Cael Vanderhorst led the Buccs with a second place finish at 120 pounds.

Friday, January 24, 2020
Covington put in a strong performance in the opening rounds of the Lima Central Catholic (LCC) Invitational on Friday, finishing the first day in 5th place out of 41 teams, and advanced 11 wrestlers to the second day of the tournament, including 8 wrestlers in the quarterfinals.

Cael Vanderhorst (120 lbs) advanced to the quarterfinals with a bye and a 16-0 technical fall victory over Columbus Grove’s Trever Wynkoop, while Kellan Anderson (126) advanced with an 8-1 decision over Patrick Henry’s Lee Borders and a 16-0 technical fall over Blanchester’s Nick Musselman.

Austin Flick (145) earned a pair of pins over Carlisle’s Colby Millard and Cory-Rawson’s Cale Parkins, while Deacon Shields (152) advanced with a bye and a pin over Northridge’s Harper Huling. Jensen Wagoner (160) earned a pair of pins over Otsego’s Ivan Armas and Pandora-Gilboa’s Mitchell Blank.

Trentin Alexander (170) advanced with a bye and a pin over Madeira’s Aidan Reed, while Duncan Cooper (182) had a bye and a 12-3 major decision victory over Crestview’s Aidan Godsey. Jesse Fisher (220) was the Covington’s final quarterfinalist, advancing with a bye and a pin over Southeastern’s Brady Spears.

Connor Sindelir (138) dropped an 8-2 decision to top-seed Mason Glaze of Eastwood, before rebounding with a pin over Greeneview’s Payden Kibble. Brian Morrison (113) won an 8-0 major decision over New London’s Wyatt Harrison in the second consolation round, while Dalton Bishop (106) advanced in that round with a bye. Scott Blumenstock (285) dropped his two bouts.

Wrestling resumes at 9:30 am.

Deacon Shield was one of a school-record 9 placers at the LCC Invitational.

Saturday, January 25, 2020
Covington wrestled a great tournament at the Lima Central Catholic (LCC) Invitational this weekend, finishing in 5th place out of 41 schools. Waynedale won the event, followed by Allen East. While it wasn’t the Buccs highest team finish at LCC, the team did set a school-record with 9 individual placers at the tournament.

Cael Vanderhorst led the way for Covington with a 2nd place finish at 120 lbs, after dropping an 8-3 decision to state placer Jake Manley of Otsego in the finals. Vanderhorst won by forfeit over Miami East’s Max Shore in the semifinals, after pinning Waynedale’s state placer Seth Unkefer in the quarterfinals.

Kellan Anderson (126) dropped a 6-2 decision to Wayne Trace’s Hunter Long to take 4th place. Anderson defeated Miami East’s Garrett Kowalak, 8-2, in the quarterfinals before falling to Allen East’s Drake Carmean in the semifinals, then rebounding with a 7-1 victory over Carey’s Reece Mullholand in the consolation semifinals.

Duncan Cooper placed 5th at 182 lbs. with a win by forfeit over Miami East’s Jarrett Winner in the finals. Cooper won an 11-2 decision over Caleb Stammen, and a 10-0 decision over Carey’s Tanner May, before falling to Swanton’s Ian Saunders in the consolation semifinals.

Connor Sindelir (138) and Jensen Wagoner (160) both placed 6th for the Buccs. Sindelir reeled off 4 straight wins in the consolations but dropped his final bout, 12-3, to Waynedale’s Mason Glaze, while Wagoner advanced to the semifinals with a pin over Greenview’s Caleb Allen, before dropping his final bout, 14-2, to Blanchester’s Gage Huston.

Austin Flick (145) and Trentin Alexander (170) both picked up two more victories on day 2 to finish in 7th place, while Deacon Shields (152) and Jesse Fisher (220) each earned another victory to place 8th overall. Dalton Bishop (106) and Brian Morrison (113) made it to the second day of wrestling but fell short of placing.

Connor Sindelir placed 6th at LCC.