COVINGTON — Covington and Versailles battled in an exciting dual on Tuesday night, with the Tigers coming out on top, 35-22. State qualifier Lance Miller (160) started things off for the Buccs with a 16-4 major decision over district placer Corey Dieringer, before Jonathan Moorman won a 7-3 decision over Covington’s Deron White (152). Versailles’ Bo Bey then earned a pin over Joey Schmelzer at 182.
Brandon Magee (195) then picked up an 11-2 major decision for the Buccs over Jacob Rismiller, before the Tigers would pick up victories by Kyle Gigandet (220), Jeffrey Ware (285) and Jocob Poling (106) over Bryce Keiser, Seth Thomas and Alexis Roth, respectively.
Covington’s Connor Ryan (113) then earned a 14-4 major decision over Marcus Marshall, before Versailles’ Preston Platfoot fought to a close 7-5 victory over Coleman Ryan (120). The Buccs would counter as Jared Ford earned a solid 6-0 victory over Steven Mangen. The Tigers then responded with a a hard-fought victory as Kyle Wuebker edged Keringten Martin (132), 6-4.
The highlight match of the night followed as Covington’s state placer Ryan Ford (138) squared off against Versailles’ state alternate Tanner Bey. Ford would go on to win a 13-5 major decision. The teams then traded the last two bouts as Covington’s Josh Sowers (145) defeated Tyler Gigandet, 6-1, before Gage DeHart (152) fell to Versailles’ Nathan Henry. Covington’s Brandon Robinson (152) and Ross Bowman (160) also picked up wins in JV action.
The junior high teams had an equally exciting back-and-forth dual that came down to the final match as the Tigers edged the Buccs, 44-42. Austin Flick (128) and Hunter Clarkson (134) earned forfeits for the Buccs before Cade Schmelzer (142) picked up a third win with a pin over Evan Clark. Jesse Fisher (150) then fell to Versailles’ Isaac Gilmore.
Gage Kerrigan (160) then won another for the Buccs with a pin over Ethan Davis, before Versailles’ Isaac Grilliot (172) and Austin Nerdman (205) earned wins over Joseph Franke and Dylan Staudt. Grant Bablyon (245) gave the Buccs the next win with a pin over Evan Keller, before Versailles picked up consecutive wins by Kobe Epperly (80) and Trevor Huber (86) over Devin Newhouse and by forfeit.
Cael Vanderhorst (92) got the Buccs back on track with a pin over Noah Barga before Versailles’ Cael Bey (98) earned a forfeit and Nick Monnier defeated Covington’s Bryce Smith (104). Gavin Swank then earned a 10-3 decision over Nick Monnier at 110.
Covingon’s Fletcher Metz (116) then battled from behind to win a big 5-4 victory over Noah Gilmore to give the Buccs the lead, before the Tigers’ took it back with a Nathan Wagner (122) victory over Tyler Bauer to conclude the dual.
Covington’s high school team hosts state semi-finalists Mechanicsburg in a home dual on Wednesday at 5:30 pm, while Covington’s junior high team travels to the Tippecanoe Invitational on Saturday.