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Vawter-Beaird eliminated at Pepsi Center

DENVER – The Summit High School wrestling team’s breakthrough season came to an end on Friday, as junior 119-pounder Andrew Vawter-Beaird lost his second straight match at the 4A state tournament and was eliminated.Vawter-Beaird lost by decision, 6-1, to Alameda’s James Giggy in front of more than 5,000 spectators at the Pepsi Center in Denver. He scored his only point on an escape early in the match.”I wrestled as tough as I could,” Vawter-Beaird said. “I had full energy.”SHS head coach Jim Melvin concurred and was surprised with the outcome.”He had the potential to win the match,” Melvin said. “I don’t know what happened, I really don’t. We had him fired up. He was psyched up, ready to go.”The loss came less than 24 hours after the compact junior lost 9-6 to Fort Lupton’s Vincent Tijerna. Vawter-Beaird led that match until midway through the third period, when Tijerna scored four straight points to advance to the quarterfinals.Vawter-Beaird, Summit’s first state qualifier since 1998, represented the Tigers in front of some 20 SHS rooters. He was one of just a few underclassmen to qualify at 119 pounds and left his coach optimistic for next season.”We overcame a major obstacle just getting here, but the next goal is to win some matches here,” said Melvin, who led the team to its first win in five years earlier in the year. “I would expect him to place next year.”But not all was lost to the eliminating defeat.”I can eat now,” Vawter-Beaird said. “That’s nice.”Devon O’Neil can be contacted at

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