The Reynolds wrestling program is a powerhouse over in Western Pennsylvania.
The past two seasons, the Raiders have won both the individual and duals state titles in Hershey, and senior Beau Bayless has a lot to do with that success.
He’s racked up over 130 career wins and is a straight-A student, earning Beau the honor of our “33 Student Athlete of the Week”.
“My mind goes blank whenever I’m wrestling,” said Bayless. “My body just goes on autopilot, then once you get the pin, it’s over, and you look up at the crowd, and you’re like, ‘I guess I just did that.'”
At 5 foot 7 inches, 120 pounds, Beau is a dominating force in his small frame. After all, he’s been competing on the wrestling mat basically since he could walk.
“It definitely gave me a head start. I would say just because I’ve been around the mat since I was in a stroller.”
Beau’s older brother Gage was Student Athlete of the Week himself back in 2017. Younger brother Cole also competes as a junior on the varsity team and that competition has no doubt made Beau a better wrestler. In fact, Beau’s placed in the Top 5 at the State Tournament all three years and won a State Title as a sophomore.
“It was a moment of relief, just coming off my shoulders, just knowing that I did it and accomplished one of my goals,” said Bayless.
Off the mat, Beau is just as accomplished with a 4.0 GPA. Plus he’s a four-year member of Student Council.
“My parents have always pushed me to do good in school,” he said. “They said that was above athletics just getting all A’s. The goal is always to be number one at everything you do.”
After high school, Beau will continue his wrestling career in the Ivy League at Harvard University. He plans to study Neurobiology and eventually go to medical school one day.
“Oh, I’m definitely going to miss it here, but my goal is to always keep moving forward.”