SPRINGFIELD — Covington won all four of their duals on Saturday at the Northeastern Invitational to win the tournament with a 7-0 overall record. The Buccs opened with a 57-18 victory over Northwestern, followed by a 59-9 win over Springfield Shawnee. They then defeated Northeastern, 59-24, before finishing with a 52-24 victory over Urbana.
Finishing in first place with 7-0 records were Jared Ford (132, 3 pins), Josh Sowers (145, 2 pins), Gage DeHart (152, 3 pins), Deron White (160, 3 pins), Lance Miller (170, 5 pins) and Joey Schmelzer (182, 2 pins). Coleman Ryan (120, pin) finished 3-0, but was unable to wrestle on Saturday. Taking second place with 6-1 records were Connor Ryan (113, 3 pins), Brandon Magee (195, 4 pins) and Seth Thomas (285, 2 pins). Riley Richards (126, pin) and Carl Lankford (285, pin) both finished in third with 5-2 records.
Also competing well and winning matches for the Buccs were Chris Triplett, Parker Dysinger, Bryce Keiser, Keringten Martin, Gavin McReynolds, Ross Bowman and Ian Wilson.
Covington’s Jr. High wrestling team put in an outstanding performance at the Milton-Union Bulldog Invitational on Saturday, finishing in second place to Northmont out of 16 teams. In doing so, the Buccs achieved their highest finish ever at the tournament. The team also put a school-record eight wrestlers on the podium, with an additional four wrestlers in the top-six.
Winning the championship were Cael Vanderhorst (92) and Austin Flick (128).
Cade Schmelzer (142, 3-1, 2 pins) , Gage Kerrigan (160, 3-1, 3 pins) and Grant Babylon (245, 3-1, 3 pins) all finished second.
Duncan Cooper (134) and Dylan Staudt (205) both went 4-1 overall to finish in third place for Covington. Logan Lowe (104) finished in fourth place with a 3-2 record and one pin. Also finishing in the top-six were Bryce Smith (98, 3-2, 3 pins), Gavin Swank (110, 2-2, 2 pins), Trentin Alexander (128, 3-2, 2 pins) and Hunter Clarkson (134, 3-2, pin).
David Robinson (110, pin), Tyler Bauer (122, 2 pins), Seth Iddings (128, pin) and Colton Francis (142, 2 pins) also earned big pins for the Buccs, while Devin Newhouse (80), Cole Jay (110), Fletcher Metz (116), Jesse Fisher (150), Joseph Franke (172) and Clayton Stephan (205) also competed well for the team.
The Buccs will host Versailles Tuesday for a JH and high school dual that starts at 6 p.m.
SIDNEY — The Versailles and Miami East wrestling team finished 1-2 at the Jim McCracken Invitaitonal Saturday.
Versailles won with 292.5 points, while Miami East was second with 226.5.
Winning for the Tigers were Marcus Marshal (113), Corey Dieringer (160), Jerome Bey (182).
Marshal defeated James Dyer of Northridge in the title match, while Dieringer decisioned Cole Tibbs of Mason 2-1 and Bey pinned Seth Campbell of Miamisburg in 1:46.
Finishing second were Jacob Poling (106) and Kyle Gigandet (220).
Poling lost by major decision to Cole Hauser of Ben Logan in the title match, while Gigandet was pinned by Caden Hellyer of Miami East in 2:34 in the title match.
Taking third were Preston Platfoot (120), Steven Mangen (126), Tanner Bey (138), Nathan Henry (152) and Jacob Rismiller (195); while finishing fourth were Dalton Didier (106), Kyle Wuebker (132), Tyler Gigandet (145) and Jeffrey Ware (285).
Taking fifth was Lane Feltz (132) and finishing sixth were Lewis Kremer (145) and Gavin Bolin (195).
Miami East’s Caden Hellyer (220) and Ben Ferguson (285) both won individual titles.
While Hellyer won by pin, Ferguson decisioned Jac Beatty of Sidney 7-1 in the title match.
Three Vikings — Graham Shore (120), Alex Isbrandt (126) and Daniel Everett (195) — all finished second.
Shore was decisioned 7-1 by Tommy Hoskins of Dayton Christian in the title match; Isbrandt lost 5-0 to Elijah Perkins of Miamisburg; and Everett was pinned by Javon Purk of Sidney in 1:34.
Trey Rush (132), Zane Strubler (138), Matt Welker (170) and Dalton Loughman (220) each brought home third-place finishes.
Cole Taylor (106) finished sixth.
“Caden had an outstanding tournament, and we wrestled very well overall,” Miami East coach Mark Rose said.
Miami East hosts Mechanicsburg Wednesday.