Justin Daniel records a takedown on a double leg.

The Covington wrestling team got a tune-up on Monday before the first round of the OHSAA duals start this Wednesday. The Buccs honored their seniors – Kyler Deeter, Brian Olson, Brock Smith and Jake Sowers – and their parents, as they went on to defeat Milton-Union, 63-9, and earn a 77-0 victory over Lehman, to improve their overall record to 17-2.

Fourteen of Covington’s sixteen competing wrestlers went undefeated at the meet, led by senior Brock Smith (138) who finished 3-0 with 3 pins. Going 2-0 for the Buccs were Connor Ryan (106), Michael Cox (113), Ryan Ford (126), Daniel Jennings (145, 1 pin), Jake Sowers (152), Kyler Deeter (160, 1 pin), Ben Miller (170, 1 pin), A.J. Ouellette (182, 1 pin), Justin Daniel (195, 1 pin) and Ian Fries (220, 1 pin). Cole Smith (152, 1 pin), Brandon Magee (170, 1 pin) and Alex Fries (170, 1 pin) each went 1-0, while Dustin Freeman (138) and Jordan Wolfe (285) finished 1-1.

Covington hosts the first round of the OHSAA dual meet tournament this Wednesday, January 23, at 6 pm at the high school. The Buccs – seeded no. 2 – face Arcanum, while no. 3 seed Mechanicsburg faces Springfield Northeastern.

Sidney Reserve Tournament

Covington had a nice showing at the Sidney Reserve Tournament on Saturday, placing all five competing wrestlers in the top four at the event.

The Buccs were led by Jake Sowers (152) and Cole Smith (160) who both took first place with 4-0 records. Both wrestlers earned 2 pins and a technical fall during the competition.

Finishing in second place for Covington was Alex Fries (170). Fries suffered an 11-5 decision in the finals and earned 2 pins on the day. Younger brother Ian Fries (195) took third place with a 3-2 record and 3 pins, while Dustin Freeman (132) took 4th place with a 2-2 record and 2 pins.

Alex Fries turns his opponent for a pin.