Washington High School in downstate Illinois hosted a "quad squared"
event on Saturday. 8 teams mixed and matched. With no disrespect to
#20 Granite City or Carmel (IN), the Huskies knew their true test
would be at the hands, legs, and bodies of the very talented Marist
Redhawks. Marist came in ranked #3 in Illinois and #17 in one
national amateur ranking. In the first two rounds, the #1 Huskies
sliced Granite City and then diced Carmel.
Round 3 |
You may remember that last year, the Huskies met Marist early in
the season. It was a nail biter, with our Orange & Blue the victors.
At the Clash, OPRF performed much better and extended their margin
of victory. Perhaps today was round three with these city rivals.
Both squads had wrestlers out. Marist did not wrestle #6-145 Nick
Gasbarro. The Huskies didn't have the services of Gabe Townsell,
Malik Stallings, or Emonte Logan. The dual began at 182. (General
tip: traditionally, a blind draw is used for the starting weight of
a quad's first dual. Each successive round begins at the next
weight. Today's duals began at 160, 170, and then 182 pounds.)
Ben Bergen looked impressive against Louie Depasquale in a fall
victory. The Huskies stormed out of the gate with a 6 point lead.
195 featured #1 Alex Benoit (@ 182) versus #3 Andre Lee (@ 195). It
was a hard fought battle, but Andre's two takedowns notched the
victory. Mark Brumant next caught Pat O'Conor for a quick fall
victory. It was now 15-0.
Marist came back with four out of five wins: Jake Ford (285) by
fall, Nick Lukanich (113) by 7-2 decision, Andy O'Brien (120) by 6-4
decision, and Mark Duda (126) by fall. The Huskie wrestlers of these
matches (respectively) were Adam Lemke-Bell, Bobby Campos, Alex
Madrigal, and Jaime Hernandez. At 106, Jason Renteria was awarded a
forfeit victory. Prior to the 132 bout, the score was 21-18 in favor
Then, the gear shifted back to OPRF. SaVonne Bennette (132) earned a
controlled 3-1 victory over Ameen Hamdan. Isaiah White, the victor,
and Mario Leveille grappled to the same result. At 145, Larry Early
utilized an explosion to pin David Kasper. After the match, Kasper
cost the Redhawks a team point. The score sat at 33-17.
152 was a bit of an oddity: Jakada Hull won without scoring a point.
Matt Rundell scored a takedown cradle but was rolled onto his own
back. This is rare, but it does happen. 160 was now set to be a real
treat for wrestling fans. #1 Peter Andreotti met #3 Kamal Bey.
Andreotti had no answer for the lightning quick Kamal, and Kamal
scored a 10-2 major victory. Actually, Andreotti earned three escape
points, but only two were awarded. (Unfortunate human error.)
Regardless, this was a great victory for Kamal. The dual concluded
with a second forfeit, this one to Davonte Mahomes.
These teams may meet again at the Clash or -- perhaps -- in the
Past the Panthers: OPRF defeats
Proviso West 58-9
A lineup featuring several "future faces" help push Huskies
to 2-0 in Silver · 12/05/2013
The Huskies have a reputation of being terrible hosts to the
competition. Don't get me wrong, the food offered at concession
stands is first rate. Also, the school works to accommodate the
opposition with what they need to prepare for the contest. When it
comes to the action on the mat, however, the Orange & Blue attack
and control -- control and attack -- in a way unbecoming of any good
dinner party hosts. Thursday night at OPRF featured the second
conference affair of the Huskies, and our home crew dominated by
winning all but 2 of 13 contested matches.
The Varsity lineup (now 6-0, 2-0) looked a little different than you
might expect, but in the end, it racked up 11 wins and 58 team
points in a 58-9 triumph over the hardworking Panthers of Proviso
OPRF's wins came from: Bobby Campos (113-FFT), Alex Madrigal
(120-Fall), Clayton Bertoletti (126-FFT), Jaime Hernandez
(132-Fall), Andrew Borgdorff (145-FFT), Rollian Sturkey (152-Dec),
Jack Newman (160-Maj), Max Metzgar (170-Dec), Andre Lee (195-Fall),
Emonte Logan (220-Fall), Adam Lemke-Bell (285-FFT).
The 106 weight class was a double forfeit, and two Huskies wrestled
hard without victory: Ryan Borgdorff (138-Fall) and Ben Bergen
| The Varsity unit treks to
Washington, IL, for a three round competition. This is not a
tournament and effectively works as a quad. At 10:00 AM, #1 OPRF
will battle #20 Granite City. The other two rounds (approx. 11:45
and 1:30) are yet to be determined. There is rumor that the Huskies
may take on #3 Marist in the final round.
