2022-23 COVINGTON BUCCANEERS
Covington is coming off its fantastic 50th season of wrestling, where the team finished with an overall record of 189-20, which included the 4th best tournament record in Covington history. The Buccs won the Bellefontaine Invitational, the Troy Invitational and the inaugural Three Rivers Conference (TRC) championship. The team also battled to a 10-3 dual meet record, but was unfortunately without 3-4 starters in each loss. Covington earned solid wins over Allen East, Milton-Union, Coldwater and Ben Logan, and put together a great performance in front of 100+ alumni in our victory over Piqua during our celebration of 50 seasons of Covington Wrestling.
The Buccs placed 1st out of 14 teams at Sectionals, with 9 district qualifiers – Carson Taylor, Jericho Quinter, Michael Hagan, Chase Vanderhorst, Jackson Shiverdecker, Aveyen Meek, Connor Sindelir, Jensen Wagoner and Scott Blumenstock, plus district alternate Caleb Miller; then took 6th place out of 48 teams at Districts where the team tied a school record by qualifying 5 wrestlers to State for only the second time in school history – Carson Taylor, Jericho Quinter, Michael Hagan, Chase Vanderhorst and Scott Blumenstock. Michael Hagan became just the fourth Covington wrestler to qualify for state as a freshman and a sophomore.
At State, Covington finished with two state placers for only the eighth time in school history. After missing the opportunity to compete in the post-season last year as freshmen due to football and weight-lifting injuries, Chase Vanderhorst placed 5th and Jericho Quinter placed 6th, becoming just the fifth and sixth Covington wrestlers to place as sophomores. The Buccs currently have a streak of state placers at 14 consecutive state tournaments – every tournament since 2008.
The Buccs lost five strong wrestlers to graduation – state qualifier Scott Blumenstock, district qualifiers Connor Sindelir, Ricky Stephan and Jensen Wagoner, and district alternate Caleb Miller, but return a number of talented wrestlers.
Covington will be led by seniors Brian Morrison, Aaron Jackson, Tyler Basye and Lane Jay, and juniors Luke Brown, Michael Hagan, Jericho Quinter, Carson Taylor, Chase Vanderhorst and honorary member Kamden Hughes. Hagan, Quinter and Vanderhorst are returning state placers, Taylor is a returning state qualifier and Morrison is a returning district alternate.
The sophomore class includes Jack Blumenstock, Colt Basye, Ashtin Gardner, A.J. Garman, Aveyen Meek, Izaiah Sherman, Kaden Thompson and Zeb Woodward-Roeth. Meek is a returning district qualifier. Rounding out the roster are freshmen Andrew Basye, Aubrey Bishop, Elijah Carnes, Christian Clark, Aiden Collins, Carter Dupuis, Mason Epperson, Zane Lemp, A.J. Reyes and Caleb Ryman.
Covington looks forward to competing with a mix of Division 1, 2 and 3 teams. The Buccs return to two prestigious mega-tournaments: the 52-team GMVWA Holiday tournament and the 43-team Lima Central Catholic (LCC) Invitational, as well as the Dayton Christian, Mechanicsburg, Versailles and Troy Invitationals. Additionally, the JV team will travel to some competitive reserve tournaments at Versailles, Greenville and Vandalia-Butler.
The Buccs will 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.