Huskies hustle past field at own invite
Varsity tops in half of brackets; Junior Varsity places 8,
finishes 12th of 14 · 01/24/2015
Huskies enjoy a
short commute for Saturday's action. (photos by Jonna Borgdorff)
The annual OPRF Varsity and Freshman tournaments took place on
Saturday, a day ahead of the Susan P. Collins Little Huskies youth
tournament. Varsity wrestlers secured seven gold medals in the
fourteen team tournament: Anthony Madrigal (106), Jason Renteria
(113), Gabe Townsell (126), Larry Early (145), Isaiah White (152),
Matthew Rundell (160), and Kamal Bey (170). Placing second were
Bobby Campos (120), Jaime Hernandez (132), Savonne Bennette (138),
and Max Metzgar (182). Ben Bergen was a third-place finisher at 195.
The heaviest two wrestlers did not place, Kendale McCoy (220) and
Adam Lemke-Bell (285). Adam defaulted the tournament due to injury.
Junior Varsity's lineup was sparse and bunched. Kevin Davis (126)
earned the highest finish, fourth. Taking home fifth place were
three: Rollian Sturkey (170), Deundre Garner (182), and Chris
Middlebrooks (285). Seventh place medalists were Brian Holloway
(145) and Jack Newman (160). Rounding out the medalists in 8th place
were Chris Helm (138) and Ben Avis (160). Also participating were
Christian Banks-Mitchell (132), Andrew Borgdorff (152), Drew
Matticks (152), and Noah Hauser (170).
Of course, a HUGE Huskie Thank You to the Huskie Wrestling Family
and assisting crew for the setup, operation, cleanup, and.....the
food!! Thank you to all who were involved in this tournament.
Get some results
| See the Varsity tournament final
brackets and standings on
In the news: Mission probable
| Wednesday Journal Sports editor,
Marty Farmer, recently wrote a piece about the state of OPRF
Wrestling. To read,
visit the article.
room in the nation! (photos by Jonna Borgdorff)
Opponents left blue:
OPRF subdues Lyons Township 54-12
Huskies grab a dozen victories to spoil LTHS' senior night;
OPRF takes conference title · 01/23/2015
12-2 in Friday's bouts in LaGrange. (photos by Jonna Borgdorff)
Throughout these years, Lyons Township has been a force in the West
Suburban-Silver Conference. There's no surprise that the OPRF-LT
dual has traditionally been slated for the end of the regular
season; the winner of this dual typically has taken the conference
crown, at least in recent years. On this night, LaGrange's Vaughan
Gym set the stage for a good Lyons Township team hoping to wrestle
to a great result. The Huskies had other ideas, however.
introductions and coin flip, the dual began at 152 pounds. Nation's
#1 wrestler Isaiah White came out flying and secured a late
technical fall victory. The Huskies kept up a great thing with two
additional tech falls at 160 (Matthew Rundell) and 170 (Kamal Bey).
Before Lyons could scarcely catch its breath, the Huskies led 15-0.
At 182 pounds, Max Metzgar secured the maximum team points with a
second period fall. Despite wrestling up a weight class, Max is in
the hunt for Pin King honors. OPRF slipped in the next two bouts
where the Lions tried to reclaim momentum. At 195 pounds, Ben Bergen
came out strong but lost his way to a pinfall. With Allen Stallings
on the mend, junior Kendale McCoy found an early takedown.
Unfortunately, his opponent earned one of his own before turning and
finishing McCoy. The score was now 21-12 OPRF. In the heavyweight
match, Adam Lemke-Bell had no trouble en route to a 10-2 major
At the turn, OPRF had the advantage 25-12. Any hope at a surprise
team result by the Lions went by the wayside, as the rest of the
dual was all Huskies. 106-pounder Peter Ogunsanya confidently
attained a major 12-3 before Jason Renteria and Bobby Campos
tag-teamed two more technical victories, 21-6 and 16-1 respectively.
