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In our lead-up to the big day, we will post 28 articles (one for each day -- although they may not be published each day) as a primer for this season.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


Home is where the (Huskie) heart is: Varsity wins, Frosh earns 3rd
Within the friendly confines, Varsity wins its tournament while Freshman finishes number three · 01/21/2017


The Hammerin' Huskies won by a whopping 70 points. (photos by Jonna Borgdorff) 

If you enjoy coming out to watch the Varsity wrestlers perform, then Saturday was bittersweet. Yes, Saturday's tournament resulted in a very strong performance by the Huskies; it was thrilling to watch Team Orange & Blue dominate en route to a home tourney championship. However, this past Saturday is the final time that you will see the Varsity go-getters out there on the mat in the regular season. Varsity earns a rest until its IHSA Regionals Tournament on Saturday, February 4.

Two tournaments were run on Saturday. As we mentioned above, the Varsity team -- while sporting only a dozen wrestlers -- took home the title by 70 points over the second-place team, Christian Brothers (216 to 146). Arrowhead finished third, with Plainfield Central and Crystal Lake Central rounding out the top five. Also competing in this tournament was the OPRF Junior Varsity group. OPRF's JV featured 11 wrestlers and finished tied for 9th place with 92.5 team points. (Dakota and Minooka also enjoyed 92.5 points.) Junior Varsity finished ahead of three: Plainfield East, Morton East, and Crystal Lake South. The last trio of teams whom we have yet to mention are those who finished in places six through eight: Huntley, St. James, and Gilroy.

The second of the two tournaments was the Freshman tournament. Here, another dozen entered and wrestled, but the lineup was middleweight-heavy. As a team, OPRF's Freshman squad finished in third place with 125.5 team points. Crown Point (runners-up) and Morton (champions) were the only high schools to outpoint the Huskies.

Jumping back to Varsity, all Varsity wrestlers placed. Huskie champions were Tony Madrigal (126), Jay Renteria (132), Jaime Hernandez (138), and Christopher Middlebrooks (220). Runners-up featured Jack Fisher (145) and Drew Matticks (170). Winners of the consolation championship consisted of Nico Bolivar (106), Brian Holloway (160), and JV entrant Joe Chapman (138). Full results are located in the tables below.

The Orange & Blue Freshman Crew earned two titles: Ronnie Massari (152) and Damaeyon Middlebrooks (160). Only one, John Valaika (145), left with second place honors. Three Huskies marched into third place: Spencer Abbott (132), Danny Lingen (145), and Lila Stratman (115-140 mixed).

As a reminder, next weekend will feature the conference championships (Junior Varsity, Sophomore, and Freshman). The Huskies most certainly will be involved in all three. We hope that you choose one event, come out, and cheer on our Huskies!

Brackets and results | Varsity tournament on TrackWrestling | Freshman tournament on TrackWrestling

Event pics (by Jonna Borgdorff) | Tournament Pics


Varsity Results (V)

 Wt.  Wrestler  Pl.
 106  N. Bolivar  3rd
 113  Open  
 120  E. Bolivar  6th
 126  T. Madrigal  1st
 132  J. Renteria  1st
 138  J. Hernandez  1st
 145  J. Fisher  2nd
 152  J. Cagnina  6th
 160  B. Holloway  3rd
 170  D. Matticks  2nd
 182  Open  
 195  E. Osit  6th
 220  C. Middlebrooks  1st
 285  A. Hollis  7th
Varsity Results (JV)
 Wt.  Wrestler  Pl.
 106  J. Rundell  4th
 113  Open  
 120  Open  
 126  M. Walton  DNP
 132  T. Early  5th
 138  J. Chapman  3rd
 145  K. Bryant  4th
 152  E. Ordonez  5th
 160  C. Bates  DNP
 170  D. Nichols  5th
 182  C. Rigden  8th
 195  C. Marx  DNP
 220  T. Gibson  6th
 285  Open  
Frosh Results (All)
 Wt.  Wrestler  Pl.
 W  L. Stratman  3rd
 92  Open  
 99  J. Degand  4th
 106  Open  
 113  Open  
 120  C. Smith  4th
 126  A. Evans  DNP
 132  S. Abbott  3rd
 138  E. Tsakalakis  DNP
 138  G. Galindo  4th
 145  D. Lingen  3rd
 145  J. Valaika  2nd
 152  M. Giddens  6th
 152  R. Massari  1st
 160  D. Middlebrooks  1st
 170  Open  
 182  Open  
 195  Open  
 220  Open  
 285  Open  








