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Vawter-Beaird wins one, loses one; is still alive

DEVON O'NEILsummit daily news

DENVER – Andrew Vawter-Beaird no longer has a shot at a state wrestling title, but the Summit High School 125-pounder still can meet his goal of earning a top-six result and placing in his final high school competition.Vawter-Beaird, a senior, began a long Friday at the Pepsi Center in Denver by losing to Windsor’s Jonathan Pattison by decision, 12-6. Pattison, also a senior, won his 33rd match of the year by avoiding Vawter-Beaird’s takedown attempts, even after Summit’s grappler made a number of solid thrusts (“shots”) toward Pattison’s legs.”Andrew was a lot better on his feet and he was taking good shots, but he was not finishing his takedowns and it cost him,” SHS coach Jim Melvin said. “Once the guy was on top, he was just wearing Andrew down.”Vawter-Beaird didn’t let it get to him. After a long break between matches, he rebounded late Friday night to defeat Palisade’s Tony Dicamillo for the second time in less than a week. Vawter-Beaird beat Dicamillo last Saturday to win the regional championship in Grand Junction.Dicamillo took an early lead with a takedown, but as Melvin said, “It didn’t take that long for Andrew to make that up and start wrestling.”Vawter-Beaird eventually held on for a 5-4 victory, his 30th of the season and one that came, again, in front of thousands of fans at the Pepsi Center.”I knew he’d probably be pretty mad at me for beating him last week,” Vawter-Beaird said of Dicamillo. “I knew that I couldn’t just go out there and expect to win, because I knew I would lose if I did that.”Vawter-Beaird will wrestle through the consolation bracket today, with a prospect of finishing as high as third. He only must win once to place, however.”That’s the goal,” he said.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13630, or at

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