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Buccaneer State Qualifiers...

Craig Vanderhorst was Covington's first two-time state placer.

Brian Olson Sr. and Brian Olson Jr. are the first father-son combination to qualify for the state meet.

The first Covington wrestler to qualify for the State Tournament was Randy Kimmel (155 lbs.) in 1978. Randy duplicated that feat in 1979 and since then several more wrestlers added to the tradition that Kimmel started.

Nine out of ten years in the '80s saw at least one Covington wrester go to State. The only year in the decade that the Buccs failed to send a wrestler to State was in 1988.

Kirk Tisdale (145 lbs.) earned a trip to State after capturing the District Championship in 1980. In 1981, Brad Hall (105 lbs.) and Don Emenegger (132 lbs.) became the first two Covington wrestlers to wrestle at State in the same year. Hall moved up to 112 lbs in 1982 and qualified for State for a second year in a row.

In 1983 and '84, Craig Vanderhorst (138 and 145 lbs.) and Jason Kingrey (167 lbs.) made back-to-back State trips for the Buccs. Vanderhorst placed 3rd at State in both '83 and '84 while Kingrey placed 4th in 1983. Jim Shields (105 lbs.) also represented Covington at State in 1984.

After Rodney Kimmel (132 lbs.) was a lone representative in 1985 and four wrestlers made the trip in 1986. Keith Musgrave (98 lbs.), Mike Hagen (155 lbs.), Scott Taylor (167 lbs.) and Brian Olson (185 lbs.) all earned trips to State. Olson (185 lbs.) and Taylor (175 lbs.) made repeat trips in 1987 and they were joined by Chris Nutter (119 lbs.). The last wrestler in the decade to go to State was Randy Sowers (160 lbs.)

The Buccs failed to send a werstler to state in 1990, but Eric Vanderhorst made back-to back trips in '91 and '92 at 171 lbs. and 189 lbs. Brad Crumpler wrestled at State in 1993 at 103 lbs and Eric Hunt earned trips in '94 and '96 at 145 lbs. Todd Vanderhorst represented the Buccs at 189 lbs. in 1995 while Noah Turner (152 lbs. in 1997), Brian Swinehart (135 lbs. in 1998) and Scott Batdorf (145 lbs. in 1999) made the trip.

Four more wrestlers made back-to-back trips to State from 1998 through 2002. Scot Fetters (215 lbs.) qualified in 1998 and '99 while Brandon Owens went back-to-back in 1999 (160 lbs.) and 2000 (171 lbs.). Steve Batdorf wrestled at State at 152 lbs. in 2000 and 160 lbs in 2001 while Mike Stephan followed with trips in 2001 and 2002, both at 171 lbs.

In 2003, Dusty Hess represented the Buccaneers at the state meet, dropping his only two matches at the tournament. Hess finished the year 35-15 in only his second year of wrestling.

2004 saw a young Buccaneer make his way to the state meet. Sophomore Logan Brown captured 3rd at districts to advance to state at 189 lbs. Brown dropped a 9-2 decision to eventaul state runner-up and a narrow 1-0 loss in the consolation bracket. Still, Brown finished with a 49-7 record with four of his losses coming to state placers.

Logan made a repeat trip to state in 2005 as a junior after accumulating a 46-0 record and a district title at 189 lbs. Brown then became the first state placer in 21 years after capturing third at state and finishing with a school-best 50-1 record.

Logan Brown then became the only wrestler in history to go to state for a third time in 2006. That year he became the first Covington wrestler to win a state title with a 9-2 win over Jeremy Stevens of Ashland Crestview in the finals. Logan also finished unbeaten at 52-0 under the guidance of coach Tom Barbee. Along the way to a state title brown defeated Cris Gault, And. Pymatuning Valley by pin in 2:47; Brock Kirian of Sycamore Mohawk by a 5-2 decision; Brad Rice of West Jefferson by a 13-6 decision and Jeremy Stevens of Ashland Crestview by a 9-2 decision. No wrestler in the 2006 state tournament scored an offensive point on Logan Brown.

In 2008 the Covington Buccaneers saw freshman Andrew DeHart become the youngest state qualifier and state placer in school history as he took sixth at 130 pounds. DeHart followed that performance by becoming just the third two-time state placer with a fourth place finish at 145 pounds as a sophomore in 2009. He then took second at 145 pounds in 2010 to become Covington's first three-time state placer.

DeHart once again qualified for state in 2011 and captured a third place medal at 145 pounds to become the school's first four-time state placer. He was joined on the podium by sophomore Kyler Deeter, who became just the fifth Covington wrestler to place at state by taking fourth at 130 pounds.

