By Josh Brown
Troy Daily News
CASSTOWN — While history was being made on the other mat, two old rivals met for the first time this season.
And the Covington wrestling team used a string of five straight victories from 145 through 182 to put away a dual Wednesday night at Miami East High School, defeating the Vikings 48-24 to improve to 8-1 in dual matches this season.
Covington’s Dalton Bishop (106) picked up a forfeit to start things off, then Miami East’s Cooper Shore (113) pinned Brian Morrison in 1:01 to tie the score. The Buccaneers retook the lead on a pin in 3:26 by Cael Vanderhorst (120) over Chance Rust, but Max Shore (126) scored a pin in 53 seconds over Aaron Jackson to even things up again at 12-12. Kellan Anderson (132) scored a 10-2 major decision over Garrett Kowalak to give the Buccs a four-point lead, then David Davis (138) beat Austin Flick by a 5-3 decision to help East close the gap to one point at 16-15.
That was as close as the Vikings got, though, as Covington ran off five straight wins. Connor Sindelir (145) pinned Coleman Demmitt in 2:25, Deacon Shields (152) won via tech. fall, 15-0 over Mike Sherer, David Robinson (160) defeated Ethan Ott 10-4, Trentin Alexander (170) pinned Dylan Williams in 48 seconds and Bryce Smith (182) picked up a forfeit to give the Buccs an insurmountable 42-15 lead.
East’s Jarrett Winner (195) won 9-7 in overtime over Duncan Cooper and Dustin Winner (220) pinned Dylan Staudt in 3:06 to cut the lead to 42-24, but Jesse Fisher (285) scored one last pin for the Buccs in 5:02 over Jayden Skeeby to finish things off.
Covington travels to Versailles Saturday for the Versailles Duals tournament, while Miami East will next compete in the Medina Invitational on Dec. 27-28.
Other scores: Brookville 42, Milton-Union 42 (Brookville wins by criteria).
• Girls Basketball
VANDALIA — After falling behind early, the Troy girls basketball team made a valiant comeback effort against rival Butler. But in the end, the Miami Valley League Miami Division co-leading Aviators held on for a one-point victory over the Trojans Wednesday night at home, 36-35.
The loss snapped Troy’s three-game winning streak, making the Trojans 4-4 overall and 3-2 in the MVL Miami. Butler, meanwhile, improved to 5-2 and remained tied with Tippecanoe atop the division standings at 5-0.
Tia Bass had her fourth straight double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Macie Taylor added 11 points, six rebounds and four assists. Laura Borchers added nine points, six rebounds and hit the Trojans’ only 3-pointer on the night, Brynn Siler had four points and seven rebounds and MaKenna Taylor had four assists.
Butler held Troy in check in the first half, taking a 12-6 lead after the first quarter and building a commanding 25-13 halftime lead. But the Trojans outscored the Aviators 14-5 in the third to get to within three points heading into the final quarter — only to have a turnover in the final five seconds costs them a chance at a final shot.
In the end, Butler simply shot slightly better from long range, going 3 for 13 from behind the 3-point line, while Troy was 1 for 14. Both teams had 13 total field goals, while the Trojans made one more free throw (8-7).
Troy hosts Sidney Saturday.
GREENVILLE — Tippecanoe’s defense was strong once again Wednesday night, helping the Red Devils remain atop the Miami Valley League Miami standings with a 49-27 victory at division foe Greenville.
With the win, Tippecanoe improved to 5-3 overall and 5-0 in the MVL Miami Division, remaining tied with Butler for the division lead.
The Devils held a slim 13-10 lead after the first quarter but pulled away in the middle of the game, outscoring the Green Wave 12-2 in the second quarter and 14-7 in the third to take a 39-19 lead into the fourth quarter.
Kendall Clodfelter led the Devils with 11 points in the win.
Tippecanoe travels to Fairborn Saturday.
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