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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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/articleid/3758424/1/pictures/1959901">Photo - Tuttle wrestler Zachary Beard will try to win his fourth state title this weekend at State Fair Arena. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Tuttle wrestler Zachary Beard will try to win his fourth state title this weekend at State Fair Arena. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

“It feels good for our guys to come through like that in that round,” Perry coach Ronnie Delk said. “We gutted out some huge wins.”

PERFECT FIRST ROUND GIVES TUTTLE COMMANDING LEAD

Tuttle continued its recent domination of Class 4A by going an impressive 12-0 in first round matches. The Tigers got 10 bonus-point wins in the round, nine pins and one major decision, as they racked up 40 team points.

“I'm proud of what our kids were able to do in that round,” coach Matt Surber said.

“We know the expectations are there and we rose to the occasion. All the credit goes to our kids.”

The Tigers are now 23-0 in the first round over the last two years.

Tuttle wrestlers won seven of 12 semifinal matches, and the four-time defending tournament champions will head into Saturday's action with 133 team points. The Tigers have a 70-point lead over second-place Cushing.

TUTTLE, VIAN WIN ACADEMIC TITLES

Not only is Tuttle well on its way to a fifth straight team tournament championship, but the Tigers also earned the Class 4A academic state title.

The Class 3A academic championship went to Vian.

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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