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Buccaneer State Qualifiers...

Randy Kimmel was the first Covington wrestler to qualify for state - which he accomplished twice.

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

Brian Olson Sr. and Brian Olson Jr. were 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 final wrestler in the decade to go to State was Randy Sowers (160 lbs.) in 1989.

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 as well.

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 at the time.

Brown then became the first 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 from Anderson 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 Daniel 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 become 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.

Covington enjoyed more success in 2018 by qualifying four wrestlers to the state meet - Keringten Martin (152), Gage Kerrigan (195, Kellan Anderson (106) and Cael Vanderhorst (113). Anderson placed 6th and Vanderhorst placed 8th to become the 12th and 13th state placers and joined Andrew Dehart as the only freshmen wrestlers to place at state.

Anderson (106), Vanderhorst (113) and Martin (152) all made return trips to state in 2019. Anderson (50-2) came up just short of placing for the second year in a row, but Vanderhorst and Martin both earned state medals as Martin placed 3rd at 152 pounds and Vanderhorst took 4th at 113 pounds.

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 BY YEAR:

1983
1983
1984
2005
2006
2008
2009
2010
2011
2011
2012
2013
2014
2014
2014
2014
2015
2015
2015
2016
2017
2018
2018
2019
2019

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
Sixth Place
Eighth Place
Third Place
Fourth 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.
106 lbs.
113 lbs.
152 lbs.
113 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)
Kellan Anderson (48-10)
Cael Vanderhorst (50-8)
Keringten Martin (54-3)
Cael Vanderhorst (50-6)

Lance Miller finished runner-up at 160 pounds in 2017.
COVINGTON STATE PLACERS BY NAME:

WRESTLER

YEARS

FR.

SO. JR. SR.
Craig Vanderhorst '81-'84 - - 3rd 3rd
Jason Kingrey '81-'84 - - 4th Q
Logan Brown '03-'06 - Q 3rd 1st
Andrew DeHart '08-'11 6th 4th 2nd 3rd
Kyler Deeter '10-'13 - 4th Q -
Brian Olson Jr. '10-'13 - - 6th -
A.J. Ouellette '12-'14 XX - 4th 5th
Jarred Ganger '14-'15 // // 1st 1st
Ben Miller '12-'15 - - 6th 6th
Ryan Ford '13-'16 - 3rd 3rd 4th
Lance Miller '14-'17 - Q - 2nd
Keringten Martin '16-'19 - - Q 3rd
Kellan Anderson '18-pres 6th Q TBD TBD
Cael Vanderhorst '18-pres 8th 4th TBD TBD
Q - State Qualifier
XX - Did not participate in wrestling that year
// - Wrestled at a different school
TBD - To be determined
2014 saw a school record four state placers in one year: A.J. Ouellette (5th at 195), Ryan Ford (3rd at 132), Ben Miller (6th at 170) and Jarred Ganger (1st at 126).
STATE MEDALS BY PLACEMENT:

PLACE

WRESTLER

WEIGHT

YEAR
1st Logan Brown 189 2006
1st Jarred Ganger 126 2014
1st Jarred Ganger 132 2015
2nd Andrew DeHart 145 2010
2nd Lance Miller 160 2017
3rd Craig Vanderhorst 138 1983
3rd Craig Vanderhorst 145 1983
3rd Logan Brown 189 2006
3rd Andrew DeHart 145 2011
3rd Ryan Ford 132 2014
3rd Ryan Ford 138 2015
3rd Keringten Martin 152 2019
4th Jason Kingrey 167 1983
4th Andrew DeHart 145 2009
4th Kyler Deeter 130 2011
4th A.J. Ouellette 182 2013
4th Ryan Ford 138 2016
4th Cael Vanderhorst 113 2019
5th A.J. Ouellette 195 2014
6th Brian Olson, Jr. 182 2012
6th Andrew DeHart 130 2008
6th Ben Miller 170 2014
6th Ben Miller 182 2015
6th Kellan Anderson 106 2018
8th Cael Vanderhorst 113 2018
Andrew DeHart became the first Buccaneer wrestler to qualify and place at state all four years of high school.
COVINGTON INDIVIDUAL STATE QUALIFIERS:

WRESTLER

YEARS

FR.

