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28 for 28 Stories: A 2016-2017 Season Primer (Still Helpful Today!)

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In our lead-up to the big day, we will post 28 articles (one for each day -- although they may not be published each day) as a primer for this season. It is my intention (the webmaster speaking, here) to educate as many as I can about what I know and what I've learned so that you can have the richest experience of the 2016-2017 IHSA Wrestling season. 28 days = 4 weeks.
 

 

 Storm on through: Huskies take Varsity, Girls titles; Freshman 7th
Despite the snow, tournament winners were awarded on Saturday; Jan. 27 is the Little Huskies event · 01/19/2019

 

         

The Huskies hosted three tournaments on Saturday.

 
The snowstorm this weekend affected many wrestling events across this state and quite a few more. Unfortunately, each of the three tournaments that were hosted by the Oak Park & River Forest High School community were affected. Despite several squads unable to attend, the three tournaments (Varsity, Freshman, and Girls) ended successfully for those in attendance. In a tournament that ended up as a round robin format, the Varsity team title was won by Team Orange & Blue. The Huskies earned 146.5 points, closely outpointing Christian Brothers (144.5) with Dakota (130.5), and Arrowhead (104.5) following next. Plainfield Central and OPRF-JV were the final two teams competing in Varsity. Jake Rundell (113), Josh Ogunsanya (126), Torry Early (138), Jaylan Pascascio (220), and Ashford Hollis (285) were the five bracket winners for the Huskies.

For the Freshman event, 13 schools attended. The top four finishers were Reavis (153.0 points), Morton (131.0), Rolling Meadows (111.0), and St. Rita (110.5). The Huskies earned a 7th place finish behind Evanston and Maine West who tied. Riverside-Brookfield, Notre Dame, Taft, Niles West, Christian Brothers, and Fenwick completed the team score scroll in descending order. Jalen Dunson (120) was the Huskies' lone victor at Freshman.

The Girls wrestling event was a great chance for female wrestlers to showcase their skills as girls wrestling becomes more and more popular on state and national levels. OPRF took home the gold here, as their 54.0 points edged the 52.0 points of Morton. The other six high schools that took part in the Girls competition (listed in descending order of finish) were Maine East, Taft, Niles West, Riverside-Brookfield, Evanston, and Maine West. Huskie Girl champions were Tiffany White (127), Lila Stratman (138), and Kennedi Dickens (285).

 

 
 

OPRF Varsity Invitational Results | TrackWrestling

 Wrestler  Year  Weight  Place
 Connor Nagela  Sophomore  106  2nd
 Jake Rundell  Junior  113  1st
 Nico Bolivar  Junior  120  2nd
 Josh Ogunsanya  Junior  126  1st
 Eddie Bolivar  Senior  132  2nd
 Torry Early  Senior  138  1st
 Joe Chapman  Junior  152  2nd
 Cameron Rigden  Senior  170  6th
 Daemyen
 Middlebrooks
 Junior  182  5th
 Spencer Abbott  Junior  195  3rd
 Jaylan Pascascio  Senior  220  1st
 Ashford Hollis  Senior  285  1st
 

OPRF JV Invitational Results | TrackWrestling

 Wrestler  Year  Weight  Place
 Zavien Stewart  Sophomore  106  3rd
 Sam Deyro  Sophomore  120  5th
 David Deyro  Senior  126  4th
 Nyle Pascascio  Sophomore  138  5th
 Gil Galindo  Junior  145  6th
 Tory Mahler  Sophomore  160  3rd
 Adrian Palmares  Sophomore  182  4th
 Malcolm Gray  Sophomore  220  3rd
 Fabian Gonzalez  Junior  285  3rd
 
 
 

OPRF Frosh Invitational Results | TrackWrestling

 Wrestler  Year  Weight  Place
 Amari Blanchard  Freshman  106  2nd
 Reid Butterly  Freshman  106  4th
 Tommy Sullivan  Freshman  113  DNP
 Jalen Dunson  Freshman  120  1st
 Dario Munoz  Freshman  132  DNP
 Alex Yu  Freshman  138  DNP
 Xavier Godwin  Freshman  145  3rd
 Ezra Siegler  Freshman  152  4th
 Bryan Garcia  Freshman  152  DNP
 Lucas Plancon  Freshman  160  6th
 Ali Gamal  Freshman  170  DNP
 Allyn Johnson  Freshman  182  4th
 Jackson Hughes
 N'Cho Allepot-a
 Freshman  145  DNP
 

