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Vawter-Beaird’s memorable season ends at state at 30-7

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DENVER – On the list of consolations going through Andrew Vawter-Beaird’s mind after he was eliminated from the state wrestling tournament, none ranked higher than eating.It had been four months since the Summit High School senior dove into a meal without a twinge of guilt, and he didn’t hold back at the post-match gathering Saturday afternoon. He disclosed little about his emotions, little about disappointment.

“We’re eating,” he said. “That’s nice.” Nonetheless, the more lasting consolation for Vawter-Beaird in defeat was the season he left behind. Before losing 4-0 to Thompson Valley’s James Rowell – a result that left him one win short of placing in Class 4A’s 125-pound division – Vawter-Beaird put together one of the best winters in recent SHS history.He finishes the year at 30-7, and leaves as the regional champion. Last year he lost both his matches at the state tournament in the 119-pound division. This year he won two out of four.His goal was to finish in the top six, and so he fell short of his goal.

The thing is, he’d set the bar so high, considering his paltry experience, that falling short meant less than it would have if he’d reached it.”I’ve only been wrestling for two and a half years now,” Vawter-Beaird said. “Everyone else at this tournament has been wrestling their whole life.””I’m real happy with having a kid make a good showing at the state tournament,” SHS coach Jim Melvin said. “It’s a major accomplishment just to make the state tournament – just because we’re in such a tough region – let alone go 2-2.”

Vawter-Beaird understood that.”I’m happy,” he said. “I’m happy I was able to do as well as I did this year. I’ve gone pretty far – further than I ever could’ve hoped.”Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13630, or at

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