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Silver Six-pack · 2017-2018

Nov 21 A W 60-15
Dec 01 H W 17-06
Dec 08 A W 58-18
Dec 14 A W 50-15
Jan 11 H W 75-06
Jan 18 H W 65-03

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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In our lead-up to the big day, we will post 28 articles (one for each day -- although they may not be published each day) as a primer for this season.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.


Culmination: USA Wrestling Nationals run July 12-20
Women, Cadet, Junior levels to compete in Fargo, ND · 07/10/2018

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Another "Fargo" event is upon us, and qualifiers who wish to attend the USA Wrestling National Championships may do so. The competition begins this week, on July 12. Wrestlers in Illinois earned their tickets through a variety of tournament finishes: Illinois State, 2nd Chance, Regional, or UWW (United World Wrestling) event. The event will consist of both Freestyle and Greco-Roman tournaments for Cadet and Junior age wrestlers, including Women.

For a full schedule of the events, visit the Fargo Schedule.

The Huskies have a number of wrestlers who have qualified in the Freestyle or Greco-Roman side of the event. For a full list of Illinois qualifiers, view the Illinois/USA Wrestling composite rosters we posted below.

Go, Huskies, go!

Illinois Qualifiers | IL Women | IL Cadets | IL Juniors

Links | Fargo Home | Fargo on FloW | Schedule on USAW | Schedule on FloW

Results | Cadet & Junior FS Women | Cadet & Junior FS | Cadet & Junior GR

Don't forget to look for event pics/videos on places like Twitter!

OPRF Results | All-Americans | Jacob Rundell - 5th Place (120 lbs., Cadet FS) & 3rd Place (113 lbs., Cadet GR)



Summer summary: Huskies hunt and peck to improve and grow
Many on Team Blorange toe the line in the 2018 offseason · 07/18/2018

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Below are some of the events that took place over the summer. Several Huskies participated in the events.

For more events and details, please visit these 2018 summer schedules: Force Wrestling | ILUSAW

If you see any omissions or errors listed below, please contact us.



Dates and Locations Are from the USA Wrestling Events Calendar | USAW Events

 Dates and Location Event  Participants (C / J) ~ '17-'18 Huskies Follow
April 22, 2018
Downers Grove South
IL Freestyle Club Cup

-- Website --

 N / A  FS  120  Nico Bolivar  4-1
     126  Raymond Hernandez  3-2
     132  Eddie Bolivar  4-1
     160  Eddie Ordonez  2-1
     170  Jake Cagnina  3-3
     182  Daemyen Middlebrooks  3-2
     195  Adrian Palmares  2-0
     220  Elijah Osit  3-2
     285  Fabian Gonzalez  0-1
     285  Ashford Hollis  2-2
April 27-28, 2018
Lincoln-Way Central
Greco-Roman State Championships

-- Website --

 Cadet  GR  106  Zavien Stewart  
     132  Raymond Hernandez  
     152  Ronnie Massari  
     285  Fabian Gonzalez  
 Junior  GR  152  Eddie Ordonez  2nd
     170  Jake Cagnina  
     220  Elijah Osit  
     285  Ashford Hollis  
May 5-6, 2018
Freestyle State Championships

-- Website --

 Cadet  FS  106  Connor Nagela  
     106  Zavien Stewart  
     120  Nico Bolivar  1st
     138  Nyle Pascascio  
     152  Stephon Carr  
     152  Ronnie Massari  3rd
     285  Fabian Gonzalez  
 Junior  FS  132  Eddie Bolivar  3rd
     145  Taigue Thurston  
     152  Eddie Ordonez  4th
     170  Jake Cagnina  
     220  Elijah Osit  2nd
May 6, 2018
Girls Freestyle State Championships

-- Website --

May 18-20, 2018
Rochester, MN
Northern Plains Regional

-- Website --

 Cadet  GR  126  Jake Rundell  1st
 Cadet  FS  126  Jake Rundell  1st


May 25-27, 2018
Ada, OH
Central Regional

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June 2, 2018
Sycamore HS
2nd Chance National Team Qualifier

-- Website --

 Cadet  FS  152  Ronnie Massari  1st
 Junior  GR  285  Ashford Hollis  1st
June 7-10, 2018
 Indianapolis, IN
Schoolboy National Duals

-- Website --



June 13-16, 2018
Spokane, WA
Cadet National Duals

-- Website --

 Cadet  FS  120  Nico Bolivar  


June 19-23, 2018
Tulsa, OK
Junior National Duals

-- Website --



June 29-July 1
Atlanta, GA
Asics Kids FS/GR Nationals

-- Website --



July 12-20, 2018
Fargo, ND
Girls/Cadet/Junior Nationals

-- Website --

 Cadet  FS  120  Nico Bolivar  
     120  Jake Rundell  5th
     160  Ronnie Massari  
 Junior  FS  220  Elijah Osit  
 Cadet  GR  106  Connor Nagela  
     113  Jake Rundell  3rd
 Junior  GR  138  Torry Early  
     152  Eddie Ordonez  
     285  Ashford Hollis  
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Score and lore: Huskies complete 2017-2018 season
The OPRF Wrestling Wall of Fame grows taller and fuller each passing season · 03/11/2018

Jake Rundell earned to start and to stand atop the state podium. (photo by Jamil Shhmart)


The Wall of Fame page is one of my favorite pages on this site. It is a good thing that a webpage has unlimited height. Each season, more and more names and numbers (oh, how I do love numbers) take their rightful place as memories frozen in time. This Wall of Fame takes no admission. Heck, there isn't even a dress code! All you need is working internet to enter and poke around.

Let's take a look at several noteworthy accomplishments for the 2017-2018 IHSA Wrestling season. At the bottom of this article lies the statistical truth about the team leaders in a variety of categories.


Club soda | Tony Madrigal ends his career in the Century Club. He reached this prestigious group one season ago. No new Huskies gained their membership card in 2017-2018, but a few are on the horizon. In particular, Eddie Bolivar is a junior who has completed his third season at OPRF with a now 83-31 career record. Five Orange and Blue'ers may be pushing the threshold in two years (or sooner): Josh Ogunsanya has 60 wins, Nico Bolivar has 57, Jake Rundell has 49, Joe Chapman has 45, and Daemyen Middlebrooks has 37.


Anthony Madrigal

Collins earns a C-note | Paul Collins, Oak Park & River Forest Wrestling Head Coach, has just joined the Century Club! In 2017-2018, the Huskies scurried to a 26-3 overall record. In four seasons, Coach Collins has amassed a total of 103 wins to only 10 defeats. This record boasts a .912 winning percentage. In his four year tenure, the Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew has won two state titles, four conference titles, and 24 individual state place-winners (7 champions). Read more about the OPRF Achievements on this site. Certainly, we applaud all of the members of the Huskie Coaching Staff for their fine work this season.
Champions churning | 106-pounder Jake Rundell earned Class 3A top honors as an individual state champion this season. This victory continued a series of seven consecutive seasons in which OPRF has boasted at least one individual state champion.
Pin and win (or not) | Ashford Hollis, a junior heavyweight, led the team with 29 falls. Surely, he would be this season's Pin King, right? Not so fast. While he "outpinned" his peers, Pin King is awarded to the individual with the most total falls (pin falls and technical falls). Jake Rundell, a starter on the other side of the weight spectrum, finishes with the highest combined falls total. Jake also earned the most takedowns on the season: 224.


