Michael Beard defeated Jelani Embree at Flo's Who's Number One (Photo/Juan Garcia)
National Prep champion Michael Beard (Malvern Prep, Pa.) verbally committed to Northwestern University late on Sunday afternoon. The No. 7 overall wrestler in the Class of 2018 was also runner-up in freestyle at the UWW Cadet Nationals this spring competing at 85 kilograms. Beard ended his sophomore season ranked No. 8 nationally at 182 pounds, and projects to compete collegiately at either 184 or 197 pounds.