Covington’s Chase Vanderhorst, Jericho Quinter find podium at D-III state meet


COLUMBUS — Chase Vanderhorst and Jericho Quinter became the 16th and 17th Covington wrestlers to earn state medals as Vanderhorst finished fifth at 126 pounds and Quinter took sixth at 113 pounds Sunday at the Jerome Schottenstein Center.

For Chase, he became the third in the Vanderhorst family to place at state. His uncle Craig place third at 138 pounds in 1983 and third at 145 pounds in 1984, while his older brother Cael was a three-time state placer as he took eighth at 113 pounds in 2018, fourth at 113 pounds in 2019 and fourth at 138 pounds in 2021.

With his fifth place finish, Chase earned the sixth state medal for the Vanderhorst family.

Vanderhorst opened Sunday’s action in the consolation semifinal against Carson Chiesa (43-7) of Delta and found himself down 3-1 late in the third period after a reversal. With seconds left on the clock, Vanderhorst scrambled and was extremely close to recording a reversal of his own, but time ran out before he could complete the maneuver.

The forced Vanderhorst into a match against Drake Kanyuch (44-14) of Shenandoah for fifth place and the Buccaneer wrestler broke open a close match with a big takedown in the final period to seal at 7-2 victory.

In all, Chase went 4-2 in the state tournament with his two defeats coming against a state finalist and the third place finisher. Vanderhorst ends his sophomore season with a 32-5 record

Jericho Quinter’s consolation quarterfinal match was against Cooper Shore (30-1) of Miami East, who finished second in state a year ago at 113 pounds and was the favorite of many to win state this year. Shore handed the Buccaneer wrestler an 11-5 defeat an Quinter faced Trevor Wilcox (37-9) in a match for fifth place.

Unfortunately, Quinter came up short in his final match 10-6 and finished in sixth place at 113 pounds.

Quinter went 3-3 at state with is defeats coming to a state finalist, a third place finisher and the fifth place finisher.

Jericho ends his sophomore season with a 34-8 record.

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