Supersized weekend: Huskies host high school on Sat, youth on Sun
Varsity & Freshman tournaments happen on Saturday, Little Huskies youth tournament is set for Sunday · 01/20/2017


Sunday brings the Susan P. Collins Little Huskies Tournament. (archived photo by Brian Tideman)

Once again, the Field House at OPRF High School will be buzzing for two incredibly exciting events. On Saturday, the Varsity program welcomes several in-state and out-of-state opponents to take part in the Huskie Tournament. In addition to Varsity and Junior Varsity squads for the home Huskies, there will be eight Illinois high schools (Morton East, Crystal Lake Central, Crystal Lake South, Dakota, Huntley, Minooka, Plainfield Central, and Plainfield East). Four non-Illinois teams will also join the tourney (Arrowhead, WI; Gilroy, CA; Christian Brothers, MO; and St. James, KS).

First, consider coming out to OPRF High School. If not, follow the Varsity tournament on TrackWrestling.

As for the Freshman team, they also host their own tournament. In this brouhaha, the Huskies will compete with ten Illinois teams (Crystal Lake South, Evanston, Loyola, Maine West, Morton, Niles West, Notre Dame, Reavis, Riverside-Brookfield, and Taft). Two non-Illinois teams will also appear: Christian Brothers, MO, and Crown Point, IN.

Just as with the Varsity competition, consider coming out to OPRF High School. If not, follow the Freshman tournament on TrackWrestling.

On Sunday, the Little Huskies Wrestling Club -- the youth wrestling club in Oak Park & River Forest -- is hosting its annual Susan P. Collins Little Huskies Tournament. This tournament will bring in hundreds of youth wrestlers to spend the day in various age brackets and weight classes. For more information on the LHWC, visit the Little Huskies main website.

It will be an exciting weekend!! Go Huskies!!



Seeing silver: Huskies roll Red Devils, gain conference crown
OPRF wins all but two matches, defeat Hinsdale Central 61-12; Huskies finish 6-0 in WSC-S · 01/19/2017


Happy, happy Huskies. (photo by Paul Collins) | Click to enlarge.

The Oak Park & River Forest Huskies have made a habit out of becoming rude guests. In this remark, I simply mean that the Huskies often come, win, and even win big. OPRF has also grown accustomed to ranking at the top of the West Suburban Silver Conference. With Thursday night's win over the Hinsdale Central Red Devils, the OPRF Huskies officially claim another conference title. In the WSC-Silver, the conference champions are crowned through dual results. Well, the Huskies earned all six dual victories (Downers Grove North, Proviso West, Glenbard West, York, Lyons Township, and Hinsdale Central respectively) to grasp their ninth conference title out of the last ten years. (Last year was a shared title, you may recall.)

In the dual itself, Varsity burned the Red Devils for a dizzying dozen victories. At 160, Cameron Bates brought spirit but lost by fall. From 170-220 pounds, four Huskies took home wins: Brian Holloway (170) by technical fall, Darian Nichols (182) by 5-4 decision, Elijah Osit (195) by technical fall, and Christopher Middlebrooks (220) by pin. At this point, the team score was OPRF 19, Hinsdale Central 6.

Sophomore Ashford Hollis endured some growing pains against a very talented heavyweight in a pinfall defeat before the Wrecking Crew continued to roll with eight straight bout victories to conclude the dual: Nico Bolivar (106) by forfeit, PJ Ogunsanya (113) by technical fall, Eddie Bolivar (120) by technical fall, Tony Madrigal (126) by technical fall, Jay Renteria (132) by pin, Jaime Hernandez (138) by pin, Jack Fisher (145) by 5-2 decision, and Jake Cagnina (152) by forfeit. The final score read OPRF 61, Hinsdale Central 12.