SO. JR. SR.
Randy Kimmel '76-'79 - - Q Q
Kirk Tisdale '77-'80 - - - Q
Don Emenegger '78-'81 - - - Q
Brad Hall '79-'82 - - Q Q
Craig Vanderhorst '81-'84 - - 3rd 3rd
Jason Kingrey '81-'84 - - 4th Q
Jim Shields '82-'85 - - Q -
Rodney Kimmel '83-'86 - - Q -
Mike Hagan '83-'86 - - - Q
Scott Taylor '84-'87 - - Q Q
Brian Olson '84-'87 - - Q Q
Chris Nutter '85-'87 - - Q XX
Keith Musgrave '85-'88 - Q - -
Randy Sowers '86-'89 - - - Q
Eric Vanderhorst '89-'92 - - Q Q
Brad Crumpler '90-'93 - - - Q
Todd Vanderhorst '92-'95 - - - Q
Eric Hunt '93-'96 - - Q Q
Noah Turner '94-'97 - - - Q
Brian Swinehart '95-'98 - - - Q
Scot Fetters '96-'99 - - Q Q
Scott Batdorf '96-'99 - - - Q
Brandon Owens '97-'00 - - Q Q
Steve Batdorf '98-'01 - - Q Q
Mike Stephan '99-'02 - - Q Q
Dusty Hess '02-'03 XX XX - Q
Logan Brown '03-'06 - Q 3rd 1st
Andrew DeHart '08-'11 6th 4th 2nd 3rd
Kyler Deeter '10-'13 - 4th Q -
Brian Olson Jr. '10-'13 - - 6th -
Jake Sowers '10-'13 - - - Q
A.J. Ouellette '12-'14 XX - 4th 5th
Daniel Jennings '11-'14 - - Q Q
Jarred Ganger '14-'15 // // 1st 1st
Ben Miller '12-'15 - - 6th 6th
Ryan Ford '13-'16 - 3rd 3rd 4th
Brandon Magee '13-'16 - - - Q
Lance Miller '14-'17 - Q - 2nd
Keringten Martin '16-'19 - - Q 3rd
Gage Kerrigan '17-pres - Q XX TBD
Kellan Anderson '18-pres 6th Q TBD TBD
Cael Vanderhorst '18-pres 8th 4th TBD TBD
Q - State Qualifier
XX - Did not participate in wrestling that year
// - Wrestled at a different school
TBD - To be determined
Kyler Deeter placed fourth at state as a sophomore in 2011.
COVINGTON INDIVIDUAL STATE QUALIFIERS BY YEAR:

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
2018
2018
2018
2018
2019
2019
2019

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
2nd Districts
2nd Districts
4th Districts
4th Districts
1st Districts
2nd 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.
106 lbs.
113 lbs.
152 lbs.
195 lbs.
106 lbs.
113 lbs.
152 lbs.

Randy Kimmel
Randy Kimmel (24-2)
Kirk Tisdale
Brad Hall
Don Emenegger
Brad Hall
Craig Vanderhorst (3rd at State)
Jason Kingrey (4th at State)
Jim Shields
Craig Vanderhorst (3rd 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 (3rd at State, 50-1)
Logan Brown (State Champion, 52-0)
Andrew DeHart (6th at State, 46-7)
Andrew DeHart (4th at State 46-6)
Andrew DeHart (2nd at State, 52-4)
Andrew DeHart (3rd at State, 52-2)
Kyler Deeter (4th 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 (State Champion, 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 (State Champion, 52-3)
Ryan Ford (3rd at State, 52-7)
Ben Miller (6th at State, 52-7)
Lance Miller
Ryan Ford (4th at State, 47-8)
Brandon Magee
Lance Miller (2nd at State, 47-5)
Kellan Anderson (6th at State, 48-10)
Cael Vanderhorst (8th at State, 50-8)
Keringten Martin (42-11)
Gage Kerrigan (23-8)
Kellan Anderson (50-2)
Cael Vanderhorst (4th at State, 50-6)
Keringten Martin (3rd at State, 54-3)

Jake Sowers (far right) qualified for state in 2013 and was coached by his dad Randy (far left), a state qualifier in 1989. They became the first father and son from Covington to coach and wrestle at the same time in the state tournament.
FATHER AND SON STATE QUALIFIERS:

FATHER

YEAR

RESULT

SON

YEAR RESULT
Brian Olson 1986
1987
Q
Q
Brian Olson, Jr. 2012 6th
Mike Hagan 1986 Q Daniel Jennings 2013
2014
Q
Q
Randy Sowers 1989 Q Jake Sowers 2013 Q
Eric Vanderhorst 1991
1992
Q
Q
Cael Vanderhorst 2018
2019
8th
4th
Randy Kimmel (left) and Rodney Kimmel (right) were the first brothers in Covington history to qualify for the state tournament.
BROTHERS WHO QUALIFIED FOR STATE:
NAME YEAR RESULT
Randy Kimmel 1978
1979
Q
Q
Rodney Kimmel 1985 Q
Craig Vanderhorst 1983
1984
3rd
3rd
Eric Vanderhorst 1991
1992
Q
Q
Todd Vanderhorst 1995 Q
Scott Batdorf 1999 Q
Steve Batdorf 2000
2001
Q
Q
Brandon Magee became the first Buccaneer to compete at state as an alternate in 2016 - and he won a match via pin.