Brian Olson

Thursday, February 2, 2011
The Covington High School and Jr. High wrestling teams traveled to Versailles to compete with the Tigers Thursday night. The Buccs got in a lot of quality wrestling, but fell in both duals. The high school spotted Versailles 24 points in forfeits and won four of the nine matches wrestled to fall 47-16, while the jr. high dropped their dual, 60-21, winning five of the ten matches wrestled. The Buccs and Tigers went 2-2 in reserve matches.

Kyler Deeter (138) won by an 18-3 technical fall, while Jake Sowers (145) picked up a 4-1 decision. Ben Miller (160) earned a 4-2 decision, followed by an 18-3 technical fall by Brian Olson (182). Cole Smith (152) dropped a tight 5-3 overtime decision. Also competing for Covington were Bryton Lear (126), Brock Smith (132), Gage Looker (170) and Justin Daniel (195).

For the reserve team, both Daniel Jennings (145) and Alex Fries (160) picked up pins for the Buccs, while Matt Carder (126) and Garrett Shafer (160) dropped their bouts.

In Jr. High action, Josh Sowers (92) picked up a 7-0 decision, while Deron White (122) earned a 6-0 victory. Ryan Ford (128) picked up a pin for the Buccs, followed by a pin from Jayden Nicely (150). Brandon Magee picked up the final victory for Covington with a 6-4 decision at 172 lbs. Also competing for the Buccs were Jacob Buchanan (80), Ross Bowman (98), Michael Cox (110), Tristan Francis (116) and Levi Brown (134). Branden Robinson (104) was out of competition with flu-like symptoms.

The Covington reserve team travels to Twin Valley South on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 6 pm for a dual with South, Arcanum and Lehman. The Covington High School and Jr. High teams then compete at the Covington Duals on Saturday, February 11. Wrestling starts at 10 am.

Ian Fries lifts his opponent before taking him to the mat for a takedown.