That's 100: Jaime Hernandez earns spot in OPRF's Century Club
The star senior is 4-0 in his young season and becomes the 21st member of this exclusive group · 01/15/2017


Jaime Hernandez (photo by Jonna Borgdorff)

With Jaime Hernandez's three victories at Saturday's Sandburg Super Duals event, Jamie reached 100 Varsity wins in the Orange & Blue. Coming into this season, Jaime had compiled a career record of 96-31. Now, he sits at a mark of 100-31 and at the table of the OPRF Wrestling Century Club. Congratulations, Jaime!

In Jaime's first three seasons, he finished with these win-loss totals: 32-13 (freshman), 34-10 (sophomore), and 30-8 (junior). In his first year, Jaime was a sectional qualifier but did not qualify for the individual state tournament. As a sophomore, Jaime earned 4th place (132 pounds) before ending as a state runner-up (138 pounds) a year ago. This season, Jaime is currently slotted as the #2-ranked 138 pound wrestler in Class 3A, by GEI-Illinois Matmen. After graduating OPRFHS, Jaime has committed to wrestle while attending the University of North Carolina.

Welcoming Jaime to this elite group is fellow senior teammate Jay Renteria. Jay earned his place in the Century Club near the end of his junior campaign.

If you are thinking about who might be the next to follow Jaime, the closest Varsity wrestler is Tony Madrigal. After the Sandburg Duals, Tony has a career mark of 92 tallies.

To view all members of this program's Century Club, please visit our Wall of Fame page.



Morning drama: OPRF squeezes past Marmion, takes trio at Sandburg
Huskies-Cadets was the marquee matchup, OPRF wins 28-24 in a barnburner · 01/14/2017


The Huskies, not their opponents, exited Orland Park flying high.

Team Orange & Blue has had its rivalries in recent years. Sandburg, without question, is a prime rival of the Huskies. However, while hosting its Super Duals, the Eagles did not square off against OPRF. Some may argue that Marmion has had the more recent rivalry with our beloved Huskies. The Cadets and Huskies met for the 3A championship trophy this past February. If a spectator had any car trouble en route to Orland Park, perhaps this fan missed what turned out to be a highly entertaining dual. #2 OPRF began its "super" day against #3 Marmion.

The morning session began at 170 pounds. Nate Jimenez (MRM) calmed the Huskie crowd with a 7-3 opening win over Drew Matticks. [MRM 3-0] At 182 pounds, Tariq Thurman returned the favor with a 5-0 victory over Austin Esposito. [TIED 3-3] The Huskies took the next two, but they were only decisions: Elijah Osit (195) over Tyler Surges at a 9-4 clip and Talvin Gibson (220) over John Bazukas by a 4-1 score. [OPRF 9-3] At 285, Calvin McDonald scored a bonus-point fall to knot the score again. [TIED 9-9] The Huskies added two more decisions: Jake Rundell (106) dispatched Michael Jaffe 4-1 and Nico Bolivar (113) blanked Jacob Tinajero 4-0. {OPRF 15-9]

A PJ Ogunsanya fall -- over Ryan Fleck at 120 pounds -- extended the Huskies lead to 12. [OPRF 21-9] With Tony Madrigal out sick, Eddie Bolivar was flexed to 126 pounds but fell to Trevor Chumbley 5-0. [OPRF 21-12] At 132, it was more of the same for Jay Renteria as he nearly earned a tech fall against Sean McKenna (20-7). [OPRF 25-12] Next came the bout of the dual and perhaps of the day. At 138 pounds, Jaime Hernandez faced his first opponent of the season. He locked horns against Anthony Chelony, the #2 ranked 138-pounder in the state. It was a back-and-forth affair, and Jaime stormed back to tie the bout at the end of regulations. A takedown in extra time gave Jaime (and perhaps the Huskies) the victory. [OPRF 28-12] From there, Marmion swept the final three bouts at 145, 152, and 160. Jake Polka (MRM) only mustered a 2-0 decision against Jack Fisher, thus sealing the deal in favor of the Huskies. At 152, Brad Gross (MRM) won via pinfall, and in the last bout, Peter Ferraro (MRM) gritted out a 11-7 win over Brian Holloway. [OPRF 28-24]

In the other two duals, the Huskies defeated #2 (2A) Crystal Lake Central 56-12 and #22 Hononegah 47-12.