Gabe Townsell, 126 pounds, flirted with a major but settled for an
18-11 decision. The following two bouts proved to be the most highly
contested: Jaime Hernandez persevered 5-3 via two takedowns and
Savonne Bennette came back from an early hole to seal the victory
4-2. At 145 pounds, Larry Early culminated the evening by pinfall in
an I-have-a-plane-to-catch fashion.
As sweet as silver
| OPRF finishes the conference
schedule with a 6-0 record and wins the fourth straight conference
title. The Huskies have now won 26 conference matchups in a row.
Get "N" the game
| In an effort to improve
continually, added to the top streak marquee is the "N" category.
This is the number of current dual team wins over non-Illinois
squads. At present, there are 5 categories that track current
streaks: conference, Illinois, non-Illinois, overall, and (all-time)
Weekend warriors / Home cookin'
| It is a busy weekend at 201 N.
Scoville, Oak Park, as OPRF High School will host Saturday's Varsity
and Freshman invitational tournaments. On Sunday, the Little Huskies
youth program will host the annual Susan P. Collins youth
tournament. Visit the Little Huskies
Just flying through:
#1 OPRF soars at Sandburg Duals
Huskies score 3 dual wins, defeat national #4
Clovis (CA) in finale · 01/17/2015
triumphs, tops Hoffman Estates Invitational. (photos by
Before we talk about the #1 ranked Varsity group, let's give some
attention to the lower levels of the Orange & Blue Wrestling Crew.
Hoffman Estates High School held an individual tournament for
Freshman levels. OPRF's contingency did what has come all too
familiar in recent years: dominate. The Huskies boasted 14
place-winners en route to an appropriately colored orange trimmed
blue plaque. Among the medalists were champions Jon Mitchell, Cam
Bates, Christian Brooks, and Max McDermott. Congratulations,
On to Orland Park, where another O.P came to play in twin
fashion. The Junior Varsity squad competed as one of the 8 teams in
the Sandburg Super Duals. My apologies on the format, in fact the
rounds and opponents were pre-determined. I had remembered a
bracketed tournament style a year ago. With JV joining the fray,
OPRF comprised 25% of the squads at Carl Sandburg.
For the #1 ranked Huskies, the first two rounds were an easy
breeze. In round one, the Huskies controlled Crystal Lake Central
62-12, winning 12 of 14 (11 of 13 contested) bouts. In round two,
OPRF zoomed past Hononegah, victorious in 9 of 13 (9 of 12
contested) matches. Huskies were victories 46-18. The final dual of day came against the Clovis
Cougars, #4 (US) by InterMat. The 120 pound bout would kick off the
dual. The action began in Huskie fashion with three straight
victories: a tone-setting tech fall win by Alex Madrigal (120), a
hard fought OT win by Gabe Townsell, and a 5-3 decision tally by
Jaime Hernandez. Clovis scored 3 team points with a 5-2 decision
victory at 138 pounds by Khristian Olivas.
Next, the Huskies continued another roll. They raised hands in
the next four with victories by Larry Early (decision), Isaiah White
(tech fall), Matthew Rundell (decision), and Kamal Bey (fall).
Leading into the 182 pound match, OPRF led 28-3. The Cougars wanted
to part of falling off a cliff and returned fire with three wins: AJ
Nevills (decision), Adam Prentice (decision), and Seth Nevills
(forfeit) to push the score to 28-15. However, heavyweight Adam
Lemke-Bell stayed strong and smart to notch a 7-2 win over Hexton
Coronado. With two bouts remaining, the Huskies clinched the dual.
Anthony Madrigal calmly scored a 9-1 major victory at 106 pounds
before a highly anticipated showdown occurred. Sophomores Jason
Renteria and Justin Mejia are both top 5 ranked nationally at their
weight class. Furthermore, both are already committed to Iowa after
their high school wrestling shoes are retired. On the mat, Mejia scored a
takedown and the win to make the final team score 35-18, in favor of
the Collins Cadets. (Photo below by Paul Dermott.)
