Caleb Ryman avenges a prior loss to Sidney’s Brian Barrett with a convincing 13-4 major decision. ©Ben Robinson/Color Green Photo

SIDNEY – Covington made the trip to Sidney to wrestle the host Yellow Jackets and Greenville, and won both duals to finish 2-0 on the evening.  The Buccs opened with a 45-36 victory over Greenville before defeating Sidney 46-33.

Greenville’s Jack Suter (106 lbs.) and Covington’s Carson Taylor (113 lbs.) traded forfeits before the Buccs reeled off four consecutive pins as Michael Hagan (120) pinned Ashton Noggle, Jericho Quinter (126) pinned Juan Gutierrez, Chase Vanderhorst (132) pinned Boden Hill, and Caleb Ryman pinned Ethan Dues.  Greenville’s William Bush then picked up a pin over Luke Brown (144).

Covington would win the next three bouts, however, as Aveyen Meek (150) defeated Kevin Nguyen, 11-4, Jack Blumenstock (157) pinned Hunter Harter, and Mason Epperson (165) pinned Gavin Hayes.  Greenville would win the last four bouts with pins by Aiden Monrreal over Aiden Collins (175) and Cameron Preece over AJ Garman (190) and forfeits received by Jaxon Wombolt (215) and Andrew Winner (285).  

In JV action, Covington picked up two victories as Christian Clark (113) picked up a 17-9 major decision over Jack Suter and Colt Basye (144) pinned Alexandra Matamoros.

Against Sidney, Michael Hagan (120) got things started for the Buccs with a pin over Kelan Woodell, while teammates Andrew Basye (126) and Jericho Quinter (132) picked up consecutive pins over Noah Laine and Chandler Bladen.  Covington’s Caleb Ryman (138) extended the team lead, 22-0, as he avenged a prior loss with a 13-4 major decision over Brian Barrett.  Sidney would then get points on the board, as Ivan Spencer pinned Luke Brown (144).  

The teams then traded matches as Covington’s Kaden Thompson (150) pinned Anthony Earick, before Sidney’s Ralex Winals won a competitive 14-8 match over Aveyen Meek (157).  Sidney would win four of the next five matches as Rylee Vestal pinned Mason Epperson (165), Wyatt Biddle won by injury default over AJ Garman (190), and Elijah Biddle (215) and Thomas Siberia (285) both received forfeits, while Covington’s Aiden Collins received a forfeit at 175 lbs.

Covington took a narrow 34-33 lead into the final two bouts but came away with the team victory as Aubrey Bishop (106) picked up a forfeit and Carson Taylor (113) pinned Elijah McKenzie.

Covington competes next at the invitation-only Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association (OHSWCA) State Duals on Saturday, February 4, where as a no. 6 seed, they face no. 3 seed Brookville.

Andrew Basye picks up a pin against Sidney. ©Ben Robinson/Color Green Photo
Aiden Collins stalks his opponent on Wednesday. ©Ben Robinson/Color Green Photo