Ashford Hollis (L) and Jake Rundell (R)

Seven (looking) up | The Huskies have now won the last seven West Suburban-Silver Conference titles. In addition, the Orange & Blue are victors of the seven most recent Regional team titles.
Numbers game | Enough of the commentary; below are the 2017-2018 statistics leaders. Enjoy!

Statistics Leaders | Maneuvers

 Statistic Number  Wrestler Year
 Wins 46  Jake Rundell So.
 Losses 0  Cameron Bates Sr.
  0  Tony Madrigal Sr.
  0  Ronnie Massari So.
 Takedowns 224  Jake Rundell So.
 Nearfalls-3 40  Josh Ogunsanya So.
 Nearfalls-2 37  Eddie Bolivar Jr.
 Total Nearfalls 76  Eddie Bolivar Jr.
 Reversals 23  Joe Chapman So.
 Escapes 55  Joe Chapman So.

Statistics Leaders | Victory Types

 Wins Number  Wrestler Year
 Falls 29  Ashford Hollis Jr.
 Tech Falls 18  Eddie Bolivar Jr.
 Total Falls 34  Jake Rundell So.
 Majors 8  Eddie Ordonez Sr.
  8  Elijah Osit Sr.
 Decisions 18  Joe Chapman So.
 Forfeits 3  Ashford Hollis Jr.
 Defaults 1  Tony Madrigal Sr.
  1  Jake Rundell So.
 Disqual's 1  Jake Cagnina Jr.
  1  Raymond Hernandez Fr.


Banq on it: Huskies end of the season banquet is on Tues, Mar. 20
All great seasons must come to a close, 2017-2018 is no exception · 03/01/2018


The 2017-2018 OPRF Wrestling end of season banquet is upcoming! It will be held on Tuesday, March 20. Contact the coaching staff for specific details of the event.

This event is always a can't miss success! Along with tasty food and drinks, families have the opportunity to hear the vocal stylings of the Huskie Wrestling Coaching Staff, as well as words from a variety of other sources.

A second place team championship is nothing to scoff at, and it has been a season to remember on a myriad of levels (pun intended?). Alas, prepare yourselves for a wonderful night to cap off a wonderful season. Huskie Pride!



Huskie Proud: OPRF wrestles like a champion but ousted in title tilt
OPRF soars to second place state finish; Montini repeats its feat to defeat Huskies · 02/24/2018



OPRF grapplers wrestled their hearts out...for the family. (photos by Jamil Shhmart) 


In previewing the empty team state brackets, even the casual observer may have predicted an OPRF-Montini championship dual. Montini came in as the #1-ranked Class 3A squad in the state of Illinois, according to IWCOA's GEI Apparel Rankings. The Broncos also boasted a #4 ranking from Intermat's national high school rankings. Oak Park & River Forest was tabbed as #2 (state) and #29 (national), respectively, in the two polls.

In the final week of the 2017 season, Montini scrapped past OPRF in a quarterfinal dual. The Broncos finished as Class 3A runner-ups to Lockport. Before February of 2017, the Huskies and Broncos certainly had history: anybody remember Jake O'Mara's pin and Kamal Bey's victory to seal the deal for OPRF at home in the early parts of 2013? Ah, the memories that will last a lifetime...

Back to the present, the Montini Broncos calmly dispatched their quarterfinal (55-10 over Marmion) and semifinal (47-29 over Providence) opponents. The Huskies, on the other hand, downed Minooka (53-8) and Huntley (43-30) before readying themselves to go to war in the medal round. IHSA Dual Team State again was staged in Bloomington, Illinois, under the roof of the U.S. Cellular Coliseum. At around 6:00 PM, Huskies and Broncos shook hands...and went to work.

A little more background about the makeup of the two title-hopefuls: Montini had a brilliant finish to the individual season, medaling 10 wrestlers and earning 4 state championships (Real Woods - 132, Jake Stiles - 145, Matt Ortiz - 160, and Peter Christiansen - 195). The Huskies, you'll remember, grabbed 3 medals and 1 individual title (Jake Rundell - 106). Was it going to be a case of David versus Goliath?

For the Orange & Blue contingency, the championship dual began with a thud. At 145, Jake Stiles earned a fall victory over Eddie Ordonez. At 152, Montini's Will Lewan earned the same feat in a nearly identical time; Huskie medalist Joe Chapman was the combatant. Two bouts, two slaps of the mat, and a 12-0 lead for the Broncos. Things didn't get much better in the third bout, as Matt Ortiz scored an 11-4 decision victory. A small victory was that Jack Fisher prevented team bonus points in the 160-pound bout. Team Orange & Blue was staring at a 15-0 hole with 11 bouts to go. They needed a spark.

The Huskies saw life at 170 pounds with Daemyen Middlebrooks. The sophomore outpointed Anthony Geraci of Montini by a 5-3 score. Undaunted, the Broncos charged harder and stronger in the next two contests. Once again, Montini forced back-to-back falls. At 182, Trevor Swier pinned Jake Cagnina. Next at 195, Peter Christensen handled Brian Ziech. The Bronco lead climbed to 27-3; six bouts down, eight bouts to go. How would the Huskies respond? Some wondered, would they respond?

The Wrecking Crew sprang back like brave, determined warriors. Senior Elijah Osit earned a 5-point team tally with a technical fall triumph over Colin Baker. At heavyweight, improving Ashford Hollis had the Huskie benches pumped with a first period fall over Bronco state qualifier Mike McNicholas. The scoreboard now read 27-14. Buoyed by his state bracket and sheer talent, Jake Rundell won a 6-2 decision over pesky Nain Vazquez. The 113-pound match was one that the Huskies desperately needed.

Josh Ogunsanya went head-to-head and toe-to-toe with Dylan Ragusin. While Josh didn't medal at state, Dylan did. Dylan earned a second-place state finish. Josh began the bout behind the 8-ball as he gave up two takedowns in the first period and a 2-nearfall in the second. Josh turned it on, securing two takedowns and a 2-nearfall of his own before turning and pinning Ragusin! It was not what the Broncos envisioned, and the Huskies now trailed the dual by a 27-23 team score. At 120 pounds, Huskie Nico Bolivar locked horns with Keenan Makowski and calmly...scored a fall victory! OPRF roared back to a 29-27 lead! Three contests to go!

At 126 pounds, Joey Melendez (Montini) was careful and passed over freshman Raymond Hernandez. It was a bonus-point win. The 4 team points catapulted the Broncos back to a two-point lead with two bouts to go. 132 would be a rematch of the individual state tournament championship bout that took place just one week ago. Huskie hopes relied on a decision (or at worst a major) for any team hope. All-universe Real Woods did not disappoint the Bronco faithful, and he scored a fall victory over state runner-up Eddie Bolivar of the Huskies. Montini officially had the championship won, leading 37-29 with only once chance remaining. That last chance was skipped over, as Fidel Mayora of Montini earned a free victory. The dual (but not the team rivalry) ended. Officially: Montini 43, OPRF 29.

Still, it was a fantastic display of courage, mettle, and talent that caused the Huskies to push the Broncos to their limit. In the new Intermat national high school rankings (posted February 28), OPRF rose to #24 in all of the United States of America.

The Huskies completed their 2017-2018 season with a 26-3 overall record, 6-0 conference record, and a 2nd-place team state finish.

