By Josh Brown
CASSTOWN — Once again, it came down to the wire.
And once again, Covington came out on top.
The Buccaneers wrestling team, seeded No. 3 in its OHSAA State Dual Team Tournament region, knocked off Troy Christian and found itself matched up against No. 2 Miami East in the quarterfinal round — a team the Buccs had already faced off against numerous times this season, including a dual in December that the Buccs won. And Covington proved victorious once again, holding off the Vikings 42-39 to advance to next week’s regional semifinal round.
Against the No. 6 Eagles, the Buccs got off to a rocky start, with Troy Christian’s Jacob Edwards (106) winning by pin, Drew Whaley (113) winning a 4-3 decision and Michael Sergent (120) winning by 17-7 major decision. But the Buccs picked up five straight forfeits, then Lance Miller (160) won a 15-0 tech. fall, Joey Schmelzer (170) won a 5-3 decision and Brandon Magee (182) won a 6-1 decision. Troy Christian ended the dual with three straight forfeits, and the Buccs won 41-31.
In the quarterfinal matchup, Miami East won four of the first five matches, with Cole Taylor (106), Graham Shore (113) and Alex Isbrandt (126) all winning with pins and Zane Strubler (132) winning an 8-7 decision. The Buccs had one forfeit sandwiched in that stretch at 120, then Ryan Ford (138), Josh Sowers (145), Gage DeHart (152), Deron White (160) and Lance Miller (170) all won with pins.
Daniel Everett (182) scored a pin to keep the Vikings alive, but a pin by Brandon Magee (195) made it mathematically impossible for East to come back — which proved to be critical, as Caden Hellyer (220) and Ben Ferguson (285) both scored pins for the Vikings to close out the dual.
Covington advanced to next week’s regional semifinal round, where it will face No. 1 Versailles at Versailles Wednesday.
MARYSVILLE — The Troy Trojans, seeded ninth at the OHSAA State Dual Team Tournament, wanted a shot at No. 1 Marysville — and they got it, knocking off N0. 8 Tecumseh 48-32. But against host Marysville, the Trojans were shut out 73-0 as the Monarchs advanced to the regional semifinal round.
“We wanted a chance to wrestle Marysville, to see what it felt like, and we got our wish,” Troy coach Doug Curnes said. “And we wouldn’t take it back. You want your guys to wrestle top-level competition, and Marysville is solid from 106 all the way up the lineup.”
Troy scored seven pins against Tecumseh, with Brandon Lewis (106), Ben Andrews (113), Justin Mittelstadt (138), Frankie Quintero (145), Brennin Scherpf (160), Davin Snyder (182) and Kameron Block (285) all winning.
The Trojans wrestle at Groveport Madison Saturday.
Eaton Ousts Tipp
EATON — The fourth-seeded Tippecanoe Red Devils won a thrilling first-round match in the OHSAA State Dual Team Tournament Wednesday night, defeating No. 5 Oakwood by one, 43-42. Against top-seeded Eaton, though, the Devils fell 58-22.
Russell Ramsey (113), Caleb Blake (145), Jack Peura (152) and Grant Carlson (220) all won with pins, and those bonus points proved to be important as the Devils won by a point. Against Eaton, though, Peura and Logan Ferrell (285) scored pins and Ramsey won a 10-0 major decision.
VERSAILLES — Milton-Union routed No. 9 Northridge 60-12 in the first round of the OHSAA State Dual Team Tournament Wednesday night at Versailles, but the eighth-seeded Bulldogs were defeated by the top-ranked host Tigers 66-18 in the second round.
Jordan King (113), Dylan Schenck (126), Kamron Paulus (132), Owen Lewis (138), Chase Mayabb (145), Hunter Ross (160) and Zack Bambic (170) all won with pins against Northridge.
Schenck, Paulus and Mayabb also scored pins against Versailles, but after Mayabb’s win at 145 the Tigers won seven straight matches to close it out.
* Girls Basketball
TIPP CITY — The Tippecanoe girls basketball team bounced back from its loss to Tecumseh on Saturday in a big way Wednesday night, routing Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division foe Bellefontaine 70-28 at home.
Tippecanoe improved to 14-4 and 7-2 in the division with the win. The Devils travel to Northwestern Saturday, the day before the sectional tournament draw.
Sidney 60, Piqua 19
PIQUA — Sylvia Hudson’s 22-point effort put her 24 points away from becoming Sidney’s all-time leading scorer, and the Yellow Jackets improved to 19-0 with a 60-19 victory at Piqua Wednesday night.
Kaitlyn Davis added 14 points and Celena Taborn had 11 points and 10 rebounds to lead the way for the Jackets, who lead the Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division by two games at 7-0 with three games remaining. Piqua, which fell to 2-17 and 0-9 in the division, travels to Greenville Saturday before finishing the regular season at Butler Wednesday.
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