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Stinging the 'Stangs: OPRF downs St. Rita 69-03
Huskies hold Mustangs to only one Varsity bout win · 11/26/2014


On the night before Thanksgiving, OPRF Varsity and Junior Varsity took care of St. Rita in Huskie fashion! The program takes two days off before reigniting the IHSA scoreboard on Saturday. OPRF (2-0 overall, 1-0 in conference) sends its Varsity to New Trier on Saturday for a quad highlighted by a round against 1A powerhouse Dakota. Expect excellent mat action.

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Oh, snap!: Huskies enjoy picture perfect opening night
Huskies roll versus Downers Grove North; OPRF doubles 1-0 start in IHSA/WSC · 11/25/2014


Jonna Borgdorff catches the hungry, hungry Huskies |
JV Action | Varsity 

The Huskies blitzed the visiting Trojans on Tuesday night. More to come. And why not? Let's play two! Huskies host St. Rita on Wednesday!!

View the pictures by the great Jonna Borgdorff: JV Action | Varsity

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I.H.S.A.: Huskie Family feast to initiate season
First foe to OPRF on Tuesday; Skrine Chops event on Wednesday · 11/24/2014


Tuesday (Nov 25)

Downers N. @ OPRF

Wednesday (Nov 26)

St. Rita @ OPRF



Saturday (Nov 29)

@ New Trier

Personally, I have had this week circled on my calendar for months. Tuesday, November 25, is the first day of OPRF's first competition. In less than 48 hours, the mats and stage will be set (along with the scoreboard re-set) to initiate I.H.S.A. Wrestling 2014-15. The well-known IHSA is the Illinois High School Association, and they sanction the guidelines and implementations of Illinois high school athletics. In this moment, we ask you to consider another IHSA: "International Huskie Style of Awesome". Living, dedicating, giving, and growing in true Huskie Style reaches even the farthest distances across this tiny globe. In this season, perhaps like none other, the Huskie Wrestling entity is preparing to take the high school wrestling world by storm.

Let's take a look at the weekly schedule (all weights are where wrestlers finished last season):

Downers Grove North, Tuesday at OPRF | The first official whistle will blow at 201 N. Scoville, among two quite familiar programs. The Trojans visit the Huskie Den as West Suburban Silver Conference opponents. Head Coach Chris McGrath will bring his purple power with hopes of kicking off his season with positive first steps. The unranked Trojans placed 3rd as a team in last year's regional tournament. Patrick Walker (106) and EJ Phillips (285) are the only two returning sectional qualifiers. Walker was the lone state qualifier. Even without a medal, he finished last year's season with an impressive 40-5 record. Come out at take in the mat magic!

Junior Varsity, JV2, and Freshman at 6:00 pm | Varsity at 7:30 pm

St. Rita, Wednesday at OPRF | St. Rita is also an unranked team in the preseason rankings, but reigning state champion Austin O'Connor (106) is one who receives significant hype. The Mustangs' senior laden lineup fished as runner-ups in last year's Mt. Carmel Regional, with Jake Silzer (120), Valentino Ortiz (126), Pat Larkin (152), and Tom Schofield (285) as returning sectional qualifiers. Silzer also traveled to Champaign but did not earn a top-6 placing. Dan Manzella, St. Rita head coach, also wishes to put up a battle against the formidable Huskies. After the dual, an alumni gathering will be held at Skrine Chops, 7230 Madison, Forest Park. Fun and family for all.

Junior Varsity, JV2, and Freshman at 6:00 pm | Varsity at 7:30 pm --> Alumni Gathering @ Skrine Chops at 9:00 pm

Turkey Trot, Thursday at St. Giles | If you are planning to trot on Thanksgiving, you may see several wrestlers taking part in the morning hike. Whatever you do, create some stomach room for your own holidaydinner plans!

