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    Perseverance got a reaction from Juggernaut in Deserving Acknowledgments   
    On behalf of Silas, myself and the rest of our family....we want to bring awareness to how accommodating the IHSAA was for us this weekend.  All of us (including myself) at times get so caught up in what we feel they do wrong as it pertains to wrestling, we can easily become blinded to the multitude of right they do. Mr. Faulkens seen to it we had All-Access passes, and we’re allowed in our regular seats at our convenience.  That type of gesture deserves a lot of credit.  Because in what is always an extremely exhausting weekend.....factoring my health, my wife having to carry my breathing machine and our youngest daughter, without their philanthropic gesture, this weekend would not have been possible for me.
     
    I also want to commend Jacob Laplace and the Mishawaka Coaching staff.  They had a tremendous gameplan of counter wrestling by the edge of mat to slow Silas’ relentless pace.  We have been friends and thought a lot of Jacob and family going all the way back to 6th grade.  He and Silas were always summer teammates with the Outlaws and forged a bond that continues to this day.  Wrestling Family can be an equal bond as blood at times, because there’s such an understanding of the sacrifice involved for wrestlers, coaches and parents.  We have a lot of genuine love for many of the Caveman faithful.  Specifically the Sandefur’s, Fogarty’s, Walker’s and of course the Laplace family.  
    I’m extremely proud of Jacob’s effort.  He wrestled Silas as well as ANYONE has the last 2 yrs.  But more importantly....I’m proud of Jacob as a young man of faith. Indiana Tech stole a diamond in the ruff recruit!  But Coach Pompei will undoubtedly help grow his solid foundation to achieve tremendous things at the next level.
     
    -The Allred’s
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    Perseverance got a reaction from Hornet Coach in Deserving Acknowledgments   
    On behalf of Silas, myself and the rest of our family....we want to bring awareness to how accommodating the IHSAA was for us this weekend.  All of us (including myself) at times get so caught up in what we feel they do wrong as it pertains to wrestling, we can easily become blinded to the multitude of right they do. Mr. Faulkens seen to it we had All-Access passes, and we’re allowed in our regular seats at our convenience.  That type of gesture deserves a lot of credit.  Because in what is always an extremely exhausting weekend.....factoring my health, my wife having to carry my breathing machine and our youngest daughter, without their philanthropic gesture, this weekend would not have been possible for me.
     
    I also want to commend Jacob Laplace and the Mishawaka Coaching staff.  They had a tremendous gameplan of counter wrestling by the edge of mat to slow Silas’ relentless pace.  We have been friends and thought a lot of Jacob and family going all the way back to 6th grade.  He and Silas were always summer teammates with the Outlaws and forged a bond that continues to this day.  Wrestling Family can be an equal bond as blood at times, because there’s such an understanding of the sacrifice involved for wrestlers, coaches and parents.  We have a lot of genuine love for many of the Caveman faithful.  Specifically the Sandefur’s, Fogarty’s, Walker’s and of course the Laplace family.  
    I’m extremely proud of Jacob’s effort.  He wrestled Silas as well as ANYONE has the last 2 yrs.  But more importantly....I’m proud of Jacob as a young man of faith. Indiana Tech stole a diamond in the ruff recruit!  But Coach Pompei will undoubtedly help grow his solid foundation to achieve tremendous things at the next level.
     
    -The Allred’s
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    Perseverance got a reaction from hcsd309 in Deserving Acknowledgments   
    On behalf of Silas, myself and the rest of our family....we want to bring awareness to how accommodating the IHSAA was for us this weekend.  All of us (including myself) at times get so caught up in what we feel they do wrong as it pertains to wrestling, we can easily become blinded to the multitude of right they do. Mr. Faulkens seen to it we had All-Access passes, and we’re allowed in our regular seats at our convenience.  That type of gesture deserves a lot of credit.  Because in what is always an extremely exhausting weekend.....factoring my health, my wife having to carry my breathing machine and our youngest daughter, without their philanthropic gesture, this weekend would not have been possible for me.
     
    I also want to commend Jacob Laplace and the Mishawaka Coaching staff.  They had a tremendous gameplan of counter wrestling by the edge of mat to slow Silas’ relentless pace.  We have been friends and thought a lot of Jacob and family going all the way back to 6th grade.  He and Silas were always summer teammates with the Outlaws and forged a bond that continues to this day.  Wrestling Family can be an equal bond as blood at times, because there’s such an understanding of the sacrifice involved for wrestlers, coaches and parents.  We have a lot of genuine love for many of the Caveman faithful.  Specifically the Sandefur’s, Fogarty’s, Walker’s and of course the Laplace family.  
    I’m extremely proud of Jacob’s effort.  He wrestled Silas as well as ANYONE has the last 2 yrs.  But more importantly....I’m proud of Jacob as a young man of faith. Indiana Tech stole a diamond in the ruff recruit!  But Coach Pompei will undoubtedly help grow his solid foundation to achieve tremendous things at the next level.
     