Bark is worse than bite: Huskies upend Lions 52-14
OPRF earns 11 of 14 bout victories, improve to 5-0 in conference · 01/13/2017


The Huskies left their opponents looking blue. (photos by Jonna Borgdorff)  |

The Oak Park & River Forest Huskies continued their strong march against West Suburban (Silver) Conference opponents on Friday night with a 52-14 victory over the Lyons Township Lyons. At home, the Huskies secured 11 victories in all. Of these 11, Jaime Hernandez (138) and Jack Fisher (145) made their in-season debuts.

The dual began at 220 pounds. Talvin Gibson scored a 4-2 victory for the Orange & Blue. After an LT pin at 285, OPRF (16-3, 5-0) reeled off six consecutive victories. Nico Bolivar (106) earned a major decision, PJ Ogunsanya (113) and Eddie Bolivar (120) won by fall, Tony Madrigal (126) notched a 6-2 decision over #6 Zach Villarreal, Jay Renteria won via technical fall, and Jaime Hernandez took home an uncontested forfeit victory.

At 145 pounds, the Lions earned their second bout victory of the night with a 15-point margin. OPRF took home four of the final five contests: Jake Cagnina (152) and Brian Holloway (160) via technical fall, Tariq Thurman (182) via major decision, and Elijah Osit (195) via pin. #1-ranked Johnny Mologousis downed Drew Matticks at 170 pounds by a 10-3 score.

The Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew look to finish off an unblemished conference season on Thursday, January 19, when they visit Hinsdale Central.

The Junior Varsity squad also flexed its muscles in a 46-28 victory of its own.

Event pics (by Jonna Borgdorff) | Varsity | Junior Varsity







Outdueling Dukes: Oak Park & River Forest downs York, 4-0 in WSC
Huskies outpoint Dukes 29-12 in contested bouts, add a forfeit victory to win 35-12 · 01/05/2017


The Huskies saw green, acted mean.

OPRF notched another victory on Thursday night when they defeated the York Dukes. 8 of the possible 14 bouts were wrestled, and the Huskies (15-3, 4-0) took five of the eight. All five of the Huskies' wins came via fall (four pinfalls and one technical fall). The strong bonus point tallies were too much for York to overcome.

Winners for the Huskies included PJ Ogunsanya (120 - fall), Tony Madrigal (132 - fall), Cameron Bates (160 - fall), Tariq Thurman (182 - technical fall), and Elijah Osit (195 - fall). Max Walton (126), Ronnie Massari (145), and Jake Cagnina (152) also wrestled for the Orange & Blue. Ashford Hollis (285) earned a forfeit victory, as well, for the Huskies.

The Huskies' next West Suburban (Silver) Conference skirmish will take place on January 13 versus Lyons Township.



Clash of the fightin's: OPRF gives its all, finishes in 7th place
 Huskies make 2nd Bracket after Day 1, finish 3-3 in Minnesota · 12/31/2016


Image via event website | visit clashmn.com

In this dynamic interstate tournament -- this year's version known as The Clash XV -- monsters of all shapes and sizes collide. The Huskies were pit as the #1-seed in Bracket D on Day One, but Oak Park & River Forest fell in that bracket's championship finale to Park Hill (MO), 33-20.

On Day Two, the Orange & Blue found themselves in the 2nd Bracket (of eight total four-team round robin brackets). On New Year's Eve Day, the Huskies stared down Anoka (MN), Apple Valley (MN), and Wasatch (UT). The first two proved to be too strong for OPRF, but the Huskies finished the evening (and year 2016) on a winning note by defeating Wasatch by a margin of 6.