OPRF Girls Invitational Results | TrackWrestling

 Wrestler  Year  Weight  Place
 Camila Neuman  Freshman  106-111  3rd
 Aliyah Aldridge  Freshman  111-117  2nd
 Sadie Scheer  Freshman  111-117  5th
 Sofi Bosco  Freshman  122  2nd
 Tiffany White  Freshman  127  1st
 Lila Stratman  Senior  138  1st
 Ammrii Badejo  Freshman  138  3rd
 Kennedi Dickens  Freshman  285  1st
 
 

 

Success in the red zone: OPRF topples Hinsdale C., WSC-Silver
Huskies secure eighth straight conference title; big home tri-tournament on Saturday · 01/17/2019

 
        

The Huskies secure eighth straight conference title in Hinsdale. (photos by Jamil Shhmart) 

 
With a combination of starters and reserves, the Oak Park & River Forest wrestling team continued their dominance of the 7-team West Suburban (Silver) Conference by a 49-30 result over the Red Devils of Hinsdale Central. This win is the 20th consecutive in conference, and the Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew have now earned at least a share of the conference championship since 2011-2012.

The OPRF-HC dual began at 113 pounds. In the first four bouts, the two units bounced 6-point wins. Jake Rundell (120) and Nico Bolivar (126) each earned pins. The Huskies entered no 132-pounder. Prior to the 138 bout, the score was tied at 12. Momentum was on OPRF's side at 138 (major decision by Eddie Bolivar) and at 145 (pin by Torry Early). Falls continued as the next six matchups were split again -- each side gaining three pinfalls. For the Huskies, Joe Chapman (160), Spencer Abbott (195), and Jaylan Pascascio (220) all earned this distinction. With two bouts to go, Huskies needed a win at 285 to guarantee a victory while holiding a 10-point lead, 40-30. Ashford Hollis did not disappoint, and his first period pin victory put this dual in the win column for the Collins Cadets. Zavien Stewart added another decision win for good measure at 106 pounds, winning 3-0. Non-winning Varsity wrestlers on the night were Connor Nagela (113), Stephon Carr (152), Cameron Ridgen (170), and Adrian Palmares (182).

The dual victory ends OPRF's regular season dual record at 23-3 and a perfect 6-0 in conference play. Up next is Saturday's tri-tournament: Varsity, Freshman, and Girls. This will take place at the very friendly confines of the OPRF Field House. If you brave the snow, be safe! More details about the day's events are listed below.

 

 

 Home again: Huskie invite highlights weekend, at Hinsdale C. Thu
Varsity ends its regular season this week, "The Biggest Little Tournament" returns to OPRFHS · 01/17/2019

 

   

In recent years, OPRF Wrestling's colors have been orange, blue, and silver.

 
Ladies and gentlemen, we are hustling through another IHSA chapter book. We haven't yet arrived at the climax, and we surely are continuing to develop our characters. This week marks the final week of the regular season for the Varsity Huskies. For the lower levels, they hold their conference championships one week from Saturday. Jump forward a Saturday further, and it will be the beginning of the IHSA State Series. In other words, the postseason is coming! Much more on this will be revealed as we approach February.

Alas, let's focus on this week. Tonight, the Huskies (all levels) travel to Hinsdale Central to take on the Red Devils with sights set on an undefeated West Suburban-Silver Conference title. On Saturday, Varsity and Freshman squads will hold simultaneous individual tournaments in what has become an annual tradition in the Huskie wrestling program (and within the OPRF Field House walls). Is it just me, or have we seen a lot of orange and blue on the walls of buildings surrounding wrestling events this year? Hey, I'm not complaining!

In an aside, InterMat Wrestling upgraded Oak Park & River Forest's wrestling team to the #20 squad in the country in its latest rankings, dated January 16. Poway, whom OPRF defeated last weekend, was listed as #22. Of Illinois programs, #5 Montini, #18 Chicago Mt. Carmel, and #39 Marmion also made the top 50 cut.

Remember, at Hinsdale Central on Thursday (all levels). At HOME on Saturday.

 
Huskie Invitational - Varsity Huskie Invitational - Freshman Huskie Invitational - Girls
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Teams: Teams: Teams:
Arrowhead (WI), Christian Brothers (MO), Crystal Lake Central, Crystal Lake South, Dakota, Huntley, Minooka, OPRF-Varsity, OPRF-JV, Plainfield Central, Plainfield East, Urbana Christian Brothers (MO), Crown Point (IN), Evanston, Huntley, Loyola, Maine West, Morton, Niles West, Notre Dame, OPRF-Freshman, Reavis, Riverside-Brookfield, Rolling Meadows, St. Rita, Taft Arrowhead (WI), Christian Brothers (MO), Crown Point (IN), Crystal Lake Central, Crystal Lake South, Dakota, Evanston, Huntley, Loyola, Maine East, Maine West, Minooka, Morton, Niles West, OPRF-Girls, Plainfield Central, Plainfield East, Reavis, Riverside-Brookfield, Rolling Meadows, Taft
 

 

Day of champions: Huskies finish 1-3, host epic BTS event
Beat the Streets Chicago and OPRFHS combine forces on a majestic success · 01/12/2019

 
       

The BTS-OPRF event was 12+ hours of wrestling magic!

