Warren - Peyten Kellar has his eyes on the prize.
The Warren High mat standout is the last wrestler standing in Washington County, and the junior captain is hoping that will also be the case at the completion of this weekend’s 83rd annual Ohio state tournament at the Jerome Schottenstein Center in Columbus.
Kellar will be seeking a Division II individual crown in the 145-pound weight division.
All the D2 grappling action is scheduled to get underway at 4:10 p.m. Friday, and continues Saturday and Sunday.
Kellar will be joined at state by senior teammate Brady Oberdier, an alternate at 170.
Kellar, third-ranked in the state at 145 in D2 with a 48-0 record, was an all-state seventh placer at 126 last year after finishing fifth at 106 in 2018. He was the school’s first freshman to qualify and place at state.
Currently, Kellar owns a 147-10 career mark on the mat.
“Peyten goes into the state tournament as one of only four guys who remain unbeaten for the year in Division II and is focused on keeping it that way,” said first-year Warren varsity wrestling coach Jeff Parsons.
If Kellar does, he will join Heath Eddleblute and Matt McCoy as the only Warren boys to be crowned an individual state champ. Last month, Warrior freshman Hayley Snyder became the first girl to win a state title at 101 at the inaugural Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association Girls State Wrestling Tournament at Hilliard Davidson High.