Hot to trot: OPRF Wrestling runs
around town on Thanksgiving
Team health and happiness were on full display this
Thanksgiving Day · 11/26/2015
(#542) earned bragging rights.
In what has become an annual tradition for the OPRF Wrestling
Huskies, the athletes (and whoever else chose to toe the line!) ran
in the local Turkey Trot Thanksgiving Day Run. Robert Campos, a
senior, was all smiles after finishing first.
From all of us
involved with the Huskie Wrestling Family, we sincerely wish each
and all of you a delightful, memorable, and safe Thanksgiving
OPRF breezes past Harvard 60-6
Huskies earn a "mean thirteen" group of wins;
OPRF seniors honored · 11/25/2015
early and often against the host Trojans. (photos by Jonna Borgdorff)
The Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew stormed out of the gates again
Wednesday night. Tonight's victim: the Harvard Hornets. OPRF (2-0,
1-0) had all systems go and finished with a stellar 13-1 bout record
on the evening..
The dual began at 160 pounds. Here's a rundown of
the winners and weights: Drew Matticks (160), Chris Yen (170),
Rolliann Sturkey (182), Allen Stallings (220), Christopher
Middlebrooks (285), PJ Ogunsanya (106), Eddie Bolivar (113), Robert
Campos (120), Anthony Madrigal (126), Gabe Townsell (132), Jack
Fisher (138), Jaime Hernandez (145), and Michael Ordoņez (152). At
195 pounds, Elijah Osit battled hard but lost via pinfall.
The 60-6 dual victory marked the second consecutive (also in
consecutive nights) big victory for the "Big" Huskies. On Tuesday,
OPRF bounced DGN 60-3.
The evening also featured a Seniors' Night ceremony. Kamal Bey,
an OPRF senior who over the summer announced a move to the Olympic
Training Center, was among those who joined the festivities. Scroll
below to view our photos from this warm Huskie-hearted delight.
After the Harvard dual, Huskie Wrestling Family alumni and friends
enjoyed relaxation...on the town!
There will be a break in competition on Thursday and Friday, but
the whistles will once again blow this coming Saturday.
One and won:
OPRF crushes Downers North 60-3
Huskies take 13 bouts, blaze to 27th
consecutive conference victory · 11/24/2015
early and often against the host Trojans. (photos by Jonna Borgdorff)
Huskie Nation experienced high anticipation leading up to tonight's
premiere event of the 2015-2016 IHSA Wrestling season. Last year's
#1 ranked (national) and #1 earned (Illinois) squad came out in full
force against West Suburban (Silver) Conference foe Downers Grove
North. From the first whistle, the Huskies dominated the 14-bout
dual against the Trojans. DGN managed only one match victory, and
this victory was won by only one match point. In the other
individual contests, Varsity feasted on a delicious baker's dozen
The dual began at 182 pounds. Returning state qualifier
Rolliann Sturkey seized his opportunity in a major way by scoring a
12-4 four-team-point decision. A newly minted Huskie, Elijah Osit,
was the second to toe the line. It was a valiant debut, but Elijah
fell 5-4. Starting with the 220 pound match, the dual was an Orange
& Blue Wrecking Crew express train of dominance.
Defensive football guru Allen Stallings scored another bonus
point victory, 18-7. At heavyweight, Christopher Middlebrooks
dispatched his opponent by fall -- the first pin of what will be
many on this campaign. PJ Ogunsanya, a national calibur junior, kept
the party rolling with a 13-6 decision over his 106-pound rival.
Heralded freshman Eddie Bolivar scored another strong victory, a
16-4 tally, before senior team leader Bobby Campos nabbed the
120-pound bout by default. Halfway home, your OPRF Huskies led 27-3.
Anthony Madrigal controlled his opponent en route to a major
decision win. Stanford signee Gabe Townsell flung his weight around
(132 pounds) while earning a technical fall victory. At 138, Jack
Fisher delivered a pinfall victory over his matched Trojan opponent.
