DES MOINES – The march is now officially on.
West Sioux’s top-ranked Adam Allard made it a perfect 3-for-3 in state titles in convincing fashion at the Iowa State Wrestling Championships at Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday night.
In a matchup of defending state champions, Allard (56-0) overpowered Don Bosco senior Daniel Kimball (43-2) en route to the 8-3 victory.
“Every single state title that I have gotten so far feels amazing, so it feels just as good as the last two,” Allard said.
Allard is the state’s 90th three-time state champion, and the first to accomplish it in Siouxland since Spirit Lake’s Doug Miner captured three from 2011-13. Now, Allard is in line to become the area’s second four-time state champion.
“(Being a three-timer) means a lot, but I am not done,” he said. “I have got to go get that fourth title next year. That is the goal.”
There have been just 27 four-times in state history with Emmetsburg’s Jeff Kerber the only Siouxlander to accomplish the feat from 1976-79.
The Falcon took control of the match in the first period scoring a takedown and adding three back points to take a 5-0 lead into the second period. He would go up 6-0 before closing out the match and flashing three fingers in the air as the referee raised his arm in victory.
“I knew if I stick to my offense and do what I do I would beat him,” Allard said. “I stuck to my offense and it worked out for me. I knew it was going to be a dogfight, and I went out there and fought. It went my way.”
“Daniel Kimball is probably the toughest opponent he has faced in the finals, he was a state champion,” West Sioux coach Mark Van Oort said. “I think Adam jumped another level this year and really dominated that match from the word go. That outside carry he has got is pretty special.”
Allard’s junior season was nothing short of dominant as he recorded 44 of his wins by pin.
Saturday night’s victory was the most dominating title-match performance by Allard yet. He beat Lisbon’s Cobe Siebrecht 5-2 as a freshman at 106 to end a 50-year drought for the Falcons before he handed Logan-Magnolia’s Briar Reisz a 9-2 loss a year ago at 113.
Allard is now 102-0 over the past two seasons and 149-1 in his career, suffering his lone loss in the sixth match of his freshman year.
“We have talked a lot about taking it one title at a time, but we have three out of the way so now the only thing left to do is talk about four and go out and get four,” Van Oort said. “The biggest thing about being a four-time champion is staying healthy and making sure you are there for it.”
Allard’s domination was the start of what had the chance to be an impressive night for Siouxland with 10 wrestlers in the finals. Getting the same level of respect as the eastern side of the state is something Allard and others have used as motivation.
“Other side of the state gets a lot more love than us, and I think that is always going to be that way,” he said. “We have some tough kids on the other side of the state that is all I have to say.”
One season left, one big goal to accomplish, one chance to flash four figures in the air on Saturday night.