Varsity, Saturday vs. Schaumburg & Dakota at New Trier | This quad will match up each team versus the others in a round robin format. The Saxons and host Trevians are unranked in Illinois preseason news, but they each have a few returning sectional qualifiers. Michael Lynch (106) and state qualifier Alec McKenna (126) for New Trier; and state qualifiers Hazen Rice (106) and Tyler Alanis (220), plus sectional qualifiers Logan Gruszka (138), Tony Vezzetti (152), and Mike Bruno (182) for Schaumburg. Dakota-OPRF is the marquee matchup. Dakota is the reigning 1A team state champion, and they have a mighty talented squad. The Indians boast 9 returning sectional qualifiers with 8 earning 1A individual medals at Assembly Hall. Every Indian wrestler is a gamer, including Fighting Illini recruit Carver James. 10:00 am start.

Junior Varsity, Saturday at Glenbard North | These kids are GOOD. 9:00 am tournament.

Freshman/Sophomore, Saturday at Thornwood | Another talented crop of athletes. 9:30 am tournament.



2014 | OPRF | Wrestler Preview | Huskies | 2015


Tony Madrigal: Tony is a freshman with plenty of credentials coming into OPRF. Among other accolades, Tony was an All-American this past summer at the Cadet Freestyle National Championships after placing 6th at 106 lbs. Tony is a great competitor and the more he continues to trust himself, the further he will grow.
PJ Ogunsanya: Peter, or as we call him, PJ, is in his second year at OPRF and he will be battling Tony for the 106 lbs spot all year long. PJ put in a great off-season, earning All-American honors at the FILA Cadet Nationals placing 2nd/Greco and 3rd/Freestyle respectfully. PJ continued his winning ways securing All-American status at the Cadet Freestyle/Greco National Championships. PJ was a member of our 21-man roster from the 2014 State Championship.

