Warren’s Kellar signs to wrestle at Ohio University
VINCENT — Warren High School senior Peyten Kellar is ready to make a run at the Ohio Division II 152-pound state wrestling championship.
On Thursday afternoon, Kellar had a signing ceremony at the school as he made it official to continue his career as a student-athlete for the Ohio Bobcats and head coach Joel Greenlee.
Kellar will attempt to extend his current winning streak to 80 matches — the second longest current active mark in the Buckeye State — when he competes today in the central/southeast district tournament at Gallia Academy.
“It’s quite an honor to be his coach,” admitted Warren head man Jeff Parsons. “I’ve known Peyten and I’ve coached him ever since he started wrestling when he was 4 or 5 years old.
“Now that he’s signed with Ohio University, a Division I school, that’s a pretty big honor for Warren and our program.”
Kellar, a four-time league champ and this year’s East Central Ohio League’s wrestler of the year, sports a 175-10 career record. His win total along with his 138 triumphs via fall are both school records.
“It was between OU and WVU (West Virginia University) and OU gave me a better offer,’ said Kellar, who plans to major in criminal justice and has a current 28-0 record.
“I’ve known coach Greenlee my whole life. He’s always been a good guy and I’ve always liked him. I went to camps when I was younger. I went to home duals and summer practices with them for freestyle and Greco Roman.”
Going into the postseason, Kellar is the top-ranked grappler in his weight class. He was unable to compete at the state tournament last year when it was called off due to COVID-19.
“I don’t like the whole mask thing,” said the Warrior. “But you have to get used to it. You got to be away from your teammates wrestling and can’t be in the corner coaching them.”
A three-time state qualifier and two-time all-Ohioan, Kellar was expected to challenge for a state crown in 2020.
“Last year he was ranked second or third,” Parsons said. “I think he’ll walk in and have a good chance to start his freshman year if he wants to. I don’t know if he’ll take that redshirt freshman year.”
Kellar, who said he’s thinking about the FBI following graduation, admitted “I’m anxious to go to college, but I want to stay a kid as long as I can.”
For his final semester at Warren, Kellar said he opted for virtual school because “I was worried about being quarantined. I don’t mind it because I get to sleep in.”
The Warrior said he’s planning to commute his freshman year. Along with four wrestling letters, he also played football this past season and earned all-Ohio honorable mention honors as well as first team all-district at defensive back.
Currently expected to compete at 157 for the Bobcats, Kellar said “my best thing I do at wrestling is probably top and bottom, but I need to work better on my feet and get more takedowns and get better at setting up shots and stuff.”
Through it all, Kellar has enjoyed his time as a Warrior.
“Jeff was my first coach. He’s the one who got me into it really because I was too scared to wrestle my first year,” Kellar said.
“Thanks to all my coaches and teammates and family members and friends who have been their and supported me through my career.”
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