By Avery Freed
Most of the students and faculty at Central High School know who Aaron Beaird is. Even if you aren’t familiar with the name, you would certainly recognize him you saw him. At 6’2″ and 285 pounds, he’s hard to miss. However, that same stature that causes him to stand out in the halls is perfect for his current position as Central High’s only heavyweight wrestler.
Aaron began wrestling two years ago, when Lars Jacobsen came to him about joining the team. In high school wrestling, there are 14 weight classes, and Central had a contender in every category, except the heavyweights. Not many people could meet the 285 pound weight requirement and still have enough stamina and athleticism to compete in this rigorous sport. Mr. Jacobsen knew Aaron could meet all the requirements because he had seen his success on the football field. No one could have predicted how much he would add to the team.
Last year, when the team went to state, Aaron won third place in the heavyweight category. His win, along with the wins of his fellow team members, allowed the wrestlers to bring a home second place overall. “That’s my favorite memory. No one thought I would place that high because I was ranked around 12th”
Aaron confessed “Wrestling is probably the hardest sport I do. It’s much more demanding than football. Keeping weight, practicing everyday after school, and running some mornings. It’s a challenge. But I’ve made some great friends, Cody Carlson being one of them.” When asked about his leadership position, he told me this, “I don’t view myself as a leader. We all encourage each other. The team works hard, so the team will succeed.”
Aaron may look intimidating, but after sitting down with him, it was clear that he is truly a big teddy bear. He has a great future in both wrestling, and football, and with his strong leadership skills, and dedication, I’m sure we can expect great things from him.