1986-87 BUCCANEERS: Standing (L-R) – Coach Jack Schwamberger, Scott Tayler, Jason Byers, Ray Kimmel, Tony Iddings, L.G. Henry, Randy Sowers, Brian Olson, Tim Fitzpatrick. Kneeling (L-R) – Keith Musgrave, Head Coach Tom Barbee, Chris Nutter, Shane Stachler.

The Covington wrestling team had another successful season in 1986-87. In dual meets the Buccs finished with a 15-5 record. They were 44-17 in tournament action and compiled an overall record of 63-17.

The Buccs won the Urbana Invitational as a team and had several wrestlers win individual championships in several tournaments.

Brian Olson won the SRC, District and Regional Championship at 185 pounds, while Scott Tayler won the District and Regional Tournament at 175 pounds. SRC second place finishers were Shane Stachler, Chris Nutter and Scott Tayler.

The Buccaneers had three state qualifiers, tying a program record set in 1984. The state qualifiers were Chris Nutter (119 lbs.), Scott Tayler (175 lbs.) and Brian Olson (185 lbs.).

Scott Tayler set career records with the most career win (105), most career points (515), and most career takedowns (266). He also set a record with most takedowns in a season with 112. Brian Olson established records for most wins in a season with 38 and most points in a season with 209.

1986-87 Wrestling Awards:
Brian Olson – Four Year Letterman
Scott Tayler – Four Year Letterman
Scott Tayler – Most Valuable Wrestler
Tim Fitzpatrick – Most Improved Wrestler


On Thursday, January 11, 2024 the Covington wrestling program honored former Buccaneer wrestler Chris Nutter, who passed away on September 29, 2023 from cancer. Legendary coach Tom Barbee shared some memories of Chris from his wrestling days as a Buccaneer wrestler and presented some artwork of Chris to his two sisters, Becky and Angel, and his three daughters, Skylynn, Lacie Jane, and Krista.

During his wrestling career at Covington, Chris was a state qualifier in 1987 at 119 pounds and a member of the 1986 wrestling team that was inducted into the Covington Athletic Hall of Fame in 2022.


Scott Tayler qualified for state for the second straight year.
Brian Olson is a two-time state qualifier at 185 pounds.
Sophomore Chris Nutter qualified for state at 119 pounds.
Ray Kimmel works for hand control from the bottom position.
Sophomore Randy Sowers turns his opponent for back points.
Junior Keith Musgrave works for a pin.