2018-19 COVINGTON BUCCANEERS
Covington is coming off an outstanding season where they earned a number of impressive individual, dual meet and tournament accomplishments. The Buccs finished with a 26-5 dual meet record, reclaiming the unofficial Cross-County Conference title and advancing to the Regional Semi-Finals. The team also finished with an overall tournament record of 127-50 with strong finishes at the Troy and Lima Central Catholic Invitationals.
The Buccs placed 3rd out of 14 teams at Sectionals, with 9 district qualifiers (Bryce Keiser, Keringten Martin, Gavin McReynolds, Gage Kerrigan, Austin Flick, Trentin Alexander, Kellan Anderson, Duncan Cooper and Cael Vanderhorst), and 5th out of 62 teams at Districts, qualifying four wrestlers to State – Keringten Martin, Gage Kerrigan, Kellan Anderson and Cael Vanderhorst. At State, Anderson and Vanderhorst finished 6th and 8th to become just the second and third freshmen to place at state for the Buccs. Covington has now had one or more state placers for eleven consecutive seasons and thirteen of the past fourteen seasons.
The Buccs lost just two wrestlers to graduation – district qualifier Bryce Keiser and Kyle Barga – and return a number of talented wrestlers to this year’s team.
Covington will be led by seniors Keringten Martin, Gavin McReynolds, Riley Richards and Dylan Burns. Martin is a returning state qualifier, while McReynolds, Richards and Burns are returning district qualifiers. The junior class includes Jesse Fisher, Austin Flick, Seth Iddings, Fletcher Metz and Dylan Staudt. Flick is a returning district qualifier. The sophomore class includes Trentin Alexander, Kellan Anderson, Duncan Cooper, Devin Newhouse, David Robinson, Bryce Smith, Clayton Stephan, Gavin Swank and Cael Vanderhorst. Anderson and Vanderhorst are returning state placers, while Alexander and Cooper are returning district qualifiers. Rounding out the roster are freshmen Scott Blumenstock, Adam Brewer, Dakota Clarkson, Caleb Miller, Connor Sindelir, Ricky Stephan and Jensen Wagoner.
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 Versailles, Miami East, Coldwater and Eaton. Additionally, the JV team will travel to some very competitive reserve meets including Versailles, Ben Logan and Vandalia-Butler.
Covington has no home meets this season, other than hosting 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 host the Division 3 sectional tournament – whose participants have proven to be among the most successful among all divisions in Ohio at the state tournament several times over the past decade.
MARTIN 3RD, VANDERHORST 4TH AT STATE
Covington senior Keringten Martin took advantage of his second and final opportunity at the state meet by placing 3rd at 152 pounds, while sophomore Cael Vanderhorst earned his second state medal by placing fourth at 113 pounds. Sophomore Kellan Anderson also competed at state for the second straight year, ut came up short of earning his second state medal.