What a dual! What a season! It's time to take a few breaths and get ready for...more wrestling? The offseason is almost in season!

Thank you all for following us (the site and the team) during all these months. It takes a village, and we all appreciate each and every one of you. Also, kudos to the wrestlers! Congratulations to the seniors for taking it to the end (a new beginning?), and we look forward to seeing the freshmen, sophomores, and juniors on the mat again in a year's time.


Links | IHSA Wrestling | 3A Assignments | 3A Time Sked | Series Overview | Manual-Manager | Manual-Schools | Rankings

Bracket | Class 3A Dual Team Tournament

Event pics | Team State (by Jahmil Shhmart)

Dual team live/archived results | Visit the Dual Team State tournament on TW.

Watching on the web | Some of you may have watched Dual Team State Finals duals on



2018 seniors stand. (photo by Jamil Shhmart) | Go large





Home cooking: Huskies scorch Maine South 60-7 to advance
OPRF happy to play host as they earn a dozen bout victories; Huskies proceed to Bloomington · 02/20/2018

The Huskies won convincingly. 


The Huskies entered their home arena with confidence. The confindence -- mixed with talent -- put on a show and secured a ticket to Bloomington, Illinois, for the final day of season competition this coming Saturday. The Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew dominated with bout victories in 12 of the 14 contests. The Huskies pushed the Hawks aside with a 60-7 triumph. Maine South was an Honorable Mention in the latest IWCOA Go Earn It state rankings.

At home (sweet home), OPRF (24-2, 6-0) began its dual tourney with a very strong showing. The contest began at 195 pounds, and Elijah Osit lost a tight 6-5 bout in the opener. Not to be deterred, the Huskies took the next seven tallies: Brian Ziech (220), Ashford Hollis (285), Connor Nagela (106), Jake Rundell (113), Josh Ogunsanya (120), Raymond Hernandez (126), and Eddie Bolivar (132). At this time, OPRF held a 35-3 lead. The second Huskie hiccup occured at 138 pounds, where Taigue Thurston was outmatched in his attempt. It was all Huskies in the remainder, as Team Orange & Blue finished the dual with victories from Eddie Ordonez (145), Joe Chapman (152), Danny Lingen (160), Cameron Bates (170), and David Smith (182).

Of the wins, Brian Ziech, Jake Rundell, Joe Chapman, Cameron Bates earned falls. Josh Ogunsanya and Eddie Bolivar scored technical falls. Raymond Hernandez won via disqualification, and David Smith gained a forfeit.

For a complete box score, visit the OPRF Dual Team Sectional on TW.

It was a nice win for the Huskies, but their eyes and minds are squarely devoted to Saturday's action. Remember that on Saturday, OPRF will wrestle at 9:00 AM. With a quarterfinal victory, OPRF will once again wrestle at 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM in the medal round. The quarterfinal opposition will be Minooka. The Indians knocked off the defending 3A team champions Lockport in their Tuesday dual.

For more on the Dual Team State Series, view the previous article below.

U.S. Cellular Coliseum address | 101 S. Madison Street, Bloomington, IL 61701

Links | IHSA Wrestling | 3A Assignments | 3A Time Sked | Series Overview | Manual-Manager | Manual-Schools | Rankings

Bracket | Class 3A Dual Team Tournament

Event pics | Team Sectionals (by Jahmil Shhmart)

Dual team live/archived results | All IHSA Wrestling Dual Team Sectionals will be hosted on TrackWrestling. Visit the OPRF Dual Team Sectional on TW. Dual Team State brackets will be hosted on TrackWrestling, as well. Visit the Dual Team State tournament on TW.

Watching on the web | At this time, it doesn't appear that the OPRF-Maine South dual will be broadcast online, but the IHSA will broadcast the Dual Team State finals on Saturday. A secondary option to traveling to Bloomington is to follow the action on your computer or tablet. For a paid subscription (feel free to browse the options to see if there is a fit for you), you can watch all Dual State Finals duals on If you bought a monthly pass prior to the Individual State Final, you will be fine for Saturday.



As the season turns: OPRF hosts in new team title run
Huskies to compete at home on Tuesday, will advance to Bloomington with a win · 02/19/2018

OPRF to host Tuesday night. (photo by BT)


Tuesday begins the "second" second season in the Illinois High School Association Wrestling State Series. On Tuesday night, each of three classes (Classes 1A/2A/3A) will hold eight duals to determine the final eight schools who will participate in the Dual Team State Quarterfinals on Saturday, February 24, at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Illinois. Tuesday's eight duals are considered Dual Team Sectionals. At Tuesday's event, each team will wrestle in only one dual.

The eight teams advancing to Saturday's final bracket will wrestle with a purpose: the top four finishers will earn a state trophy. In Saturday's tournament, a first round (quarterfinal round) win is vital. The four dual winners become semifinalists and are guaranteed two more duals. These four will earn state medals, although the places will be wrestled out. For the teams who lose their first Saturday dual, their season officially comes to a close.

You may be wondering whether the team state competition is seeded in some way; it is not. The four regional winners under the Larkin Individual Sectional umbrella will face off against each other in the round of sixteen (these pairings are random). On Saturday, any of the eight advancers from Tuesday could be pitted against any other in the team quarterfinals (these pairings are also random). All lottery results were done in advance of February.

Oak Park & River Forest was knocked out of last year's Class 3A Dual Team State tournament in the quarterfinal round. Previously, OPRF had garnered three consecutive state titles. The Huskies take step (or perhaps gallop) one at home on Tuesday night. Team Orange & Blue will combat Maine South. An adjacent dual at 201 N. Scoville will display Glenbard North versus Conant.

Team participation and advancement (Dual Team State Series) | 16 schools in each of three classes have advanced to their respective Dual Team Sectional. These sixteen advanced by way of winning their regional tournament on February 3. On Tuesday night, each participating squad will only wrestle one dual. The 8 winners will advance to Saturday's eight-team final tournament in Bloomington, Illinois.

Team seeding | Teams are not seeded at any point during the Dual Team State Series. Matchups are pre-determined through a lottery; however, teams facing off in the Dual Team Sectional come from the same individual sectional pool. In other words, two of the four regional team winners in any particular sectional will wrestle on Tuesday. The other two regional victors will also dual. At Saturday's final team tournament, two teams from each sectional will be represented.

Rounds and times | For OPRF, Tuesday's dual versus Maine South will take place at 6:00 PM. Tuesday's action will take place at OPRF High School in Oak Park. On Saturday morning, two quarterfinal duals take place at 9:00 AM. The remaining two quarterfinal duals will take place at 11:00 AM. The winner of the OPRF-Maine South dual is in the top half of the bracket and will wrestle at 9:00 AM. The duals at the bottom half of the bracket will begin at 11:00 AM (approximately). State semifinals take place at 2:00 PM. The losers in the semifinal round will wrestle for third place. The winners will wrestle for the championship. The final medal round begins at 6:00 PM. The top four dual teams (all four squads advancing to the semifinals) are guaranteed a state trophy.

Prices | Dual Team Sectional costs $5.00. Dual Team State costs $7.00 per session (2). The sessions are set to begin at 9:00 AM (quarterfinals and semifinals) & 6:00 PM (medal round).

Thank you for coming out and supporting the Huskies thus far. If you can, please consider joining us at OPRF and/or in Bloomington! Go Huskies!