    -The Allred’s
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    Perseverance got a reaction from XCard in Deserving Acknowledgments   
    On behalf of Silas, myself and the rest of our family....we want to bring awareness to how accommodating the IHSAA was for us this weekend.  All of us (including myself) at times get so caught up in what we feel they do wrong as it pertains to wrestling, we can easily become blinded to the multitude of right they do. Mr. Faulkens seen to it we had All-Access passes, and we’re allowed in our regular seats at our convenience.  That type of gesture deserves a lot of credit.  Because in what is always an extremely exhausting weekend.....factoring my health, my wife having to carry my breathing machine and our youngest daughter, without their philanthropic gesture, this weekend would not have been possible for me.
     
    I also want to commend Jacob Laplace and the Mishawaka Coaching staff.  They had a tremendous gameplan of counter wrestling by the edge of mat to slow Silas’ relentless pace.  We have been friends and thought a lot of Jacob and family going all the way back to 6th grade.  He and Silas were always summer teammates with the Outlaws and forged a bond that continues to this day.  Wrestling Family can be an equal bond as blood at times, because there’s such an understanding of the sacrifice involved for wrestlers, coaches and parents.  We have a lot of genuine love for many of the Caveman faithful.  Specifically the Sandefur’s, Fogarty’s, Walker’s and of course the Laplace family.  
    I’m extremely proud of Jacob’s effort.  He wrestled Silas as well as ANYONE has the last 2 yrs.  But more importantly....I’m proud of Jacob as a young man of faith. Indiana Tech stole a diamond in the ruff recruit!  But Coach Pompei will undoubtedly help grow his solid foundation to achieve tremendous things at the next level.
     
    -The Allred’s
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    Perseverance got a reaction from base in Deserving Acknowledgments   
    On behalf of Silas, myself and the rest of our family....we want to bring awareness to how accommodating the IHSAA was for us this weekend.  All of us (including myself) at times get so caught up in what we feel they do wrong as it pertains to wrestling, we can easily become blinded to the multitude of right they do. Mr. Faulkens seen to it we had All-Access passes, and we’re allowed in our regular seats at our convenience.  That type of gesture deserves a lot of credit.  Because in what is always an extremely exhausting weekend.....factoring my health, my wife having to carry my breathing machine and our youngest daughter, without their philanthropic gesture, this weekend would not have been possible for me.
     
    I also want to commend Jacob Laplace and the Mishawaka Coaching staff.  They had a tremendous gameplan of counter wrestling by the edge of mat to slow Silas’ relentless pace.  We have been friends and thought a lot of Jacob and family going all the way back to 6th grade.  He and Silas were always summer teammates with the Outlaws and forged a bond that continues to this day.  Wrestling Family can be an equal bond as blood at times, because there’s such an understanding of the sacrifice involved for wrestlers, coaches and parents.  We have a lot of genuine love for many of the Caveman faithful.  Specifically the Sandefur’s, Fogarty’s, Walker’s and of course the Laplace family.  
    I’m extremely proud of Jacob’s effort.  He wrestled Silas as well as ANYONE has the last 2 yrs.  But more importantly....I’m proud of Jacob as a young man of faith. Indiana Tech stole a diamond in the ruff recruit!  But Coach Pompei will undoubtedly help grow his solid foundation to achieve tremendous things at the next level.
     
    -The Allred’s
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    Perseverance got a reaction from dkelich in Deserving Acknowledgments   
    On behalf of Silas, myself and the rest of our family....we want to bring awareness to how accommodating the IHSAA was for us this weekend.  All of us (including myself) at times get so caught up in what we feel they do wrong as it pertains to wrestling, we can easily become blinded to the multitude of right they do. Mr. Faulkens seen to it we had All-Access passes, and we’re allowed in our regular seats at our convenience.  That type of gesture deserves a lot of credit.  Because in what is always an extremely exhausting weekend.....factoring my health, my wife having to carry my breathing machine and our youngest daughter, without their philanthropic gesture, this weekend would not have been possible for me.
     
