I wanted to try something new.
Was it hard to get into wrestling shape?
It was hard, but I got into it so it became more of an everyday thing. I got used to it. ... For me, the hardest part is (running) stadiums. Going down the steps, I’m scared I’m going to fall.
What do you like about being on the wrestling team?
I like the respect in the program — it’s not just about the sport, it’s about life, too. It gives you discipline and it gives you good characteristics.
How have your coaches at West Orange helped you?
They’ve helped me with my confidence, and they always give me something to work for. I want to make them proud.
Can you explain your philosophy toward having a good work ethic?
I feel like if I’m not working hard, then I’m cheating myself. If I put in this much effort, and I stop, it would be wrong to the team and myself.
What is a match from this season of which you are particularly proud?
Just this week against a girl from Olympia. I had more confidence than I usually do, and I felt comfortable.
What’s it like when you win a wrestling match?
It feels like you just overcame something. All the work you put in, you feel relief, almost.
How do you mentally approach the beginning of a match?
You’re trying to go over and remember what you want to do, just trying to keep your pace.
Which teammate is the funniest?
What’s your favorite subject?
Science — biology, mainly. It’s hands-on and real-world experiences you can relate to.
Do you know what you would like to do for a career?
I want to go into the medical field — I was thinking about being an X-ray tech.
Who is your favorite teacher so far at West Orange?
I’d say my chemistry teacher, Mrs. (Teresa) Yates. She expects you to do well and she teaches everything fully.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Hawaii — because of the food and to go snorkeling.