State medalist Jaime Hernandez barely worked a sweat in another
technical fall win before Michael Ordonez (Indiana signee) earned a
10-point victory at 152 pounds. Drew Matticks, a junior, took his
first Varsity win of the 2015-2016 season in strong, mat-slapping
fashion prior to a dynamite concluding match: Chris Yen, a 170-pound
senior, engaged in a tightly battled bout for (Huskie) pride. In a
thrilling fashion, Chris earned a two-point overtime decision, thus
ending the Huskies' 60-3 muscling of Downers Grove North. OPRF
begins the season at 1-0, 1-0 in conference.
Week 01 Preview: Returning
state/national champions are back
The 2015-2016 edition of Huskie Pride will explode on the
scene this Tuesday · 11/24/2015
Tuesday, Nov 24
Wednesday, Nov 25
Saturday, Nov 28
Grove North, 6:00 pm
4436 Main St
Downers Grove, IL 60515
201 N. Scoville Ave
Oak Park, IL 60302
@ New Trier,
385 Winnetka Ave
Winnetka, IL 60093
North, 9:00 am
[Junior Varsity 1 & 2]
South, 9:00 am
The 2015-2016 Oak Park & River Forest Huskies will begin their
season on the road at conference challengers Downers Grove North.
All levels will compete. Come out to be there from Day 1!!
The Huskies host the Harvard Hornets. Again, all levels will
compete. Why miss this opportunity to see a read hot team in
action...and to buy some Huskie Wrestling Gear!!
Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!
Three events are on the slate. Varsity visits New Trier (Winnetka).
In this quad, the highlight dual is OPRF vs. defending class 1A
state champion Dakota. Junior Varsity attends Glenbard North (Carol
Stream) for a tournament. The Freshman squad travels northwest to
Maine South (Park Ridge) for a day's affair.
Varsity lineup for
the season kickoff vs. DGN!
Marion Street Cheese Market
Eddie Bolivar /
Fr. / Sr.
Social Haven Marketing
Eddie Bolivar / Robert Campos
Fr. / Sr.
Everett Wealth Solutions
/ Jack Fisher
Jr. / So.
Michael Ordonez / Jaime Hernandez
Sr. / Jr.
Drew Matticks /
Jr. / Sr.
Community Bank of Oak Park
West Cook YMCA
Chris Yen /
Sr. / Jr.
Get Down Lounge
Beacom Lawncare, LLC
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!
Wrestler Preview: Varsity roster
The 2015-2016 squad is complete, ready to compete · 11/19/2015
(Written commentary by Huskie
PJ Ogunsanya: PJ is coming off a
great summer where he was a Cadet Greco National Champion! He also placed 4th in Freestyle. PJ is a junior who has
worked his weight up to be a solid 106 pounder. As PJ
continues to push himself in the practice room, we know he
will reach his goals on the mat.
Robert Campos: Robert is entering
his senior year with a lot of confidence. After being a
state qualifier his freshman year, Robert has been an
over-qualified JV wrestler. Last year in the Team Dual
semifinals, Robert major decisioned the 3rd place finisher
at state the week before. Robert put in a great offseason
and preseason; we will lean heavily on Robert to provide
Eddie Bolivar: Eddie is a freshman
at OPRF and will compete in our room every day. We expect
Eddie to learn a lot this year as he transitions from IKWF,
where he placed 3rd at 101 lbs., into the high school
grind. Eddie has already acclimated himself with the
program, putting in a tremendous preseason in the weight
and wrestling room.
Jason Renteria: Jason begins his
junior year excited to get things rolling. The two-time
State and Ironman finalist has big goals for this upcoming
season. Jason earned All-American status in both Greco and
Freestyle National Championships. Jason is a grinder and
his efforts in the practice room are improving steadily. Being
a junior, Jason will be expected to help guide some of the
younger guys on the team.
Anthony Madrigal: Anthony comes
into his sophomore year after having a very good summer. Anthony was the National Runner-Up at the Cadet Freestyle
National Championships this July. Anthony is looking
forward to his second year in the varsity lineup and has big
goals for this season. Anthony is an exceptional technician
with a tremendous amount of athleticism; his effort in the
room continues to build as he matures. We are excited for
Anthony's sophomore year.
Gabe Townsell: Coming off a summer
where he won his second Greco National Championship, Gabe is
poised for a big senior year. Gabe pushes himself to be a
better wrestler on a daily basis. Gabe is a vocal leader
with a work ethic to back it up in the classroom, practice
room, and weight room. As a senior, Gabe will continue to
push himself and his teammates to get the most out of
themselves. Next year, Gabe will be attending Stanford
University. The Huskie Wrestling Family is very proud of
Gabe and his commitment to being a true student-athlete.
