Meet Fort Scott wrestler Hannah Vann, newly ranked #1 in the state

The Fort Scott senior is the top-ranked wrestler in the 143 pound class.
Hannah Vann Ft. Scott
Photo Courtesy: Brian Wade

FORT SCOTT, Kan. – Fort Scott High School senior wrestler Hannah Vann has moved up to the #1 spot in the KWCA girls 143 pound rankings this week, up from #5 in the poll last week.

Vann is currently 13-1 overall this season.

We caught up with Vann to get to know her a little better, and talk about being ranked #1 in the state.

What was your reaction when you found out you climbed to #1 in the rankings?

When I found out that I was ranked #1 in the state I was super excited, because I’ve been working for this since this last summer. But it also made me realize how much work I have to put in to stay at the top.

Do you feel added pressure knowing you’re #1 in the state in your weight class?

Being #1 in the state has added a little bit of pressure, but I am going to use it as motivation! It is just another reminder of the work I need to put in these next few weeks.

How excited are you that girls wrestling is a state-sanctioned sport and you can compete for a state title for the first time?

I am super excited that girls state is sanctioned this year! Girls state being sanctioned has made me push harder than ever, especially since this is my senior year and my final chance to win a State Title for Fort Scott.

What do you feel like is your best attribute as a wrestler?

What has really helped me to reach my fullest potential is my amazing team and community. Everyone on the team is very encouraging and supportive. Coach Metcalf is also a major factor in my success in wrestling, he always pushes me to do my best in every part of life, not just on the wrestling mats. He has coached me for my entire wrestling career. It’s crazy to think that after all these years all we have left in three week, but I will forever be grateful for the lessons he has taught me over the years.

Favorite food?

I don’t think I can narrow it down to one favorite food so I’ll do breakfast, lunch, and dinner. My favorite breakfast food is French Toast, my favorite lunch food is Hot Wings, and my favorite meal for dinner is my dad’s hibachi.

Favorite movie?

The Hate U Give.

Favorite actor?

Actor – Kevin Hart

Actress – Tiffany Haddish

Favorite singer or group?

Boyz II Men

Do you plan to pursue wrestling in college?

I am still not sure what my plans are for college!

What’s the best part about being a high school wrestler?

The best part about being a high school wrestler is seeing the effects I can have on younger athletes. The biggest personal accomplishment i’ve had throughout high school was when a little girl came out to me after a dual and told me that she wanted to wrestle after watching me because she fell in love with the sport that helped shape who I am.