    I also want to commend Jacob Laplace and the Mishawaka Coaching staff.  They had a tremendous gameplan of counter wrestling by the edge of mat to slow Silas’ relentless pace.  We have been friends and thought a lot of Jacob and family going all the way back to 6th grade.  He and Silas were always summer teammates with the Outlaws and forged a bond that continues to this day.  Wrestling Family can be an equal bond as blood at times, because there’s such an understanding of the sacrifice involved for wrestlers, coaches and parents.  We have a lot of genuine love for many of the Caveman faithful.  Specifically the Sandefur’s, Fogarty’s, Walker’s and of course the Laplace family.  
    I’m extremely proud of Jacob’s effort.  He wrestled Silas as well as ANYONE has the last 2 yrs.  But more importantly....I’m proud of Jacob as a young man of faith. Indiana Tech stole a diamond in the ruff recruit!  But Coach Pompei will undoubtedly help grow his solid foundation to achieve tremendous things at the next level.
     
    -The Allred’s
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    Perseverance reacted to Coach Nieman in USA vs PA State Champs “Pittsburgh Classic”   
    I realized this last night. Thanks for the clarification anyway.
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    Perseverance reacted to Thor in USA vs PA State Champs “Pittsburgh Classic”   
    He’ll be wrestling for the Pennsylvania team. This is just team USA. 
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    Perseverance reacted to Coach Nieman in USA vs PA State Champs “Pittsburgh Classic”   
    I thought I read awhile ago that Purdue recruit Neinjaus was going to compete there as well. Has that changed or am I just misremembering?
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    Perseverance got a reaction from Thor in USA vs PA State Champs “Pittsburgh Classic”   
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    Perseverance reacted to GrecoCoach in Alternative to "Wrestlebacks" at SemiState   
    I'm pretty sure I've posted this idea on here before, but here it is again...
     
    Let's start with some IHSAA philosophies, since they are the ones ultimately making the decision.  Bobby Cox and company don't like "wrestlebacks" so this is something different.  They are used to the one-and-done postseasons of football and basketball and have asked the wrestling coaches how many times someone should be allowed to lose and still move on.  Our answer should be 2 - double elimination.  The IHSAA views all 4 weeks as one big tournament.  So, make the whole thing as close to double elimination as possible, like every other wrestling tournament in the world.  That means we should guarantee that someone has lost twice in the tournament series or lost once to someone who has already lost twice (i.e., 4 over 1).  Right now, there are 2 times when this does not happen.  One is the pigtail round of Sectionals, which should be fixed by not pairing unseeded wrestlers against the top seeds.  The only other spot that happens is the ticket round of Semi State, where an undefeated postseason wrestler can lose to someone with 1 postseason loss.  That's what this solution will fix.  The IHSAA also doesn't believe in upsets.  They believe whoever wins must be the better wrestler.  We cannot use any upsets as examples, because in their minds upsets do not happen.  But if we can show them the fundamental flaw in their system that can be easily fixed with minimal effort, it has a much better chance of passing.  And finally, the IHSAA likes to make more money and loves it's own ideas.  This fix appeals to both of those philosophies, as well.
     
    And now for the idea...
    Qualify the top 5 out of each Semi State.  Several years ago, the IHSAA had one year when they added matches to 5th place, but it was only for team score purposes.  We bring back the IHSAA's own idea, so the ticket round losers pair up at the same time as the semifinals, and those winners wrestle for 5th at the same time as the 1st and 3rd place matches (like they do on Saturday of State).  If your SemiState ran the semis on 2 mats, then this would take no extra time.  If your SemiState ran the semis on 4 mats, then this would add about 45 minutes to the tournament.  This year, New Castle was done around 6pm with 10 minute breaks between rounds and a 30+ minute lunch break.
     
    State will then have 20 per weight class, which will be more fans/money for the IHSAA without watering down the state tournament.  Pair up the 4's versus 5's for an opening round on Friday night before the usual first round.  Banker's Life can easily hold 6 mats to actually make Friday night go quicker.  Details about the 20-man state bracket can be worked out later, but there would definitely be some exciting 4v5 and 5v1 matches on Friday night.
     
    Again, these would not be "wrestlebacks" - they are 5th place matches.  They are not meant to give kids who lost (or got upset or had a bad match) an extra chance.  This just fixes a systemic flaw in the "double elimination" of the tournament series overall.  If the Coaches' Association proposes it like this, it would have a better chance of being approved by the IHSAA.
     
    A couple of additional benefits to this would be having a true alternate (6th place finisher) and more accurate team scores.
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    Perseverance got a reaction from indianmorg in Great Article about Silas Allred and his inspirational father!   
    Genuinely appreciate each of your encouraging words. I equally appreciate all who read the article, and just choose to pray and encourage personally. Collectively means a lot to us as a family.
     
