Beichner was first chosen to the Cassadaga Valley Hall of Fame in 1982 followed by the Eastern Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Clarion University Sports Hall of Fame in 2000 and finally the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.
The Beichner family has long been associated with Cassadaga Valley Central School athletics and Jim was a tremendous wrestler for his alma mater back in the early 1980s. Beichner was the Cougars first-ever Section 6 champion and not only did he win it once, but three straight times en route to attending the New York State championships in Syracuse. He placed fifth in state competition as a sophomore at 145 pounds in 1980 followed by a fourth place finish the next year at 155 pounds. Then in 1982, Beichner advanced all the way to the 177-pound championship before losing.