Warren wrestling season opens up Saturday
VINCENT — With a potentially standout wrestling team and a beefed up schedule, Warren High is hoping to make an impression on the mat this upcoming winter.
“We are still trying to build a program that is competitive everywhere we go,” said Warriors’ wrestling boss Jim Rhodes. “The goal is for people to ask us after tournaments, ‘Where is Warren?’, so we can proudly say ‘southeast Ohio.'”
“All in all we have built a pretty solid group,” the coach continued. “We have some quality younger guys to go with our experienced group. And if the injury bug doesn’t get us we could surprise a lot of people.”
Warren is scheduled to be on the road for its first meet at the Harrison Duals Saturday in southwest Ohio, west of Cincinnati.
“We will see teams from Alabama, Indiana and Ohio DI schools,” Rhodes said. “The tournament has many state champs, placers and nationally-ranked kids, so we will find out quick what we need to do as a team to compete at higher levels.”
“The following Saturday, the Warriors will be hosting their annual Hickory Grove Invitational.
“We also travel north to Twinsburg (near Cleveland) this season, to Columbus and to Buckeye Local, a very tough tournament at the end of the season,” Rhodes said. “We have renewed our wrestling matches with Parkersburg South (Jan. 10, 2018) and are excited about this.”
Warren graduated just three seniors — Casey Parsons, Liam Lynch and Zachary Hinton — from last season’s wrestling squad. Parsons is currently competing on the mat at Ohio Valley University in Vienna, W.Va. Another former Warrior standout on the Fighting Scots’ roster is junior Levi Congleton.
The Warriors will also be missing injured junior Ben Goedel (132).
“We lost Ben to a football injury and knee surgery,” Rhodes said. “We expected him to have a great season this year.”
Also on the Warren DL (disabled list) is freshman Scott Reynolds.
“He’s nursing an injury, and we still do not know about his status,” Rhodes said.
This Saturday’s Warren lineup is expected to feature Cole Coleman (106 pounds), Peyten Kellar (113), Eli Ross (120), Stevie Osborne (132), Tristan Duffey (138), Cole Hupp (145), Bradyn Roberts (152), Brady Obedier (160), Liam Kellar (170), Dylan Anderson (182), Ronnie Hill (195), Nate Gessel or Christian Smith (220), and Estaban Miller (285).
“We will open with most of our team at higher weight classes till we can get settled in on our Alpha weights,” Rhodes said.
The Warrior co-captains are Liam Kellar and Ross with Hill, Duffey and Anderson also providing leadership.
Rhodes believes that all five grapplers could have a “breakout season.”
Then, there’s the highly touted freshman Peyten Kellar.
“He’s ranked second in Division II,” Rhodes said.
Also, keep an eye on Brady Obedier and Gessell.
“Brady is on pace to break many school records after have a great freshman year,” Rhodes said. “And, Nate was a district alternate last year at 195 in his first year as a wrestler. He’ll be a tough out for anyone this season.”
Of course, Rhodes is also counting on Warren’s wrestling faithful again this season.
“We have a great parent support group who travel with us every where we go,” he said. “They are loud and enthusiastic.”
Warren High wrestling
Head coach: Jim Rhodes
Assistants: Jeff Parsons, Scott Rhodes, Eric Proctor, Russell Lewis, Michelle Kellar
Eli Ross (120, 2-time district qualifier), Ronnie Hill (195, 2-time district qualifier), Nate Gessel (220), Estaban Miller (285)
Tristan Duffey (138, 2-time district qualifier), Bradyn Roberts (152), Liam Kellar (2-time district qualifier), Dylan Anderson (182-pound district qualifier last season), Christian Smith (220)
Stevie Osborne (132), Brady Obedier (145-pound district qualifier last season)
Cole Coleman (106, OAC placer last season), Peyten Kellar (multiple time state placer, No. 2-ranked in D2 and fifth overall in Ohio), Scott Reynolds (126, currently injured), Cole Hupp (145)
Also on the team: Jacob Harmon, Elijah Teters, Alex Wallace, Ryan Brown, Owen Richardson, Zach Ochampaugh
Dec. 2: at Harrison Duals
Dec. 9: HICKORY GROVE INVITATIONAL
Dec. 20: Tri @ Waterford (w/Shenandoah)
Dec. 28: at Zanesville (Devils Dungeon)
Jan. 6: at Sheridan (Larry Remmert)
Jan. 10: at Parkersburg South Tri
Jan. 13: at Twinsburg Chamberlin Duals
Jan. 17: at Nelsonville Tri
Jan. 20: at Hamilton Township Invite
Jan. 27: at Miami Trace (McDonalds Invitational)
Feb. 3: at Buckeye Local (Panther Classic)
Feb. 7: HOME TRI w/Athens and Morgan
March 2-3: sectionals
March 9-10: districts
March 15-16-17: state