The West Sioux High School wrestling program has accomplished a lot in recent seasons and senior Adam Allard has had a hand in most of it.
Allard accomplished another milestone for the Falcon program this week when he announced he would be accepting a scholarship offer from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.
The three-time state champion made the announcement on his Instagram feed Tuesday.
“I am happy to announce that I will be continuing my academic and wrestling career at the University of Northern Iowa,” Allard announced on a post on Instagram. “I am very excited to get on the PANTHER TRAIN! I would like to thank my family, coaches, West Sioux and Legends of Gold for their support during this process.”
When he officially signs, he will become the first West Sioux wrestler to earn an NCAA Division I scholarship.
Allard has won three Class 1A state titles with the Falcons. He captured the 106-pound class as a freshman, won at 113 as a sophomore and at 120 last season. There have only been 27 wrestlers in state history to win four state titles and Allard wants to be the next to accomplish that feat. Lisbon’s Cale Happel also is trying to win a fourth state title this winter.
Allard has a 158-1 career record. His only loss came as a freshman to a Nebraska opponent and he avenged that loss later in his career. He is currently on a streak of 150 straight match wins.
“Adam has had a dream of being a Division 1 wrestler since he was young,” said West Sioux coach Mark Van Oort. “Many kids abandon this because of the work that is takes to get there. Adam has not abandoned anything but rather embraced the challenge. He has pursued this relentlessly and we are very proud of him for his continued commitment. Adam has been a great Falcon, a Falcon that has rewrote the West Sioux wrestling books.”
Allard was an All-American at the Junior Greco-Roman National Championships this summer at 126 pounds.
Taking his shots
Levi Henrichs, a member of the Northwest Iowa Community College sports shooting team, is one of four athletes who were picked to join David Miller of CZ-USA in trying to break the Guinness Book of World Records mark for most clay targets shot in 12 hours by a team of five.
Miller already holds the world record for most sporting clay targets shot in an hour.
The team will attempt to set the record on Oct. 12 at Powder Creek Shooting Park in Lenexa, KS.
Henrichs competed at the 2019 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Championships July 13-20 at the Cardinal Shooting Center near Marengo, OH which was a qualifying event for the Guinness World Record Attempt. Henrichs shot a 191/200 and a 45/50 during his appearance.
He also needed to submit a written essay explaining what shooting means to him and why he deserves to be on a world record team.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun and is a proud achievement,” Henrichs said.
Meanwhile, the NCC Thunder sports shooting team has opened its season. NCC defeated Ellsworth Community College 453-435 at the Stockdale Gun Club in Ackley last Saturday.
The Thunder was led by Dakota Branstad, who won the male individual competition. Henrichs was second. On the women’s side, Kaitlyn Bechler took second for NCC.