Jaime Hernandez: After earning
All-State honors as a sophomore, Jamie went right back to
work and earned 3rd place at the Cadet Freestyle
Championships. When Jaime wrestles with confidence he's one
of the best in the country. His overall effort showcases
the desire he possesses for growth in and out of the room. Jaime enters his junior year with aspirations for this
season. His tireless work and commitment to being a student
of the sport put him in a position to be a leader.
Michael Ordonez: Michael is a
newcomer to the Huskie Wrestling Family. He is a senior
transfer from York High School where he was a state
qualifier. Michael is looking for success in his final year
of high school and the more he continues to buy into Huskie
Style wrestling, those successes will come. Michael signed a
letter of intent to wrestle at Indiana University. This is
great for Michael and his family!
Isaiah White: Two-time state
champion Isaiah White is looking to be the first 3-time IHSA
State Champion in OPRF History. More importantly, Isaiah
will be pushed to be a leader in his final year in the
program. Isaiah is showing more maturity as we enter the
season; Isaiah prides himself on being a great teammate.
Drew Matticks: Drew Matticks is a
junior with a lot of wrestling experience. Drew will get a
lot of experience in his first year of varsity competition. After competing in the Cadet Freestyle Championships and
being involved with other national level competitions, Drew
is preparing himself to be a major player in our program.
Brian Holloway: Brian is another
junior who will be in the mix this year. Brian is a very
athletic young man, and he is very hard to score on. He pushes
his teammates to wrestle harder in the room. We look forward
to watching Brian continue to grow with more varsity
experience this year.
Rolliann Sturkey: Rolliann is a
junior and returning state qualifier. After bumping up two
weight classes, Rolliann showed his toughness and
athleticism by beating many of his much larger opponents. Rolliann is also a starting safety on the football team, and
he will be coming of a very successful season. As he works
himself back into wrestling shape, we expect Rolliann will
step in and make a push to get on the stand in Champaign.
Chris Yen: As a senior, Chris
will be one of the most influential leaders in our program.
Chris made a decision last spring to put everything on the
line and push himself harder than ever before. The result
is a young man poised to finish his career as one of the
most respected workers in our program. Chris is also a
talented chef, and he earned an academic scholarship to Johnson
& Wales University. We are extremely proud of the young man
Chris has become.
Deundre Garner: Deundre will be
competing at 182 this year as a junior. "Baby Dre", as we
call him, is looking for a breakout year. This will be Dre's
first year of varsity competition, but he is coming off his
best off-season over the past three years. Dre is a
tough young man and is looking forward to success this
Christian Brooks: Christian is a
second year wrestler. He put in a tireless effort over the
spring and summer where he participated in the Cadet Greco
National Championships. Christian constantly asks questions
and looks to improve his wrestling. Christian will get a lot
of experience as a varsity wrestler this year.
Kendale McCoy: Kendale is another
one of our seniors this season. Kendale made a
commitment to working his way down to 195 in order to
challenge for a varsity position. Kendale enters his final
season in his best shape ever. Kendale worked on conditioning and
strength training all summer. This fall he split time with
the marching band, where he was the drum section leader. Kendale looks forward to pushing the younger wrestlers
Max McDermott: Max is in his
sophomore year, but he is no stranger to the wrestling
program. Max did get minimal varsity experience as a
freshman last year, earning his first varsity win. Max will
continue to mature and look to battle for the starting spot
Elijah Osit: Elijah is a sophomore
transfer from California. He is a big, athletic young man.
Elijah worked hard throughout the summer and preseason
workouts. Elijah is adjusting to life in the OPRF Wrestling
program very well. Elijah puts in extra time after practices and shows a true love for the sport.
Allen is a senior coming off a football season where he was
awarded the WSC Defensive Lineman of the year. Allen is a
talented two-sport athlete. He has qualified for state in
his first three years of high school. He's come close to
placing the past two years. Last year he had to default due
to injury, so Allen is looking forward to a big senior
year. Allen is our "tough guy" who matches his toughness
with his ambition to be a winner. We look forward to Allen
leading this team and stamping himself as another great OPRF
Christopher starts his junior year as the Heavyweight. Christopher is coming off a spring and summer where he
earned All-American status at two national tournaments.
