Class 4A wrestling: Tuttle's Zachary Beard already looking forward after fourth title

Just moments after winning his fourth title, Zachary Beard wasn't talking about celebrating or his place in Oklahoma wrestling history. He was focusing on what's next.
by Trent Shadid Published: February 23, 2013
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photo - Tuttle's Zach Beard, top, wrestles Mannford's Luke May in the Class 4A 170-pound championship match in the state wrestling championships at the State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Tuttle's Zach Beard, top, wrestles Mannford's Luke May in the Class 4A 170-pound championship match in the state wrestling championships at the State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

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.”

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by Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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