SHS wrestlers put nine on the mat |

SHS wrestlers put nine on the mat

DEVON O'NEILsummit daily news

EAGLE VALLEY – Things are looking up for the Summit High School wrestling team. No, the Tigers haven’t transformed themselves into a group of state championship contenders. But they have done something no SHS wrestling team has done in recent years: Starting with Thursday’s dual at Conifer, the Tigers have begun entering wrestlers in nine of the 14 weight classes, a vast improvement from the last two years, when as few as three or four were entered.Summit lost the dual against the Lobos, 54-15, and didn’t quite dominate the brackets at Saturday’s double-elimination Demon Invite at Eagle Valley. But the improved number is a victory in itself.”That’s big for this program,” first-year head coach Jim Melvin said. “We’re pretty happy with that number for now. The nine we have are pretty good and are going to stick with it for the remainder of the season.”Within those nine, three individuals continued their solid seasons Thursday and Saturday. Senior Charles Keeling, junior Andrew Vawter-Beaird and freshman Scott Campbell all won their matches at Conifer, then won at least two more matches on Saturday. Vawter-Beaird went 3-2 at Eagle Valley in the 119-pound weight class, while Keeling (130 pounds) and Campbell (145) both went 2-2.The other six Tigers competing included freshman Kyle Hill (103-pound class, even though he only weighs 87 pounds); junior Stephan Collard (135); junior Tim Gurule (140); sophomore Robert Phipps (152); freshman Greg Johnson (160); and sophomore Pat Vawter-Beaird (171).Speaking of Saturday’s showing, Melvin said, “Everyone wrestled fairly well. They were hoping to bring home some medals, but we’ll have to get them next week.”The Tigers get back on the mat on Thursday, with a 7 p.m. dual against Ralston Valley at Alameda. Then on Saturday they travel to Evergreen for the Cougar Invite.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at

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