INDIANAPOLIS — Tyler Beeson hit the books all week, then hit the mat.
The Greenfield-Central senior put a heavy academic workload behind him long enough Friday evening to advance to the quarterfinals of the wrestling State Finals at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Beeson, a heavyweight, improved to 39-2 on the year with a pin of LaPorte’s Landon Blackburn (40-5) in period two of their win-or-don’t-come-back first-round bout.
It marked the end of what Beeson termed a “stressful” five-day swing.
“This week I had trouble focusing on wrestling because my school schedule is just jam-packed,” said Beeson, who is taking five college courses. “So I haven’t had the best of weeks. But I got some good sleep last night and I think that helped a lot.”
Beeson’s recent classroom regimen included tests in AP Calculus and AP Chemistry and a few research papers.
Enjoying the first State Finals appearance of his career, he’ll face Norman Oglesby (41-1) of Ben Davis this morning in the quarterfinals. If Beeson keeps winning, he will be wrestling well into the evening — cutting into valuable study time.
No homework today for this guy.
“I’m just going to wrestle tomorrow,” Beeson said Friday with a smile. “I’ll explain it to my teachers Monday. Hopefully they understand.”