By Ben Robinson
TROY – It wasn’t the outcome the Covington wrestling was hoping for as just one of the eight wrestlers competing in the Division III District Tournament at Troy’s Hobart Arena managed to qualify for next week’s state wrestling meet in Columbus.
And the lone wrestler who qualified for state has been there before, placing third in the past two years. Now, a senior, Ryan Ford is hoping to claim that ever elusive state championship.
Great things never come easy and the district tournament wasn’t a walk in the park for Ford as he was stunned in his quarterfinal match on Friday by Henry Danishek of Dayton Christian. But like a true champion, Ford battled back with wins over Jesse Mitchell of Southeastern and Lee Dues of Allen East to secure a third straight trip to state.
He then capped his effort by defeating Tanner Bey of Versailles by the score of 9-3 to claim third place at 138 pounds.
Junior Lance Miller fell short of returning to state as he took fifth at 160 pounds, which does qualify him as a state alternate at 160 pounds.
Brandon Magee was looking to finish his career at the state meet, but also fell short with a fifth place finish at 182 pounds. He will join Miller as an alternate.
COVINGTON MATCH RESULTS
113 – Connor Ryan (Covington) dec. Andrew Foust (Del. Jefferson) 5-4
120 – Coleman Ryan (Covington) dec. Brent Hopkins (Blanchester) 6-4
126 – Joey Caprella (Lima C.C.) dec. Jared Ford (Covington) 3-1
138 – Ryan Ford (Covington) pin Nik Churchill (North Union) 0:53
152 – Joseph Eisele (Lima C.C.) dec. Gage DeHart (Covington) 9-3
160 – Lance Miller (Covington) dec. Nate Golden (Williamsburg) 7-33:02
182 – Brandon Magee (Covington) pin Raymond Hahn (Purcell Marian) 1:08
220 – Seth Thomas (Covington) pin Dylan Thompson (North Union) 0:59
113 – Tommy Hoskins (Day. Christian) pin Connor Ryan (Covington) 2:41
120 – Kalib Patterson (Ridgedale) dec. Coleman Ryan (Covington) 5-3 SV
138 – Henry Danishek (Day. Christian) pin Ryan Ford (Covington) 1:05
160 – Lance Miller (Covington) dec. Brett Vonderwell (Del. St. John’s) 11-6
182 – Peyton Hamrick (Parkway) dec. Brandon Magee (Covington) 6-4
220 – Isaiah Harding (Greeneview) dec. Seth Thomas (Covington) 10-8
First Round Consolation
126 – Jared Ford (Covington) pin Brandon Lewis (Ridgedale) 1:43
160 – Gage DeHart (Covington) dec. Seth Turner (Amanda-Clearcreek) 12-6
Second Round Consolation
113 – Drew Whaley (Troy Christian) dec. Connor Ryan (Covington) 4-2 SV
120 – Jesse Potts (Deer Park) dec. Coleman Ryan (Covington) 9-7
126 – Jared Ford (Covington) pin Clayton Schirmer (Blanchester) 3:02
138 – Ryan Ford (Covington) pin Jesse Mitchell (S.Char. SE) 3:26
152 – Seth Henderson (MVCA) dec. Gage DeHart (Covington) 4-1
182 – Brandon Magee (Covington) tech. fall Lane Bennett (Del. Jefferson) tf17-2
220 – Seth Thomas (Covington) pin Jasper Miller (Mount Gilead) 1:42
160 – Kaleb Romero (Mechanicsburg) pin Lance Miller (Covington) 2:39
Third Consolation Round
126 – Jay Uhlenhake (Coldwater) dec. Jared Ford (Covington) 5-4
138 – Ryan Ford (Covington) pin Lee Dues (Allen East) 2:30
182 – Brandon Magee (Covington) dec. Nathan Bills (Spr. Northwestern) 13-6
138 – Ryan Ford (Covington) dec. Wyatt Place (Del. Jefferson) 9-3
160 – Isaiah Pritchard (Dixie) dec. Lance Miller (Covington) 3-1
182 – Corbin Bunsold (North Union) pin Brandon Magee (Covington) 3:50
160 – Lance Miller (Covington) dec. Calvin Wuorinen (Col. Academy) 8-5
160 – Brandon Magee (Covington) pin Andrew Nichols (Columbus Grove) 2:20
138 – Ryan Ford (Covington) dec. Tanner Bey (Versailles) 9-3