In 2012 Covington sent two wrestlers to the state meet in 182 pounder Brian Olson and 138 pounder Kyler Deeter. Deeter became the 15th Covington wrestler to become a two-time state qualifier, while Olson joined his father, Brian Olson Sr. as the first father-son combination to become state qualifiers. Olson also became the sixth state placer in school history by taking sixth in his weight class.

2013 saw three Buccaneer wrestlers qualify for the state meet with Danile Jennings (145 lbs.), Jake Sowers (152 lbs.) and A.J. Ouellette (182 lbs). Ouellette placed fourth to become the seventh state placer in Covington history.

2014 was a historic season as the Bucccaneers sent five wrestlers to state, along with one state alternate. Four wrestlers placed with Jarred Ganger becoming the second Covington wrestler to win a state title. A.J. Ouellette became a two-time state placer by taking fifth, while Ryan Ford took 3rd at 132 pounds and Ben Miller placed 6th at 170 pounds. Daniel Jennings became a two-time state qualifier and Connor Ryan was the Buccaneer alternate. As a team the Buccs placed fifth at state, was runner-up in the district meet, runner-up in district team duals and sectional champions.

In 2015, the tradition of state success by Covington wrestlers continued as three Buccaneer wrestlers placed at state. Jarred Ganger won his second straight state championship as a Buccaneer, third state championship overall and fourth state medal. Ryan Ford won his second straight state medal by finishing third for the second year in a row and Ben Miller placed sixth for the second consecutive season. Lance Miller also qualified for state as well.

With Ganger and Miller graduating, Ryan Ford and Brandon Magee carried on the tradition in 2016 as they both competed in the state meet. Ford finished fourth at 138 pounds to conclude his career with 201 wins and just the second Covington wrestler to place three times at the state meet (Andrew Dehart). Magee, who went to state as an alternate, was inserted into the 182 pound bracket due to another wrestler failing skin check. Magee proved he belonged by winning a match by pin.

In 2017 Lance Miller was the lone Buccaneer to qualify for the state meet after winning sectional and district championships at 160 pounds. He followed that up by finishing runner-up at state, becoming the fourth Buccaneer wrestler to reach the state finals.

The success of these wrestlers continue to be inspiration for the young aspiring wrestlers of the future. Many Covington wrestlers have wrestled on the biggest stage in the state of Ohio. With a new wrestling facility and high interest in the sport, there will be many more added to the list of great wrestlers in years to come.

Jarred Ganger became Covington's first two-time state champion in 2015.
Covington Individual State Placers

1983
1983
1984
2005
2006
2008
2009
2010
2011
2011
2012
2013
2014
2014
2014
2014
2015
2015
2015
2016
2017

Third Place
Fourth Place
Third Place
Third Place
First Place
Sixth Place
Fourth Place
Second Place
Third Place
Fourth Place
Sixth Place
Fourth Place

First Place
Third Place
Fifth Place
Sixth Place
First Place
Third Place
Sixth Place
Fourth Place
Second Place

138 lbs.
167 lbs.
145 lbs.
189 lbs.
189 lbs.
130 lbs.
145 lbs.
145 lbs.
145 lbs.
130 lbs.
182 lbs.
182 lbs.

126 lbs.
132 lbs.
195 lbs.
170 lbs.
132 lbs.
138 lbs.
182 lbs.
138 lbs.
160 lbs.

**Craig Vanderhorst
*Jason Kingrey
**Craig Vanderhorst
**Logan Brown (50-1)
**Logan Brown (52-0)
****Andrew DeHart (46-7)
****Andrew DeHart (46-6)
****Andrew DeHart (52-4)
****Andrew DeHart (52-2)
*Kyler Deeter (44-7)
Brian Olson, Jr. (45-11)
**A.J. Ouellette (37-14)
**Jarred Ganger
(27-1)
**Ryan Ford (54-2)
**A.J. Ouellette (41-5)
**Ben Miller (45-10)
**Jarred Ganger (52-3)
**Ryan Ford (52-7)
**Ben Miller (52-7)
***Ryan Ford (47-8)
*Lance Miller (47-5)

* Two-Time Qualifier
** Two-Time State Placer
*** Three-Time State Placer

**** Four-Time State Placer

Covington Individual State Qualifiers

1978
1979
1980
1981
1981
1982
1983
1983
1984
1984
1984
1985
1986
1986
1986
1986
1987
1987
1987
1989
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1998
1999
1999
1999
2000
2000
2001
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2008
2009
2010
2011
2011
2012
2012
2013
2013
2013