He is a competitive young man with very good
defense. Christopher worked extremely hard this fall and is
excited about pushing himself to improve in and out of the
Schedule at-a-glance: Preview
Varsity dates and opponents
With only a few tinkers to the slate, the Huskies continue to
wrestle a national schedule · 11/12/2015
It's that time! My heart beats quickly even now as I write these
words. As you finalize your car pools, bus rides, hotel rooms, and
perhaps even plane tickets, take a look at an overview of OPRF
Varsity Wrestling dates and opponents this season.
Changes from a year ago: the Huskies added an additional dual
date. This date will be the Penn, Indiana, dual on January 8th.
Replacing St. Rita (from week one) is Harvard High School. It will
be new head coach J.D. Oliva's debut competition with the Hornets.
(You may remember J.D. Oliva from Video Infinity -- the production
company which has produced several of OPRF's end-of-season highlight
videos.) Returning to the schedule is the Detroit Central Catholic
(Novi, MI) Super Duals event. The Marmion-Montini triangular date
has been removed for 2015-2016.
As for the returning dates, the Huskies look to go a perfect 6-0
in conference play. At present, OPRF boasts 26 consecutive West
Suburban Conference (Silver) victories. Class 1A power Dakota lurks
at New Trier on November 28. Washington High School (friends of the
show) is perhaps the cream of the crop in Class 2A. We will take a
trip down to Washington on December 5. Some big-time national
tournaments are in our sights: the Walsh Ironman individual
tournament in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and the Clash dual team
tournament in Rochester, Minnesota (shout out to Pannekoeken
Restaurant!). The Orange & Blue won the Clash XIII competition a
Not listed on here are the IHSA playoff rounds. The Regionals
begin on Saturday, February 6. Three weeks later, on February 27,
three state champions will be crowned. The coronations will take
place in Bloomington, Illinois, once again.
Please enjoy both parts of this schedule at-a-glance preview. In
relentless pursuit and Huskie pride!!!
@ Downers Grove
North (Tue, Nov. 24) | Conference Dual
Opening night pits the
Trojans versus the Huskies in a WSC-S
conference showdown. DGN comes in as a
perennial "middle-of-the-pack" finisher in
conference standings, behind strong squads
in Lyons Township and Hinsdale Central.
A new opponent for the
Huskies comes in the Hornets of Harvard.
This Class 1A team will make the trek north.
It will be interesting to see how the
proceedings unfold with a new head coach at
New Trier, Dakota, and Schaumburg.
While New Trier and Schaumburg are expected
to have their moments, Class 1A powerhouse
Dakota will the be highlight matchup.
Dakota-OPRF will be a battle of two
defending state champions (Class 1A, 3A
Central (Fri, Dec 04) | Conference Dual
In the past several years, the Red
Devils have been the second-place conference
rival to the Huskies (Lyons would be the
first). Their team has been serviceable to
quite good during this time. My early
prediction is that there will be a number of
high excitement matches.
If you follow offseason
wrestling, you may be well aware of the
talents that Washington head coach Bryan
Medlin brings to the table -- er, mat. With
Montini sliding up to Class 3A, many
wrestling observers have Washington as the
#1 Class 2A team in this state. This is a
tough lineup, folks. There will be other
schools at this event, so OPRF will be in
action for more early December fun.
For years and years,
Proviso West has never been a threat in the
conference. They have had some great
athletes (some have done quite well on the
individual stage), but a solid (full!) team
has been hard to come by. If past results
are any indication, this may be the shortest
dual of the season (measured in minutes).
@ OHIO / Ironman
Individual Tournament (Fri-Sat, Dec 11-12)
This tournament is a
national tournament -- and perhaps the
national tournament -- of high caliber.
What's interesting here is that not only do
high schools send full lineup cards to
Cuyahoga Falls, OH, but many programs only
send a handful of wrestlers to compete
against a loaded field. Last year, Isaiah
White took home the first tournament title
for OPRF. You can be sure that the Huskies
will look to add a few more bracket boards
and titles to their accomplishments.
