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All-City Wrestling: Why Tuttle's Zachary Beard is the Wrestler of the Year

ZACHARY BEARD — As if winning four straight Oklahoma championships wasn't enough, the pride of Tuttle wrestling capped his high school career with his most impressive performance in the prestigious Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic.
by Ed Godfrey Published: April 9, 2013
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photo - Tuttle's Zachary Beard is the All-City wrestler of the year. SAM NOBLE MUSEUM PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN; WRESTLER PHOTOS BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER AND BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN; PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY BILL BOOTZ, THE OKLAHOMAN
Tuttle's Zachary Beard is the All-City wrestler of the year. SAM NOBLE MUSEUM PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN; WRESTLER PHOTOS BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER AND BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN; PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY BILL BOOTZ, THE OKLAHOMAN

Beard scored two takedowns in the first period en route to a 7-4 win over Wiercioch that stunned everybody there not from Oklahoma.

“Probably one of my biggest wins,” Beard said.

Beard is now ranked by at least two polls as the top high school wrestler in the country at 170 pounds and also is ranked in the top 10 overall.

He dominated most of his high school competition in Oklahoma the past two seasons.

“He wasn't pushed very much,” Surber said.

In addition to his four state championships, Beard won the prestigious Kansas City Stampede high school wrestling tournament three times and both the Geary Invitational and Mid-America Nationals at Tulsa Union twice.

“He's been fun to watch,” Surber said. “He's entertaining to watch. He likes doing some things outside the box. He likes to win with a little flash, so he tries different stuff.”

Beard has signed to wrestle collegiately at the University of Wyoming, rejecting offers from both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

“He will adapt and end up being a great college wrestler,” Surber said. “I think he will be a national champion some day.”

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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