    With full transparency....I can say that I fell in love with the sport of wrestling for reasons other than just my son. He was just the vehicle God used to lead me to it. In fact, in the beginning Silas was average at best.  He was a chubby kid who had some natural gifts, but threw a nasty “lefty” headlock that resembled a Joe Frazier headshot. 😏  So yes....I was the “know nothing” over zealous dad in the corner yelling....”reach back and headlock him!” 😂
     
    But I became absorbed with learning the sport.  Only my scriptural studies took precedence over my wrestling research. And recognizing that attributes like self-sacrifice, humility, work ethic, commitment, perseverance, and above all accountability....were all factors in becoming truly elite at this sport.  That resonated in me, because those were the same characteristics I had to embrace to transform a formerly very wayward lifestyle, and become the man/dad/soldier God created me to be.
     
    Silas and I’s bond is so deep ridden, because we have grown together.  Both in the sport...as well as spiritually. The blessings of adversity....is that it breeds tremendous levels of persevering strength when approached with proper perspective.  We don’t see problems....we see opportunities.  And no disease, excuse, obstacle, or exterior setback will deter the true goal he and I both have dedicated our lives to.  And that’s simply this.....Be a better version of yourself today than you were yesterday.
    That daily application will literally push you to new heights that have no plateaus. Because you’ll be in a continuous evolution of forward progress.  So even during peaks in all facets of life....you’ll keep striving to move forward.  Even if in small increments.
     
    This sport, the above attributes I mentioned....have prepared me for this wrestling match with ALS.  Scripture tells us that “We don’t wrestle flesh and blood. But principalities, powers and spiritual wickedness in high places.”  There’s even a wrestling match in the Old Testament where Jacob literally wrestled with God all night.  He was left with a permanent limp.
    So translated....I won’t be an easy “out”.  It’s not in my DNA, nor is it the spiritual man God has molded me into.  I fully anticipate conquering this disease and being healed.  But if God’s healing doesn’t come until I’m called home....I guarantee you, I won’t get stuck or tech’d.  Even if I have to get pointed....I HAVE ALS, ALS doesn’t HAVE me.
     
    Thanks again for the prayerful support.
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    Perseverance got a reaction from manchwrestlingdad in Great Article about Silas Allred and his inspirational father!   
    Genuinely appreciate each of your encouraging words. I equally appreciate all who read the article, and just choose to pray and encourage personally. Collectively means a lot to us as a family.
     
    With full transparency....I can say that I fell in love with the sport of wrestling for reasons other than just my son. He was just the vehicle God used to lead me to it. In fact, in the beginning Silas was average at best.  He was a chubby kid who had some natural gifts, but threw a nasty “lefty” headlock that resembled a Joe Frazier headshot. 😏  So yes....I was the “know nothing” over zealous dad in the corner yelling....”reach back and headlock him!” 😂
     
    But I became absorbed with learning the sport.  Only my scriptural studies took precedence over my wrestling research. And recognizing that attributes like self-sacrifice, humility, work ethic, commitment, perseverance, and above all accountability....were all factors in becoming truly elite at this sport.  That resonated in me, because those were the same characteristics I had to embrace to transform a formerly very wayward lifestyle, and become the man/dad/soldier God created me to be.
     
    Silas and I’s bond is so deep ridden, because we have grown together.  Both in the sport...as well as spiritually. The blessings of adversity....is that it breeds tremendous levels of persevering strength when approached with proper perspective.  We don’t see problems....we see opportunities.  And no disease, excuse, obstacle, or exterior setback will deter the true goal he and I both have dedicated our lives to.  And that’s simply this.....Be a better version of yourself today than you were yesterday.
    That daily application will literally push you to new heights that have no plateaus. Because you’ll be in a continuous evolution of forward progress.  So even during peaks in all facets of life....you’ll keep striving to move forward.  Even if in small increments.
     
    This sport, the above attributes I mentioned....have prepared me for this wrestling match with ALS.  Scripture tells us that “We don’t wrestle flesh and blood. But principalities, powers and spiritual wickedness in high places.”  There’s even a wrestling match in the Old Testament where Jacob literally wrestled with God all night.  He was left with a permanent limp.
    So translated....I won’t be an easy “out”.  It’s not in my DNA, nor is it the spiritual man God has molded me into.  I fully anticipate conquering this disease and being healed.  But if God’s healing doesn’t come until I’m called home....I guarantee you, I won’t get stuck or tech’d.  Even if I have to get pointed....I HAVE ALS, ALS doesn’t HAVE me.
     
    Thanks again for the prayerful support.
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    Perseverance got a reaction from Matdad in Great Article about Silas Allred and his inspirational father!   
    Genuinely appreciate each of your encouraging words. I equally appreciate all who read the article, and just choose to pray and encourage personally. Collectively means a lot to us as a family.
     