Oak Park & River Forest H.S. address | 201 N. Scoville Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302

U.S. Cellular Coliseum address | 101 S. Madison Street, Bloomington, IL 61701

Links | IHSA Wrestling | 3A Assignments | 3A Time Sked | Series Overview | Manual-Manager | Manual-Schools | Rankings

Bracket | Class 3A Dual Team Tournament

Dual team live/archived results | All IHSA Wrestling Dual Team Sectionals will be hosted on TrackWrestling. Visit the OPRF Dual Team Sectional on TW. Dual Team State brackets will be hosted on TrackWrestling, as well. Visit the Dual Team State tournament on TW.

Watching on the web | At this time, it doesn't appear that the OPRF-Maine South dual will be broadcast online, but the IHSA will broadcast the Dual Team State finals on Saturday. A secondary option to traveling to Bloomington is to follow the action on your computer or tablet. For a paid subscription (feel free to browse the options to see if there is a fit for you), you can watch all Dual State Finals duals on If you bought a monthly pass prior to the Individual State Final, you will be fine for Saturday.



Rundell earns gold: OPRF finishes with 1st, 2nd, and 6th places
 Jake Rundell (106) takes the bracket board; Eddie Bolivar (132) and Joe Chapman (152) excel · 02/17/2018

Jake Rundell is a state champ. (photo by Jamil Shhmart) 

Jake was a snake, Eddie was steady, and Chappy was quite happy.

With one week to go (don't go anywhere, folks), the curtain fell on the 2017-2018 IHSA Individual State Finals. For the vast many and many, Saturday's closing marked their exit from the IHSA season. Only the few regional team champions (from Saturday, February 3) will have the opportunity to wrestle this upcoming week for team glory.

Team Orange & Blue sent nine young men to Champaign-Urbana. One-third of these headed back to Chicagoland with ribbon and medal around their necks. The highest finish went to Jake Rundell. The sophomore excelled in his first state tournament appearance and matched his older brother Matthew's achievement of a state title. Matthew, you may remember, was crowned champion three years prior in the 160-pound weight class.

Jake was simply magical all season long. He wrestled to an unblemished record in the 106-pound division. He churned out his bracket-winning victory against Diego Sotelo of Marmion. The final score was 5-2. Jake extend's Oak Park & River Forest's consecutive streak of earning at least one individual state title: the Huskies have earned an individual title in every year since Sam Brooks's title in 2012. If you're counting, then, this is the seventh consecutive year of a Huskie Class 3A individual title. Congratulations, Jake!

Eddie Bolivar was on a roll during the February season. He just kept winning and winning.... The junior pieced it all together to take stage in the individual championship match. It would be an understatement to call Eddie's finals opponent, Real Woods of Montini, a buzzsaw. Woods is a dominant wrestler on the national scene and controlled the 132-pound bout from start to finish. In the end, Woods secured a last-second takedown to earn a technical fall victory. The final score was 16-1 in favor of Woods. Despite the end, it was a terrific showing by Eddie. You can be assured that Eddie will be ready for his senior year's season in one year's time. Congratulations on earning 2nd place, Eddie!

Joe Chapman is a rising star. After last year's Frosh-Soph state title (this was a non-IHSA event), the second year Huskie continued to impress on the state scene. Joe kept pushing and persevering. In the medal-clinching bout, Joe won by an 8-5 decision over Tommy Schroeder of St. Charles East. After this victory, Joe finished his tournament with two losses but garnered a 6th place medal. Joe's confidence is sky high as he prepares for his place among the dual team series wrestlers. Quite an achievement, Joe. Congratulations!

Let's take a look at the final Huskie finishes:

Jake Rundell (1st - 106), Josh Ogunsanya (DNP - 113), Nico Bolivar (DNP - 120), Eddie Bolivar (2nd - 132), Eddie Ordonez (DNP - 145), Joe Chapman (6th - 152), Jack Fisher (DNP - 160), Daemyen Middlebrooks (DNP - 170), and Elijah Osit (DNP - 195).

OPRF's non-placers were predominantly bitten by the fact that their first round opponent did not gain victory in the second round. The Illinois Individual State Final uses a follow-the-leader format in which only the losers to an eventual semifinalist are given chance in the consolation tournament. Some in the state community clamor for a change so that all wrestlers are guaranteed a chance to wrestle back, but for now these rules are in place and four wrestlers per weight class are one-and-done.

Returning the spotlight to the achievements of the state qualifiers, let's recognize Josh Ogunsanya, Nico Bolivar, Eddie Ordonez, Jack Fisher, Daemyen Middlebrooks, and Elijah Osit on the wonderful achievement of participating on the state final tournament stage. Well done, wrestlers, and we look to see you on the mats again this coming week! Huskie pride!

Win, lose, or draw (spoiler alert, we don't have any of these any more), the Huskie Wrestling Family came out to support these nine high school wrestlers and this one high school program.  We love having you, and we look forward to teaming with you to finish 17-18 on a very memorable week.




Eddie Bolivar (left) and Joe Chapman (right) medaled for OPRF. (photo by Jamil Shhmart) 


More to come about this tournament and about the dual team series (it's time to pivot our focus and attention) beginning on Tuesday night.

In the meantime, catch your breath, get some rest, and be ready to follow the highly competitive team tournament this week. Sixteen Class 3A teams remain: the final four will leave Bloomington's U.S. Cellular Coliseum with a team state trophy. Remember, team scores were not kept at the Individual State Final (just like at the Larkin Individual Sectional).

By the way, OPRF duals Maine South at home on Tuesday night beginning at 6 pm. Also attending are Glenbard North and Conant. The night will conclude with two teams advancing to Saturday's quarterfinal round, the OPRF-Maine South winner and the Glenbard North-Conant winner. Come out and support the Huskies!!! --> IHSA Class 3A Dual Team Bracket

Huskie Pride!



Links | IHSA Wrestling | 3A Assignments | 3A Time Sked | Series Overview | Manual-Manager | Manual-Schools | Rankings

Links #2 | Individual State Brackets | (subscription required)

Videos | Jake Rundell wins title (far) | Jake Rundell wins title (near) | Eddie Bolivar wrestles in the title bout (far)

Event pics (by Jamil Shhmart) | Day One Pics | Day Two Pics | Day Three Pics


Individual State Bout Results | 106-145

 Wrestler r16 r8 r4 r2    
 Jake Rundell W W W W    
 Josh Ogunsanya L --        
 Nico Bolivar W L W* L* --  
 Eddie Bolivar W W W L --  
 Eddie Ordonez L --        

Individual State Bout Results | 152-285

 Wrestler r16 r8 r4 r2    
 Joe Chapman W L W* W* L* L*
 Jack Fisher L --        
 Daemyen Middlebrooks L L* --      
 Elijah Osit W L L* --    

* - Wrestleback match


Huskie medalists pose. 



Twoooooo!: Huskies own a pair of finalists, two others also endure
Jake Rundell and Eddie Bolivar aim for a state title; Nico Bolivar and Joe Chapman survive · 02/16/2018

After Day Two (Friday) |

In the semifinal round, both Oak Park & River Forest Huskie wrestlers advanced to the Grand March and to the ultimate individual match, as sanctioned by the Illinois High School Association. Jake Rundell, at 106 pounds, and Eddie Bolivar, at 132 pounds, continued to win and face Saturday evening contests. One win away from a medal are a duo of Huskies: Nico Bolivar (120) and Joe Chapman (152). They again wrestle on Saturday morning. Three members of this quartet are sophomores, and Eddie is a junior.