The 3-3 record saw the Huskies battle three of the nation's top 50 teams (according to InterMat's December 26 rankings): Park Hill (#24), Anoka (#50), and Apple Valley (#34). Unfortunately for the Huskies, all three of these duals found the loss column.

On the tourney, the Huskies sported four undefeated wrestlers: Josh Ogunsanya (3-0, Day One only), PJ Ogunsanya (6-0), Jay Renteria (6-0), and Christopher Middlebrooks (6-0). One-loss wrestlers were Nico Bolivar (4-1), Tony Madrigal (5-1), Brian Holloway (5-1), and Drew Matticks (4-1). Eight other OPRF wrestlers competed in The Clash: Torry Early, Eddie Ordonez, Jake Cagnina, Daniel Pedraza, Darian Nichols, Tariq Thurman, Elijah Osit, and Talvin Gibson. No Huskies were named to the All-Tournament Team.

On the weekend, Oak Park & River Forest finished the highest among the four Illinois schools: Providence (11th), Washington (13th), and Glenbard North (25th).

For full results, visit the event on TrackWrestling.

Next up for OPRF will be a West Suburban Conference (Silver) Conference dual with York. The Huskies will visit the Dukes on Thursday, January 5 (all levels). According to the team schedule, Varsity does not have a competition event scheduled for this coming Friday or Saturday (January 6 or 7).

Tournament links | Clash XV | Schedule | Format (scroll down, from 2015) | InterMat Preview

More links | TrackW | TrackCast video ($15) | Twitter (@TheClashMN) | Twitter (@OPRFWrestling)


The Clash XV Results | Oak Park & River Forest

 Round  Team  State  National
 Bracket D Tournament  Plattsmouth  NE  --  W 59-6
 "  St. Michael-Albertville  MN  --  W 38-21
 "  Park Hill  MO  #24  L 33-20
 2nd Bracket Round Robin  Anoka  MN  #50  L 32-35
 "  Apple Valley  MN  #34  L 34-24
 "  Wasatch  UT  --  W 38-32


Clash course: Huskies to dual teams from here, there, everywhere
OPRF, #21 nationally, returns to The Clash; Fri-Sat mark Rochester, MN, event · 12/26/2016


Image via event website | visit clashmn.com

Since 2012-2013, OPRF has taken the westward trip to Rochester, Minnesota, for a 32-team dual team tournament. Two years ago, the Orange & Blue Crew wrecked the competition to win the gold trophy. Last year, the Huskies made the top bracket but lost two on Saturday. This year, the Huskies are top-seeded in their Day One bracket, but the Huskies (#21 nationally by InterMat) may face Bachanan (CA), St. Edward (OH), and Lake Highland Prep (FL) on Day 2. These teams are InterMat's #2, #3, and #4 overall squads in the USA.

In this event's preparation, all 32 teams have been seeded (from #1-32) and placed into four brackets (Brackets A-D). Based on the results of these 8-team brackets, the final day's action will pit groups of four teams in a round robin style. After day one, all first place teams will meet on Saturday in a round robin pool; all second place teams will meet in a round robin pool...etc. After each round robin collection of duals, these teams will be ranked and given a final placing (out of 32) for the tournament. In the event of a round robin tie of records (perhaps two or three teams have tied with a 2-1 record, say), there is a tiebreaking system adopted by tournament administrators.

A "Minny" and more feel | This is a national tournament, but several of the nation's top teams won't attend due to other plans or to an inability to attend this tournament (per local high school state rules). Still, The Clash boasts a perennial collection of highly ranked squads from across the USA. In addition to Minnesota and Illinois, several other states will be represented: Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin. Those counting will note that there are 16 states with at least one representative in this year's field. For a full list of entrants, go to The Clash website or look below at the opening day's brackets.

Say a "prairie" for us | Illinois will offer Glenbard North, Washington, and Providence, along with OPRF in this Clash's field.

Tournament links | Clash XV | Schedule | Format (scroll down, from 2015) | InterMat Preview

More links | TrackW | TrackCast video ($15) | Twitter (@TheClashMN) | Twitter (@OPRFWrestling)



Friday's brackets (via clashmn.com) | Saturday's action will be 4-team round robins



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