Cael Vanderhorst records a takedown against West Liberty.

Covington advanced to the regional semi-finals on Saturday and dropped a tough 42–27 contest to eventual regional champion Versailles who went on to defeat Mechanicsburg in the finals. The Buccs won their first two duals of the tournament comfortably, beating West Liberty-Salem, 51–27, and Allen East, 40-34. In both of those duals, Covington had large leads and the victory sealed, so they forfeited four weights (24 points) at the end to keep kids fresh for later rounds. The Buccs are now 17-4 in duals this season.

Kellan Anderson (106), Cael Vanderhorst (113), Austin Flick (138), Keringten Martin (152), Dylan Burns (160), Gavin McReynolds (182) and Jesse Fisher (220) all went undefeated on the day for the Buccs.

Connor Sindelir (126) got things started against West Liberty-Salem, pinning Hayden Phillips, followed by a 12-5 victory by Riley Richards (132) over Austin VanHoose. Austin Flick (138) pinned Ian Maurice and Gavin McReynolds (182) pinned Maguire Stratton. Kellan Anderson (106), Cael Vanderhorst (113), Jensen Wagoner (145), Keringten Martin (152) and Dylan Burns (160) received forfeits.

The Buccs then built a 40-12 lead over Allen East to clinch victory before forfeiting the final 4 weights. Kellan Anderson (106) won by injury default over Jordan Kennedy, Cael Vanderhorst (113) pinned Ethan Garver, Connor Sindelir (126) pinned Dawson Redman, Keringten Martin (152) pinned Blake Hershberger and Dylan Burns (160) pinned Caleb Welch, before Duncan Cooper (170) picked up a 16-2 major decision over Ethan Boday. Austin Flick (138) picked up a forfeit for the Buccs.

Covington got off to a nice start against Versailles as Kellan Anderson (106) pinned Mike Reed and Cael Vanderhorst (120) pinned Noah Brown, while Kobe Epperly (113) picked up a forfeit for the Tigers. Versailles regained the lead with pins by Noah Barga (126) and Jacob Poling (132) over Connor Sindelir and Riley Richards.

Austin Flick (138) then picked up a win for the Buccs, 6-4, over Carson Bey, before Versailles’ Nick Monnier (145) and Dalton Didier (152) won 9-4 and by fall over Jensen Wagoner and Fletcher Metz. Keringten Martin (160) then pinned Cael Bey, before Versailles’ Tyler Gigandet (170) beat Duncan Cooper, 9-2.

Covington’s Gavin McReynolds (182) then won a come-from-behind victory over Noah Gilmore, 5-3, before Versailles’ Isaac Grilliot (195) pinned Ricky Stephan. Jesse Fisher (220) then won a 4-2 overtime decision for the Buccs over Brayden Keihl, before Versailles’ Austin Nerderman pinned Scott Blumenstock.

Covington travels to Eaton for a combined high school and jr. high dual on Tuesday, February 5, followed by a double dual at Wayne with Trotwood-Madison on Wednesday, February 6.

Covington 51 – West Liberty-Salem 24
106 – Kellan Anderson (Covington) forfeit (West Liberty-Salem)
113 – Cael Vanderhorst (Covington) forfeit (West Liberty-Salem)
120 – Double Forfeit
126 – Connor Sindelir (Covington) pin 0:45 Hayden Phillips (West Liberty-Salem)
132 – Riley Richards (Covington) Dec 12-5 Austin VanHoose (West Liberty-Salem)
138 – Austin Flick (Covington) pin 1:15 Ian Maurice (West Liberty-Salem)
145 – Jensen Wagoner (Covington) forfeit (West Liberty-Salem)
152 – Keringten Martin (Covington) forfeit (West Liberty-Salem)
160 – Dylan Burns (Covington) forfeit (West Liberty-Salem)
170 – Jake Wilcoxon (West Liberty-Salem) forfeit (Covington)
182 – Gavin McReynolds (Covington) pin 0:36 Maguire Stratton (West Liberty-Salem)
195 – Major Stratton (West Liberty-Salem) forfeit (Covington)
220 – Shawn Casto (West Liberty-Salem) forfeit (Covington)
285 – Kyle Wolfe (West Liberty-Salem) forfeit (Covington)

Covington 40 – Allen East 36
106 – Kellan Anderson (Covington) forfeit Jordan Kennedy (Allen East)
113 – Cael Vanderhorst (Covington) pin 0:17 Ethan Garver (Allen East)
120 – Double Forfeit
126 – Drake Carmean (Allen East) forfeit (Covington)
132 – Connor Sindelir (Covington) pin 3:59 Dawson Redman (Allen East)
138 – Austin Flick (Covington) forfeit (Allen East)
145 – Chase Miller (Allen East) pin 2:29 Jensen Wagoner (Covington)
152 – Keringten Martin (Covington) pin 2:52 Blake Hershberger (Allen East)
160 – Dylan Burns (Covington) pin 0:57 Caleb Welch (Allen East)
170 – Duncan Cooper (Covington) md16-2 Ethan Boday (Allen East)
182 – Devin Anspach (Allen East) forfeit (Covington)
195 – Garrett Neth (Allen East) forfeit (Covington)
220 – Alek Winner (Allen East) forfeit (Covington)
285 – Brennan Davies 11 (Allen East) forfeit (Covington)

Versailles 42 – Covington 27
106 – Kellan Anderson (Covington) pin 0:58 Mike Reed (Versailles)
113 – Kobe Epperly (Versailles) forfeit (Covington)
120 – Cael Vanderhorst (Covington) pin 2:24 Noah Brown (Versailles)
126 – Noah Barga (Versailles) pin 5:50 Connor Sindelir (Covington)
132 – Jacob Poling (Versailles) pin 1:56 Riley Richards (Covington)
138 – Austin Flick (Covington) dec. 6-4 Carson Bey (Versailles)
145 – Nick Monnier (Versailles) dec. 9-4 Jensen Wagoner (Covington)
152 – Dalton Didier (Versailles) pin 5:30 Fletcher Metz (Covington)
160 – Keringten Martin (Covington) pin 0:59 Cael Bey (Versailles)
170 – Tyler Gigandet (Versailles) dec. 9-2 Duncan Cooper (Covington)
182 – Gavin McReynolds (Covington) dec. 5-3 Noah Gilmore (Versailles)
195 – Isaac Grilliot (Versailles) pin 0:36 Ricky Stephan (Covington)
220 – Jesse Fisher (Covington) dec. 4-2 Brayden Keihl (Versailles)
285 – Austin Nerderman (Versailles) pin 0:44 Scott Blumenstock (Covington)

Kellan Anderson looks for a pin against Versailles.
Jesse Fisher works for a takedown in a 4-2 win at 220 pounds.