Senior Spotlight: Adam Allard, West Sioux

By Joshua Swafford for The Predicament

 

Senior Spotlight: Adam Allard, West Sioux

When did you start wrestling? Who introduced you to the sport?
I started at the age of 5 and my dad introduced me to the sport.

Do you have any family who wrestled before you? How did they do?
My two older twin brothers wrestled but quit after middle school. My dad also wrestled but wasn’t very serious about it.

Did you catch on to wrestling quickly or was it a gradual process?
I would say it took me a few years to get rolling. I didn’t start winning until I was in the 2nd grade and really picked it up in the 3rd grade when I headed over to legends of gold.

What club did you wrestle for growing up and how would you describe your experience with the club?
I wrestled for Legends of Gold. I have been there since the third grade and I believe I wouldn’t be anywhere close to where I am today without that club. The training partners and coaching staff are beyond par.

What are a couple memorable moments from youth wrestling?
To me probably winning Tulsa. As a young kid, you know that is like a dream and it just really felt good to accomplish something like that.

How did you finish at state tournaments in youth?
I won 4 AAU state titles.

What are some of your more memorable moments from high school wrestling to this point?
I would say winning state my freshman year. That year was really great to me because having a strong year after coming out of my eighth grade season where, to me, it was my worst year, was a great feeling.

How did you finish at the state tournaments you wrestled in at the HS level to this point?
I won state 3 times as a freshman, sophomore and junior.

Have you ever experienced nerves at the state tournament and if so, do things get easier every year with experience? How would you compare how you felt in the state finals as a freshman to how you felt as a junior?
My first year at state as a freshman I had a lot of nerves. I was still a young kid and didn’t really experience too much of a crowd. But I would say every year just getting that first match out of the way at the state tournament really releases the nerves from you. Every year had felt great experiencing the feeling of winning state and it’s something I will never forget.

Who were your wrestling heroes growing up? Who are your current wrestling heroes?
As a kid, I was a big Hawkeye fan. I loved watching the Hawkeyes and my heroes were definitely the Brands brothers. I loved everything about them and the program as I was growing up. Currently I love Kyle Dake and the way he wrestles.

Was there ever a point in your career where you noticed yourself jumping levels and making huge strides?
Yeah. I would say the point I really jumped levels was the third grade. That was the point I went to a high level club and saw my technique improve a lot.

So you are representing the Northwest part of the state.  How cool is it that you are on the verge of securing your own chapter in Iowa wrestling history and making Northwest Iowa wrestling look good in the process?
Yeah for sure.  To me we get just as good of competition. We wrestle an abundance of out of state talent like Nebraska, SD, and MN that people just really don’t understand the talent around this area. I think it is very cool how we got a few really big names over here in NW Iowa really getting people’s attention.

So West Sioux has had a great group of guys over these past few years. When did the pieces of this team start forming or coming together?
Our coach has always been great at doing what he does. He coached at my old school and coached many guys to state medals and a few guys to state titles. I would say my freshman year we had a solid team and we are just building from there and it’s all thanks to our coach.

Who have been some of your toughest competitors in HS to this point in your career?
My one loss to Blake Jackson my sophomore year and probably Daniel Kimball of Don Bosco.

What was your most memorable state tournament match?
My finals match my freshman year. Greatest feeling ever.

Did you feel a difference in wrestling at state last year compared to the previous 2 years?

A lot of people expect me to win and sometimes I feel like there’s pressure on me.  If I go out there and worry about nothing but my ability to wrestle then I’ll be fine.

What are your wrestling goals for this coming season?
Undefeated, individual state champ and team state medal (hopefully higher than last year).

How would you describe your wrestling style? Who would you compare yourself to?
I don’t really like to be compared to anyone so I would just say I wrestle my own style.

Do you have any regrets from wrestling that you want to make up for as a senior?
No, I don’t have any regrets through my wrestling career. I feel like I have followed the right path.

So you are on the finishing stretch of becoming Iowa High School wrestling royalty by becoming a 4 time state champion. Which 4 timers did you look up to as a kid and how cool is it that you are scratching the surface of being one of them?
A big name I watched was Cory Clark. I remember watching him on TV and it was so cool seeing everyone stand up and applaud him.

How many of the 4 time state champs are you able to list by memory?
I’m not even gonna guess. Haha!

Describe West Sioux wrestling with one word.
Striving.

What are some of your favorite wrestling moments that your teammates have accomplished?
Winning third place at dual state.

What other sports do you play and how have you done at them?
Only wrestle.

What are some of your hobbies besides wrestling?
Love to play video games and hang out with friends.

What is some of the best advice you ever received?
Don’t wait for success to come to you, go get it.

Do you have any advice for up and coming wrestlers?
Set goals and strive to achieve them. Put the time in and you will find success.

What is your favorite style of wrestling? Folkstyle, Freestyle or Greco?
I enjoy all styles but I do enjoy folk style because it is something I have done my whole life.

Who were some of the most influential coaches you worked with?
Coach Terry Pack, Coach Mark Van Oort, Coach Jesse Thielke and Coach Josh Nolan, they are all very influential to me.

What are your college plans? Is wrestling in your future whether it be competing or coaching?
I plan on wrestling at UNI to further my educations and wrestling career.

What is the future outlook for West Sioux wrestling?
Be ready to see more names at the top of the podium because we've got some talent coming.