the 'Stangs: OPRF downs St. Rita 69-03
Huskies hold Mustangs to only one Varsity bout
win · 11/26/2014
On the night before Thanksgiving, OPRF Varsity and Junior Varsity
took care of St. Rita in Huskie fashion! The program takes two days
off before reigniting the IHSA scoreboard on Saturday. OPRF (2-0
overall, 1-0 in conference) sends its Varsity to New Trier on
Saturday for a quad highlighted by a round against 1A powerhouse
Dakota. Expect excellent mat action.
I.H.S.A.: Huskie Family feast to
First foe to OPRF on Tuesday; Skrine Chops event on Wednesday · 11/24/2014
Tuesday (Nov 25)
Downers N. @ OPRF
Wednesday (Nov 26)
St. Rita @ OPRF
Saturday (Nov 29)
@ New Trier
Personally, I have had this week circled on my calendar for months.
Tuesday, November 25, is the first day of OPRF's first competition. In
less than 48 hours, the mats and
stage will be set (along with the scoreboard re-set) to initiate I.H.S.A. Wrestling 2014-15. The well-known IHSA is the Illinois High
School Association, and they sanction the guidelines and
implementations of Illinois high school athletics. In this moment,
we ask you to consider another IHSA: "International Huskie Style of
Awesome". Living, dedicating, giving, and growing in true Huskie
Style reaches even the farthest distances across this tiny globe. In
this season, perhaps like none other, the Huskie Wrestling entity is
preparing to take the high school wrestling world by storm.
take a look at the weekly schedule (all weights are where wrestlers
finished last season):
Downers Grove North, Tuesday at OPRF
| The first official
whistle will blow at 201 N. Scoville, among two quite familiar
programs. The Trojans visit the Huskie Den as West Suburban Silver
Conference opponents. Head Coach Chris McGrath will bring his purple
power with hopes of kicking off his season with positive first
steps. The unranked Trojans placed 3rd as a team in last year's
regional tournament. Patrick Walker (106) and EJ Phillips (285) are
the only two returning sectional qualifiers. Walker was the lone
state qualifier. Even without a medal, he finished last year's season with an
impressive 40-5 record. Come out at take in the mat magic!
Junior Varsity, JV2, and Freshman at 6:00 pm
| Varsity at 7:30 pm
St. Rita, Wednesday at OPRF
| St. Rita is also an unranked
team in the preseason rankings, but reigning state champion Austin
O'Connor (106) is one who receives significant hype. The Mustangs' senior
laden lineup fished as runner-ups in last year's Mt. Carmel
Regional, with Jake Silzer (120), Valentino Ortiz (126), Pat Larkin
(152), and Tom
Schofield (285) as returning sectional qualifiers. Silzer also traveled to
Champaign but did not earn a top-6 placing. Dan Manzella, St. Rita
head coach, also wishes to put up a battle against the formidable
Huskies. After the dual, an alumni gathering will be held at Skrine
Chops, 7230 Madison, Forest Park. Fun and family for all.
Junior Varsity, JV2, and Freshman at 6:00 pm
| Varsity at 7:30 pm
--> Alumni Gathering @ Skrine Chops at 9:00 pm
Turkey Trot, Thursday at St. Giles
| If you are planning to trot on
Thanksgiving, you may see several wrestlers taking part in the
morning hike. Whatever you do, create some stomach room
for your own holidaydinner plans!
Varsity, Saturday vs. Schaumburg &
Dakota at New Trier | This
quad will match up each team versus the others in a round robin
format. The Saxons and host Trevians are unranked in Illinois
preseason news, but they each have a few returning sectional
qualifiers. Michael Lynch (106) and state qualifier Alec McKenna
(126) for New Trier; and state qualifiers Hazen Rice (106) and Tyler
Alanis (220), plus sectional qualifiers Logan Gruszka (138), Tony
Vezzetti (152), and Mike Bruno (182) for Schaumburg. Dakota-OPRF is
the marquee matchup. Dakota is the reigning 1A team state champion,
and they have a mighty talented squad. The Indians boast 9 returning
sectional qualifiers with 8 earning 1A individual medals at Assembly
Hall. Every Indian wrestler is a gamer, including Fighting Illini recruit
Carver James. 10:00 am start.