All five of the other OPRF state qualifiers, unfortunately, are no longer in contention for a medal. Josh Ogunsanya, Eddie Ordonez, and Jack Fisher were denied a second bout as their initial opponents were upended in the quarterfinal round. Daemyen Middlebrooks, however, was the recipient of a first round consolation match, but he did not gain victory in that attempt. Elijah Osit pushed his quarterfinal contest into overtime, but he lost on a takedown. In his consolation chance, his misfortune continued while being unable to win.

Huskie Nation's eyes, thusly, turn to Saturday morning's consolation bouts. A win by Nico or Joe would net them two additional bouts (final placing 3rd-6th). A loss would remove them from the tournament.

On Saturday night, Jake Rundell will wrestle in the first championship bout. A blind draw determined that 106 pounds will be the initial title contest this year. Eddie Bolivar will compete in the fifth title tilt.

Let's go, Huskies! Give it your all, and wrestle "Huskie Proud"!

Links | IHSA Wrestling | 3A Assignments | 3A Time Sked | Series Overview | Manual-Manager | Manual-Schools | Rankings

Links #2 | Individual State Brackets | (subscription required)

Event pics (by Jamil Shhmart) | Day One Pics | Day Two Pics


After Day One (Thursday) |

Assembly Hall -- er -- State Farm Center held preliminary round (round of 16) bouts in all three IHSA Wrestling classes on Thursday night. Five Huskies came out of the fire unscathed; four did not earn victories. The winners were Jake Rundell (106), Nico Bolivar (120), Eddie Bolivar (132), Joe Chapman (138), and Elijah Osit (195). These will next compete in their respective quarterfinal round matches.

Falling in competitive bouts were Josh Ogunsanya (113), Eddie Ordonez (145), Jack Fisher (160), and Daemyen Middlebrooks (170). These four hope their initial opponent defeats the opposing quarterfinalist to reach the semifinals. Only wrestlers who lose to semifinalists will gain a consolation tournament opportunity. The consolation tournament is also commonly referred to as "wrestlebacks."

As for the Huskie victors, these wrestlers advanced to the Class 3A quarterfinals on Friday morning. A win guarantees each a spot on the medal stand, and a loss begins the long road in the wrestlebacks. All five of the OPRF quarterfinalists are guaranteed at least two more bouts.

Links | IHSA Wrestling | 3A Assignments | 3A Time Sked | Series Overview | Manual-Manager | Manual-Schools | Rankings

Links #2 | Individual State Brackets | (subscription required)

Event pics (by Jamil Shhmart) | Day One Pics


Individual State Bout Results | 106-145

 Wrestler r16 r8 r4 r2    
 Jake Rundell W W W      
 Josh Ogunsanya L --        
 Nico Bolivar W L W*      
 Eddie Bolivar W W W      
 Eddie Ordonez L --        

Individual State Bout Results | 152-285

 Wrestler r16 r8 r4 r2    
 Joe Chapman W L W*      
 Jack Fisher L --        
 Daemyen Middlebrooks L L* --      
 Elijah Osit W L L* --    

* - Wrestleback match



Farm-ing for medals: Individual wrestlers hope for glory at U of I
OPRF sends 9 downstate to compete in the State Farm Center; tournament is set for Thurs-Sat · 02/14/2018


Who will be dominant under the dome? (photo by BT, pre-renovation)


Well, well, well. We've heard about "February" for months. This weekend promises the final chapter in the individual saga of Illinois High School Association Wrestling (say that five times fast!). Tens...hundreds...thousands of spectators will flock to the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana campus) to revel in this great sport in this great state.

Out of 14 Regional hopefuls, 9 remain. Beginning on Thursday, the Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew will let "the best of the best" know exactly what it means to wrestle six minutes against an OPRF Huskie. Spoiler alert: it's not fun.

Here, now, are all nine wrestlers -- with weight class -- in the Individual State Tournament (Class 3A) : Jake Rundell (106), Josh Ogunsanya (113), Nico Bolivar (120), Eddie Bolivar (132), Eddie Ordonez (145), Joe Chapman (152), Jack Fisher (160), Daemyen Middlebrooks (170), and Elijah Osit (195).

Vying for a top-6 medal stand spot are eleven high school talents. All will wrestle in the first round (round of 16). Here are some quick tips to know, so that you can follow the intrigue of the tournament:

Tip #1 -- Four wins out of the gate will win the state title.
Tip #2 -- The wrestleback bracket will consist of wrestlers who fell to semifinalists only. If -- in the first round -- Wrestler A loses to Wrestler B, and Wrestler B loses in the second round, then Wrestler A is eliminated from competition. In all other cases, wrestlers will have an opportunity to keep wrestling.
Tip #3 -- All semifinalists are guaranteed to medal. At worst, they are guaranteed 6th place.
Tip #4 -- If wrestlers meet a second time in the tournament, the first decision does not affect the second meeting. Both have the opportunity to wrestle for the win.
Tip #5 -- Team points are not officially tallied. The IHSA, unlike several other states associations, only recognizes a team champion via the Dual Team State Series. Typically, other states employ a points system in the individual tournament to crown the team champion. Still others crown both -- team champions from the individual state tournament and a dual team tournament.

Prices | State Final costs $8.00 or $10.00 per session (5) / $40.00 or $50.00 per all-session pass.

Times | Individual State Final Sessions: 1:00 PM (Thursday), 8:30 AM & 7:00 PM (Friday), 9:00 AM & 5:30 PM (Saturday).

State Farm Center address | 1700 S. Fourth St., Champaign, IL 61820

Links | IHSA Wrestling | 3A Assignments | 3A Time Sked | Series Overview | Manual-Manager | Manual-Schools | Rankings

Brackets | The IHSA Wrestling Individual State Final (all three classes -- 1A, 2A, 3A) will be hosted on TrackWrestling. All brackets AND live results will be posted on TrackWrestling. Visit the Individual State Brackets.

Watching on the web | Certainly, for some, coming to Champaign is a great difficulty. A secondary option is to follow the action on your computer or tablet. For a paid subscription (feel free to browse the options to see if there is a fit for you), you can watch all bouts from the tournament on I believe the cost is $9.99 for a one month subscription to access to the site. This duration would also cover the Dual State Series. As we have mentioned, OPRF will be involved in this tournament. TrackWrestling's TrackCast also has subscription options, but these are far more expensive than on (NFHS Network). Be careful if you decide that TrackCast is right for you.

The Huskie Wrestling Family will show strong support under the lights of the State Farm Center, and if it's not too late, we encourage you to make a trip of your own!

Go Huskies, GO!


