December 28, 2018 - Vandalia
Covington wrestled to an excellent finish at the GMVWA Holiday tournament, finishing in 2nd place out of 21 schools in the small school standings (Divisions 2 and 3) behind overall winner Graham, and in 5th place out of 48 teams overall when you add in the Division 1 teams. The 5th place overall finish is Covington's second best performance ever at the tournament. The team also tied a school record with 5 placers, and had another 4 wrestlers who finished in the top 12.
Kellan Anderson led the way for the Buccs with a first place finish at 106 lbs. He bested Graham's Nolan Gessler, 6-3, in the finals after pinning Troy Christian's Caleb Schroer in the semi finals. He started the day with a 10-0 major decision over Wapakoneta's Colon Mellot.
Keringten Martin battled his way to a 3rd place finish with his only loss a close 5-3 decision to eventual champion Jeffrey Thomas of Graham. Martin started off with a 5-3 decision over Dylan Schenck, then dropped his bout to Thomas, before rebounding with a pin over Rictor Morgan of Simon Kenton. He then defeated Schenck a second time, 4-3, to place 3rd.
Cael Vanderhorst finished in 4th place at 120 lbs. He dropped his quarterfinal bout in overtime, 3-2, to Centerville's Damion Ryan, before reeling off three straight victories in the consolations. He pinned Hilliard Bradley's Sam Pennington, beat Graham's Dawson Show, 4-2, and defeated Princeton's Josue Dawson, 9-5, before dropping a 3-0 decision in the finals to Centerville's Ryan.
Austin Flick (138) and Riley Richards (132) also made the podium, finishing in 7th and 8th place, respectively. Flick opened the day with back-to-back pins, before dropping an 8-6 decision, then closed with a pin over Upper Sandusky's Brazen McDaniel. Richards won two decisions to place then dropped 1-point and 2-point decisions to finish 8th.
Dylan Burns (160), Duncan Cooper (170), Gavin McReynolds (182) and Jesse Fisher (220) all finished in the top 12 - one win short of placing - each winning their opening bouts of day 2.
Covington competes next at the Troy Invitational on Saturday Jan 5.