Junior Varsity, Saturday at Glenbard North
| These kids are GOOD. 9:00 am
Freshman/Sophomore, Saturday at Thornwood
| Another talented crop of
athletes. 9:30 am tournament.
Tony Madrigal: Tony
is a freshman with plenty of credentials coming into OPRF.
Among other accolades, Tony was an All-American this past
summer at the Cadet Freestyle National Championships after
placing 6th at 106 lbs. Tony is a great competitor and the
more he continues to trust himself, the further he will
Peter, or as we call him, PJ, is in his second year at OPRF
and he will be battling Tony for the 106 lbs spot all year
long. PJ put in a great off-season, earning All-American
honors at the FILA Cadet Nationals placing 2nd/Greco and
3rd/Freestyle respectfully. PJ continued his winning ways
securing All-American status at the Cadet Freestyle/Greco
National Championships. PJ was a member of our 21-man roster
from the 2014 State Championship.
(Baby Jay): Jay is a tenacious young man with a chip on his
shoulder after coming up short of his goals in 2014,
finishing second in the state at 106 lbs. Jay put in a
tremendous off-season by building his strength and technique
on and off the mat. Jay won the Pre-Season National
Tournament at Northern Iowa University in the weeks leading
up to the season; this is a great indication of what this
young man can do when he is focused.
Bobby Campos: Bobby
enters his third year at OPRF knowing he will have to battle
throughout the year to earn the varsity spot. Bobby is a
great teammate and made critical contributions to the
success of our team in the dual tournament during the 2014
Alex Madrigal: Alex
is one of our many seniors this year and we expect great
things from him. We are looking forward to seeing him
develop, both individually and as a team leader, in his
final season for the Huskies. Alex is another one of our
seven returning All-State wrestlers; he finished 5th at 113
lbs in 2014. Alex has committed to wrestling at Old Dominion
University and we are very proud of him. Alex has
transformed himself over the past year; he is an inspiration
for our team and coaches.
Gabe Townsell: Gabe
begins his third year as a varsity starter this year after
qualifying for state is first two years with the Huskies. In
2014, he placed 4th in the state at 120lbs. Gabe’s
off-season was limited to due to an injury, but he is
healthy and focused for the regular season. His quickness
and strength are rarely matched when he’s on the mat. Off
the mat, Gabe is a stellar student who is making the most
out of himself as a student-athlete. Gabe’s work ethic will
continue to guide him on and off the mat as a successful
Jaime enters his second season with the Huskies showing
tremendous growth from last March. Jaime missed only two or
three workouts all spring, summer and fall while also
competing at the Cadet Freestyle National Championships. He
achieved 2nd place at 132lbs. Jaime is one our most improved
wrestlers and he has set very lofty goals for himself this
year. If the last eight months are any indication of his
commitment, we are certain Jaime will not fall short this
Savonne enters his senior campaign as a second year starter.
After coming off a season where he qualified for state and
was a .500 wrestler, Savonne went to work this off-season.
Savonne has built himself into, pound for pound, one of the
strongest wrestlers on the team. Savonne knows that with
more consistency he can accomplish great feats this year.
Savonne will be another senior we will count on to lead this
team in what could be a great year for him individually and
Chris Helm: Chris
is a senior with many talents; the skateboarding drummer
brings another dynamic to our team. He is a very
unconventional wrestler with tremendous athletic abilities.
If Chris commits himself to wrestling his hardest, he will
surprise some people this season. Chris dedicated himself to
making 138 lbs and will challenge Savonne this season for
the starting position.
Larry Early III:
Larry continues to get the most out of his experience at
OPRF. After winning a state championship at 145lbs in 2014,
Larry committed to wrestling at the University of Minnesota.
Larry is a three-year varsity starter and a three-year
All-State wrestler. Larry has done it all as an individual,
but this year will be a test for him as a team leader. Larry
showed total commitment this fall by missing no workouts. It
is crucial to our team’s success that he continues to show
Bryce Scott: Bryce
is another senior who will be a big contributor to the team
this season. Bryce will fluctuate between the 145/152lbs
weight classes. Bryce showed his greatest commitment to
wrestling during the off-season this past summer and fall,
and has taken a couple of younger wrestlers under his wing.