    With full transparency....I can say that I fell in love with the sport of wrestling for reasons other than just my son. He was just the vehicle God used to lead me to it. In fact, in the beginning Silas was average at best.  He was a chubby kid who had some natural gifts, but threw a nasty “lefty” headlock that resembled a Joe Frazier headshot. 😏  So yes....I was the “know nothing” over zealous dad in the corner yelling....”reach back and headlock him!” 😂
     
    But I became absorbed with learning the sport.  Only my scriptural studies took precedence over my wrestling research. And recognizing that attributes like self-sacrifice, humility, work ethic, commitment, perseverance, and above all accountability....were all factors in becoming truly elite at this sport.  That resonated in me, because those were the same characteristics I had to embrace to transform a formerly very wayward lifestyle, and become the man/dad/soldier God created me to be.
     
    Silas and I’s bond is so deep ridden, because we have grown together.  Both in the sport...as well as spiritually. The blessings of adversity....is that it breeds tremendous levels of persevering strength when approached with proper perspective.  We don’t see problems....we see opportunities.  And no disease, excuse, obstacle, or exterior setback will deter the true goal he and I both have dedicated our lives to.  And that’s simply this.....Be a better version of yourself today than you were yesterday.
    That daily application will literally push you to new heights that have no plateaus. Because you’ll be in a continuous evolution of forward progress.  So even during peaks in all facets of life....you’ll keep striving to move forward.  Even if in small increments.
     
    This sport, the above attributes I mentioned....have prepared me for this wrestling match with ALS.  Scripture tells us that “We don’t wrestle flesh and blood. But principalities, powers and spiritual wickedness in high places.”  There’s even a wrestling match in the Old Testament where Jacob literally wrestled with God all night.  He was left with a permanent limp.
    So translated....I won’t be an easy “out”.  It’s not in my DNA, nor is it the spiritual man God has molded me into.  I fully anticipate conquering this disease and being healed.  But if God’s healing doesn’t come until I’m called home....I guarantee you, I won’t get stuck or tech’d.  Even if I have to get pointed....I HAVE ALS, ALS doesn’t HAVE me.
     
    Thanks again for the prayerful support.
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    Perseverance got a reaction from piscis1956 in Great Article about Silas Allred and his inspirational father!   
    Genuinely appreciate each of your encouraging words. I equally appreciate all who read the article, and just choose to pray and encourage personally. Collectively means a lot to us as a family.
     
    With full transparency....I can say that I fell in love with the sport of wrestling for reasons other than just my son. He was just the vehicle God used to lead me to it. In fact, in the beginning Silas was average at best.  He was a chubby kid who had some natural gifts, but threw a nasty “lefty” headlock that resembled a Joe Frazier headshot. 😏  So yes....I was the “know nothing” over zealous dad in the corner yelling....”reach back and headlock him!” 😂
     
    But I became absorbed with learning the sport.  Only my scriptural studies took precedence over my wrestling research. And recognizing that attributes like self-sacrifice, humility, work ethic, commitment, perseverance, and above all accountability....were all factors in becoming truly elite at this sport.  That resonated in me, because those were the same characteristics I had to embrace to transform a formerly very wayward lifestyle, and become the man/dad/soldier God created me to be.
     
    Silas and I’s bond is so deep ridden, because we have grown together.  Both in the sport...as well as spiritually. The blessings of adversity....is that it breeds tremendous levels of persevering strength when approached with proper perspective.  We don’t see problems....we see opportunities.  And no disease, excuse, obstacle, or exterior setback will deter the true goal he and I both have dedicated our lives to.  And that’s simply this.....Be a better version of yourself today than you were yesterday.
    That daily application will literally push you to new heights that have no plateaus. Because you’ll be in a continuous evolution of forward progress.  So even during peaks in all facets of life....you’ll keep striving to move forward.  Even if in small increments.
     
    This sport, the above attributes I mentioned....have prepared me for this wrestling match with ALS.  Scripture tells us that “We don’t wrestle flesh and blood. But principalities, powers and spiritual wickedness in high places.”  There’s even a wrestling match in the Old Testament where Jacob literally wrestled with God all night.  He was left with a permanent limp.
    So translated....I won’t be an easy “out”.  It’s not in my DNA, nor is it the spiritual man God has molded me into.  I fully anticipate conquering this disease and being healed.  But if God’s healing doesn’t come until I’m called home....I guarantee you, I won’t get stuck or tech’d.  Even if I have to get pointed....I HAVE ALS, ALS doesn’t HAVE me.
     
    Thanks again for the prayerful support.
  20. Like
    Perseverance got a reaction from maligned in Great Article about Silas Allred and his inspirational father!   
    Genuinely appreciate each of your encouraging words. I equally appreciate all who read the article, and just choose to pray and encourage personally. Collectively means a lot to us as a family.
     
