Awards and Honors: 2014 Grand View Open Champion 2013 Big 12 runner-up 2013 All-Big 12 Academic Second-Team 2013 National Collegiate Open All-American (second-place) 2012 Big 12 runner-up 2012 All-Big 12 Academic First-Team
2013-14 Sidelined early in the season with a shoulder injury ... saw his first action against North Dakota State's Kurtis Julson, picking up the decision in a 2-1 victory ... Took the 184-pound title at the Grand View Open, scoring bonus points in four of five matches and pinning two opponents, in Wisconsin's Brandon Weber and Grand View's Dalton Schutjer ... finished the season 9-5 and went 3-3 in dual competition, with dual victories over NDSU's Julson and Rutgers' Dan Seidenburg.
2012-13 NCAA-qualifier at 184 pounds for the second consecutive season… went 2-2 at the NCAA Championships, falling just shy of the All-American podium… defeated Stephen Doty of Virginia 6-4 and earned a 9-0 major decision over Virginia Tech’s Nick Vetterlein in his two wins at the national tournament… posted a 17-8 overall record in his junior campaign, going 9-3 in duals… recorded five bonus point wins in duals for the Cyclones, earning three major decisions and two pins… clinched automatic bid to the 2013 NCAA Championships with a runner-up finish at the Big 12 Championships to Oklahoma State’s Chris Chionuma… earned second Big 12 academic honor as he was named to the Academic All-Big 12 Second-Team… runner-up at the National Collegiate Open… became first Cyclone, along with teammate Ryak Finch, to be a National Collegiate Open All-American.
2011-2012 Completed season with 10-7 record, 9-4 in dual meets … qualified for the NCAA Championships at 184 pounds, going 0-2 in St. Louis … punched ticket to nationals by finishing second at Big 12 Championships … defeated Erich Schmidtke of Oklahoma 8-6 before being edged out by Mike Larson in the finals, 5-4 … posted major decisions away to Army and Boston U.
2009-2010 Redshirted initial collegiate season.
High School Four-time Kansas state champion at Goddard High School ... compiled a 110-2 prep campaign record ... coached by Brett Means.
Personal Born May 30, 1990 ... son of Ronnie and Diana Beard ... older sister Katie and younger brother Dalton ... kinesiology/pre-physical therapy major.