With a renewed dedication, Bryce has made gains on and off
the mat. He will battle Larry throughout the season and will
someone we will utilize often in dual meet situations.
Walter Isaiah White IV:
Isaiah is one of the most talented wrestlers in the country
and over the past couple of weeks he has been matching his
talent with his efforts on the mat. After a sophomore State
Championship high school season and a summer in which he won
the Junior Freestyle National Championship, Isaiah looks to
drive himself harder to be the best in the country. When
Isaiah is motivated, he is tough to beat.
Andrew is a senior who looks to outwork everyone on a daily
basis. While aspiring to be a future Navy Seal, Andrew’s
work ethic helps him showcase his leadership with actions
and not words. Andrew is a guy his teammates look to for
guidance in wrestling and academics. He will be a vital part
of this team’s success, particularly in the form of guidance
for some of the younger wrestlers for our future teams.
Drew Matticks: Drew
is a sophomore who is always looking to improve. Drew is a
young man who works his hardest day in and day out without
fail; and because of his tireless effort, we expect this
will be a breakout year for Drew. He may not get too many
varsity matches, but when he does, we expect he will do us
Matthew is looking forward to his final season in which he
will make his final attempt to reach the top of the podium
in Champaign. After finishing 2nd as a freshman and 3rd as a
junior, Matthew has worked diligently to advance himself as
a wrestler in the gym and weight room. Matthew is a terror
on top with a multitude of turns from the position. In his
fourth year in the program, Matt’s experience will be very
helpful for some of the younger guys at his weight. We fully
expect Matt to have a tremendous year on the mat and as a
leader of this team.
Rollian is a sophomore coming off a football season where he
was a starter on the varsity team. As he works himself into
wrestling shape, Rollian will compete for our team in a
variety of weight classes. He is a supreme athlete and is
very difficult to score on when he stays the course. We look
forward to watching Rollian grow this year as he competes
for a starting position.
Jack Newman: Jack
is a senior who will alternate between 160lbs. and 152lbs.
this season. Throughout his four years in our program, Jack
has bounced around different weight classes. His
perseverance and “old school” toughness has served us well,
as he willingly goes wherever he is needed. This year will
be a true showcase of Jack’s commitment to the program as he
looks to accomplish big things in his final year at OPRF.
Ben Avis: Ben is
another senior who will be helping lead our team this year,
and we are very lucky to have him. Ben’s unflagging work
ethic has allowed him to get absolutely all he could out of
our football and wrestling programs. Ben will be pushing his
teammates on a daily basis while modeling what it means to
be a Huskie wrestler.
Kamal Bey: Kamal
continues to dazzle people with his uncanny athleticism and
ability to be the most likable guy in the room. He also
happens to be one of our three returning state champions.
Kamal enters his junior year as a two-time All-State
wrestler, placing 5th at 152lbs. as a freshman and 1st at
160lbs. this past season. If Kamal can maintain a positive
attitude and focus, he will continue to grow as a wrestler
Max Metzgar: Max is
another senior who will battle for the Huskies in a few
different weight classes. Max will compete at 170 or 182lbs.
throughout the year. This will be Max’s first year as a
starter, but he is no stranger to the success OPRF has had.
Max was on the state championship team last year and is
excited about the opportunity to compete for starting
positions. We expect Max to get the most out of his senior
Noah Hauser: Noah
is a young man who constantly works on his wrestling. Noah
is a “gym rat” who’s always looking for extra workouts and
put in even more time in the preseason. Noah will push Max
and Kamal at 170lbs. in his final year with the Huskies.
Noah has come a long way from his freshman year and we only
see him continuing to ascend through his senior year.
