|2019-20 BUCCANEERS: Sitting (L-R): Aaron Jackson, Kaden Hughes, Devin Newhouse, Allie Garman, Elizabeth Randall, Tori Quinter, Dalton Bishop, Brian Morrison, Banks Koffer. Kneeling (L-R): Tanner Garrett, Trentin Alexander, Corey Turner, Caleb Miller, Kellan Anderson, Cael Vanderhorst, Trey Kiser, Deacon Shields, Adam Brewer, Ricky Stephan. Standing (L-R): Asst. Coach Dan Smith, Asst. Coach Ty Cates, Dylan Staudt, David Robinson, Jensen Wagoner, Duncan Cooper, Jesse Fisher, Bryce Smith, Scott Blumenstock, Connor Sindelir, Austin Flick, Head Coach Eric Vanderhorst.
Covington is coming off one of its greatest seasons ever, where they finished with the highest winning percentage in school history (95.0%), edging out the outstanding 2013-14 team (94.5%). The Buccs finished 26-4 in duals, defending their unofficial Cross-County Conference title and advancing to the Regional Semi-Finals. The team also finished with the best tournament record in school history, finishing 166 - 6 overall by winning the Troy Invitational, and taking 2nd to Graham at the GMVWA, and 2nd at the 43-team LCC Invitational.
The Buccs placed 2nd out of 13 teams at Sectionals, with 10 district qualifiers (Keringten Martin, Gavin McReynolds, Riley Richards, Dylan Burns, Jesse Fisher, Austin Flick, Kellan Anderson, Duncan Cooper, Cael Vanderhorst and Connor Sindelir), and 2nd out of 60 teams at Districts, qualifying three wrestlers to State – Keringten Martin, Kellan Anderson and Cael Vanderhorst, plus state alternate Austin Flick. At State, Martin finished in 3rd place, and is now continuing his wrestling career at Defiance College, while Vanderhorst finished in 4th to become Covington’s eighth two-time state placer. Covington has now had one or more state placers for twelve consecutive seasons and fourteen of the past fifteen seasons.
The Buccs lost a great group of seniors to graduation – state placer Keringten Martin, district placer Gavin McReynolds, and district qualifiers Riley Richards and Dylan Burns, but return a number of talented wrestlers.
Covington will be led by seniors Jesse Fisher, Austin Flick and Dylan Staudt. Flick is a returning state alternate, Fisher is a returning district qualifier and Staudt is a district alternate.
The junior class includes Trentin Alexander, Kellan Anderson, Duncan Cooper, Devin Newhouse, David Robinson, Deacon Shields, Bryce Smith, Clayton Stephan and Cael Vanderhorst. Anderson and Vanderhorst are returning state placers, Alexander and Cooper are returning district qualifiers, and Robinson, Shields, Smith and Stephan are returning lettermen.
The sophomore class includes Scott Blumenstock, Adam Brewer, Caleb Miller, Connor Sindelir, Ricky Stephan and Jensen Wagoner. Sindelir is a returning district qualifier, Miller is a returning district alternate, and Stephan and Wagoner are returning lettermen. Rounding out the roster are freshmen Dalton Bishop, Tanner Garrett, Kaden Hughes, Aaron Jackson, Trey Kiser, Banks Koffer, Brian Morrison and Corey Turner.
Covington looks forward to competing with the mix of Division 1, 2 and 3 teams that are on their schedule. The Buccs return to two prestigious mega-tournaments: the 52-team GMVWA Holiday tournament and the 38-team Lima Central Catholic (LCC) Invitational. They will also compete in the Northeastern, Versailles and Troy Invitationals. Covington will once again square off with some of the top dual-meet teams in the western part of the state, including Versailles, Miami East, Coldwater, Allen East and Eaton. Additionally, the JV team will travel to some very competitive reserve meets including Versailles, Greenville and Vandalia-Butler.
Covington has four home duals and will once again host the Covington Duals tournament – which includes their Cross County Conference rivals, along with Lehman. The Buccs will compete again in the OHSAA team dual meet tournament and then host the Division 3 sectional tournament – whose participants have proven to be among the most successful among all divisions in Ohio at the state tournament several times over the past decade.