Wagner recalled as student, friend

first_imgWagner passed away on Wednesday after suffering a brain aneurysm in his dorm room. He was 20 years old. “I would say he was one of the most liked guys on the team by everybody,” CMS head coach Rick Candaele said. “He had a great personality and work ethic. He had a quest to be a better football player.” Wagner, who is from Glendale and played in high school at La Canada Flintridge Prep, also had a quest to better the world. A biology major, Wagner’s goal was to be a doctor, his teammate and roommate Andy Sinclair said. “There are probably three things I will remember most about him,” said Sinclair, a linebacker who also was a teammate of Wagner’s at Flintridge Prep. “First, he was a real good guy, who was real likable. Second, he was a good student. Football players don’t have a reputation for being smart. He weighed in on anything & and third, he was the best friend I ever had.” A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday at CMS’ Zinda Field. In case of rain, the service will be moved to Ducey Gym. William Wagner meant more to the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps football team than just a backup offensive lineman who was expecting to start as a senior. He also was a friend. center_img In addition to friendship, Sinclair and Wagner shared the experience of winning a CIF-Southern Section championship in 2003 at Flintridge Prep. “The other day, he said to me, `It was the best moment in my life.”‘ Sinclair said. “He played a great game. He was a big part of winning that championship.” Wagner’s passing has been tough on Sinclair, but there are things he feels fortunate about. “First, he was having a good time. Second, in 20 years, he did more than anyone else. He got a lot done,” Sinclair said. “Third, I got to spend a lot of time with him.” Sinclair said it was about 1:15a.m. Wednesday morning when, after a humorous discussion, Wagner complained of a pain in his ear before collapsing. Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. Candaele said about 200 football players and other athletes met to remember Wagner. There have been several things done to remember Wagner. Those include a permanent spot for Wagner’s No. 77 jersey in the team room, and the coaches’ award given annually to a player will become the William Wagner Award. “He was one of those young fellas that made a difference,” Candaele said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img