GRAFTON— Grafton High School senior Noah Allman practically grew up on the mats, finding a passion for the sport of wrestling at a young age; a passion that turned into a dream of one day competing at the college level, and now he is seeing that dream come true.
On Monday evening, Allman, surrounded by family and friends, took a step toward his dream signing a letter of intent to wrestle for Bluefield State College.
“Wrestling in college has always been a dream of Noah‘s, and tonight he made that dream a reality,” shared Allman’s mother Amber Sevier.
Allman began his venture in the sport at just seven years old, starting out as a Grafton Bearcub and would spend endless hours in the gym working to perfect his technique.
His years of hard work proved to pay off as Allman would go on to excel in the sport through middle and high school, earning several titles along the way, as a three time state qualifier and Region II champion in 2019.
“One of my greatest joys as a mom has been watching him on the mat. Seeing him grow from that little boy who would shake hands and runoff the mat into the strong skilled wrestler that he is today,” Sevier expressed. “Noah has put in so much hard work, blood, pain, sweat and tears to get to this very moment.”
And while Allman finished his high school career with an impressive 133-36 record, what really makes him a stand out athlete is his display of sportsmanship.
Allman is described by coaches and family as a caring teammate, opponent and friend, always willing to lend a hand or to be an encouraging voice for a fellow wrestler.
Through all of his accomplishments, Allman has remain humble and grateful for the opportunities he has been afforded, giving credit to those he has encountered on his journey.
“I wouldn’t have made it to where I am today on my own. I have a great family support system and have worked with some really amazing coaches and teammates along the way that have really helped shape me into the wrestler I am today,” Allman said.
His mother echoes his thoughts saying, “I’m fighting back the tears, as I can’t help but think about all the great memories we’ve had over the years. Noah has been blessed with so many amazing coaches, mentors and teammates. Each and every one of you has played a part in making Noah the wrestler he is today and for that, we are grateful!”
When making the decision to be a signee for Big Blue, Allman commented that it was an easy choice as the coaching staff and structure of the program immediately won him over.
“Having a coach that I can mesh well with and knows my wrestling style is important. The program at Bluefield State has exactly the kind of coaching staff I was looking for,” he elaborated. “The way the program is structure really drew me in. I believe it was the best choice for my career as a wrestler.”
During his time at Bluefield, Allman will not only be wrestling but he will be working toward a degree in physical education and psychology, and hopes to one day have the same impact on a young athletes life as so many had on his as a wrestling coach.
Congratulations Noah, and best of luck to you at Bluefield!