On the surface, it doesn't make sense.
West Sioux senior Adam Allard is looking to become the state's 28th four-time state wrestling champion in February. His list of accomplishments is long, starting with three individual state titles, of course. But what if his most impressive feat on a wrestling mat didn't happen in Des Moines? In fact, it didn't happen during the high school season or even during a folkstyle tournament.
Allard went to the junior nationals tournament in Fargo, North Dakota last summer and found himself on the backside of the Greco-Roman bracket before rattling off 10 straight victories at 126 pounds to finish third and earn All-American honors for the first time.
"I had a tough first round and after that I knew I just had to flush it out of the way and just focus on my next match," Allard said. "It shows I go out there and work hard. I just battled and I always believe in my abilities.