Friday, March 3, 2017
All five Covington wrestlers who qualified for the district tournament are still alive in their quests to become state qualifiers after the first day of wrestling at Troy's Hobart Arena.
The lone Buccaneer wrestler still in contention for a district championship is senior 160 pounder, Lance Miller.
Miller was dominant as he spent just over two minutes one the mat the entire evening in recording pins in his first two matches. Miller opened with a 39 second pin of Thomas Wright of East Clinton and then dispatched of Garrett Neth of Allen East in 1:34.
Lance (42-4) will face Jesse Mitchell (41-4) of South Charleston Southeastern in the Semifinals tomorrow - where a win would secure a spot in the district championship match later in the evening and a state birth for the Buccaneer senior.
The remaining four Buccaneer wrestlers are alive in the consolation rounds and must return strong tomorrow through the wrestle-backs in order to earn a spot at state.
Dolan Young (36-9) earned a 16-1 technical fall victory over Clara Hillyard of North Union in his opening match at 106 pounds. Young then dropped his quarterfinal match to Tyler Bauer of Wayne Trace (30-8) and will take on Brayden Esposito (33-16) of East Clinton tomorrow morning in the consolation rounds.
Riley Richards (25-12) found the going tough in a loss to Jackson Hugentobler (32-7) of Madeira in his opening match at 126 pounds, but was able to respond with a 2:10 pin of Preston Browning (17-13) of Parkway in the wrestle-backs. Richards will face Justin Sigler (36-13) of Coldwater in his first match tomorrow.
Keringten Martin (33-12) breezed through his opening match with a 17-2 technical fall victory over Brandon Lewis (14-14) on Ridgedale, but suffered an unfortunate setback against Wyatt Place (42-4) of Delphos Jefferson in the quarterfinal. In what was a close match for much of the three periods, Martin trailed 4-1 late and had to take a chance in the last 20 seconds - resulting in a five-point move and 9-1 major decision for Place. Keringten will battle Jasper Scarberry (14-14) of Ottawa-Glandorf in his first consolation match tomorrow morning.
Senior 152 pounder Deron White (34-13) dropped a heartbreaking 3-2 decision to Austin Mault (22-7) of Bluffton in his opening match as a very close takedown attempt by White in the final seconds was waved off. White was able to put his misfortune behind him by pinning Dequan Adams (22-17) of North College Hill and hopes to keep the momentum rolling on Saturday morning as he take on Noah Morgan (32-15) of East Clinton.
Wrestling resumes at 10am tomorrow (Saturday) with a round of consolations and the championship semifinals.