Individuals Muscle Way into Records
The Summit’s varsity wrestling history includes a pair of Miami Valley Conference team championships, but participation in recent years has been highlighted by an individual endeavor.
For Class of 2017 standout Joshua Campbell, make that a highly successful individual endeavor.
Campbell finished his senior season as one of the most decorated athletes in program annals. He won a Division III sectional championship, placed second at districts and punched The Summit’s first ticket to the state wrestling meet since Ben Waldman '04 did in 2004.
Campbell won one match in the 152-pound weight class at state in Columbus and finished one victory shy of the top eight. His high school career included two MVC wrestler of the year honors and three district tournament appearances.
Growth remains a primary goal for The Summit’s wrestling program. The Silver Knights won league titles in 1999 and 2000 but finished the 2017 season with only two varsity wrestlers.
In an effort to sustain more interest, high schoolers have practiced alongside junior high wrestlers at The Summit’s Athletic Complex on Ehrling Road.
In the meantime, The Summit’s varsity wrestlers have reaped the benefits of individual attention, a close-knit group and participation in quality out-of-town tournaments, like the annual trek to the Thunderbird Invitational in Lima, Ohio.
Jim Covert was named The Summit’s wrestling coach in 2013. Coach Covert, a 1996 Reading High School graduate, discovered his passion for wrestling in an unexpected fashion. As a high schooler, he registered for wrestling in hopes of improving his football skills. He quickly realized that he enjoyed wrestling’s unique challenges. Coach Covert has coached football or wrestling in some capacity at Reading or The Summit since 2002.