 
In a complete event, unlike any before it, Oak Park & River Forest's Field House contained a full day of activities for young, old, and everyone in between. TrackWrestling was there to record the results and to videotape the goings on throughout the day. About those Varsity squads, a simple glance at the national rankings of the five stellar units told you that it wouldn't be a walk in the park for any team. Each individual was going to scrap for every point while being guided by top notch coaches who traveled from far and wide for an opportunity at team growth, to make a difference, and -- let's face it -- to have fun.

After a meat-grinder of a day, the dust settled with Lake Highland Prep (FL) being the top finisher after securing an unblemished 4-0 dual record. The Huskies were able to show their mettle and defeated Poway (CA), a team ranked higher than OPRF on InterMat's national rankings, by a 33-28 tally. That was all that Team Orange & Blue could muster, however, as the Huskies followed that victory by losses to Bergen (NJ) 38-24, Lake Highland Prep (FL) 42-21, and Montini 40-24.

With those results, the Scoville Scurriers now hold a 22-3 overall dual record. For full results, see below and visit BTS on TrackWrestling. To learn more about Beat the Streets Chicago, visit BTS Chicago online.

Event photos | Go to Huskie Wrestling on Facebook for photos.

Event article | Read an Illinois Matmen article, includes video from the event.

 

 
Duals Results
Guaranteed Places


1st Place - Lake Highland Prep
2nd Place
- Bergen Catholic
3rd Place
- Montini Catholic
4th Place
- Oak Park River Forest
5th Place
- Poway High School


Round 1

Oak Park River Forest defeated Poway High School 33-28.
Lake Highland Prep defeated Montini Catholic 31-30.
Bergen Catholic defeated null 0-0.

Round 2

Bergen Catholic defeated Oak Park River Forest 38-24.
Montini Catholic defeated Poway High School 31-24.
Lake Highland Prep defeated null 0-0.
Round 3

Lake Highland Prep defeated Oak Park River Forest 42-21.
Bergen Catholic defeated Poway High School 45-18.
Montini Catholic defeated null 0-0.

Round 4

Lake Highland Prep defeated Poway High School 44-21.
Bergen Catholic defeated Montini Catholic 43-18.
Oak Park River Forest defeated null 0-0.

Round 5

Montini Catholic defeated Oak Park River Forest 40-24.
Lake Highland Prep defeated Bergen Catholic 39-29.
Poway High School defeated null 0-0.
 

 

Silver streakin': OPRF continues to befuddle WSC, defeats York 44-28
Huskies earn fifth victory in the West Suburban Conference (Silver); Beat the Streets mega tourney is Saturday · 01/11/2019

 
     

The Huskies vaulted past the York Dukes on Friday night. (photos by Jamil Shhmart) 

 
After the Huskies scored a big interstate dual team tournament victory (last weekend at The Clash in Rochester, Minnesota), their dual caravan keeps churning downhill in preparation of a very big (and very local) dual team event on Saturday. On Friday night, OPRF (21-0, 5-0) continued on the path to gold in the WSC-Silver Conference. The Orange & Blue need only to outpoint the Hinsdale Central Red Devils on January 17 to claim an undefeated run through the conference in 2018-2019.

Oak Park & River Forest visited York, neighbors to the west, and conquered their Varsity squad by a tally of 44-28. York features a new head coach this year, Nicholas Metcalf. On this night anyway, OPRF spoiled his debut against the Huskies.

On Saturday (all day) is a BIG-TIME wrestling event in Oak Park at OPRFHS. It is the Beat the Streets event that has created a lot of buzz in the local wrestling community and across the country. Although the day's events begin with a kid's clinic at 8:30 am, the Huskies will battle five nationally ranked opponents starting at 11 am (listed in order of competition): #17 Poway (CA), #4 Bergen (NJ), #9 Lake Highland Prep (FL), and #5 Montini. OPRF is ranked #28 in InterMat's most recent rankings. The Montini Broncos are also in Illinois's Class 3A division, you'll remember.

