Five SHS wrestlers still alive at regionals |

Five SHS wrestlers still alive at regionals

MONTROSE – Five of Summit’s seven wrestlers are still alive at regionals, with state tournament berths on the line in today’s final rounds.Charles Keeling (130 pounds), Andrew Vawter-Beaird (119), Robert Phipps (152), Pat Vawter-Beaird (160) and Kyle Hill (103) all have a shot at making the top four in their weight-class brackets today at Montrose.Each will have to fight through the losers bracket, though, after splitting two matches on Friday.”We’re pretty happy with the way things worked out,” SHS coach Jim Melvin said of the five alive.Keeling and Andrew Vawter-Beaird, seeded seventh and fifth in their respective divisions, have the best shot to advance to state. “But they’re going to need to be smart, not make any mistakes,” Melvin said. “Our kids are going to need to have things go their way. They’re going to need to catch some breaks.”Keeling won his first match by pin over Conifer’s 130-pounder, then lost by decision to the No. 2 seed from Palisade. Andrew Vawter-Beaird lost to Rifle’s Eddie Kreimeir after getting a bye in the first round.Today’s matches won’t be easy for either, though. “We’re in one of the toughest regions to qualify for state from,” Melvin said.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at

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