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Class 4A-3A state wrestling: Tuttle's Zachary Beard advances, will wrestle for fourth state title

Tuttle senior Zachary Beard advanced to the Class 4A championship finals at 170 pounds. Beard will now wrestle for his fourth individual state championship on Saturday night.
by Trent Shadid Published: February 22, 2013
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Tuttle senior Zachary Beard advanced to the Class 4A championship finals at 170 pounds after picking up a forfeit win over Poteau's Derek Francis in the semifinals.

Beard will now wrestle for his fourth individual state championship on Saturday night.

“It feels pretty good for it to finally be here,” Beard said. “After I won it my freshman year it became my goal to do it four times.”

Beard is now 40-0 on the season, and has a career record of 161-9.

Tuttle currently has two four-time individual state champions. If Beard can become the school's third, it would move Tuttle into a tie with Perry for the most four-time champions in Oklahoma wrestling history.

The championship finals for all classes will begin at 5:45 at State Fair Arena.

PERRY PULLS AWAY WITH BIG SEMIFINAL ROUND

After the first round of action in Class 3A — Perry, Tonkawa, and Newkirk were separated by just 4.5 points in the team standings.

Things changed in the semifinals, as Perry — which qualified 12 wrestlers for the tournament — won five of its seven matches in the round to bring its team total to 93 points.

The Maroons now hold a 36-point lead over second-place Locust Grove heading into Saturday.

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by Trent Shadid
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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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