Weeks to prepare 4: IHSA
competition begins Nov. 22
We're down to four weeks until the first whistle blows in the
IHSA season · 10/24/2016
"There's nothing more true...than the Orange &
November 22, a Tuesday, is the kickoff competition
event for the Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew. On that day,
Huskies will tussle with the Downers Grove North
Trojans. We are less than one month away, folks, to
seeing your young adults in action that counts on the
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not be published each day) as a primer for this season.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.
Now, we are striving during this 4 week period.
Coincidently, the Huskies are also striving for
consecutive team state title championship number 4.
The articles will be a hodgepodge of knowledge that
-- quite frankly -- I want to import into your brain. A
lot of it is education; some of it is fun. All will add
a fuller view of these Oak Park & River Forest Huskies
and the program (and family) that surrounds them.
Don't expect these articles to be lengthy ESPN-like
pieces. I am -- after all -- a full-time elementary
school teacher when the sun comes up (or go does down in
the Chicago area). But there is little in this world
that I love just as much as I love these Huskies, and I
want you to feel as fulfilled and inspired as I do. I
will learn and grow as I write and share, too.
In the meantime, buckle up for the World Series, and
remember: "There's nothing more true...than the Orange &
Coach is champ: Octavius Bellamy
earns gold at World's
After previous successes, OPRF Wrestling coach delivers with
a gold · 10/07/2016
Certainly, Octavius Bellamy enjoys a
Click to enlarge.
On October 7, Oak Park & River Forest High School
wrestling coach Octavius Bellamy was halfway around the
world in Walbrzych, Poland, to participate in the UWW
(United World Wrestling) Veteran World Championships.
Not only did Bellamy compete, but he also won gold!
Bellamy competed in the Freestyle competition (Division
B) at 97 kilograms. Simply put, Bellamy crushed it; he
won his quarterfinal, semifinal, and final bouts by a
combined score of 24-1 -- 10-0, 4-1, and 10-0,
Senior sensations: Now introducing
the 2016-2017 graduating class
Get to know the Class of 2017 before they line up in November · 09/29/2016
Kenzo Murray, Darian Nichols, and Brandon
Killingsworth (left to right) are in the first wave on interviews.
The 2016-2017 OPRF Huskies will have a large senior
class. Fifteen members of the Orange & Blue Wrecking
Crew will graduate in June 2017. Why not begin introducing some of the leaders of
the upcoming IHSA season now? We will be adding senior
photos and interview details on a rolling basis. For
news about the Huskies and our Huskie Wrestling Family,
please be sure and check out the
HWF Facebook page.
To see all of the OPRF
Wrestling seniors, jump to our
Senior Scroll page. New
names, photos, and quotes will be added as interviews
Senior wrestlers on the Senior Scroll (so far):
Drew Matticks (most recent)
Deundre Garner Brian Holloway Christian Banks-Mitchell (most recent) Kevin Davis
Daniel Pedraza Brandon Killingsworth
Back to school: Huskies hope to
learn, then burn the competition
IHSA Wrestling practices begin in just over six weeks on
November 7 · 09/23/2016
It's been a long (or perhaps short?) summer, but the
fall season is firmly here. The Oak Park & River Forest
Football Huskies are enjoying a blemish-free 4-0 record
on the year, and the thermometer has started its trek
south for the winter.
In a mere 45 days from the time
of this posting, the IHSA Wrestling season will be
underway once again. The OPRF Huskies are three-time
defending Illinois Class 3A champions, and they are
poised at yet another strong run at both at the team and
Paul Collins and his (Orange & Blue Wrecking) Crew
continue to lay the groundwork to be prepared from day
one. "In Relentless Pursuit" isn't just a three word
tagline that looks good on t-shirts or posters; there is
a village and Huskie Wrestling Family already working
hard to create yet another amazingly successful season.