Jason Renteria (Baby Jay): Jay is a tenacious young man with a chip on his shoulder after coming up short of his goals in 2014, finishing second in the state at 106 lbs. Jay put in a tremendous off-season by building his strength and technique on and off the mat. Jay won the Pre-Season National Tournament at Northern Iowa University in the weeks leading up to the season; this is a great indication of what this young man can do when he is focused.
Bobby Campos: Bobby enters his third year at OPRF knowing he will have to battle throughout the year to earn the varsity spot. Bobby is a great teammate and made critical contributions to the success of our team in the dual tournament during the 2014 campaign.
Alex Madrigal: Alex is one of our many seniors this year and we expect great things from him. We are looking forward to seeing him develop, both individually and as a team leader, in his final season for the Huskies. Alex is another one of our seven returning All-State wrestlers; he finished 5th at 113 lbs in 2014. Alex has committed to wrestling at Old Dominion University and we are very proud of him. Alex has transformed himself over the past year; he is an inspiration for our team and coaches.
Gabe Townsell: Gabe begins his third year as a varsity starter this year after qualifying for state is first two years with the Huskies. In 2014, he placed 4th in the state at 120lbs. Gabe’s off-season was limited to due to an injury, but he is healthy and focused for the regular season. His quickness and strength are rarely matched when he’s on the mat. Off the mat, Gabe is a stellar student who is making the most out of himself as a student-athlete. Gabe’s work ethic will continue to guide him on and off the mat as a successful young man.
Jaime Hernandez: Jaime enters his second season with the Huskies showing tremendous growth from last March. Jaime missed only two or three workouts all spring, summer and fall while also competing at the Cadet Freestyle National Championships. He achieved 2nd place at 132lbs. Jaime is one our most improved wrestlers and he has set very lofty goals for himself this year. If the last eight months are any indication of his commitment, we are certain Jaime will not fall short this year.
Savonne Bennette: Savonne enters his senior campaign as a second year starter. After coming off a season where he qualified for state and was a .500 wrestler, Savonne went to work this off-season. Savonne has built himself into, pound for pound, one of the strongest wrestlers on the team. Savonne knows that with more consistency he can accomplish great feats this year. Savonne will be another senior we will count on to lead this team in what could be a great year for him individually and team wise.
Chris Helm: Chris is a senior with many talents; the skateboarding drummer brings another dynamic to our team. He is a very unconventional wrestler with tremendous athletic abilities. If Chris commits himself to wrestling his hardest, he will surprise some people this season. Chris dedicated himself to making 138 lbs and will challenge Savonne this season for the starting position.
Larry Early III: Larry continues to get the most out of his experience at OPRF. After winning a state championship at 145lbs in 2014, Larry committed to wrestling at the University of Minnesota. Larry is a three-year varsity starter and a three-year All-State wrestler. Larry has done it all as an individual, but this year will be a test for him as a team leader. Larry showed total commitment this fall by missing no workouts. It is crucial to our team’s success that he continues to show such leadership.
Bryce Scott: Bryce is another senior who will be a big contributor to the team this season. Bryce will fluctuate between the 145/152lbs weight classes. Bryce showed his greatest commitment to wrestling during the off-season this past summer and fall, and has taken a couple of younger wrestlers under his wing. With a renewed dedication, Bryce has made gains on and off the mat. He will battle Larry throughout the season and will someone we will utilize often in dual meet situations.
Walter Isaiah White IV: Isaiah is one of the most talented wrestlers in the country and over the past couple of weeks he has been matching his talent with his efforts on the mat. After a sophomore State Championship high school season and a summer in which he won the Junior Freestyle National Championship, Isaiah looks to drive himself harder to be the best in the country. When Isaiah is motivated, he is tough to beat.
Andrew Borgdorff: Andrew is a senior who looks to outwork everyone on a daily basis. While aspiring to be a future Navy Seal, Andrew’s work ethic helps him showcase his leadership with actions and not words. Andrew is a guy his teammates look to for guidance in wrestling and academics. He will be a vital part of this team’s success, particularly in the form of guidance for some of the younger wrestlers for our future teams.
Drew Matticks: Drew is a sophomore who is always looking to improve. Drew is a young man who works his hardest day in and day out without fail; and because of his tireless effort, we expect this will be a breakout year for Drew. He may not get too many varsity matches, but when he does, we expect he will do us proud.
Matthew Rundell: Matthew is looking forward to his final season in which he will make his final attempt to reach the top of the podium in Champaign. After finishing 2nd as a freshman and 3rd as a junior, Matthew has worked diligently to advance himself as a wrestler in the gym and weight room. Matthew is a terror on top with a multitude of turns from the position. In his fourth year in the program, Matt’s experience will be very helpful for some of the younger guys at his weight. We fully expect Matt to have a tremendous year on the mat and as a leader of this team.
Rollian Sturkey: Rollian is a sophomore coming off a football season where he was a starter on the varsity team. As he works himself into wrestling shape, Rollian will compete for our team in a variety of weight classes. He is a supreme athlete and is very difficult to score on when he stays the course. We look forward to watching Rollian grow this year as he competes for a starting position.
Jack Newman: Jack is a senior who will alternate between 160lbs. and 152lbs. this season. Throughout his four years in our program, Jack has bounced around different weight classes. His perseverance and “old school” toughness has served us well, as he willingly goes wherever he is needed. This year will be a true showcase of Jack’s commitment to the program as he looks to accomplish big things in his final year at OPRF.
Ben Avis: Ben is another senior who will be helping lead our team this year, and we are very lucky to have him. Ben’s unflagging work ethic has allowed him to get absolutely all he could out of our football and wrestling programs. Ben will be pushing his teammates on a daily basis while modeling what it means to be a Huskie wrestler.
Kamal Bey: Kamal continues to dazzle people with his uncanny athleticism and ability to be the most likable guy in the room. He also happens to be one of our three returning state champions. Kamal enters his junior year as a two-time All-State wrestler, placing 5th at 152lbs. as a freshman and 1st at 160lbs. this past season. If Kamal can maintain a positive attitude and focus, he will continue to grow as a wrestler and person.
Max Metzgar: Max is another senior who will battle for the Huskies in a few different weight classes. Max will compete at 170 or 182lbs. throughout the year. This will be Max’s first year as a starter, but he is no stranger to the success OPRF has had. Max was on the state championship team last year and is excited about the opportunity to compete for starting positions. We expect Max to get the most out of his senior season.
Noah Hauser: Noah is a young man who constantly works on his wrestling. Noah is a “gym rat” who’s always looking for extra workouts and put in even more time in the preseason. Noah will push Max and Kamal at 170lbs. in his final year with the Huskies. Noah has come a long way from his freshman year and we only see him continuing to ascend through his senior year.
Deundre Garner: Dre, or “Baby Dre” as we call him, is a sophomore coming into his own in the program. He will vie for the starting position at 182lbs. as the season moves forward. Dre is a young man with talent, and when he commits to the program will see even more growth.
Ben Bergen: Ben “The Hammer” Bergen is a senior in his first year as a full-time varsity starter. Ben competed at 182lbs last year and was on the state championship team. This off-season Ben committed himself to getting stronger. He has earned the nickname due to his strength and how it has affected his ability on the mat. Ben’s transformation has been wonderful to witness; he is carrying himself more confidently now and when that confidence transitions to the mat Ben will reap the benefits of all his work.
Ethan Lemons: This young man is a sophomore who will learn from the aforementioned senior in and outside of the room. Ethan has put on thirty pounds since last year and is a future “big guy” in the OPRF program. We are very excited about his future. Ethan put some time in the off-season and it will be good for him to learn what “Huskie Style” really means this year in the varsity room.
Allen Stallings IV: Allen enters his junior year as another three-year starter and two-time state qualifier. Last year Allen came up just short of placing in the IHSA State Tournament at 182lbs. But he has bulked up this year and has his eyes set on the podium in Champaign. Allen is another football player who is working his way back into shape, but this summer he was an All-American at the Cadet Greco National Championships finishing 2nd at 220lbs. Allen looks to continue the proud legacy of the “Oak Park Big Guys” and solidify himself as a wrestler we will talk about in years to come.
Adam Lemke-Bell: In years past, when considering the weight limit for heavyweight, and then considering Adam, it was clear the two were not close. But after two years as a varsity starter, Adam is now a full 6’5” and 275lbs and ready to showcase his newfound strength. In only his fourth year of wrestling, Adam looks to end his short career on a very high note. After finishing the season short of his goals in 2014, Adam has been very motivated to return to the mat for his senior season. The future Northwestern Wildcat football player knows what it takes to get to Champaign this year. Adam is another senior we will look to for guiding the younger guys on the team; with his positive personality and willingness to help others we believe his leadership will help bring the team together.


