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Buccaneer District Champions...

The 1983 team was one of two district championship teams from Covington (1986).

The Covington Buccaneers wrestling teams have had great success at district tournaments through the years. Success at this tournament qualifies wrestlers for the state tournament and along the way, 15 wrestlers and two teams have wrestled their way to district gold.

Randy Kimmel became the first district champion in 1978 and duplicated that accomplishment in 1979. Kimmel also became the first Covington wrestler to wrestle at state in '78 and '79.

Kirk Tisdale won the district championship in 1980 at 145 lbs. In 1982, the Buccs had two wrestlers earn district titles for the first time. Brad Hall (98 lbs.) and Don Emenegger (132 lbs.) captured titles. Hall was also the lone district champion in 1983 at 105 lbs.

1983 saw the beginning of the Jason Kingrey and Craig Vanderhorst runs. Kingrey and Vanderhorst won back-to back titles in 1983 and '84.

In 1986, Mike Hagan won the 155 lb. weight class while Scott Taylor won at 175 lbs. in '86 and '87. Brian Olson also won a title in 1987 at 185 lbs.

In the next ten years only one Covington wrestler captured a district championship. In 1992 Eric Vanderhorst won the 189 lb. class. In 1997 Noah Turner added his name to the championship list with a title at 152 lbs.

Brandon Owens started off the new millennium with a district title in 2000. Owens won the 171 lb. class and earned a trip to state.

Mike Stephan won back-to-back titles in 2001 and 2002 in the 171 lb. weight class, while another two-time district champions was Logan Brown in 2005 and 2006 who went on to place third at the state meet in 2005 and became a state champion in 2006.

In 2010 Andrew DeHart became a district champion, which propelled him into a history making performance at state as he became Covington's first three-time state placer by taking runner-up at 145 pounds.

DeHart would then win his second straight district title in 2011 and once again place at state - a third place finish - to become the school's first four-time state placer.

In 2014 the Buccaneers had a school record three district champions in Jarred Ganger (126 pounds), Ryan Ford (132 pounds) and A.J. Ouellette (195 pounds). The Buccaneers sent a record number of 13 wrestlers to the tournament and took second as a team.

The following year, in 2015, Covington had two district champions in Jarred Ganger (132) and Ryan Ford (138) and sent four wrestlers to the state meet.

Lance Miller became a district champion in 2017 after winning a sectional title. He also placed 2nd at the state meet at 160 pounds.

Only two Covington teams in history won the team district championship. The 1983 and 1986 teams may have been the best wrestling teams in school history.

Covington District Champions

1978
1979
1980
1981
1981
1982
1983
1983

1984
1984
1986
1986

1987
1987
1992
1997
2000
2001
2002
2005
2006
2010
2011

2014
2014
2014
2015
2015
2017

155 lbs
155 lbs
145 lbs
98 lbs
132 lbs
105 lbs
138 lbs
167 lbs
145 lbs
167 lbs
155 lbs
175 lbs
175 lbs
185 lbs
189 lbs
152 lbs
171 lbs
171 lbs
171 lbs
189 lbs
189 lbs
145 lbs
145 lbs

126 lbs
132 lbs
195 lbs
132 lbs
138 lbs
160 lbs

*Randy Kimmel
*Randy Kimmel
Kirk Tisdale
*Brad Hall
Don Emenegger
*Brad Hall
*Craig Vanderhorst
*Jason Kingrey
*Craig Vanderhorst
*Jason Kingrey
Mike Hagan
*Scott Taylor
*Scott Taylor
Brian Olson
Eric Vanderhorst
Noah Turner
Brandon Owens
*Mike Stephan
*Mike Stephan
*Logan Brown
*Logan Brown
*Andrew DeHart
*Andrew DeHart

Jarred Ganger
Ryan Ford
A.J. Ouellette
Jarred Ganger
Ryan Ford
Lance Miller

District Team Champions
1983
1986

*Two-Time District Champions

Note: Between 1984 and 1987, 'Regionals' replaced the District Tournament while 'Districts' replaced the Sectional Tournament.

Logan Brown used a district championship to propell him into an undefeated senior season that concluded into a state championship in 2006.