We hope you take the time to pencil in a few --
dozen! -- Huskie wrestling events this season. Below is
the upcoming Varsity wrestling schedule, as accessed on
September 23. Please note that dates, times, or
opponents may change if necessary. For schedules of
Junior Varsity 1, Junior Varsity 2, and Freshman squads,
OPRF Wrestling on Athletics2000.com to view the
competition slates of all levels.
We hope that you stay tuned to OPRFWrestling.com as
we take another proud vault into the world of
interscholastic high school athletics. Go Huskies!
For all intents and purposes: Two
Huskies commit to universities
Jaime Hernandez chooses North Carolina, Jason Renteria elects
Nebraska · 08/30/2016
Jaime Hernandez (left) and Jason Renteria
(right) took to Twitter to announce their intentions.
Two current seniors have made their selections for
where they will continue to learn and to wrestle in one
Jaime Hernandez, a two-time state place-winner (4th
and 2nd), was the first to announce. On August 22, it
was reported that Jaime elected to attend the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Jaime told
FloWrestling, "I made this decision because of the
beautiful campus, the great academics, and the
unbelievable coaching staff. I think the staff will help
me reach my goals in both freestyle and folkstyle." For
the entire FloWrestling article,
click here. FloWrestling tagged Jaime as the #61
overall recruit of 2017.
Jason Renteria, a three-time state finalist (one-time
champion), announced his decision one week later. On
August 29, Jay revealed that he will attend the
University of Nebraska. In his Twitter announcement,
Jason wrote, "I will be taking my athletic talents and
academics to the University of Nebraska." FloWrestling
also reported this decision:
click here. FloWrestling pegged Jason as the number
#33 overall recruit in 2017.
Congratulations, gentlemen! Enjoy your senior seasons
(and school years)!
A tournament of Olympic
proportions: 14 go, 3 medal
Team USA scores 2 golds, 1 bronze at the 2016 Olympic Games · 08/22/2016
Fourteen wrestlers -- qualifiers among the masses
who yearn to represent this country's red, white, and
blue -- earned spots to participate in the 2016 Olympic
Games this summer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
In the Men's Freestyle tournament, USA boasted six
competitors: Daniel Dennis (57 kg), Frank Molinaro (65
kg), Jordan Burroughs (74 kg), J'den Cox (86 kg), Kyle
Snyder (97 kg), and Tervel Dlagnev (125 kg). Snyder
finished with a gold medal around his neck while Cox
gathered a bronze.
In the Men's Greco-Roman challenge, four Americans
took part: Jesse Thielke (59 kg), Andy Bisek (75 kg),
Ben Provisor (85 kg), and Robby Smith (130 kg). None of
these four medaled.
In the Women's Freestyle division, another quartet
battled against the competition: Haley Augello (48 kg),
Helen Maroulis (53 kg), Elena Pirozhkova (63 kg), and
Adeline Gray (75 kg). Maroulis went undefeated to gain a
gold medal at her weight class.
While no Huskies (former or current) wrestled in Rio
on the 2016 Olympic stage, this tournament is a perfect
opportunity to celebrate this great sport and this great
nation. As you may remember, Olympic wrestling was in
danger of being eliminated from the two weeks of
competition; however, after some sporting body
modifications and Olympic committee considerations,
wrestling continues to have a place within the
five-ringed marquee event.
Fargo farewell: Huskies engage in
Eleven current or future Huskies participate, earn five
combined AA's · 07/23/2016
Well, the Fargo Cadet/Junior National Championships
have com and gone, and the Huskies again had several
wrestlers in the fold at the Fargodome in Fargo, North
Dakota. In all, eleven wrestlers represented the Orange
& Blue in the Cadet and Junior divisions. Team Illinois
nearly swept the points race, as the Land of Lincoln
glided to victories in the Cadet Greco-Roman, Cadet
Freestyle, and Junior Greco-Roman tournaments. In the
Junior Freestyle championships, Illinois finished in 3rd
OPRF earned five All-America's, headlined by
Gabe Townsell's double-AA performance. Michael Ordoñez,
Jaime Hernandez, and incoming freshman Joshua Ogunsanya
also medaled. Here are the results of those upon the
podium: Joshua Ogunsanya (Cadet Freestyle, 94 pounds,
4th place), Gabe Townsell (Junior Greco-Roman, 126
pounds, 2nd place; Junior Freestyle, 132 pounds, 4th
place), Michael Ordoñez
(Junior Greco-Roman, 152 pounds, 7th place), and Jaime
Hernandez (Junior Freestyle, 138 pounds, 8th place).
