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Buccaneer Sectional Champions...

Chris Nutter won the sectional title in 1987 at 119 lbs.

Since 1981, there have been 34 sectional champions come out of Covington High School. Eight Covington wrestlers captured the sectional title twice and two wrestlers did it three times.

In 1981, three wrestlers won sectional championships. Brad Hall (98 lbs.), Don Emenegger (132 lbs.) and Kirk Tisdale (155 lbs.). 1981 was followed up by one wrestler, Ryan Kimmel (138 lbs.), in 1982.

Four Covington wrestlers from one of the best wrestling teams in school history earned championships in 1983. Jim Shields (98 lbs.), Rob Vanderhorst (126 lbs.), Craig Vanderhorst (138 lbs.) and Jason Kingrey (167 lbs.) spearheaded a dominating class. Jim Shields, Craig Vanderhorst and Jason Kingrey earned back-to-back sectional championships in 1984 as they were joined by newcomer, Kent Musgrave (126 lbs.)

In 1985, Rob Vanderhorst (138 lbs.) won his second sectional title after failing the previous year.

Another strong group of wrestlers came along in 1986 and 1987 as two wrestlers won back-to-back sectional championships. Brian Olson (185 lbs.) and Scott Taylor (175 lbs.) were joined on the top podium by Mike Hagan (155 lbs.) in 1986 and Chris Nutter (119 lbs.) in 1987.

Two wrestlers from the 1988 team captured sectional gold. Tony Iddings (160 lbs.) and Tim Fitzpatrick (171 lbs.) represented the Buccs as sectional champions. Randy Sowers (160 lbs.) wrestled his way to a sectional title in 1989 to complete a decade of excellence.

The 1990s started with one wrestler becoming the first three-time sectional champion. Eric Vanderhorst won sectional titles in 1990 (152 lbs.), 1991 (171 lbs.) and 1992 (189 lbs).

No Covington wrestlers won sectional titles for three straight years from 1993-95, but Eric Hunt and Jason Durbin broke the streak in 1996. Hunt won his title at 145 lbs. while Durbin finished at the top spot at 189 lbs.

Two out of the next three years saw a Covington wrestler become a sectional champion as Noah Turner won a title at 152 lbs. in 1997 and Scot Fetters joined the list in 1999 at 215 lbs.

The next three years were dominated by Mike Stephan as he won titles in 2000 at 160 lbs., 2001 and 2002 at 171 lbs. Brandon Owens (171 lbs.) and Marti Finfrock (189 lbs.) joined Stephan on the victory stand in 2002 while Steve Batdorf won the 160 lb. class in 2001.

After a three-year droubt, the Buccs finally recorded their 26th sectional champion in junior, Logan Brown in 2005. After an unbeated regular season, Brown continued his domination in the sectional tournament at 189 lbs.

Brown duplicated the feat in 2006 and then went on to become Covington's first ever state champion and finish with a perfect 52-0 record.

The Buccs would go five years before seeing another wrestler claim a sectional championship as Andrew Dehart captured that title in 2011. Dehart would go on to finish third place at state that year to become Covington's first four-time state qualifier.

In 2012 the Buccaneers had two wrestlers claim sectional championships, junior Kyler Deeter at 138 pounds and freshman Ben Miller at 160 pounds. The duo led the Buccs to a third place finish at sectionals as a team.

2013 was a historic season for the Buccs as they dominated the sectional tournament, tallying 228.50 team points to claim the first team sectional championship since 1986. The nearest competitor in the team standings was Versailles with 183.00 team points. In all, 11 of Covington's 12 wrestlers qualified for the district meet as three earned sectional championships, five placed second, one took third and two placed fourth in one of the toughest sectionals in the state. Claiming indivdiual titles that year were Ryan Ford at 126 lbs, Daniel Jennings at 145 pounds and Brian Olson, Jr. at 195 pounds.

As impressive as 2013 was, 2014 was even better as Covington put in a record setting performance at the Division 3 Sectional tournament, winning the 15-team event with 247 team points - the highest total scored in the five years that Lehman has hosted the event. In doing so, the Buccs set a new school record by qualifying all 13 of their competing wrestlers to Districts. Jarred Ganger (126 lbs), Ryan Ford (132) and A.J. Ouellette (195) each won individual titles for Covington.

In 2015, the Buccaneers had three individuals win sectional championships with Jarred Ganger (132), Ryan Ford (138) and Ben Miller (182).

In 2017 Lance Miller won a sectional title at 160 pounds and followed that up with a district championship and runner-up at state.

Covington Individual Sectional Champions

1981
1981
1981
1982
1983
1983
1983
1983
1984
1984
1984
1984
1985

1986
1986
1986

1987
1987
1987
1988
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1996
1996
1997
1999
2000
2000
2000
2001
2001
2002
2005
2006
2011
2012
2012
2013
2013
2013
2014
2014
2014
2015
2015
2015
2017

98 lbs
132 lbs
155 lbs
138 lbs
98 lbs
126 lbs
138 lbs
167 lbs
105 lbs
126 lbs
145 lbs
167 lbs
138 lbs
155 lbs
175 lbs
185 lbs
119 lbs
175 lbs
185 lbs
160 lbs
171 lbs
160 lbs
152 lbs
171 lbs
189 lbs
145 lbs
189 lbs
152 lbs
215 lbs
160 lbs
171 lbs
189 lbs
160 lbs
171 lbs
171 lbs
189 lbs
189 lbs
145 lbs
138 lbs
160 lbs
126 lbs
145 lbs
195 lbs

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

Brad Hall
Don Emenegger
Kirk Tisdale
Ryan Kimmel
*Jim Shields
*Rob Vanderhorst
*Craig Vanderhorst
*Jason Kinrey
*Jim Shields
Kent Musgrave
*Craig Vanderhorst
*Jason Kingrey
*Rob Vanderhorst
Mike Hagan
*Scott Talyor
*Brian Olson
Chris Nutter
*Scott Taylor
*Brian Olson
Tony Iddings
Tim Fitzpatrick
Randy Sowers
**Eric Vanderhorst
**Eric Vanderhorst
**Eric Vanderhorst
Eric Hunt
Jason Durbin
Noah Turner
Scot Fetters
**Mike Stephan
Brandon Owens
Marty Finfrock
Steve Batdorf
**Mike Stephan
**Mike Stephan
*Logan Brown
*Logan Brown
Andrew Dehart
Kyler Deeter
Ben Miller
Ryan Ford
Daniel Jennings
Brian Olson, Jr.

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

Sectional Team Champions
1984
1985
1986
2013
2014