The 1981-82 wrestling team had an up-and-down year. The Buccs won all of their Class A dual meets, but dropped most of their other meets against larger schools. Being a young team, the Buccs didn’t place as high as they hopes in the tournaments.
However, there was some success as several individual wrestlers put forth solid seasons. Senior Brad Hall had a great season as he became the second wrestler in Buccaneer history to become a two-time state qualifier – joining Randy Kimmel, who qualified in 1978 and 1979. In the process Brad broke two school records – 30 Single Season Wins and 92 Career Near Falls and moved into second all time with 399 Career Points and 80 Career Wins. For his efforts, Brad was named Most Valuable Wrestler.
Also having good season were Ryan Kimmel, Craig Vanderhorst and Glenn Musgrave. Kimmel won a sectional championship at 138 pounds. Vanderhorst received the Coaches Awards, while Musgrave was awarded the Most Improved Wrestler.
BRAD HALL – A HUGE IMPACT ON COVINGTON WRESTLING
Brad Hall, a 1982 Covington graduate, had a stellar wrestling career for the Buccs as he was a two-time District Champion and two-time State Qualifier at 98 and 105 pounds. At the time his high school career ended, Brad held two school records with 30 Single Season Wins and 92 Career Near Falls and was second with 399 Career Points and 80 Career Wins. Brad’s impact on Covington wrestling continued well after he graduated as he was instrumental in building up the youth wrestling program in the 1990s and 2000s. Many of the wrestlers Brad introduced to the sport of wrestling went on to have huge success, including the first Buccaneer to win a state championship, Logan Brown in 2006.
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