2014-15 COVINGTON BUCCANEERS
Covington is coming off a fantastic season, where they finished with arguably the most successful team in school history. The Buccs continued their streak of 20+ dual wins to 6 consecutive years, finishing with a 28-1 record, and advancing to the dual meet Regional Finals.
Covington claimed its 12th straight unofficial Cross-County Conference title and finished with the best overall team record in 42 seasons of wrestling, 190-11 (95%).
The team won its second consecutive Sectional championship with a school record 13 district qualifiers, then placed 2nd out of 53 teams at Districts (best since 1986) – and qualified a school-record five wrestlers to State – Jarred Ganger, Ryan Ford, Daniel Jennings, Ben Miller and A.J. Ouellette, while Connor Ryan finished as a state alternate. At State, Ben Miller finished sixth, A.J. Ouellette finished fifth, Ryan Ford took third and Jarred Ganger won his second state title, to give Covington a school-record four state placers and a team-high 5th place finish.
The Buccs lost five wrestlers to graduation – state-placer A.J. Ouellette who is currently playing football at Ohio University, state qualifier Daniel Jennings, district qualifiers Jordan Wolfe and Justin Daniel, and Alex Fries. Despite this loss, the team returns ten district qualifiers, including three state placers, plus other returning lettermen.
Covington will be led by seniors Jarred Ganger and Ben Miller. Ganger is a two-time state champion and three-time placer, while Miller is a returning state placer. The junior class includes Logan Fields, Ryan Ford, Ian Fries, Brandon Magee, Coleman Ryan and Connor Ryan. Ford is a returning state placer, Connor Ryan a returning state alternate, Fries, Magee and Coleman Ryan are returning district qualifiers while Fields is a returning letterman.
The sophomore class includes district qualifiers Lance Miller, Josh Sowers and Deron White, plus Mark Barga, Ross Bowman, Jacob Buchanan, Luke Grieshop, Carl Lankford, Levi Brown, Chandler Sampson and Seth Thomas.
Rounding out the roster are freshmen Izaiah Brandon, Gage DeHart, Jared Ford, Bryce Keiser, Alexis Roth, Joey Schmelzer and Bowen Swank.
Covington looks forward to competing with the mix of Division 1, 2 and 3 teams that are on their schedule. The Buccs return to two prestigious mega-tournaments: the 52-team GMVWA Holiday tournament and the 38-team Lima Central Catholic (LCC) Invitational. They will also compete in the Northeastern, Versailles and Troy Invitationals. Covington will once again square off with some of the top dual-meet teams in the western part of the state, including Mechanicsburg, Brookville, Coldwater, Eaton, Troy and Versailles. Additionally, the JV team will travel to some very competitive reserve meets including Greenville, Versailles, Ben Logan, Sidney and Vandalia-Butler.
Covington has four home tri meets and will once again host the Covington Duals tournament – which includes their Cross County Conference rivals, along with Lehman. The Buccs will compete again in the OHSAA team dual meet tournament and then travel to Lehman for the Division 3 sectional tournament – whose participants have proven to be among the most successful among all divisions in Ohio at the state tournament over the past several years.
BUCCANEERS MAKE HISTORY AGAIN
Senior Jarred Ganger and Ben Miller were joined at state by junior Ryan Ford and sophomore Lance Miller and the four Buccaneers had a great weekend by earning three state medals. Jarred Ganger won his fourth state medal and third state championship, while Ryan Ford took this and Ben Miller finished sixth. Lance Miller also wrestled well, but came up short of reaching the podium.