NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Malcolm Allen’s approach to his wrestling future changed on that February day in 2011 when he won the New York State Large-School 285-pound championship.
Allen, a 2011 New Rochelle graduate, who was also a stand-out defensive linemen in football, made his decision to continue with wrestling in college. After one year at Nassau Community College, Allen decided it was time for a new start in a different part of the country.
Iowa Central Community College is now Allen’s home for the next year as he continues to strive for his academic and athletic goals.
“I decided to leave Nassau because I felt that would allow me to get into a Division I school and wrestle,” said Allen, who is majoring in Physical Education and plans to become a Phys Ed teacher. “I am looking at this as a new beginning and I am starving to get back out on the mat.”
Allen said he wrestled a few matches last year, then spent his summer working as a wrestling counselor at Iowa Style Wrestling School at which he had trained during his senior year at New Rochelle.
Working and training at Iowa Style, run by former Iowa wrestler John Degl, helped prepare Allen for Iowa Central.
“The atmosphere is different,” Allen said. “There is an edginess in the team and the mentality of never backing down from a challenge.”
Allen says he plans to follow through with what Iowa Central coach Luke Moffit wants from the team.
“Coach told us he expects a national championship team so, to the best of my ability, I am going to try and make that happen,” Allen said.