Three claim wrestling state championships for Fort Scott

The Tigers finished 4th as a team at the 4A state championships.

FORT SCOTT, Kan. – The Fort Scott High School wrestling program made history over the weekend, with three individuals winning state wrestling championships in Salina.

The Tigers were 3-for-3 in the championship round, with Coby Burchett (132 lb), Jacob Stinnett (152 lb) and Malachi Vann (170 lb) all winning state championships on Saturday.

“It was an unbelievable feeling to sweep in the finals with the three that we had there,” says head coach Alvin Metcalf, “I couldn’t have written it any better.”

“Steel sharpens steel,” Vann says, “Having all three of us in the wrestling room practicing with each other every day, it only makes us better.”

“I’ve coached the three champions since they were five years old,” Metcalf adds, “When they transitioned to high school, I transitioned with them and got the head coaching job. It was kind of the storybook ending that we wanted. We knew they had the potential to do those things, it was just going to be a lot of hard work and game-planning and trying to peak at the right time, and they did that.”

Fort Scott finished 4th as a team at the state championships. SEK rival Chanute took 2nd in 4A, with Ty Leedy (145 lb) and Brayden Dillow (182 lb) winning individual state championships.

Other local state champions include Coffeyville’s Brady White (4A, 285 lb), Jayhawk-Linn’s Corbin White (3-2-1A, 106 lb) and Uniontown’s Bryce Eck (3-2-1A, 152 lb).