MULVANE -- Mulvane High School head wrestling coach Rick Langerot recently became just the second Kansas wrestling coach to win 300 dual meets.
Langerot began his coaching career at Fort Scott High in 1977. Current Tiger head coach David Brown and assistant coach Alvin Metcalf were among the first Langerot coached. Fourteen other former wrestlers are coaches at either the high-school or middle-school level and many others coach kids wrestling programs.
"I am where I am because of that great man," Brown said. "He inspired me to take on the challenges of an individual sport at a time in my life when I was anxious to blame others for failure as opposed to taking responsibility for my actions. Rick showed exceeding patience when I know it must have been hard to maintain patience. I have tried to copy his example in every way I can when it comes to teaching about the sport and teaching about life.
"For me, he was a rock to turn to when my father passed away during my first year of wrestling ... His humor, understanding and unique brand of motivation are a gift to all who have wrestled for him."
Langerot's teams won 63 duals before he moved on to Mulvane following the 1988-89 season.
"Three-hundred wins is an amazing plateau," Brown said. "Legend is a meek description. I guarantee his name is mentioned, his techniques are taught, his attitude is included with each season I coach at Fort Scott. He is forever a part and presence of Fort Scott wrestling."
Langerot is married to Irene (Winter) of Fort Scott.
-- Information submitted by Edgar Winter.