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For the class of 2021 seniors, the turn of the calendar signifies the home stretch for success on the high school level. It’s that awareness that ignites the desire for Ryan Allred to make the best of every situation by being in control of what you can and not letting other obstacles get in your way.

Winning a third place medal at last year’s regional championships qualified Allred for the Class 3A state competition at 160 pounds where following a first round win, the Morris Eagle finished his junior season with a 38-6 record.

Wrestling since he was four years old, Allred, now a senior owns a 7-2 season record entering the month of February. And with championship competition just weeks away, Allred stands ready to make the best of his opportunities.

“My approach on the mat is to wrestle with aggressiveness, awareness and with an opportunistic outlook,” explained the Eagles 152-pound competitor who favors using a double-leg shot as his go-for-the-win move. “My experiences on the mat have taught me to use my aggressiveness and capitalize on my opponent’s weaknesses.”

Eagles coach Jack Crawford compliments the senior wrestler on his desire to achieve victory.

“Ryan has continued to work extremely hard to improve his individual wrestling skills,” said Crawford. “He knows the value of hard work that’s required to not just make the state tournament but also reach the medal stand.”

The competitive spirit of Allred is consistently obvious in his many endeavors and shines brightly in the words he chose as a self-description.

“Outgoing, determined and passionate is how I try to approach everything,” said Allred. “Most important of the three to me is determination. I don’t like others to set limits for me or limit my opportunities.”

And through grit and determination, hard work and commitment, the future for Ryan Allred is limitless.

“Don’t wait for the opportunity, create it.”

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