Central / Whitlach Individual Tournament (Fri-Sat, Dec
"Out of the frying pan
and into the fire...." A speedy turnaround
pits Varsity in another high profile
tournament. This is a local affair, but it
is on par with the best tournaments in
Illinois. The Huskies have done quite well
here, winning all three chapters since OPRF
first entered the fray in 2012-2013. Around
twenty-four squads will toe the line in this
two day battle.
@ MINNESOTA /
Clash Dual Team Tournament (Fri-Sat, Jan 01-02)
Many, but not all, of the
nation's premier teams will trek to
Rochester, Minnesota, to enter a
multiple-bracketed tournament to determine a
sole winner. The Huskies return to this 32 team
dual team tournament as returning champs. Illinois will
be well-represented here, with five
additional representatives: Dakota, Glenbard
North, Lincoln-Way Central, Marmion Academy,
and Washington. If you enjoy selection
shows, there will be one for the premier
teams in this tournament. In order to spread
out the team talent in early rounds, the
rankings committee will pre-sort teams. OPRF
looks to be seeded at or near the top.
Figuring out the
Hilltoppers of recent has been a little
perplexing. Their gridiron talent lends
itself to more than a few terrifying
grapplers. Is Glenbard West a rising power,
or have they plateaued? An improvement in
the links strengthens the chain, so let's
hope that Glenbard West continues to march
up that hill.
Nobody called, "No short
stops!" OPRF will jaunt to Michigan for the
DCC duals (see below), but on the way they
will have a competitive layover at Penn High
School in Mishawaka, Indiana. The Kingsmen
will host the Huskies in OPRF's lone visit
to the Hoosier state. Penn did quite well in
the Indiana state championships from
2014-2015: they took home the team title.
@ Detroit Catholic Central, MI /
Dual Team Super Duals (Sat, Jan 09)
This is the third and final
out-of-state date for the Orange & Blue. This one could
be special. It's the war of the 4's: WIN's pre-preseason
ranking has OPRF #4, Montini at #14, and Detroit
Catholic Central at #24. The addition of big man Michael
Johnson (PA) should help boost the Bronco ranking in the
next edition. All Illinois eyes (and many national ones)
will be on the possibility of an OPRF-Montini
matchup. Will it happen three years in a
row? Time will tell.
OPRF and York have had
some battles over the years. In my student
years, I remember witnessing a time when the
Dukes picked up a flurry of falls over our
Orange & Blue Crew. In recent action, York
has been an above average squad among
Illinois schools but a sub-.500 finisher in
Is Sandburg our first and
foremost rival? Fans, parents, and coaches
could tell tales of clashes between both of
these blue-colored teams. Perhaps the better
question is...will OPRF and Sandburg meet?
Also lurking in the grass is Marmion
Academy. Some individuals have OPRF,
Sandburg, and Marmion as the #1-3 teams in
Class 3A (in some order). This event could
showcase a preview of a medal round match at
Dual Team State.
vs. Lyons Township (Fri,
Jan 22) |
remember tales between Sandburg and OPRF,
surely you're acquainted with lore between
the Huskies and the Lions. LT has had young,
talented wrestlers for some time. Well,
these wrestlers are rising. Lyons may be
primed to take a big step forward in their
I think the expression
is, "The toughest little tournament in the
country." That's the aim of the Huskie
coaching staff. With Oak Park as a
destination of programs near and far, talent
is stuffed to the brim for this dandy.
Lyons, Arrowhead (WI), Marmion, and Fort
Zumwalt West (MO) are a few that have
visited in recent seasons. The roads may be
covered in white just as the action will be
white hot inside 201 N. Scoville.
@ IHSA State
Series: Regional, Sectional, Individual, and Dual Team
(Sat, Feb 06-27)
OPRF's regional, sectional, and team
sectional (for team qualifiers) sites are yet to be
determined. In the past many years, the Huskies have had
mountains of success in the state series.
Once again, the Huskies will have the right
to offer fourteen competitors (one in each
of the fourteen IHSA weight classes) for
playoff advancement. The state series
culminates in in Bloomington, Illinois
(shout out to the Fightin' Titans!), at the
US Cellular Coliseum.
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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
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Please consider spending a few seconds or minutes of your day to
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