Brian Olson

(GMVWA) Holiday Tournament – Day 1
Thursday, December 29, 2011

After the first day of wrestling at the GMVWA Holiday tournament, Covington sits in 21st place out of 53 schools with 51 points. The Buccs’ nine wrestlers earned 15 victories throughout the day and two wrestlers – Kyler Deeter (138 lbs) and Brian Olson (182) – advanced to the championship quarterfinals while another two wrestlers – Ben Miller (160) and A.J. Ouellette (170) – advanced to the third consolation round.

Deeter earned a second-period pin over Kamar Daley of Pickerington Central and followed up with a third-period pin over Sage Alazaus of Glen Oak. Olson won his opening bout with a 15-3 major decision over Derek Hicks of Simon Kenton (Ky) before advancing in his next match with a 9-2 decision over Josh Teasley of Miami Trace.

Ouellette won his first two matches – a tight 1-0 decision over Miami Trace’s Dalton Hennes and a pin over Brandon Hodge of Oak Hills – before falling to Bobby Mounts of Kenton Ridge. Ouellette rebounded with a solid 14-0 major decision over Lebanon’s Tyler Frasher for his third win of the day.

Miller also stands at 3-1 overall as he opened with a pin over Washington Courthouse’s Kris Reid before dropping a tight back-and-forth 14-13 decision to Andrew Parker of Edgewood. Miller then won his final two matches with pins over Xenia’s Jessy Smith and Travis Grooms of Miami Trace.

Jake Sowers (145) and Cole Smith (152) each concluded the tournament with 2-2 records. Sowers decisioned Tye Smith of Washington Courthouse, 4-1, and Mason Gridley of Miamisburg, 5-0, then lost to Conor Driscoll of Hilliard Bradley, 8-0, and Alex Bair of Centerville, 4-3.

Smith pinned Skylar Mifsud of Bellefontaine before dropping an 18-4 major decision to Kent Bachman of Campbell County (Ky). He rebounded by pinning Piqua’s Desmine Griffis before dropping a 7-1 decision to John Meiman of Ryle (Ky).

Brock Smith (132) started off strong with a first period pin over Joe Broyles of Northmont, before dropping two close decisions – a 12-10 overtime loss to Lakota West’s Andy Cress and a 10-5 loss to Ben Logan’s Russ Hites

Bryton Lear (126) dropped a close 7-4 decision to Brookville’s Chandler Donati before falling to Glen Este’s Michael Stamper, while Justin Daniel (195) fell to Brookville’s Connor Domsitz before dropping a 10-3 decision to Bellefontaine’s Alex Schinker.

(GMVWA) Holiday Tournament – Day 2
Friday, December 30, 2011

After the second day of wrestling at the GMVWA Holiday tournament, Covington finished in 21st place out of 53 schools with 72 points, and 7th out of 26 in the small school division. The Buccs had three place-winners at the event – Kyler Deeter, Ben Miller and Brian Olson – for only the second time since Covington started attending in 2004 and the most since the 2007 tournament.

Olson led the Buccs with a 5th place finish at 182 lbs. He opened the day with a 3-1 quarterfinal victory over Garrett Foster of Pickerington Central before dropping his semifinal bout, 3-1, to Matt Lybarger of Mount Vernon. He then lost an exciting 2-1 overtime decision to Springfield’s Darryl Grayson, before rebounding in his placement match with a 9-1 major decision over Ricky McGrath of Hilliard Bradley.

Deeter (138) took 6th place for Covington by opening with a 4-3 decision over Oscar Romero of Franklin, before dropping his semifinal bout, 6-3, to Paul Hamilton of Campbell County (KY). He fell in his final two bouts to Benjamin Schram of Bellbrook, 14-3, and Drew Kearns of Glen Este, 5-2.

Freshman Ben Miller (160) battled his way to an 8th place finish. He opened the day by pinning Kyle Daniels of Mount Vernon and followed with another pin over Alec Gilchrist of Centerville. He then lost by pin to West Carrollton’s Derek McGrew and Indian Lake’s Chandler Golden.

A.J. Ouellette (170) fell just short of adding a fourth place-winner for the Buccs. He started the day earning his fourth tournament victory with a 6-1 decision over Chase Weber of Springfield before losing a close 3-1 decision to Armani Robinson of Greeneview.

Covington competes next at the Troy Invitational on Saturday, Jan 7.

A.J. Ouellette works on his opponent at the GMVWA Holiday Tournament at the Nutter Center.