Deundre Garner: Dre,
or “Baby Dre” as we call him, is a sophomore coming into his
own in the program. He will vie for the starting position at
182lbs. as the season moves forward. Dre is a young man with
talent, and when he commits to the program will see even
Ben Bergen: Ben
“The Hammer” Bergen is a senior in his first year as a
full-time varsity starter. Ben competed at 182lbs last year
and was on the state championship team. This off-season Ben
committed himself to getting stronger. He has earned the
nickname due to his strength and how it has affected his
ability on the mat. Ben’s transformation has been wonderful
to witness; he is carrying himself more confidently now and
when that confidence transitions to the mat Ben will reap
the benefits of all his work.
Ethan Lemons: This
young man is a sophomore who will learn from the
aforementioned senior in and outside of the room. Ethan has
put on thirty pounds since last year and is a future “big
guy” in the OPRF program. We are very excited about his
future. Ethan put some time in the off-season and it will be
good for him to learn what “Huskie Style” really means this
year in the varsity room.
Allen Stallings IV:
Allen enters his junior year as another three-year starter
and two-time state qualifier. Last year Allen came up just
short of placing in the IHSA State Tournament at 182lbs. But
he has bulked up this year and has his eyes set on the
podium in Champaign. Allen is another football player who is
working his way back into shape, but this summer he was an
All-American at the Cadet Greco National Championships
finishing 2nd at 220lbs. Allen looks to continue the proud
legacy of the “Oak Park Big Guys” and solidify himself as a
wrestler we will talk about in years to come.
Adam Lemke-Bell: In
years past, when considering the weight limit for
heavyweight, and then considering Adam, it was clear the two
were not close. But after two years as a varsity starter,
Adam is now a full 6’5” and 275lbs and ready to showcase his
newfound strength. In only his fourth year of wrestling,
Adam looks to end his short career on a very high note.
After finishing the season short of his goals in 2014, Adam
has been very motivated to return to the mat for his senior
season. The future Northwestern Wildcat football player
knows what it takes to get to Champaign this year. Adam is
another senior we will look to for guiding the younger guys
on the team; with his positive personality and willingness
to help others we believe his leadership will help bring the
Think globally, act locally: Huskie
community cleanup Sun.
November 23, OPRF Wrestlers will fundraise and work to
cleanup the community.
You may see
these hardworking student-athletes do their thing!
Armed and ready: Raising the bar
near and far
2014-15 squad looking to equal, better last year's crop · 11/18/2014
Huskie Nation proudly and excitedly can raise a "number one" into
the air: one week. One week. Seven short days. A mere 168 hours.
In just 10080 minutes, (y)our 2014-2015 Huskies will take the stage
at 201 N. Scoville and begin their official journey in the season
kickoff event. The Varsity Huskies are receiving all of the
media attention (scroll down), but we all know that everyone has
a part to play for the program. This Junior Varsity bunch will flat
out bring it and push whichever 14 wrestlers Varsity sends out on
the mat. The youngsters will also look to learn and live what it
means to be Huskie Tough. The coaches will do their share, and of
course the Huskie Wrestling Family -- the incredible legion -- will
continue to be ever so magical. We've all already begun.
Stay tuned as we watch the clock, watch the sweat, and watch our
pulse rates. Come March 1, we just may be able to raise up a "number
one" for a different reason altogether.
We are officially on the clock:
Wrestling season has begun!!
"A season to remember starts in November" · 11/10/2014
Now weeks after another Halloween holiday, many may choose to
relax after heart-pumping scenes, sights, and activities. If you are
one of these people, our advice is not to get too comfortable; the
real show-stopping excitement will commence the week of
Thanksgiving. At that time, you'll have your eyes and bellies
stuffed with a cornucopia of takedowns, reversals, back points, and
falls. All of these dishes will be garnished with Huskie Pride.
Seasonal seasonings |
In this year, like in those of recent memory, we can expect
healthy-sized helpings of talent, work ethic, determination, effort,
coaching guidance, family support, and some good old fashioned
Family focus |
As November settles in, so will our telescopes for the 2014-2015
IHSA campaign. Without question, there is more to know, discuss, and
live that can be written or read in a sitting (several, several
sittings), but we will begin to provide you with the brush and
watercolors so you can begin to paint the picture. Let's start at
the top: Paul Collins will serve as the OPRF Wrestling head coach.
