DAY TWO: DIVISION III STATE - SECOND CONSOLATION ROUND
COLUMBUS - For Covington senior Brandon Magee, his outstanding wrestling career ended with a loss to Madison Jaso of Gibsonburg in the second round of consolations.
In the match, Magee found himself facing an 8-1 deficit into the final period and went from broke with an attempted throw. Jaso caught Magee and was able to record the pin.
"When you're down, may as well go for something big," said Magee afterward. "I went out trying."
Which is something that made Barbee very proud.
"He gave his all and that's all you can ask," said Barbee. "I'm proud of him. He's faced so much adversity in his life to see him finish his wrestling career here is very rewarding."
For Magee, failing to finish on the podium was disappointing, but he won't let that define his wrestling career or state experience.
"I wanted on the podium, but I'm enjoying everything about this," he said. "It's not just wrestling here - it's being with my coaches and some of my teammates out doing some things around Columbus that I'll probably remember the most."
The wrestling experience has been a rewarding one for Magee as he wasn't expected to be in the field of 16 at 182 pounds.
That's because he came to Columbus as an alternate and was inserted into the tournament at the weigh-ins due to another wrestler failing to pass the skin check.
"That was crazy, Magee said. "When we saw my name inserted into the bracket all I could think was that my brother had something to do with it. He's with me every day and I'm going to get a tattoo in honor of him."
Magee's brother passed away from cancer during Brandon's junior season, which made it difficult for him to stay focused.
"He passed away right before Christmas and I really wasn't focused at all last year," Magee explained. "But I decided that everything I do in my senior year is also for him."
With a senior year in which Magee was an All-Ohio selection as a football player and where he just finished with a 38-10 record after winning a match at the state wrestling meet, he now looks forward to track season in hopes of earning another state medal.
And you can bet his brother will have something to do with that as well.