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Hinsdale Central's Brian Allen stands out as top athlete in 2013

<p>In February, Hinsdale Central junior Brian Allen won the Class 3A heavyweight state wrestling championship. | Sun-Times Media File&nbsp;</p>

In February, Hinsdale Central junior Brian Allen won the Class 3A heavyweight state wrestling championship. | Sun-Times Media File 

Hinsdale Central's Brian Allen’s accomplishments this past year have brought him to the No. 1 on the Doings/Pioneer Press West Top Sports Stories of 2013 list, according to Ken Ryan on High School Cube News.

Before Brian Allen attended his first class at Hinsdale Central, he knew he was going to be constantly compared to his older brother Jack.

Jack Allen, who is currently in his second season as a starting offensive lineman for the Michigan State football team, was an all-state lineman for the Red Devils and captured the 285-pound wrestling state championship as a senior. Now in his senior season at Hinsdale Central, Brian Allen has more than lived up to the standard set by his older sibling.

Not only is he the defending state wrestling champ at 285, he won a state championship in the shot put last spring as a member of the track and field team. Comparisons will inevitable be made once again when he joins his brother at Michigan State in the fall.

“I’ve been escaping his shadow for a long time,” said Allen, who is ranked as the nation’s No. 2 center by the 247Composite. “I had big shoes to fill at Hinsdale Central and now that I have done that, I want to finish the wrestling season off right and get up there [East Lansing, Mich.] and start making a name for myself. My goal is to repeat as state champ, finish off my high school career and then get bigger, faster and stronger to compete at Michigan State.” 

[Read more on High School Cube News]

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