2014
2014
2014
2014
2014
2015
2015
2015
2015
2016
2016
2017

1st Districts
1st Districts
1st Districts
1st Districts
1st Districts
1st Districts
1st Districts
1st Districts
2nd Regionals
1st Regionals
1st Regionals
2nd Regionals
2nd Regionals
1st Regionals
1st Regionals
2nd Regionals
2nd Regionals
1st Regionals
1st Regionals
2nd Districts
2nd Districts
1st Districts
2nd Districts
3rd Districts
2nd Districts
2nd Districts
1st Districts
3rd Districts
2nd Districts
3rd Districts
3rd Districts
2nd Districts
2nd Districts
1st Districts
2nd Districts
1st Districts
1st Districts
4th Districts
3rd Districts
1st Districts
1st Districts
3rd Districts
2nd Districts
1st Districts
1st Districts
4th Districts
2nd Districts
3rd Districts
3rd Districts
4th Dictricts
4th Districts

1st Districts
1st Districts
1st Districts
2nd Districts
4th Districts
1st Districts
1st Districts
2nd Districts
4th Districts
3rd Districts
5th Districts
1st Districts

155 lbs.
155 lbs
145 lbs
105 lbs
132 lbs
112 lbs.
138 lbs.
167 lbs.
105 lbs.
145 lbs.
167 lbs.
132 lbs.
98 lbs
155 lbs.
175 lbs.
185 lbs.
119 lbs.
175 lbs.
185 lbs.
160 lbs.
171 lbs.
189 lbs.
103 lbs.
145 lbs.
189 lbs.
145 lbs.
152 lbs.
135 lbs.
215 lbs.
145 lbs.
160 lbs.
215 lbs.
152 lbs.
171 lbs.
160 lbs.
171 lbs.
171 lbs.
HWT
189 lbs.
189 lbs.
189 lbs.
130 lbs.
145 lbs.
145 lbs.
145 lbs.
130 lbs.
182 lbs.
138 lbs.
182 lbs.
145 lbs.
152 lbs.
126 lbs.
132 lbs.
195 lbs.
170 lbs.
152 lbs.
132 lbs.
138 lbs.
182 lbs.
152 lbs.
138 lbs.
182 lbs.
160 lbs.

*Randy Kimmel
*Randy Kimmel

Kirk Tisdale
*Brad Hall
Don Emenegger
*Brad Hall
**Craig Vanderhorst (Third at State)
*Jason Kingrey (Fourth at State)
Jim Shields
**Craig Vanderhorst (Third at State)
*Jason Kingrey
Rodney Kimmel
Keith Musgrave
Mike Hagan
*Scott Taylor
*Brian Olson
Chris Nutter
*Scott Taylor
*Brian Olson, Sr.
Randy Sowers
*Eric Vanderhorst
*Eric Vanderhorst
Brad Crumpler
*Eric Hunt
Todd Vanderhorst
*Eric Hunt
Noah Turner
Brian Swinehart
*Scot Fetters
Scott Batdorf
*Brandon Owens
*Scot Fetters
*Steve Batdorf
*Brandon Owens
*Steve Batdorf
*Mike Stephan
*Mike Stephan

Dusty Hess
**Logan Brown
**Logan Brown (Third at State, 50-1)
**Logan Brown (State Champion, 52-0)
****Andrew DeHart (Sixth at State, 46-7)
****Andrew DeHart (Fourth at State 46-6)
****Andrew DeHart (Second at State, 52-4)
****Andrew DeHart (Third at State, 52-2)
*Kyler Deeter (Fourth at State 44-7)
Brian Olson, Jr. (6th at State, 45-11)
* Kyler Deeter
A.J. Ouellette (4th at State, 37-14)
*Daniel Jennings
Jake Sowers

**Jarred Ganger (1st at State, 27-1)
***Ryan Ford(3rd at State, 54-2)
**A.J. Ouellette (5th at State, 41-5)
**Ben Miller (6th at State, 45-10)
*Daniel Jennings
**Jarred Ganger (1st at State)
***Ryan Ford (3rd at State)
**Ben Miller (6th at State)
Lance Miller
***Ryan Ford (4th at State)
Brandon Magee
*Lance Miller (2nd at State, 47-5)

* Two-Time Qualifier
** Two-Time State Placer
*** Three-Time State Placer
**** Four-Time State Placer

In 2008 freshman Andrew DeHart became the youngest Buccaneer wrestler to qualify and place at state. He is also Covington's first four-time state placer.