Becoming a four-time wrestling state champion in Oklahoma has always been a highly celebrated accomplishment.
Tuttle's Zachary Beard became the latest wrestler to win four high school championships Saturday after defeating Mannford's Luke May with pin in the 170-pound state finals in Class 4A.
But just moments after winning his fourth title, Beard wasn't talking about celebrating or his place in Oklahoma wrestling history. He was focusing on what's next.
“I'm proud to be a four-timer, but there are way bigger things for me out there,” said Beard, who has signed with Wyoming. “I'm glad it's over with so I can move forward from here.”
That “what's next” mentality has been a constant for Beard throughout his journey to four state championships.
“I've always tried to look at what I can do next or what my team can do next to continue to do better,” Beard said. “Now I can start focusing on national championships in college.”
Beard became Oklahoma's 30th four-time champion, after Berryhill's Davey Dolan accomplished the feat in Class 3A to become the 29th earlier in the day.
Beard finished his senior season a perfect 41-0, with a career record of 162-9.
“He's probably the best I've ever coached,” Tuttle coach Matt Surber said. “He's able to compete at a really high level against anyone. He's really good from just about any position he gets put in.”