Continuing the streaks
| OPRF, now 24-0 and 5-0 in
conference play, continues to add tallies to its streaky present
history. 25 conference duals is the high water mark in school
history. 35 wins against Illinois opponents also is tops. WIth
OPRF's 3 triumphs at Super Duals, the Huskies now boast 37
consecutive dual wins. This number is also a record. You can follow
my tallies at the top right of the home page.
Putting the hurts on 'hurst:
OPRF shuts down York 56-7
Huskies dominate in Elmhurst, now sit at 5-0 in conference
play · 01/16/2015
on all levels. (photos by Jonna Borgdorff)
OPRF has gone four years since its last West Suburban Silver
Conference defeat. That loss was against Lyons Township (next week's
opponent) on January 14, 2011. Tonight, the York Dukes didn't derail
the "Silver Bullet" Huskie Train.
York only managed two victories
against the high octane Huskie offense as Varsity grew their season
record to 20-0 (5-0). Lower level squads also won in dominant
fashion. For event pictures, see below.
Familiar territory with a twist:
Top 5 nationally ranked dual a possibility;
#4 Clovis, CA, treks east ·
This Friday night and Saturday day competitions carry a familiar
tune. On Friday, the Huskies (all levels) head west to Elmhurst to
battle the York Dukes. The Dukes, as you may know, are part of the
Huskies' conference schedule. On Saturday, Varsity will participate
in the Sandburg Super Duals event. This is a bracketed 8-team
(possibly 7) event to determine the mat champions of the day. Among
OPRF's potential opponents are Class 3A thumpers Hononegah and Carl
Sandburg. You may remember the Eagles from the championship round at
A new entrant to Saturday's bracket is Clovis, CA. The
Cougars are making an Illinois trip (Friday quad at Montini), and
Orland Park is on its itinerary. Clovis comes in at #4 in the
country, while OPRF is #1. Both rankings are per
InterMat. If they meet, this would be a colossal dual; the
Cougars would be the highest ranked dual opponent to date. If you
are unable to attend the action in Orland Park, you can view the
duals on FloWrestling (FloPro paid subscription).
il.8to18, Saturday will showcase Junior Varsity 1 at New Trier,
Junior Varsity 2 will also visit Sandburg, and Freshman will vault
to Hoffman Estates (tournament).
Continuing the march:
Huskies sweep Broncos, Cadets
OPRF defeats #1-2A Montini 36-17 and #4
Marmion 49-14 · 01/10/2015
On Saturday, the
Huskies sped past two top tier nationally ranked teams.
(photos by Jonna Borgdorff)
The Oak Park & River Forest Huskies (#1 IL-3A and #1 US) met top
in-state and national competition on Saturday morning. Usually,
Saturday's are reserved for tournaments or quadrangular meets (4
teams wrestling in a round-robin format). However, on this day, the
Huskies participated in a triangular meet. OPRF first met the
Montini Broncos. The Broncos have been a dominant force on the 2A
and national wrestling scene for years. It appears, however, that
Montini is headed to Class 3A (OPRF's class) in 2015-2016.
perhaps Montini's last year in Class 2A, the Huskies gave the
Broncos a rude send-off. OPRF took the dual by a score of 36-17. The
Huskies gained three forfeits while also double-forfeiting the
heavyweight bout. Adam Lemke-Bell wrestled in the second dual.
Marmion is also not at full strength. The Cadets forfeited 106 and
113 pounds. In a few other spots, they had reserve wrestlers in for
starters. The final score was 49-14. See below for additional
information about the duals.
How the West was won:
OPRF bests Glenbard 63-3
Huskies win 4th conference dual; triangular
meet Saturday at Marmion ·
On Thursday, the
Huskies gave the Hilltoppers the "cold" shoulder. (photos
by Jonna Borgdorff)
Goodness gracious, it has been cold. The OPRF Wrestling team did
some things to warm up our spirits, however, with a 63-3 victory
over the Hilltoppers on Thursday night. After the lower levels
tangled appendages, the Varsity squad moved to 17-0, 4-0 in the West
Suburban Silver Conference.
