Vawter-Beaird takes third for Tigers |

Vawter-Beaird takes third for Tigers

Devon O'Neil

MIDDLE PARK – One day into the regular season, Andrew Vawter-Beaird appears to be on track. The senior Summit High School wrestler won four of his five matches at the Panther Invite on Saturday, including the consolation final that put him in third place for the 125-pound division. The tournament included wrestlers from 18 schools.Vawter-Beaird qualified for state at 119 pounds last year, and hopes to return to the 4A tournament at the end of this season. If he keeps wrestling like he did Saturday, he should have a good shot. All four wins came by decision, and they came despite an illness that prevailed throughout the day.”He was a little sick and a little bit not on his game today,” SHS coach Jim Melvin said. “And then during his last match he started feeling a little better and his game started coming around.”Five other wrestlers also competed for Summit; four of them won a match.Kyle Hill (103 pounds), Tim Gurule (135), Scott Campbell (152) and Zach Campbell all went 1-2 on the day, with 140-pounder Stephan Collard going 0-2.”We had a fairly good day,” Melvin said. “I’m happy that everybody but one guy won at least one match.”Melvin was particularly pleased that Zach Campbell, the only freshman in action for Summit, tasted the winning feeling in his first varsity experience.”We still need to work on positioning and keeping his feet moving, but he did well,” Melvin said.As did Gurule; one of his two losses came in sudden-death overtime. “He’s a completely different wrestler this year,” Melvin said of the senior. “He’s just a lot more focused and a lot more aggressive.”The Tigers next compete on Thursday, when they travel to Jefferson for a dual against Conifer.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13630, or at