ADA - Covington High School wrestling coach Tom Barbee has seen a recent trend of many of his wrestling proteges moving on to compete at the collegiate level after successful high school careers.
First, there was Logan Brown, who went on to become a four-time NCAA qualifier at Purdue University after becoming Covington's first ever state wrestling champion in 2006.
Then, there was Andrew DeHart, who is now in his senior season at Duke University after a stellar career at Covington in which he was a four-time state placer over his career.
Following in their footsteps are three former classmates from the graduating class of 2013, Brian Olson, Kyler Deeter and Jake Sowers. Olson is competing at The University Of Mount Union, while Deeter and Sowers are teammates at Ohio Northern University.
This made for and exciting night on Tuesday as Ohio Northern hosted Mount Union head-to-head in a dual for OAC bragging rights.
And the supporters who made the trek from Covington were treated with wins by the Buccaneer alums as Deeter captured a 4-2 win over Mount Union's Jacob Tremoulis and Olson dominated Dillon Brancheau of Ohio Northern by the score of 8-3. The win boosts Olson's record to 21-7 at 197 pounds on the season, while Deeter moves to 12-8 overall at 157 pounds.
Unfortunately, Sowers didn't see action on the night, but having three former Buccaneer wrestlers in the same gymnasium at the collegiate level is impressive for such a small community. What makes it even more impressive is all three started wrestling together in the youth program with the fathers being the coaches.
At the conclusion of the wrestling action, Olson, Deeter and Sowers visited together and picked up where they left off in high school - joking and dishing out little jabs at each other.
But it was Olson who had the last laugh as his team beat Ohio Northern 29-7.