South Xtra: Mt. Lebo's Stout working to build his own legacy
July 10, 2014 12:00 AM
Bradley C. Bower for the Post-Gazette
Mt. Lebanon's Kellan Stout, front, wrestling Latrobe's Zack Zavatsky in the PIAA Class AAA 182-pound final last March at the Giant Center in Hershey, has won more matches than any wrestler in Blue Devils history.
By Ken Wunderley / Tri-State Sports & News Service
Kellan Stout has something in common with wrestling legend Kurt Angle -- both have held Mt. Lebanon's record for career victories.
Angle set Mt. Lebanon's record for career wins in 1987 when he finished his scholastic career with 93. The record held until last season.
Stout passed Angle late in the 2013-14 season -- his junior year -- and became the first Mt. Lebanon wrestler to reach 100 career victories at the PIAA Class AAA tournament in March.
Stout enters the 2014-15 season with a chance to significantly pad his lead on Angle, who went on to win two NCAA Division I titles at Clarion University as well as an Olympic gold medal.
"To be on the same level with a wrestling legend like Kurt Angle is humbling," Stout said. "He's the best wrestler in Mt. Lebanon history and one of the best in the history of Pennsylvania wrestling."
Stout's historic 100th career victory came in the PIAA semifinals. He scored a 5-0 victory against North Penn's Alex Price in the 182-pound weight class.
"The timing couldn't have been any better," Stout said. "I just wish I would have wrestled better against [Greater Latrobe's Zack] Zavatsky in the title match."
Stout wrestled Zavatsky for the second time in seven days, as they also met in the WPIAL title match, and had to settle for another silver medal after dropping a 3-1 decision to the Latrobe senior.
"Making it to the WPIAL and PIAA finals was a big step for me," Stout said. "I just couldn't beat Zavatsky."
Stout was making his second appearance in the state tournament. He placed third in the WPIAL as a 170-pound sophomore, then lost two of three bouts at Hershey.
"My sophomore year at Hershey was a good learning experience," Stout said. "I just wish I could have qualified as a freshman. I fell one win short of qualifying [after placing fourth in the WPIAL]. That made me angry and motivated me to work harder."
Stout has continued his hard work during the offseason.
"I work out almost every day," Stout said. "I've also been to a few tournaments since the high school season ended."
Stout wrestled for Pitbull Wrestling Club at the NHSCA National Duals, which took place Memorial Day weekend at Virginia Beach.
"We placed seventh in the team standings," Stout said. "I had an 11-1 record in the tournament. My only loss was to a kid from Indiana. I lost in the last few seconds."
Stout and his family were in Orlando, Fla., last week for the Disney Duals. He competed for the Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Association.
"We just beat Ohio to earn a spot in the semifinals," Stout said. "I've wrestled eight bouts and won all eight."
Stout has decided to completely devote his senior year to wrestling.
"I decided not to play football this year," said Stout, who started six games as the Blue Devils quarterback last year. "My future is in wrestling. It's best that I focus on one sport."
With a grade point average of 3.9, Stout will have no problem finding a good college to continue his athletic and academic careers.
"I've made unofficial visits to Edinboro, Cornell, Bucknell and Pitt," Stout said. "I also have a few other visits planned. And I'm sure I'll hear from other colleges now that coaches can talk to us. I would like to make a decision before the season starts."
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