    With full transparency....I can say that I fell in love with the sport of wrestling for reasons other than just my son. He was just the vehicle God used to lead me to it. In fact, in the beginning Silas was average at best.  He was a chubby kid who had some natural gifts, but threw a nasty “lefty” headlock that resembled a Joe Frazier headshot. 😏  So yes....I was the “know nothing” over zealous dad in the corner yelling....”reach back and headlock him!” 😂
     
    But I became absorbed with learning the sport.  Only my scriptural studies took precedence over my wrestling research. And recognizing that attributes like self-sacrifice, humility, work ethic, commitment, perseverance, and above all accountability....were all factors in becoming truly elite at this sport.  That resonated in me, because those were the same characteristics I had to embrace to transform a formerly very wayward lifestyle, and become the man/dad/soldier God created me to be.
     
    Silas and I’s bond is so deep ridden, because we have grown together.  Both in the sport...as well as spiritually. The blessings of adversity....is that it breeds tremendous levels of persevering strength when approached with proper perspective.  We don’t see problems....we see opportunities.  And no disease, excuse, obstacle, or exterior setback will deter the true goal he and I both have dedicated our lives to.  And that’s simply this.....Be a better version of yourself today than you were yesterday.
    That daily application will literally push you to new heights that have no plateaus. Because you’ll be in a continuous evolution of forward progress.  So even during peaks in all facets of life....you’ll keep striving to move forward.  Even if in small increments.
     
    This sport, the above attributes I mentioned....have prepared me for this wrestling match with ALS.  Scripture tells us that “We don’t wrestle flesh and blood. But principalities, powers and spiritual wickedness in high places.”  There’s even a wrestling match in the Old Testament where Jacob literally wrestled with God all night.  He was left with a permanent limp.
    So translated....I won’t be an easy “out”.  It’s not in my DNA, nor is it the spiritual man God has molded me into.  I fully anticipate conquering this disease and being healed.  But if God’s healing doesn’t come until I’m called home....I guarantee you, I won’t get stuck or tech’d.  Even if I have to get pointed....I HAVE ALS, ALS doesn’t HAVE me.
     
    Thanks again for the prayerful support.
  21. Like
    Perseverance got a reaction from Casual in Great Article about Silas Allred and his inspirational father!   
    Genuinely appreciate each of your encouraging words. I equally appreciate all who read the article, and just choose to pray and encourage personally. Collectively means a lot to us as a family.
     
    With full transparency....I can say that I fell in love with the sport of wrestling for reasons other than just my son. He was just the vehicle God used to lead me to it. In fact, in the beginning Silas was average at best.  He was a chubby kid who had some natural gifts, but threw a nasty “lefty” headlock that resembled a Joe Frazier headshot. 😏  So yes....I was the “know nothing” over zealous dad in the corner yelling....”reach back and headlock him!” 😂
     
    But I became absorbed with learning the sport.  Only my scriptural studies took precedence over my wrestling research. And recognizing that attributes like self-sacrifice, humility, work ethic, commitment, perseverance, and above all accountability....were all factors in becoming truly elite at this sport.  That resonated in me, because those were the same characteristics I had to embrace to transform a formerly very wayward lifestyle, and become the man/dad/soldier God created me to be.
     
    Silas and I’s bond is so deep ridden, because we have grown together.  Both in the sport...as well as spiritually. The blessings of adversity....is that it breeds tremendous levels of persevering strength when approached with proper perspective.  We don’t see problems....we see opportunities.  And no disease, excuse, obstacle, or exterior setback will deter the true goal he and I both have dedicated our lives to.  And that’s simply this.....Be a better version of yourself today than you were yesterday.
    That daily application will literally push you to new heights that have no plateaus. Because you’ll be in a continuous evolution of forward progress.  So even during peaks in all facets of life....you’ll keep striving to move forward.  Even if in small increments.
     
    This sport, the above attributes I mentioned....have prepared me for this wrestling match with ALS.  Scripture tells us that “We don’t wrestle flesh and blood. But principalities, powers and spiritual wickedness in high places.”  There’s even a wrestling match in the Old Testament where Jacob literally wrestled with God all night.  He was left with a permanent limp.
    So translated....I won’t be an easy “out”.  It’s not in my DNA, nor is it the spiritual man God has molded me into.  I fully anticipate conquering this disease and being healed.  But if God’s healing doesn’t come until I’m called home....I guarantee you, I won’t get stuck or tech’d.  Even if I have to get pointed....I HAVE ALS, ALS doesn’t HAVE me.
     
    Thanks again for the prayerful support.
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    Perseverance got a reaction from Coach Brobst in Great Article about Silas Allred and his inspirational father!   
    Genuinely appreciate each of your encouraging words. I equally appreciate all who read the article, and just choose to pray and encourage personally. Collectively means a lot to us as a family.
     
