Michael Beard defeated Jelani Embree at Who's Number One (Photo/Juan Garcia)
Two-time National Prep champion Michael Beard (Malvern Prep, Pa.) verbally committed to Penn State University on Wednesday evening. The No. 6 overall prospect in the 2018 class ended the 2016-17 season ranked No. 2 nationally at 195 pounds. He was champion at the Walsh Jesuit Ironman this past season in the 182 pound weight class and runner-up at the UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle at 85 kilograms last spring.
Beard projects to compete in college as a 197 pound wrestler, and will join No. 2 Seth Nevills (Clovis, Calif.), No. 3 Travis Wittlake (Marshfield, Ore.), No. 4 Gavin Teasdale (Jefferson-Morgan, Pa.), No. 5 Roman Bravo-Young (Sunnyside, Ariz.) and No. 16 Joe Lee (Evansville Mater Dei, Ind.) as verbal commitments to the Nittany Lions in the 2018 class. Beard had originally committed to Northwestern with high school teammate Ryan Karoly, but decommitted and reopened his recruiting in late March. His older sibling is currently a student-athlete at Penn State as well.