Each team will have a staggered bye round on the day; the Huskies will rest after their LHP dual. So, the schedule has the Huskies wrestling at 11 am (vs. Poway), 1 pm (vs. Bergen), 3 pm (vs. Lake Highland Prep), 5 pm (bye), and 7:30 pm (vs. Montini). For more information, scroll down below. Don't forget to buy your multiple entry tickets and cheer on the Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew!

 

 
 
 
Beat the cold, Beat the Streets on Saturday | This weekend will be another big one. On Friday night, all levels visit York. On Saturday, Beat the Streets Chicago will hold its marquee event at the OPRF Fieldhouse! Duals will be held at 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm, and 7:30 pm; Montini (IL), Bergen Catholic (NJ), Poway (CA), and Lake Highland Prep (FL) will all join Oak Park & River Forest for an unforgettable day. There is even an exhibition show with OPRF alums Ellis Coleman and Kamal Bey at 7 PM. It's an all day affair, and from 8:30-11:00 am there is a youth clinic and exhibition led by Illinois wrestling legend Tony Ramos. Tickets are $10, so buy your Beat the Streets tickets today!

Beat the Streets audio preview | Listen up! Beat the Streets Chicago director Mike Powell speaks with David Mirikitani about the HUGE upcoming Beat the Streets event in Oak Park this coming Saturday. Jump to TrackWrestling and listen to the Mike Powell BTS phone interview!

Watch online | If you can't visit OPRF's Field House, follow results (free) or watch live & archived bouts (pay) at BTS on TrackWrestling.

Event preview | Read an event preview on OakPark.com.

 

 

Clash of the titan: OPRF wears the crown at Clash XVII
 Huskies steamroll the competition on Saturday; Rundell and Bolivar named all-tourney · 01/05/2019

 

Huskies pose after claiming Clash title. (photo via Clash website)

 
At The Clash XVII's dual team tournament, Oak Park & River Forest came to play. The Huskies, InterMat's #27-ranked team in the nation, lapped the competition on the event's second day. Team Orange & Blue stormed through the First Bracket on Saturday night, easily handling three out of state opponents: Waverly-Shell Rock (IA) 49-17, Vacaville (CA) 51-16, and Shakopee (MN) 51-17. Coincidently, the 2nd-4th place finishers were the Huskies' opponents in the same order, with the Iowans, Californians, and Minnesotans rounding out the top four.

It was a group effort, but several Huskies finished the weekend undefeated: Jake Rundell (5-0 at 113), Malakye Rodriguez (3-0 at 113/120), Nico Bolivar (5-0 at 120/126), Eddie Bolivar (5-0 at 132/138), and Ashford Hollis (6-0 at 285). Jake Rundell and Nico Bolivar were awarded All-Tournament recognition.

This is the second Clash tournament victory for OPRF, who also won the Minnesota tourney in the 2014-2015 season. You may remember that the Huskies claimed the top spot in the country at the end of that high school season.

Direct links | The Clash XVII Home | Live and archived results on TrackW | Photo Gallery (PostBulletin)

 

 

 
Beat the cold, Beat the Streets on Saturday | This weekend will be another big one. On Friday night, all levels visit York. On Saturday, Beat the Streets Chicago will hold its marquee event at the OPRF Fieldhouse! Duals will be held at 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm, and 7:30 pm; Montini (IL), Bergen Catholic (NJ), Poway (CA), and Lake Highland Prep (FL) will all join Oak Park & River Forest for an unforgettable day. There is even an exhibition show with OPRF alums Ellis Coleman and Kamal Bey at 7 PM. It's an all day affair, and from 8:30-11:00 am there is a youth clinic and exhibition led by Illinois wrestling legend Tony Ramos. Tickets are $10, so buy your Beat the Streets tickets today!

Beat the Streets audio preview | Listen up! Beat the Streets Chicago director Mike Powell speaks with David Mirikitani about the HUGE upcoming Beat the Streets event in Oak Park this coming Saturday. Jump to TrackWrestling and listen to the Mike Powell BTS phone interview!

Watch online | If you can't visit OPRF's Field House, follow results (free) or watch live & archived bouts (pay) at BTS on TrackWrestling.

 

 

Rockin' in Rochester: OPRF duels the field in The Clash XVII
 Huskies enter as one of the favorites this year, earn #1-seed in Bracket D · 01/02/2019

 

The Clash is a yearly staple in Rochester, Minnesota.