Think globally, act locally: Huskie community cleanup Sun.



On Sunday, November 23, OPRF Wrestlers will fundraise and work to cleanup the community.

You may see these hardworking student-athletes do their thing!



Armed and ready: Raising the bar near and far
2014-15 squad looking to equal, better last year's crop · 11/18/2014


Huskie Nation proudly and excitedly can raise a "number one" into the air: one week. One week. Seven short days. A mere 168 hours.

In just 10080 minutes, (y)our 2014-2015 Huskies will take the stage at 201 N. Scoville and begin their official journey in the season kickoff event. The Varsity Huskies are receiving all of the media attention (scroll down), but we all know that everyone has a part to play for the program. This Junior Varsity bunch will flat out bring it and push whichever 14 wrestlers Varsity sends out on the mat. The youngsters will also look to learn and live what it means to be Huskie Tough. The coaches will do their share, and of course the Huskie Wrestling Family -- the incredible legion -- will continue to be ever so magical. We've all already begun.

Stay tuned as we watch the clock, watch the sweat, and watch our pulse rates. Come March 1, we just may be able to raise up a "number one" for a different reason altogether.



We are officially on the clock: Wrestling season has begun!!
"A season to remember starts in November" · 11/10/2014


Now weeks after another Halloween holiday, many may choose to relax after heart-pumping scenes, sights, and activities. If you are one of these people, our advice is not to get too comfortable; the real show-stopping excitement will commence the week of Thanksgiving. At that time, you'll have your eyes and bellies stuffed with a cornucopia of takedowns, reversals, back points, and falls. All of these dishes will be garnished with Huskie Pride.

Seasonal seasonings | In this year, like in those of recent memory, we can expect healthy-sized helpings of talent, work ethic, determination, effort, coaching guidance, family support, and some good old fashioned getting-after-it.

Family focus | As November settles in, so will our telescopes for the 2014-2015 IHSA campaign. Without question, there is more to know, discuss, and live that can be written or read in a sitting (several, several sittings), but we will begin to provide you with the brush and watercolors so you can begin to paint the picture. Let's start at the top: Paul Collins will serve as the OPRF Wrestling head coach. This will be his first, as Mike Powell has moved to an assistant role. Collins has been with both the football and wrestling programs for years, and you can bet that the program's transition will be a seamless one.