    With full transparency....I can say that I fell in love with the sport of wrestling for reasons other than just my son. He was just the vehicle God used to lead me to it. In fact, in the beginning Silas was average at best.  He was a chubby kid who had some natural gifts, but threw a nasty “lefty” headlock that resembled a Joe Frazier headshot. 😏  So yes....I was the “know nothing” over zealous dad in the corner yelling....”reach back and headlock him!” 😂
     
    But I became absorbed with learning the sport.  Only my scriptural studies took precedence over my wrestling research. And recognizing that attributes like self-sacrifice, humility, work ethic, commitment, perseverance, and above all accountability....were all factors in becoming truly elite at this sport.  That resonated in me, because those were the same characteristics I had to embrace to transform a formerly very wayward lifestyle, and become the man/dad/soldier God created me to be.
     
    Silas and I’s bond is so deep ridden, because we have grown together.  Both in the sport...as well as spiritually. The blessings of adversity....is that it breeds tremendous levels of persevering strength when approached with proper perspective.  We don’t see problems....we see opportunities.  And no disease, excuse, obstacle, or exterior setback will deter the true goal he and I both have dedicated our lives to.  And that’s simply this.....Be a better version of yourself today than you were yesterday.
    That daily application will literally push you to new heights that have no plateaus. Because you’ll be in a continuous evolution of forward progress.  So even during peaks in all facets of life....you’ll keep striving to move forward.  Even if in small increments.
     
    This sport, the above attributes I mentioned....have prepared me for this wrestling match with ALS.  Scripture tells us that “We don’t wrestle flesh and blood. But principalities, powers and spiritual wickedness in high places.”  There’s even a wrestling match in the Old Testament where Jacob literally wrestled with God all night.  He was left with a permanent limp.
    So translated....I won’t be an easy “out”.  It’s not in my DNA, nor is it the spiritual man God has molded me into.  I fully anticipate conquering this disease and being healed.  But if God’s healing doesn’t come until I’m called home....I guarantee you, I won’t get stuck or tech’d.  Even if I have to get pointed....I HAVE ALS, ALS doesn’t HAVE me.
     
    Thanks again for the prayerful support.
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    Perseverance got a reaction from UncleJimmy in Great Article about Silas Allred and his inspirational father!   
    Genuinely appreciate each of your encouraging words. I equally appreciate all who read the article, and just choose to pray and encourage personally. Collectively means a lot to us as a family.
     
    With full transparency....I can say that I fell in love with the sport of wrestling for reasons other than just my son. He was just the vehicle God used to lead me to it. In fact, in the beginning Silas was average at best.  He was a chubby kid who had some natural gifts, but threw a nasty “lefty” headlock that resembled a Joe Frazier headshot. 😏  So yes....I was the “know nothing” over zealous dad in the corner yelling....”reach back and headlock him!” 😂
     
    But I became absorbed with learning the sport.  Only my scriptural studies took precedence over my wrestling research. And recognizing that attributes like self-sacrifice, humility, work ethic, commitment, perseverance, and above all accountability....were all factors in becoming truly elite at this sport.  That resonated in me, because those were the same characteristics I had to embrace to transform a formerly very wayward lifestyle, and become the man/dad/soldier God created me to be.
     
    Silas and I’s bond is so deep ridden, because we have grown together.  Both in the sport...as well as spiritually. The blessings of adversity....is that it breeds tremendous levels of persevering strength when approached with proper perspective.  We don’t see problems....we see opportunities.  And no disease, excuse, obstacle, or exterior setback will deter the true goal he and I both have dedicated our lives to.  And that’s simply this.....Be a better version of yourself today than you were yesterday.
    That daily application will literally push you to new heights that have no plateaus. Because you’ll be in a continuous evolution of forward progress.  So even during peaks in all facets of life....you’ll keep striving to move forward.  Even if in small increments.
     
    This sport, the above attributes I mentioned....have prepared me for this wrestling match with ALS.  Scripture tells us that “We don’t wrestle flesh and blood. But principalities, powers and spiritual wickedness in high places.”  There’s even a wrestling match in the Old Testament where Jacob literally wrestled with God all night.  He was left with a permanent limp.
    So translated....I won’t be an easy “out”.  It’s not in my DNA, nor is it the spiritual man God has molded me into.  I fully anticipate conquering this disease and being healed.  But if God’s healing doesn’t come until I’m called home....I guarantee you, I won’t get stuck or tech’d.  Even if I have to get pointed....I HAVE ALS, ALS doesn’t HAVE me.
     
    Thanks again for the prayerful support.
  24. Thanks
    Perseverance got a reaction from FCFIGHTER170 in Great Article about Silas Allred and his inspirational father!   
    Genuinely appreciate each of your encouraging words. I equally appreciate all who read the article, and just choose to pray and encourage personally. Collectively means a lot to us as a family.
     
