UW brings home six tournament titles in Elite brackets
2013-14: Beard showed his potential all season, placing third or better in all seven open tournaments in which he competed. He began the season 5-0 to win the Amateur division of the Cowboy Open, and finished the season with 28 wins against just two defeats. He won the UNC Old Chicago Open (5-0), Viking-Warrior Open (3-0), Utah Valley Open (4-0) and the U.S. Western National Open to close the season. He finished tired for third among all Cowboys with 28 victories, and led the team with 13 falls. Beard posted at least one pin in every tournament, including three straight in the Viking-Warrior Open. Of his 28 wins, 20 came via bonus points.
High School: Beard was highly decorated as a four-time Oklahoma state champion, a two-time Mid-America Nationals champion and a FILA Cadet Nationals/World Team Trials runner-up. He was a USAW Asics folkstyle and freestyle national champion and won the title at the 2012 USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals. He ended the high school season as the top-ranked prep wrestler in the nation at 170 pounds by InterMat. As the Oklahoma high school champ, he became only the 30th wrestler in state history to win four titles.
A month later at the Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic in Pittsburgh, Pa., Beard wrestled for Team USA against Team Pennsylvania in the high school all-star event. Beard, ranked third nationally, took on Pennsylvania's Cody Wiercioch, the No. 1-ranked wrestler in the country at 170 pounds in the last match of the dual. Beard scored two takedowns in the first period en route to a 7-4 win over Wiercioch.
In the classroom, Beard was part of a four-time academic team championship in Oklahoma.
Personal: Born in Blanchard, Okla., he is the son of Brandon and Leslie Beard. He was recruited by Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.