Summit High wrestlers find success, confidence against Jefferson
FARMER’S KORNER – The Summit High School varsity wrestling team had its most successful meet of the season on Wednesday, when four out of five wrestlers won their matches in a dual against Jefferson.”Charles Keeling came out with a win and then we had four wins right in a row,” said head coach Jim Melvin. “This is definitely a confidence builder.” Keeling, wrestling in the 130-pound weight class, pinned his opponent in the first round. Then his teammates Stephan Collard (135-pound), Tim Gurule (140-pound), and Scott Campbell (145-pound), came out and did the same thing.The streak ended when Robert Phipps was pinned in the second period of his match in the 152-pound weight class.John Nease also wrestled, competing in the 130-pound weight class in an exhibition match. He lost the match, but it did not count in the team standings.Despite winning a majority of the matches, Summit lost the team competition to the Saints after the Tigers forfeited several weight classes because they didn’t have enough competitors. “You give away 16 points if you forfeit a spot,” Melvin said. “Still, if we win four out of five matches – that’s 80 percent. We won on the mat, and everybody is pretty happy about that.” Melvin credited much of the Tigers’ success on Wednesday to Summit’s new technique coach, Troy McIllarvy.”A lot of stuff this guy is doing, we’re starting to see the rewards of that,” Melvin said. The Tigers’ season continues with a tri against Alameda and Golden at Golden on Thursday. Melvin expects his roster to be up to seven, as Andrew and Patrick Vawter-Beaird are expected to complete a high school requirement that they each have nine practices in before they compete.The brothers missed the first two weeks of practice due to a family holiday vacation. Richard Chittick can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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