The casual Illinois wrestling fan will begin with a discussion about hardware, so let's give that a few ticks on the clock. OPRF is returning as the 2013-2014 IHSA Class 3A dual team champions, going undefeated against teams in Illinois. If the Huskies reach the championship dual again, they'll have to win with 14 wrestlers each taking their spot on the stage. An early look at the makeup of those 14 is quite favorable. The Orange & Blue boast 8 returning State Qualifers, and 7 of them (half of a 14-wrestler dual lineup) earned top-6 medals in Champaign. Added to this mix are young guns -- Anthony Madrigal is a name you'll hear a lot about -- and veterans who will rise and stand tall at key moments. Truth be told, OPRF's JV roster would do quite well against several of the Varsity squads from this Land of Lincoln.

We would be remiss without mentioning the Huskie Wrestling Family community. You are the straw that stirs our drink, and we appreciate everything from attendance support, volunteering time, transporting goods and bodies, and stepping in to make the program and memories stronger and stronger. Thank you.

Find your highlighter | Monday, November 10, is the official beginning of the IHSA season. Teams across the state held their first wrestling practice. Tuesday, November 25, will be OPRF's first official meet as they host Downers Grove North. The Trojans are members of the West Suburban Silver Conference. Wednesday, November 26, will be a visit by the St. Rita Mustangs to OPRF. Varsity's final Week 1 event will be a quad (four team round robin dual meet) at New Trier High School in Winnetka.

Schedule a visit | The OPRF Wrestling website has been updated with the current year's schedule and other pages. Look to the left to view the side bar menu. You can also view the official OPRF schedule page at Free up your datebook to make these appearances!

Embracing the journey | It is a long, demanding, and rewarding season. Let's all embrace the next 3-and-a-half months as a wonderful opportunity for growth, for family, for fun, and for each other. Take care and prepare yourselves for the long haul, and many wonderful short ones.




Nearly one month away: IHSA wrestling practice debuts Nov. 10

2014-2015 IHSA Opponents

The 2014-2015 OPRF Huskies will, once again, wrestle a national schedule during the upcoming IHSA Wrestling Season. In a mere five weeks time, young athletes will take to the mat as they attempt to prepare for the competition that will come in November, December, January, and February. As you remember, last year's Huskies concluded their season with an IHSA 3A Dual Team Title Championship. Here, now, is an early look at the opponents for the upcoming season. Be aware that further changes may be made.

Direct Duals

Quads/Super Duals

 vs. Downers Grove North*  11/25  @ New Trier  11/29  @ Welsh Ironman (OH)  12/12-13
 vs. St. Rita  11/26  @ Washington  12/06  @ Hinsdale Central  12/19-20
 @ Hinsdale Central*  12/05  @ Sandburg  01/17  @ The Clash (MN)  01/02-03
 vs. Proviso West*  12/10    vs. Huskie Invitational  01/24
 vs. Glenbard West*  01/08    
 @ Marmion (w/ Montini)  01/10    
 @ York*  01/16    
 @ Lyons Township*  01/23  * - conference opponent  

For a look at all of the competitions (some information may change), visit (il8to18 OPRF home).



Don't skirt the shirt: Buy your Huskie wear today
Huskie gear is here · 12/15/2013

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Keep your eyes out for 2014-2015 gear! | The information below is posted for the 2013-2014 campaign. Attend home events for OPRF Wrestling gear, or contact Jonna Borgdorff with questions:



Support the Huskie Wrestling Family! Available at home events or by email order, you can wear OPRF gear to show your support for the #1 ranked OPRF Huskie Wrestling team.

Costs | The sweatshirt is $45. The t-shirt is $25. Shirts are available at home wrestling events. If you'd rather have them shipped to you, there is an $8 shipping fee. SIZES available: M - 2XL

Payment and shipping | Shirts are available at home wrestling events. If you want them shipped to you, there is an $8 shipping fee.

Contact | Jonna Borgdorff will handle shipping orders. Her email is: She can accept checks. Unfortunately, credit cards cannot be accepted at this time.


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