 
It's 2019, and it's time to live the dream! New year, new challenge.... The Huskies begin 2019 with two days of action in Rochester, Minnesota, in what has become a winter trek in recent years. On Jan 4-5, the Huskies compete in a 32-team dual team tournament, with 8 teams competing in each of 4 brackets on day one. The place of each school in day one's bracket will dictate day two's round robin format of 4 squads each. For example, all four bracket winners (A, B, C, D) will go head-to-head on Saturday; all four 2nd place schools will lock horns; all 3rd place, etc.

On day one this year, OPRF wrestles in the afternoon session (4 pm, 6 pm, 8 pm). Expect the Huskies to wrestle in the second session again on Saturday. Let's go, Huskies!

[UPDATE] After Day 1 | Final four! The Orange & Blue brought their wrecking balls north to Rochester, Minnesota, on Friday night. The Huskies toppled all three of their opponents to win Bracket D, where OPRF had been seeded #1 in that 8-team tournament. In succession, Oak Park & River Forest hurdled Rochester Mayo (MN) 63-12, Burlington (WI) 56-16, and Owatonna (MN) 37-34. On Saturday, OPRF will tangle with the three other bracket winners in a round robin format to determine overall tournament places one through four: vs. Waverly-Shell Rock (IA) at 4 pm, vs. Vacaville (CA) at 6 pm, and vs. Shakopee (MN) at 8 pm. Let's charge on, hustlin' Huskies!

Direct links | The Clash XVII Home | Live and archived results on TrackW

 

 

Ready Eddie: OPRF Wrestling Century Club welcomes Eddie Bolivar
132-pound senior surpassed 100 Varsity wins at the Powerade Tournament this weekend · 12/30/2018

 

Eddie, pictured in his Whitlach finals win, joins "the club." (photo by Jamil Shhmart)

 
Eddie Bolivar is looking to cap off his senior season in style. As a freshman, Eddie contributed and helped the Huskies to a 22-10 record. As a sophomore, he competed in the individual state series and earned a ticket to Champaign with a tally of 20-11. Last year, Eddie finished as a state runner-up in the 132-pound weight class and a 41-10 bout record. During the current campaign, Eddie's win-loss total sits at 19-1.

Altogether, Eddie sits at 102-32 and expects his win total to grow substantially before March. Congratulations, Eddie!

To view all of the OPRF Wrestling Century Club members, go to our Wall of Fame page.

 

 

Huskie powerful: OPRF finishes 2nd at 52-team Powerade tourney
The Orange & Blue place six wrestlers in the 2018 Powerade individual tournament in Canonsburg, PA · 12/28/2018

 

OPRF scores team silver. (photo via Powerade / Wrestling Report)

 
The OPRF Huskie Wrestling trip to Pennsylvania was a success. Although OPRF did not win the team gold this past weekend, they did finish second among all squads and gained some valuable experience as the season continues into January.

2018 Powerade | Tournament home | Live text results | Live video (subscription)

For a schedule of the rounds, click on the tournament home page above.

 

 
 

Powerade Invitational Results | 106-145

 Wrestler  Year  Weight  Place
 Connor Nagela  Sophomore  106  DNP
 Jake Rundell  Junior  113  3rd
 Nico Bolivar  Junior  120  5th
 Josh Ogunsanya  Junior  126  5th
 Eddie Bolivar  Senior  132  3rd
 Torry Early  Senior  138  DNP
 Open  --  145  --
 

Powerade Invitational Results | 152-285

 Wrestler  Year  Weight  Place
 Joe Chapman  Junior  152  DNP
 Jake Cagnina  Senior  160  DNP
 Open  --  170  --
 Daemyen
 Middlebrooks
 Junior  182  6th
 Brian Ziech  Senior  195  DNP
 Jaylan Pascascio  Senior  220  DNP
 Ashford Hollis  Senior  285  4th
 
 

 

Power up: Huskies hope to flex muscles in Pennsylvania
OPRF wrestles in the 2018 Powerade individual tournament in Canonsburg, PA · 12/28/2018

 

OPRF competes at Canon-McMillan HS (Pennsylvania).

 
...And we're back! Varsity continues its 2018-2019 season with a 52-team tournament in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, this Friday and Saturday. Multiple states are represented in the Powerade Wrestling Tournament, where the Orange & Blue attempt to be tops in the team competition. You can follow the results online (see below). Let's go, Huskies!

2018 Powerade | Tournament home | Live text results | Live video (subscription) | Tournament preview

For a schedule of the rounds, click on the tournament home page above.

 

 

Don't skirt the shirt: Buy your Huskie wear today
Huskie gear is ready and waiting, designed to satisfy · 11/15/2017

  
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