With a few starters rested for this
weekend's big triangular quad for OPRF, the Huskies still managed to
win 13 of 14 Varsity bouts. The night's party started at 132 pounds
with sophomore Kevin Davis, who has come on strong in part-time
duties. He won a 10-6 decision. OPRF "majorly" swept the next four,
all earning 4 team points: Jaime Hernandez, Savonne Bennette, Bryce
Scott, and Jack Newman. At 170 pounds, nationally top-10 Kamal Bey
joined the fray with technical fall tally over Glenbard West's Jack
Vesevick. Max Metzgar "fell" in love with his opponent and scored
another 6 team points for the Huskies. At the halfway point, OPRF
At 195 pounds, Ben Bergen kept the Huskies rolling with a 12-2
major win. The Huskies scored two pins at the heaviest weights when
Allen Stallings and Adam Lemke-Bell prevailed. With a 46-0 weight
against his shoulders, Hilltopper Charles Faber decided to take
matters into his own hands (and around his own legs!) to put his
squad on the board. In a tightly contested bout, Faber outpointed
Peter Ogunsanya 3-2. The dual concluded with 3 Orange & Blue notches
by 3 regulars (all bumped up a weight class): Tony Madrigal (fall),
Jay Renteria (tech), and Alex Madrigal (fall).
Wednesday's "top" story
| The Huskies
rose to #1 in the country, as reported by all major high school
ranking websites. Despite this new ranking, don't expect the
wrestlers or coaches to sit back on their laurels. The #1 goal with
these wrestlers is improvement. Bigger, better, stronger, harder.
There are two hard fought months remaining, and the Huskies
assuredly will grind, claw, and develop every step of the way.
| The next stop for the Varsity
squad will be a triangular meet versus Montini Catholic and Marmion
Academy, hosted by Marmion in Aurora. According to Intermat, Marmion
is now the #18 team in the US, while Montini is #9. Wrestling is
slated to begin at 9:00 am. -->
OPRF-Montini Video Preview
OPRF flexes muscles, rolls to Clash title
Huskies hoist tournament gold, power past
Carl Sandburg in championship ·
Few expected a Clash title from anyone other than the Oak Park &
River Forest Huskies, but some were surprised in how strong OPRF
looked en route to the program's first Clash title. This tournament
does not have all of the top teams in the country (for a variety of
reasons), but it is the premier national dual team tournament. As the
organizers of this Rochester, Minnesota, event put it themselves,
"For individuals, there is the Ironman. For teams, there is the
The Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew stormed past all comers by
an aggregate dual team score of 308-67 (six duals) including a
dominant 54-6 concluding victory over runner-up (and IL 3A rival)
Carl Sandburg. In all, OPRF scored 65 triumphs out of 78 contested
bouts in the tournament. There were 6 forfeits (three apiece for
OPRF and opponents).
Day two's evening session began with the Huskies taking it to
Bettendorf, winning 51-8. The second dual was the closest, but OPRF
conceded two weight classes. Apple Valley was defeated, 43-26. In
the winner-take-all matchup, the Eagles were no match for OPRF's
might and ability. On the Clash's grandest stage, Collins's cadets
left no doubt in winning 12 of 14 matchups over the 3A rival.
Sandburg's two tallies came by Rudy Yates (126) and Patrick Brucki
(182). Each was a minor decision. Inside this dozen was a hard
fought, extra time victory by Savonne Bennette (138) over Christian
Robertson. Savonne pushed and pushed and eventually...persevered.
Also noteworthy were the mat returns of Larry Early (145) and Allen
Stallings (220). Larry ended 4-0, splitting his victories as
decisions and majors. Allen also finished unblemished at 4-0, with 3
of which being falls.
With the six dual victories, Varsity eased to 30 consecutive in
this category. 30 is within shouting distance of OPRF's program
record of 35.
The Clash performance keeps the Huskies in discussion for the #1
nationally ranked team. If you are unfamiliar with national
rankings, visit our
Rankings page with information about the team and individuals.