Individual Wrestling State Tournament Time Schedule | PDF


First Session
1:00 p.m. -- Class 1A Preliminaries (6 mats)
3:00 p.m. (approx.) -- Class 2A Preliminaries (6 mats)
5:00 p.m. (approx.) -- Class 3A Preliminaries (6 mats)


Second Session
8:30 a.m. -- Quarterfinals followed by First Round Wrestlebacks (1A)
11:00 a.m. (approx.) -- Quarterfinals followed by First Round Wrestlebacks (2A)
1:30 p.m. (approx.) -- Quarterfinals followed by First Round Wrestlebacks (3A)

Third Session
6:00 p.m. -- Open State Farm Center Doors to the public
7:00 p.m. -- Semifinals Championship Round (1A-2A-3A)


Fourth Session
9:00 a.m. -- Quarterfinal Wrestlebacks (1A-2A-3A)
11:00 a.m. -- Semifinal Wrestlebacks (1A-2A-3A)
1:00 p.m. -- 3rd-4th-5th-6th matches (1A-2A-3A)
3:30 p.m. -- Clear State Farm Center

Fifth Session
4:30 p.m. -- Open State Farm Center
5:00 p.m. -- Line-up Grand March
5:30 p.m. -- Grand March followed by Championship matches (1A-2A-3A) on 3 mats
Starting weight class: 106



Working nine to five: OPRF sends 9 to state with 5 champs
Jake Rundell, Josh Ogunsanya, Eddie Bolivar, Eddie Ordonez, and Joe Chapman earn titles · 02/10/2018

The family that made a champion. (photo by Jamil Shhmart)  | Go large


Just as Chicagoland continues to dig out from consecutive winter storms, 14 Huskies dug in for a one-day individual sectional competition. In IHSA's "sandwich" individual round, nine of the Orange & Blue earned the right to advance to the grand finale: IHSA Individual State. Due to the circumstances of the shortened tournament, Larkin High School did their best to scoot all of the bouts through in a reasonable time in the weather-abbreviated individual sectional. After the final whistle, the Huskies caravaned away with 5 individual championships, 2 runner-up finishes, and 3 consolation titles.

Saturday's undefeated wrestlers featured Jake Rundell (106 pounds), Josh Ogunsanya (113), Eddie Bolivar (132), Eddie Ordonez (145), and Joe Chapman (152). Also medaling were Nico Bolivar (120, 2nd place), Jack Fisher (160, 3rd place), Daemyen Middlebrooks (170, 3rd place), and Elijah Osit (195, 2nd place). Not advancing but giving it their all were Max Walton (126), Taigue Thurston (138), Jake Cagnina (182), Talvin Gibson (220), and Ashford Hollis (285). Of these five, only Talvin is a senior. While these grapplers convert now to cheerleaders and practice room partners, remember that they may be called on once again to compete in the upcoming dual team state tournament. OPRF has qualfied for that tournament.

As eyes turn towards the weather report in hopes of a warm temperature wave, eyes also turn towards Thursday, Friday, and Saturday under the lights inside Champaign-Ubrana's State Farm Center. The new "Huskie 9" will return to action here, in this three day IHSA Individual State Finals tournament. Each of the final 14 brackets in each class (OPRF is in Class 3A) have 16 competitors. In each weight class, the top 6 will medal.

Below is an organized tally of the Huskies' tournament results:


OPRF Results & Notes (Larkin Individual Sectional) | 106-145 Pounds

 106 | Jake Rundell (1st, 3-0)  | Jake is still undefeated at 106 and is a favorite for the crown.
 113 | Josh Ogunsanya (1st, 3-0)  | Josh has a brilliant 39-4 record thus far.
 120 | Nico Bolivar (2nd, 2-1)  | In his second state appearance, Nico hopes to place for the first time.
 126 | Max Walton (DNP, 0-2)  | The junior has a lot to be proud of in his postseason run.
 132 | Eddie Bolivar (1st, 3-0)  | Eddie dominated in a pair of technical fall tallies.
 138 | Taigue Thurston (DNP, 0-2)  | Taigue could be a regular contributor on Varsity in 2018-2019.
 145 | Eddie Ordonez (1st, 3-0)  | An overtime win vaults the senior to his first state appearance.

OPRF Results & Notes (Larkin Individual Sectional) | 152-285 Pounds

 152 | Joe Chapman (1st, 3-0)  | The sophomore earned two one-point victories to take top honors.
 160 | Jack Fisher (3rd, 3-1)  | Jack aims to make a mark in his last chance for the podium.
 170 | Daemyen Middlebrooks (3rd, 3-1)  | Daemyen gave an undefeated wrestler a scare.
 182 | Jake Cagnina (DNP, 1-2)  | Another junior in the lineup, Jake will be ready for duals.
 195 | Elijah Osit (2nd, 2-1)  | After an OT tilt that when the other way, Elijah can make noise downstate.
 220 | Talvin Gibson (DNP, 1-2)  | Talvin scrapped until the last second.
 285 | Ashford Hollis (DNP, 2-2)  | Ashford improves each year and will grow leaps and bounds in the next.

Final team scores | Team scores were not kept and are inconsequential.

Brackets | Larkin Individual Sectional Results

Event pics (by Jamil Shhmart) | 2018 Larkin Individual Sectional

Event articles | OPRF sends nine to state | Jake Rundell ebodies 'Huskie Style' as 9 OPRF wrestlers reach state

What's next | OPRF sends 9 to the U of I Individual Finals Tournament on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, February 15-17.

State Farm Center address | 1700 S. Fourth St., Champaign, IL 61820 --- Brackets | Individual State Brackets

Links | IHSA Wrestling | 3A Assignments | 3A Time Sked | Series Overview | Manual-Manager | Manual-Schools | Rankings

Thank you to all of the Huskie Wrestling Family members who contributed or came out to this weekend's individual sectional competition! And...happy Valentine's Day, everyone!



Larkin Individual Sectional Results | 106-145

 Wrestler  Year  Weight  Place
 Jake Rundell  Sophomore  106  1st
 Josh Ogunsanya  Sophomore  113  1st
 Nico Bolivar  Sophomore  120  2nd
 Max Walton  Junior  126  DNP
 Eddie Bolivar  Junior  132  1st
 Taigue Thurston  Junior  138  DNP
 Eddie Ordonez  Senior  145  1st

Larkin Individual Sectional Results | 152-285

 Wrestler  Year  Weight  Place
 Joe Chapman  Sophomore  152  1st
 Jack Fisher  Senior  160  3rd
 Daemyen Middlebr.  Sophomore  170  3rd
 Jake Cagnina  Junior  182  DNP
 Elijah Osit  Senior  195  2nd
 Talvin Gibson  Senior  220  DNP
 Ashford Hollis  Junior  285  DNP


Weather or not: Friday's action is cancelled, Larkin hosts on Sat.
Larkin's Individual Sectional to begin and end on Saturday; Huskies have 14 in the hunt · 02/08/2018


One day only! Forget Friday; stop by on Saturday!

For any of you itching to travel to Elgin's Larkin High School on Friday to watch wrestling action, the tournament officials have some bad news: Friday's session is cancelled. Please take note that there is no wrestling on Friday night.

On Saturday, it will be a long day. Weigh-ins will take place at 7:00 AM, and the preliminary round of wrestling is to begin at 9:00 AM. In order to squeeze the entire tournament into one day, the medal round is slated to begin at 9:00 PM. This is not a typo: nine o'clock PM is the scheduled championship round time. If you are a spectator, there are two sessions on Saturday. For admission prices, then, it would follow that it would cost $10 ($5 per session) to watch all of the action.

Remember that all fourteen of last week's Leyden Regional place-winners have the shot at finishing on the medal stand yet again. The top-4 in each bracket will punch their ticket to participate in the IHSA Individual Finals to be held Thursday-Saturday, February 15-17, at the State Farm Center on the campus of the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana).

