Warren to host Hickory Grove invite Saturday

VINCENT — Warren High will be seeking its fourth straight Hickory Grove Market Wrestling Invitational championship at 10 a.m. this upcoming Saturday at the Warrior Coliseum.

The competition figures to be tough, though, especially with fellow Washington County schools’ Marietta High, Waterford High, Fort Frye High, and Belpre High in the field.

“Spring Valley and Maysville will be strong as will Athens,” said WHS head coach Jim Rhodes. “Hickory Grove will be missing our three big point scorers — the Kellars and Oberdier — so we will have to have some others step up and do well.”

Sophomore Peyten Kellar, junior Brady Oberdier, and Liam Kellar will be competing at Ironman on that same day.

Last Saturday at the Cambridge Invitational, the Warriors wrestled their season opener and finished sixth in a field of 14 schools.

“We kind of took it on the chin,” Rhodes said. “Cambridge is a tough opener. We went to see some of our district teams. Beaver Local just ran away with it. They are loaded. At 152, they entered an extra who was a state qualifier last year and can’t beat the starter. Over 20 state placer or qualifiers in the tournament. We finished sixth but we were as high as third at one point.”

While no individual Warrior was crowned a champ, Peyten Kellar and Oberdier each placed runner-up in the 126-pound and 160-pound weight classes, respectively. Kellar was a state placer and Oberdier a state qualifier last season.

“Peyton lost 4-2 in sudden victory overtime to Logan Ours from Beaver Local, who is ranked second at 126,” Rhodes said. “Peyten is ranked second at 120. Peyton is up until he can get weight management down.

“Brady Lost in finals, 8-0, to Brendon Seevers from Beaver Local, number 13 at 170. Brady is number 14 at 160.”

At Cambridge, Warren senior Ben Goedel (138 pounds) was fourth; senior Dylan Anderson (195), sixth; senior Liam Kellar (152), fifth; senior Tristan Duffey (145), Trent Sayre (152), and sophomore Brock Bowen (170), seventh; and freshman Brody Tait ((106) and sophomore Cole Coleman (113), eighth.

“Liam Fell in 152 with highly ranked kids’ Logan Krulik (Beaver Local), Dylan Dodson (Licking Valley), and Jared Wright (Beaver Local),” Rhodes said. “He finished fifth, he lost 8-7 in his semifinal to Krulik, who won the tournament on an escape with less than 10 seconds to go.

“Brock finished seventh in his first ever varsity event, and Brodie placed eighth in his first tournament. Ben was unseeded, beating the number two- and five-seeded wrestlers before losing in the semis to the number three. He will surprise a lot of people this year.”

Warren’s other probable starters at the Hickory Grove Market invite will be sophomore Scott Reynolds (132), sophomore Zach Ochampaugh (182), junior Kaleb Tait (220), and sophomore Jake Welch (285).

“This week, we have to work smarter in practice, focusing on what each wrestler needs to improve on,” Rhodes said.

Marietta’s mat roster includes senior Atlas Morris, junior Maclane Roe, sophomore Kyle Keller, sophomore Ethan Prather, and sophomore Christopher Rollins. The Tigers are coached by Jeff Davis.

Waterford is expected to feature sophomore Haden Offenberger (145), a state and district alternate last winter; senior Colin Jackson (220), a district alternate a year ago; senior Nate Hutchins (182); junior Haydon Reynolds (285); sophomore Ethan Root (160); freshman Tyler Moore (113); freshman Andrew Taylor (126); and freshman David Simpson (132). The Wildcats are coached by Greg Offenberger.

Fort Frye’s probable starters will be senior Leo Baker, senior Austin Baumgartner (285), senior Kason Delancey, senior Jaden Hale, sophomore Frank Baker, sophomore Thomas Lenhart, sophomore Logan Wagner, and freshman Joe Duskey. The Cadets are coached by Greg Heldman.

Belpre will be featuring senior Dakota Ross, junior David Wheeler, junior Jonathan Chapman, and sophomore Andrew Miranda. The Golden Eagles are coached by

Lester Parker and Kevin McLaughlin.