MARCH 10, 2018 - COLUMBUS
For 42 years Tom Barbee gave all he had to Covington Schools as a teacher and a coach in the sports of football, track and wrestling. Wrestling, however, is where Barbee is most recognized due to the accomplishments of his program over his 28 years as head wrestling coach (1981-1989 and 1999-2017).
For his accomplishments, Barbee was elected into the Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame at the 81st Annual State Wrestling Championships on Saturday at the Jerome Schottenstein Center on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus.
"That's an awesome accomplishment for coach Barbee," said current Buccaneer wrestling coach Eric Vanderhorst, who spent 19 years learning the coaching trade as an assistant under Barbee. "It was an honor coaching with him for all those years and speaking on behalf of everyone involved in Covington wrestling, we appreciate all he's done."
What Barbee has done over his career is impressive. He ranks third in Ohio high school wrestling history with 443 career dual wins. Barbee has coached 30 individual state qualifiers, 11 state placers and two state champions - Logan Brown (2006) and Jarred Ganger (2014, 2015). His teams have won four district team dual championships (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), two district championships in the individual tournament (1983, 1986) and five sectional championships in the individual tournament (1984, 1985, 1986, 2013, 2014).
His wrestlers have captured a combined 21 individual state medals: 3 state championships, 2 runner-ups, 6 third place, 5 fourth place, 1 fifth place and 4 sixth place finishes.
Three of Barbee's proteges have went on to wrestle at Division 1 collegiate programs: Logan Brown at Purdue University, Andrew DeHart at Duke University and Ryan Ford at Cleveland State University. Logan Brown went on to become a four-time qualifier in the NCAA championships, while several other former Buccaneer wrestlers competed at the division 2 and division 3 levels in college.
But as much of an impact Barbee has had at Covington, he has also had an impacted the lives of many within the wrestling community.
"Tom deserves this," said David Friend of Barbee's hall of fame induction.
Friend knows Barbee well as he was a former teammate on Miami East's first high school wrestling team and throughout his years as a referee. Friend was on the mat for many Covington matches where Barbee was in the corner.
"I like him better now that he's retired," joked Friend. "I don't have to listen to him call me over to the table when I screw up."
Joking aside, Friend has a great appreciation for the impact Barbee has had on the lives of the kids he coached over the years.
"Seriously, Tom has done a lot for the kids over the years," continued Friend, who was on hand to witness Barbee's induction. "They don't come any better than Tom Barbee."
TOM BARBEE CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
Years Head Coach: 28 years
'80-'81 thru '88-'89
'98-'99 thru '16-'17
2017 Coaches Sportsmanship Award Recipient
Career Dual Wins: 443 (3rd in Ohio history)
2 DISTRICT TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS (Individual Tournament): 1983, 1986
5 SECTIONAL TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS (Individual Tournament): 1984, 1985, 1986, 2013, 2014
* Between 1984 and 1987, 'Regionals' replaced the District Tournament while Districts replaced the Sectional Tournament.
4 DISTRICT CHAMPS (Team Duals): 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
2 State Champions (All coach by Tom Barbee):
Logan Brown (2006)
Jarred Ganger (2014 & 2015)
11 State Placers (All coached by Tom Barbee):
Craig Vanderhorst - 3rd in 1983, 3rd in 1984
Jason Kingrey - 4th in 1983
Logan Brown - 3rd in 2005, 1st in 2006
Andrew DeHart - 6th in 2008, 4th in 2009, 2nd in 2010, 3rd in 2011
Kyler Deeter - 4th in 2011
Brian Olson, Jr. - 6th in 2012
A.J. Ouellette - 4th in 2013, 5th in 2014
Jarred Ganger - 1st in 2014, 1st in 2015
Ryan Ford - 3rd in 2014, 3rd in 2015, 4th in 2016
Ben Miller - 6th in 2015, 6th in 2015
Lance Miller - 2nd in 2017
38 State Qualifiers (30 under Tom Barbee):
** Randy Kimmel - 1978, 1979
** Kirk Tisdale - 1980
Brad Hall - 1981, 1982
Don Emenegger - 1981
Craig Vanderhorst - 1983, 1984
Jason Kingrey - 1983, 1984
Jim Shields - 1984
Rodney Kimmel - 1985
Keith Musgrave - 1986
Mike Hagen - 1986
Scott Taylor - 1986, 1987
Brian Olson - 1986, 1987
Chris Nutter - 1987
Randy Sowers - 1989
** Eric Vanderhorst - 1991, 1992
** Brad Crumpler - 1993
** Eric Hunt - 1994, 1996
** Todd Vanderhorst - 1995
** Noah Turner - 1997
** Brian Swinehart - 1998
Scot Fetters - 1998, 1999
Scott Batdorf - 1999
Brandon Owens - 1999, 2000
Steve Batdorf - 2000, 2001
Mike Stephen - 2001, 2002
Dusty Hess - 2003
Logan Brown - 2004, 2005, 2006
Andrew DeHart - 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Kyler Deeter, 2011, 2012
Brian Olson, Jr, - 2012
A.J. Ouellette - 2013, 2014
Daniel Jennings - 2013, 2014
Jake Sowers - 2013
Jarred Ganger - 2014, 2015
Ryan Ford - 2014, 2015, 2016
Ben Miller - 2014, 2015
Brandon Magee - 2016
Lance Miller - 2015, 2017
** Coach by Jack Schwamberger