Covington wrestlers sweep tri-meet

HAVILAND — The Covington wrestling team took a long trip to Wayne Trace to face the host Raiders plus Celina on Tuesday night.

The Buccs came away winners in both duals to improve their season record to 22-2. Covington defeated Celina, 54-21, before beating Wayne Trace, 48-24.

Against Celina, the Buccs picked up the first three victories as Carson Taylor (106) earned a forfeit, followed by Michael Hagan’s (113) pin over Andrew Hines, and Jericho Quinter’s (120) 5-2 victory over Derrick Slater.

Kellan Anderson (126) then dropped a 4-0 decision to Landon Engle in a battle of state-ranked wrestlers before Jackson Shiverdecker (132) pinned Grant Grieshop and Cael Vanderhorst (138) pinned Mitch Kirkpatrick.

Celina’s Carver Harris responded with a pin over Luke Brown (145).

Connor Sindelir (152) kept things going for Covington with a pin over Carson Keiser, before Celina picked up win as Trey Kiser (160) fell to Zander Jones.

Trentin Alexander (170) and Jensen Wagoner (182) then picked up a pair of pins over Tim Novitzke and Josh Sweeney, respectively.

Celina’s Braydon Mullins followed with a forfeit at 195., before Hayden Barker (220) won an 8-1 decision over Brad Pennington and Scott Blumenstock (285) picked up an 18-second pin over Keene Rinderle.

Covington’s dual with Wayne Trace featured a number of state ranked kids, including the first three matches wrestled. Anderson (126) faced his second ranked wrestler of the evening in Gabe Sutton and came away with a strong 13-2 major decision.

Shiverdecker (132) then fell to Jarrett Hornish, before Vanderhorst (138) won a 4-1 decision in an exciting match with Hunter Long in a battle of top-five ranked wrestlers.

Brown (145) then fell to Wayne Trace’s Seth Meggison, before Sindelir (152) picked up a 10-0 victory over Samual Moore.

After Wayne Trace’s Eli Moore (160) picked up a forfeit, the Buccs reeled off four straight victories.

Kiser (170) won an 8-6 decision over Elliot Boroff, followed by Alexander (182) pinning Parker Schisler. Wagoner (195) then pinned Nathan Osborn before Ricky Stephan (220) got a pin over Kaden Woolbright.

The team traded the next two bouts, as Blumenstock (285) had to injury default his match to Jacob Graham, followed by Taylor (106) battling to a 13-3 major decision over Conner Blankenship.

Hagan (113) and Quinter (120) picked up forfeit wins.

Covington hosts Tippecanoe on Thursday.