For a list of the OPRF Individual Sectional qualifiers, visit the 2017-2018 Postseason page.

Larkin will host mat action in each of fourteen (standard weights of 106-285) brackets comprised of twelve wrestlers each. Remember that each of the four regional champions gain a bye in the first round of competition. For all non-champions, individuals will wrestle in the second round (also known as the quarterfinal round).

Because this is an individual tournament only, team scores are not officially scored. There are no team awards or trophies for each individual sectional.

Once again, the spectator costs of this event are $5.00 per session (2). The sessions are slated to begin at 9:00 AM & 7:00 PM (Saturday).

Due to the entire event taking place in one day, wrestlers may be scheduled to wrestle in six bouts -- however, national rules prohibit wrestling more than five bouts in any one day of competition. Should this arise, view the rules that will be in place. In addition to the links below, you can view the event information document.

If you are able to travel to Elgin (Larkin High School), please consider attending...while rockin' the orange and rockin' the blue!

Larkin H.S. address | 1475 Larkin Ave., Elgin, IL 60123

Links | IHSA Wrestling | 3A Assignments | 3A Time Sked | Series Overview | Manual-Manager | Manual-Schools | Rankings

Brackets | All IHSA Wrestling Individual Sectionals will be hosted on TrackWrestling. All brackets AND live results will be posted on TrackWrestling. Visit the Larkin Individual Sectional tournament on TW. Look for Individual State brackets on TrackWrestling, as well.



Larkin Individual Sectional | One Day Event Schedule

February 10, 2018 – Saturday

7:00 AM Weigh-Ins (Upper North Gym) (scratch weight + 3 lbs.)
7:30 AM Coaches’ Meeting / Breakfast
8:55 AM National Anthem

Session I (4 Mats)
9:00 AM Wrestling Begins-Prelims
11:00 AM* Championship – Quarterfinals
1:00PM* Lunch Break
2:00 PM* Wrestle Backs – Round I-4 Mats
4:00 PM* Championship – Semi-Finals-2 Mats
& Wrestle Backs – Round II-2 Mats
6:00 PM* Session Ends/Dinner Break

Session II (4 Mats)
7:00 PM Wrestle Backs – Round III- 2 Mats
8:45 PM* Wrestler Introduction
9:00 PM* Championship Matches (1st/3rd)
11:00 PM* Session Ends



Step in, step through: Huskies advance all 14 at Leyden Regional
Tournament victory ensures that OPRF will wrestle at home in the Dual Team Sectional · 02/03/2018

The family that made a champion. (photo by Jamil Shhmart)  | Go large


Entering the Leyden Regional as the only ranked team, according to IWCOA's GEI rankings, meant that the Huskies would be the favorites. Also, they would have a target on their back. Fight as they could, the opponents (both as teams and as individuals) could not knock Oak Park & River Forest off of its perch. For the fourth time in program history, OPRF advanced (all) 14 entrants to the next round. One could say, "No Huskie left behind." The next stage is a Friday-Saturday date with other individual sectional qualifiers. This upcoming tournament takes place this weekend, February  9-10, at Larkin High School in Elgin. You may want to know what the record is for state qualifiers in Oak Park & River Forest history. Well, Team Blorange gutted out a dozen qualifiers (in other words, individual sectional place-winners) in both 2013-2014 and 2014-2015.

Taking a look back at the results of Saturday, the Huskies were not challenged. 12 entered the championship bout, 9 secured victory in it, and two others clawed (or should we say, "pawed") their way to a 3rd-place finish. In weight order, the nine champions were Jake Rundell (106), Josh Ogunsanya (113), Nico Bolivar (120), Eddie Bolivar (132), Eddie Ordonez (145), Joe Chapman (152), Jack Fisher (160), Daemyen Middlebrooks (170), and Elijah Osit (195). The trio of runner-ups featured Jake Cagnina (182), Talvin Gibson (220), and Ashford Hollis (285). The pair of consolation champs consisted of Max Walton (126) and Taigue Thurston (138).

In this upcoming weekend's competition, all wrestlers will compete in 12-wrestler brackets. The top four placers will advance to Champaign for the individual state championship round just a week later. Larkin Individual Sectional brackets have already been created. View the upcoming Larkin Individual Sectional brackets on TrackWrestling. A reminder, if you cannot come out to Elgin's Larkin High School, you can follow the action at this link.

Because of the team's victory, the Huskies enter the now 16-team Dual Team State Series (for 3A class schools). This tournament will begin on Tuesday, February 20, at the friendly confines of Oak Park & River Forest's High School walls. This location was predetermined prior to the IHSA season. All wrestlers on a team, regardless of regional participation or advancement, are eligible to compete in the team duals at the end of February.

Here now is a quick glance at the 14 Huskie wrestlers and their day, along with their day's win-loss record:


OPRF Results & Notes (Leyden Regional) | 106-145 Pounds

 106 | Jake Rundell (1st, 2-0)  | At 106, Jake is a wrecking ball.
 113 | Josh Ogunsanya (1st, 2-0)  | This sophomore is having a dominant season.
 120 | Nico Bolivar (1st, 2-0)  | "No Sweat Nico" garnered two first period pins.  
 126 | Max Walton (3rd, 3-1)  | Max wrestled a successful tournament and is finding his Varsity legs.
 132 | Eddie Bolivar (1st, 2-0)  | Eddie dominated in a pair of technical fall tallies.
 138 | Taigue Thurston (3rd, 2-1)  | Last week's JV champ is taking aim at Larkin's 138-pounder's.
 145 | Eddie Ordonez (1st, 2-0)  | After netting his 2nd regional title, Eddie hopes to climb to state.

OPRF Results & Notes (Leyden Regional) | 152-285 Pounds

 152 | Joe Chapman (1st, 3-0)  | Joe's confidence grows as this youngster dispatches his adversaries.
 160 | Jack Fisher (1st, 3-0)  | In three bouts, Jack scored three falls.
 170 | Daemyen Middlebrooks (1st, 2-0)  | This sophomore has brute strength that shakes opponents.
 182 | Jake Cagnina (2nd, 1-1)  | Jake fell to Willowbrook's nationally-ranked buzzsaw, Jack Jessen.
 195 | Elijah Osit (1st, 2-0)  | Elijah's eyes are fixed on completing his Huskie career in style.
 220 | Talvin Gibson (2nd, 2-1)  | A semifinal round overtime victory vaulted Talvin to the finals.
 285 | Ashford Hollis (2nd, 2-1)  | Coming in on a roll, Ashford may meet Josh Mathiasen again this week.

Final team scores | The Huskies scored 281.5 team points. Second and third were Addison Trail (162.0) and York (136.0).

Brackets and results | 2018 Leyden Regional Results

Video interview | Head Coach Paul Collins

Event pics (by Jamil Shhmart) | 2018 Leyden Regional

Event articles | OPRF back at it with 3A regional title after last season's sudden end

What's next | OPRF sends 14 to the Larkin Individual Sectional Tournament on Friday and Saturday, February 9-10.

Larkin H.S. address | 1475 Larkin Ave., Elgin, IL 60123

Links | IHSA Wrestling | 3A Assignments | 3A Time Sked | Series Overview | Manual-Manager | Manual-Schools | Rankings

Thank you to all of the Huskie Wrestling Family members who contributed or came out to today's regional competition!



