1977-78 BUCCANEERS: Standing (L-R) – Coach Jack Schwamberger, D. Hoffert, T. Brannon, R. Ely, M. Kingrey, R. Kimmel, C. Mohler, R. Mohler, J. Furrow, C. Shafer, K. Tisdale, S. Herron, T. Barbee, T. Fields. Kneeling (L-R) – C. patrick, D. Westfall, R. Stephans, R. Cromwell, B. Mutzner. Nit Pictured: B. Knick, D. Yingst.

History was made in the 1977-78 wrestling season as junior Randy Kimmel became the first wrestler in Buccaneer history to qualify for the state wrestling meet. He made it to state by winning a district championship in the 155 pound weight class. Randy’s success carries on the legacy of his older brother Rusty, who finished his senior season with a program-best 21-1 record two years ago.

As a team, the Buccaneers finished with a 4-3 record in duals and a 17-21 record in tournament action for an overall record of 21-24. The Buccs finished seventh in the Northeastern Invitational, second in the Covington Invitational, seventh in the Miami East Invitational and sixth in the TRC Championships.


Covington has a rich tradition of sending wrestlers to the state tournament, but only one can make the claim of being the first. Actually, this wrestler can also make the claim of being the first Covington wrestler to go to state in two straight years. That wrestler is Randy Kimmel.


Randy Kimmel was the first wrestler in Buccaneer history to qualify for the state wrestling meet.
Seniors: Matt Kingrey and Scott Herron.
Team Captains: Randy Mohler, Scott Herron, Randy Kimmel.
Statisticians: Janet Etter and Angie Shafer.
1978 State Qualifier, Randy Kimmel.