Other participants did not place at their respective
event: Eddie Bolivar (Cadet Greco-Roman, 120 pounds;
Cadet Freestyle, 120 pounds), Torry Early (Cadet
Greco-Roman, 120 pounds; Cadet Freestyle, 126 pounds),
Jack Fisher (Cadet Greco-Roman, 145 pounds), Ashford
Hollis (Cadet Greco-Roman, 285 pounds), Elijah Osit
(Cadet Freestyle, 195 pounds), Brian Holloway (Junior
Greco-Roman, 160 pounds), and Drew Matticks (Junior
Greco-Roman, 170 pounds). Additionally, Joshua Ogunsanya
participated in the Cadet Greco-Roman, 94 pounds
What a great experience for these many wrestlers it
has been. Gabe Townsell and Michael Ordoñez
have now graduated, but expect the others to toe the
line during the upcoming IHSA season. Congratulations to
Huskies in the hunt |
As we have been announcing every year, Fargo sports a
litter of Huskies competing against representatives of
other states. Stay tuned to the action during this
extremely exciting week.
Spring has sprung: Plenty to see,
in the coming months
As you turn the calendar, the subtitle
remains: "Wrestling season" · 04/26/2016
Four different competition
months of Illinois-USA Wrestling
We've all heard that wrestling is a 12-month sport.
It doesn't have to be; for many, they come out in November to tie
the laces and toe the line. Several, however, elect to add a few
"wrestling miles" to the odometer of their athletic shoes'
underside. Trainings and competitions have been held and will
continue to be held throughout the spring and summer. Where, you
ask? Well, a little bit of here, there, and everywhere.
We'll update this as time goes on. Who knows, you're
likely to see a number of Huskies in the mix!
For a jackpot of information on these events and USA
Wrestling in the state of Illinois, visit
Dates and Location
Medalists (C / J) ~ '15-'16 Huskies
Cadet 120 | Eddie
Cadet 126 | Torry
Cadet 145 | Jack
Cadet 195 | Elijah
Junior 113 | Peter
Junior 152 | Michael
Junior 160 | Brian
Junior 170 | Drew
Junior 220 | Christopher
Special sponsors: Announcing this
season's sponsors list
A Huskie heartfelt thank you to all of the sponsors; full
list is on the Sponsors page · 11/22/2015
With the first competition right around the corner
(Tuesday, Nov 24, 6:00 pm @ Downers Grove North), we're
thrilled to announce this season's sponsorship list!!
Below are the sponsorship logos for all Platinum, Gold,
and Silver Levels. For more information about each
business or association, you can click directly onto the
logo to jump to the official website. Thank you to all
of our sponsors for their kind support! To the viewers,
please consider these businesses and associations if you
have a need or desire to do so.
We invite you to visit
the full Sponsors List at our
Sponsors page. You can also view it by using the
left menu bar and selecting "SHOW YOUR SUPPORT -
Sponsors". If you wish to add your name to the list,
further details are available on the Sponsors page.
Thank you again, sponsors!
Don't skirt the shirt: Buy your
Huskie wear today
Huskie gear is here · 12/15/2013
Support the HWF: Click on each image for a
Keep your eyes out for 2015-2016 gear! |
home events for OPRF Wrestling gear, or contact Jonna Borgdorff with
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.