This will be his first, as Mike Powell has moved to an assistant
role. Collins has been with both the football and wrestling programs
for years, and you can bet that the program's transition will be a
The casual Illinois wrestling fan will begin with a discussion about
hardware, so let's give that a few ticks on the clock. OPRF is
returning as the 2013-2014 IHSA Class 3A dual team champions, going
undefeated against teams in Illinois. If the Huskies reach the
championship dual again, they'll have to win with 14 wrestlers each
taking their spot on the stage. An early look at the makeup of those
14 is quite favorable. The Orange & Blue boast 8 returning State
Qualifers, and 7 of them (half of a 14-wrestler dual lineup) earned
top-6 medals in Champaign. Added to this mix are young guns --
Anthony Madrigal is a name you'll hear a lot about -- and veterans
who will rise and stand tall at key moments. Truth be told, OPRF's
JV roster would do quite well against several of the Varsity squads
from this Land of Lincoln.
We would be remiss without mentioning the Huskie Wrestling Family
community. You are the straw that stirs our drink, and we appreciate
everything from attendance support, volunteering time, transporting
goods and bodies, and stepping in to make the program and memories
stronger and stronger. Thank you.
Find your highlighter
Monday, November 10, is the official beginning of the IHSA season.
Teams across the state held their first wrestling practice.
Tuesday, November 25, will be OPRF's first official meet as they
host Downers Grove North. The Trojans are members of the West
Suburban Silver Conference. Wednesday, November 26, will be a visit
by the St. Rita Mustangs to OPRF. Varsity's final Week 1 event will
be a quad (four team round robin dual meet) at New Trier High School
Schedule a visit
The OPRF Wrestling website has been updated with the current year's
schedule and other pages. Look to the left to view the side bar
menu. You can also view the official OPRF schedule page at
Free up your datebook to make these appearances!
Embracing the journey
It is a long, demanding, and rewarding season. Let's all embrace the
next 3-and-a-half months as a wonderful opportunity for growth, for
family, for fun, and for each other. Take care and prepare
yourselves for the long haul, and many wonderful short ones.
HUSKIE PRIDE ---
Nearly one month away: IHSA wrestling
practice debuts Nov. 10
2014-2015 IHSA Opponents
The 2014-2015 OPRF Huskies will, once again, wrestle a national
schedule during the upcoming IHSA Wrestling Season. In a mere five
weeks time, young athletes will take to the mat as they attempt to
prepare for the competition that will come in November, December,
January, and February. As you remember, last year's Huskies
concluded their season with an IHSA 3A Dual Team Title Championship.
Here, now, is an early look at the opponents for the upcoming
season. Be aware that further changes may be made.
Don't skirt the shirt: Buy your
Huskie wear today
Huskie gear is here · 12/15/2013
Support the HWF: Click on each image for a
Keep your eyes out for 2014-2015 gear! |
The information below is posted for the 2013-2014 campaign. Attend
home events for OPRF Wrestling gear, or contact Jonna Borgdorff with
Support the Huskie Wrestling Family! Available at home events or by
email order, you can wear OPRF gear to show your support for the #1
ranked OPRF Huskie Wrestling team.
The sweatshirt is $45. The t-shirt is $25. Shirts are available at
home wrestling events. If you'd rather have them shipped to you,
there is an $8 shipping fee. SIZES available: M - 2XL
Payment and shipping
| Shirts are available at home wrestling events. If you
want them shipped to you, there is an $8 shipping fee.
| Jonna Borgdorff will handle shipping orders. Her email
She can accept checks. Unfortunately, credit cards cannot be
accepted at this time.
Being a Huskie in China
I am happy to be in Qingdao, Shandong, China, but I am unable to
experience one of my most treasured gifts -- being there in the
flesh to witness what I call "The Orange and Blue Wrecking Crew." I
need your help for pictures, results (matchups, dual scores!),
newsworthy items, video finds, anecdotes -- whatever you can send.
Please consider spending a few seconds or minutes of your day to
email me information. Yes, somebody else may send me the same info,
but it's better that I receive two notices than zero.