Leyden Regional Results | 106-145

 Wrestler  Year  Weight  Place
 Jake Rundell  Sophomore  106  1st
 Josh Ogunsanya  Sophomore  113  1st
 Nico Bolivar  Sophomore  120  1st
 Max Walton  Junior  126  3rd
 Eddie Bolivar  Junior  132  1st
 Taigue Thurston  Junior  138  3rd
 Eddie Ordonez  Senior  145  1st

Leyden Regional Results | 152-285

 Wrestler  Year  Weight  Place
 Joe Chapman  Sophomore  152  1st
 Jack Fisher  Senior  160  1st
 Daemyen Middlebr.  Sophomore  170  1st
 Jake Cagnina  Junior  182  2nd
 Elijah Osit  Senior  195  1st
 Talvin Gibson  Senior  220  2nd
 Ashford Hollis  Junior  285  2nd




Voracious appetite: Huskies ready to pounce in the postseason
This Saturday begins the annual trek into and through the IHSA Wrestling State Series · 02/01/2018


Competition dates are highlighted.

While the lower levels have closed the book on their IHSA season, the Varsity squads all across Illinois ready for the postseason. Some say that the regular season is just preparation for the trials and tribulations that arise during the IHSA State Series.

Due to its enrollment, the Huskies compete in Class 3A. There are also Classes 2A and 1A. On February 3, Oak Park & River Forest visits East Leyden High School (Franklin Park) to begin its postseason quest. Nine teams will attend this regional tournament. Below is our quick primer on what you need to know to be ready for all of the February action.

Team advancement | On Saturday, OPRF will compete alongside eight other squads at the Eagles' home of Leyden High School (Franklin Park campus). Including unofficial state rankings, these teams are: Addison Trail, Lane, Schurz, York, Leyden, Proviso West, Proviso East, #2 OPRF, and Willowbrook. The Huskies are the only ranked team (top 25 or Honorable Mention) of these nine. On Saturday, only the winning team who outpoints the others will win the regional and advance to the Dual Team State Series.

Team scoring | Team points are gained by wrestlers' place finish and manner of advancement. Certainly, higher place-winners earn more points, and winning matches by fall/forfeit/default/disqualification (+2 bonus), technical fall (+1.5 bonus), or major (+1 bonus) results will further help your school. Winning a match earns 2 points in the championship bracket; a successful win earns 1 point in the consolation bracket. This advancement bonus will be waved for all medal round matches. Final placement of wrestlers correspond to these team point values: 14 points (first place), 10 points (second place), 7 points (third place), and 4 points (fourth place).

Wrestler participation and advancement (Leyden Regional) | Schools have the right to enter up to 14 wrestlers -- one for each weight class. These wrestlers can be regular starters, lower level wrestlers, or freshmen. The wrestlers must qualify, however, for their intended weight class. Regional tournament seeding meetings will be held on Thursday, February 1. At these meetings, teams submit their starting lineups for the upcoming regional. Since there are nine participating schools at OPRF's regional, at maximum there can be 9 wrestlers at one particular weight class. The top three (3) wrestlers in each weight class qualify for the Individual Sectional Tournament to be held Friday-Saturday, February 9-10, at Larkin High School (Elgin).

Wrestler participation and advancement (Larkin Individual Sectional) | Four regional tournaments merge to form an individual sectional. This year, OPRF's individual sectional is composed of regional place-winners (fourth place is excluded) from Schaumburg, Niles West, Leyden, and Glenbard East. The four (4) individual champions will receive a first round bye, while the other eight wrestlers will wrestle in their preliminary round matches. Of the 12 wresters in each weight bracket, the top third (the four place-winners at the end of Saturday's competition) will punch their ticket to Champaign and the Individual State Final. Getting into the place matches is vital. Although the results of the 1st and 3rd place bouts do not factor into qualification for the individual state tournament, results at the Larkin Individual Sectional will affect the placement position in the individual final tournament. Team scores are not kept at individual sectional tournaments and are considered irrelevant.

Wrestler participation and medals (U of I Individual State Finals) | Four is the magic number yet again, as four individual sectional tournaments join to create the State Finals bracket. The four individual sectional champions will be seeded and placed in corresponding locations on the bracket sheet. The other 12 wrestlers (2nd/3rd/4th place individual sectional finishers) will be scattered mathematically in the pairings. No byes are provided for any of the 16 wrestlers. Only wrestlers who lose to an eventual semifinalist will qualify for the consolation bracket; four wrestlers per weight class will be one-and-done. Another way to explain the drama of the preliminary round of wrestling is to say this: if a first-round wrestler wins the contest, the wrestler is guaranteed a minimum of two more bouts; if a first-round wrestler loses the contest, the wrestler advances to the consolation bracket only if his/her opponent wins the subsequent bout. The top 6 finishers will earn medals. This three-day tournament includes full wrestlebacks with no walkovers (in other words, previous decisions from the championship bracket are ignored if two wrestlers meet again in the consolation bracket).

Prices | Regional costs $5.00 per session (2) or $8.00 for an all-day pass. Individual Sectional costs $5.00 per session (3). Individual State Final costs $8.00 or $10.00 per session (5) / $40.00 or $50.00 per all-session pass. For Dual Team State, Team Sectional costs $5.00 for the event. Dual Team State Final costs $7.00 per session (2).

Times | Regional Sessions: 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM (Saturday). | Individual Sectional Sessions: 4:30 PM (Friday), 9:00 AM & 2:00 PM (Saturday). | Individual State Final Sessions: 1:00 PM / 5:00 PM for 3A (Thursday), 8:30 AM & 7:00 PM (Friday), 9:00 AM & 5:30 PM (Saturday). | Dual Team Sectional Session: 6:00 PM (Tuesday). Dual Team State Session: 9:00 AM & 6:00 PM (Saturday).

Tournament videos | Individual State Finals are broadcast on (subscription options are available). I believe that the finals will be rebroadcast on CSN Chicago (also read the press release from 2014 September).



East Leyden H.S. address | IHSA Regional (Feb 3) | 3400 Rose St., Franklin Park, IL 60131

Larkin H.S. address | IHSA Individual Sectional (Feb 9-10) | 1475 Larkin Ave., Elgin, IL 60123

State Farm Center address | IHSA Individual Final (Feb 15-17) | 1800 S. 1st St., Champaign, IL 61820

Oak Park & River Forest H.S. address | IHSA Dual Team Sectional (Feb 20) | 201 Scoville Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302

U.S. Cellular Coliseum address | IHSA Dual Team Final (Feb 24) | 101 S. Madison St., Bloomington, IL 61701



Links | IHSA Wrestling | 3A Assignments | 3A Time Sked | Series Overview | Manual-Manager | Manual-Schools | Rankings

Brackets | All IHSA Wrestling regionals (yep, all 48 regionals in 3 classes) will be hosted on TrackWrestling. All brackets AND live results will be posted on TrackWrestling. Visit the 2018 Franklin Park (Leyden) Regional tournament on TW. Look for individual sectional brackets on TrackWrestling, as well.

Dual team tournament | More information on the Dual Team State Series will come in a few weeks. Should OPRF win its regional, it will host the corresponding Dual Team Sectionals round. The date of that event would be Tuesday, February 20.

In the meantime, follow the Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew in this February frenzy! Go Huskies!




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