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2019 State Wrestling Saturday

West Sioux's Adam Allard celebrates his win against Don Bosco's Daniel Kimball in the 120 pound Class 1A championship match at the state wrestling tournament in Des Moines. 

DES MOINES -- Ever since West Sioux’s Adam Allard won his second state title last year, the talk has been ongoing.

Can Allard be the next four-time state champion in Iowa?

While many have brought it up, Allard hasn’t throughout the season. His focus is on year-by-year.

As a freshman, his mind was on winning his first state title. He checked that off the list.

As a sophomore, his mind was on winning his second state title. He checked that off the list.

So before he could think about a fourth state title, he had to get the third one out of the way this season.

Once again, he checked that goal off the list.

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On Saturday, Allard faced Don Bosco’s Daniel Kimball, a state title winner in his own right, for the Class 1A 120-pound title. Allard showed why there’s been talk about him being a four-time state title holder.

Allard took Kimball down early and had a 6-0 lead by the end of the first period. Allard went on to win 8-1, claiming his third state title as a junior.

Allard became the 90th three-time state title winner in Iowa high school history and his mind is already on getting the fourth title next season.

“It feels great but I’m not done. I’m going to get that fourth title next year. That’s the ultimate goal,” Allard said. “I need to get that fourth title now. That’s my goal. I got my third title and now it’s get my fourth and go undefeated also.”

Allard finished the season with the most wins in Iowa, finishing with a 56-0 record to go along with his third state title.

2019 State Wrestling Saturday

West Sioux's Adam Allard, top, wrestles against Don Bosco's Daniel Kimball in the 120 pound Class 1A championship match at the state wrestling tournament in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. Allard went on to win his third title and recently earned All-American status at nationals in Fargo.

“Every single state title I’ve gotten so far feels freakin’ amazing. It feels just as good as the last two,” Allard said. “I just go out there and wrestle hard every match. There’s not much of a secret, I just go out there and wrestle like I know how to wrestle and it will go my way.”

Allard wanted to show right away that he was the better wrestler in the match, getting a quick takedown on Kimball for a 2-0 lead.

“I knew it was going to be a dogfight and I went out and fought and it went my way,” Allard said. “I know his game plan and wrestled him many times. He’s a neutral wrestler and very offensive. Fake, fake, fake. I feel I am good in any position.”

Kimball had no answer for Allard’s offense in the first period and the West Sioux junior had a 6-0 lead that he knew would hold up for the rest of the match.

“I knew if I stick to my offense and do what I do, I will beat him. That’s why I stuck to my offense and it worked for me,” Allard said. “That was very important getting my six early points. I got it done.”

Kimball did get an escape but that’s all he could manage as Allard went on to win 8-1.

Just like being a three-time champion this season, being a four-time champion will motivate Allard all of this offseason and during his senior season.

“It motivates me to go harder and push harder in practice,” Allard said. “That’s a small list that I would like to be a part of. That would be cool to be listed with those studs.

“I’m chasing it."

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