Gurule has season-best day at Conifer |

Gurule has season-best day at Conifer

CONIFER – Suddenly, Andrew Vawter-Beaird has some company in the winning ranks among his Summit High School wrestling teammates.Tim Gurule won four of his five matches Saturday at the Conifer Invitational to finish a surprising third place in the 130-pound division, one spot behind the runner-up result Vawter-Beaird earned at 125 pounds.Gurule, who entered the day with a so-so season record and little prospect of making noise in the postseason, improved to 9-11 on the year and now has his coach pondering the possibilities.”Hopefully he’s going to stay on a roll and will take this into the next couple of weeks, and we’ll see what happens,” SHS coach Jim Melvin said.Melvin added that he didn’t know what the difference was Saturday in the way Gurule performed. “He just wants to win matches,” the coach concluded.Vawter-Beaird, meanwhile, won both his matches after a first-round bye to advance to the final. In that deciding match, he lost a 14-7 decision to Ralston Valley’s Adam Vigil, whom he defeated a week ago to win the Cougar Invite. It’s likely both will be in contention for the regional crown on Feb. 11.Vawter-Beaird’s season record now stands at 21-3.Summit’s only other active wrestler, senior Stephan Collard, lost both his matches Saturday at 135 pounds.

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