    With full transparency....I can say that I fell in love with the sport of wrestling for reasons other than just my son. He was just the vehicle God used to lead me to it. In fact, in the beginning Silas was average at best.  He was a chubby kid who had some natural gifts, but threw a nasty “lefty” headlock that resembled a Joe Frazier headshot. 😏  So yes....I was the “know nothing” over zealous dad in the corner yelling....”reach back and headlock him!” 😂
     
    But I became absorbed with learning the sport.  Only my scriptural studies took precedence over my wrestling research. And recognizing that attributes like self-sacrifice, humility, work ethic, commitment, perseverance, and above all accountability....were all factors in becoming truly elite at this sport.  That resonated in me, because those were the same characteristics I had to embrace to transform a formerly very wayward lifestyle, and become the man/dad/soldier God created me to be.
     
    Silas and I’s bond is so deep ridden, because we have grown together.  Both in the sport...as well as spiritually. The blessings of adversity....is that it breeds tremendous levels of persevering strength when approached with proper perspective.  We don’t see problems....we see opportunities.  And no disease, excuse, obstacle, or exterior setback will deter the true goal he and I both have dedicated our lives to.  And that’s simply this.....Be a better version of yourself today than you were yesterday.
    That daily application will literally push you to new heights that have no plateaus. Because you’ll be in a continuous evolution of forward progress.  So even during peaks in all facets of life....you’ll keep striving to move forward.  Even if in small increments.
     
    This sport, the above attributes I mentioned....have prepared me for this wrestling match with ALS.  Scripture tells us that “We don’t wrestle flesh and blood. But principalities, powers and spiritual wickedness in high places.”  There’s even a wrestling match in the Old Testament where Jacob literally wrestled with God all night.  He was left with a permanent limp.
    So translated....I won’t be an easy “out”.  It’s not in my DNA, nor is it the spiritual man God has molded me into.  I fully anticipate conquering this disease and being healed.  But if God’s healing doesn’t come until I’m called home....I guarantee you, I won’t get stuck or tech’d.  Even if I have to get pointed....I HAVE ALS, ALS doesn’t HAVE me.
     
    Thanks again for the prayerful support.
  25. Thanks
    Perseverance got a reaction from Jcjcjc in Great Article about Silas Allred and his inspirational father!   
    Genuinely appreciate each of your encouraging words. I equally appreciate all who read the article, and just choose to pray and encourage personally. Collectively means a lot to us as a family.
     
    With full transparency....I can say that I fell in love with the sport of wrestling for reasons other than just my son. He was just the vehicle God used to lead me to it. In fact, in the beginning Silas was average at best.  He was a chubby kid who had some natural gifts, but threw a nasty “lefty” headlock that resembled a Joe Frazier headshot. 😏  So yes....I was the “know nothing” over zealous dad in the corner yelling....”reach back and headlock him!” 😂
     
    But I became absorbed with learning the sport.  Only my scriptural studies took precedence over my wrestling research. And recognizing that attributes like self-sacrifice, humility, work ethic, commitment, perseverance, and above all accountability....were all factors in becoming truly elite at this sport.  That resonated in me, because those were the same characteristics I had to embrace to transform a formerly very wayward lifestyle, and become the man/dad/soldier God created me to be.
     
    Silas and I’s bond is so deep ridden, because we have grown together.  Both in the sport...as well as spiritually. The blessings of adversity....is that it breeds tremendous levels of persevering strength when approached with proper perspective.  We don’t see problems....we see opportunities.  And no disease, excuse, obstacle, or exterior setback will deter the true goal he and I both have dedicated our lives to.  And that’s simply this.....Be a better version of yourself today than you were yesterday.
    That daily application will literally push you to new heights that have no plateaus. Because you’ll be in a continuous evolution of forward progress.  So even during peaks in all facets of life....you’ll keep striving to move forward.  Even if in small increments.
     
    This sport, the above attributes I mentioned....have prepared me for this wrestling match with ALS.  Scripture tells us that “We don’t wrestle flesh and blood. But principalities, powers and spiritual wickedness in high places.”  There’s even a wrestling match in the Old Testament where Jacob literally wrestled with God all night.  He was left with a permanent limp.
    So translated....I won’t be an easy “out”.  It’s not in my DNA, nor is it the spiritual man God has molded me into.  I fully anticipate conquering this disease and being healed.  But if God’s healing doesn’t come until I’m called home....I guarantee you, I won’t get stuck or tech’d.  Even if I have to get pointed....I HAVE ALS, ALS doesn’t HAVE me.
     
    Thanks again for the prayerful support.
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