You'll also see Illinois Matmen's GEI state rankings.
Saturday's Clash XIII dual team title was a great moment both in
this season and in the history of our program. Thank YOU for
helping the program in so many ways so that we could have a
wonderful opportunity like we did in Rochester, Minnesota. May your
New Year be a magnificent time for you and yours, and may the joy
and fulfillment last all year long.
Today, like all days, was a great day to be a Huskie!
Change of focus
| The Huskie eye shifts to the
remainder of the IHSA and conference schedule. On Thursday, January
8, the Huskies welcome conference unbeaten Glenbard West to the
"Stadium on Scoville." Then, on Saturday, January 10, OPRF will travel
to co-Clash participant Marmion where the Huskies will also battle
Montini. Junior Varsity wrestled on Friday at a tournament in
Libertyville, and they will go to Riverside-Brookfield on Wednesday,
January 7, before Thursday's WSC tilt. On Saturday, JV will also
battle at Marmion. On JV-2's schedule, they have a Friday, January
9, date at Hope (Chicago), with Gordon Tech. The Freshman squad is
also set for Hope, and on Saturday, January 10, they compete at New
Trier. For more schedule information, visit our
Schedule page or OPRF Wrestling on
il.8.to18. --> Mack Bolen's
OPRF-Montini Video Preview
Huskies blow by Clash's Day 1 competition
OPRF will wrestle in a round robin against
Bettendorf, Apple Valley, and Sandburg ·
The scene in Rochester, MN. (by
Day one was smooth sailing for the Huskies, who had no trouble
advancing to the Championship Bracket on day two. The Orange & Blue
Wrecking Crew was just that, defeating its three opponents by a
combined team score of 160-27: Pleasant Valley (IA) 59-6,
Simley (MN) 48-12, and Shakopee (MN) 53-9. In each of the three
duals, OPRF lost exactly two of the contested bouts.
Up next for
the Huskies are duals against Bettendorf (IA), Apple Valley (MN),
and Carl Sandburg (IL). Each of these "final four" will wrestle
against each of the others to determine the winner of the round
robin pool. In our case, this winner will win the dual team
Clash of the titan:
OPRF headlines Jan. 2-3 dual event
Huskies are top seed; 32 teams vie for tournament supremacy ·
Rochester, Minnesota's "The Clash XIII" will pit a number of high
school squads (32 to be exact) in a two-day tournament to determine
slots 1-32. All teams are pre-seeded into 4 brackets (A, B, C, D).
In each January 2 bracket, all 8 teams will wrestle 3 duals. The
first day will feature a tournament, but the first dual is very
important. If a squad loses it, the highest it can finish is 5th
place in the letter bracket. The day one brackets will end in teams
laddered from place 1 through 8.
For day two, all four of the A-B-C-D champions will enter the
Championship Pool. All four of the 2nd place teams will enter the
Second Pool. The four 3rd placers will enter the Third Pool, etc. On
the second day, it is a round robin style bracket. The 3-0 team will
win the pool, and tiebreakers will be applied if teams are tied at
This is OPRF's third Clash participation. Two years ago, OPRF
finished champions of the Second Pool. Last year, OPRF finished in
2nd place of the Championship Pool. The Huskies are looking to rise
in this year's competition. One potential opponent is Apple Valley
(MN), who hoisted Clash's trophy a year ago. OPRF has wrestled them
3 consecutive years and traded wins: 2011-12 Apple Valley W, 2012-13
OPRF W, 2013-14 Apple Valley W.
The tournament field is mostly Midwest teams, with several from
Illinois. Seven of the 32 teams are from the Land of Lincoln. None
of the additional six are in OPRF's Bracket A.
is a dual team tournament, and the Huskies have won 24 consecutive
duals. With three duals on each day, the Huskies will wrestle a
total of 6 duals in Rochester. OPRF's record of consecutive dual
team victories is 35, from 01-12-2008
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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.