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

Tuttle now has three four-time champions, moving them into a tie with Perry for the most in Oklahoma wrestling history. Beard joins Jeff Henning (1995-98) and Ryan Henning (2001-04) on the list of four-time champions from Tuttle.

“I don't think I could've done this without being at Tuttle,” Beard said. “The coaches, the wrestlers, the families, we all unite together and that's what has made a great tradition.”

Beard was named the Class 4A Most Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament.

Surber feels that getting a third four-time champion can go a long ways toward making his already stellar program even better.

“We got little kids and junior high kids in the stands watching that will wrestle for us in the future,” Surber said. “For our program to get our third four-time state champ helps solidify the reality of their dreams.”


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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