G-C senior joined by White, Red, Wagner in 1st-round wins

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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.”

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