Illinois Matmen will broadcast all three rounds of the day. If
you can't travel down, you may want to choose this option. (These
will be archived, by the way.) HOWEVER, there is a HOME JV QUAD on
Saturday. Mary Matticks is still looking for volunteers to provide
bake sale donations and to work the concession stand in shifts.
Please contact her if you can take some time to help out the Huskie
Wrestling Family. This is a great opportunity to raise some dough
for these phenomenal student-athletes.
A different kind of shoot: Get to
know the 2013-2014 Huskies
Photo magician Jonna Borgdorff shares the faces of Varsity
and Junior Varsity · 12/03/2013
Joe Robles, Malik Brumant, Max Metzgar, and
Alex Madrigal are four of this year's Huskies.
The 2013-2014 IHSA campaign is underway. In order to help you follow
these fine young student-athletes, we have assembled a photo gallery
of the current season wrestlers (Varsity and Junior Varsity). Nearly
all of these wrestlers' photos are present. Jump to the photo
gallery on the
Huskies take down New Trier,
Schaumburg, #1-A Dakota
OPRF more than doubles up #1-ranked Class A Dakota · 11/30/2013
At the New Trier Varsity quad, the Huskies (now 5-0, 1-0) finished
off a stellar first week with victories over New Trier (64-9),
Schaumburg (55-9), and downstate Dakota (47-21). For some
Mack Bolen posted on Illinois Matmen.
| Thursday at home vs. Proviso
One-two punch: Huskies open with
two convincing wins
Happy Thanksgiving to all! · 11/27/2013
#1 OPRF came out of the gate blazing, defeating Downers Grove
North (HM) and St. Rita (#9) on consecutive days. The Huskies
brought down DGN 45-18 before
dropping the Mustangs 56-11. OPRF's Varsity
squad (2-0, 1-0 in conference) next travels on Saturday, to a quad
at New Trier. Also in attendance will be Schaumburg and #1-A Dakota.
| Jonna Borgdorff has graciously taken and uploaded
several photos of the first two events. I'll just say it: I'm
thankful for Jonna! Jump to galleries:
A little help goes a long way
| It's no real secret: I maintain the website from
abroad. Sadly, I can't watch the action firsthand. If anybody can
send me results (just the Varsity winner plus team dual score), I
would do cartwheels -- if, of course, this were scientifically
possible for my nearly 34-aged body. I also compute the stats (I'll
receive the stat sheets eventually), but I'm sure you understand
that I want to turn around and update all of you as quickly as
possible. Many blessings and thank you's. I am also thankful to all
of you for visiting this site. This website means a lot to
me...because OPRF Wrestling and our Family mean a lot to me. Thank
you for stopping by every once in a while. Happy Thanksgiving.
Welcome to the mean '13: IHSA
opener tonight at DGN
The never-ending journey re-begins · 11/26/2013
The day has finally arrived. Shine your shoes, press your clothes,
and bring out that jacket that you've been waiting for just the
occasion. OPRF Wrestling (all levels) kicks off the season at the
home of West Suburban Conference foe Downers Grove North. DGN's
brains of the brawn is head coach Chris McGrath (another friend of
the show). The #1 ranked Huskies visit the HM ranked Trojans in the
conference opener for both teams.
Time to dominate
| The first round of action begins tonight at 6:00 pm.
All levels will compete.
Did you know?
| Downers Grove North has only had two state champions,
the last in 1964. They have the longest drought in the current West
Suburban Conference (Silver and Gold). A close second is Glenbard
West. The Hilltoppers' only individual title came in 1966.
Keep Huskie fever high
| Wednesday (Nov. 27) is a home dual against #9 St. Rita.
Keep an eye out for a Huskie Family gathering afterwards. On
Saturday (Nov. 30), Varsity travels to a quad at New Trier (HM
Schaumburg and #1-A Dakota) while Junior Varsity will wrestle a
tournament at Glenbard North. The Freshman will visit Proviso East
for another tournament. If you haven't seen that Dakota team, they
have some very talented wrestlers.
Three seasons ago, head coach Mike Powell told wrestlers and family,
"When you're done wrestling Oak Park for six minutes, you'll have a
tough time holding up your head." This push is one of the Huskies'
goals, for sure, but Mike Powell has a fresh perspective to his
The college years: Keep an eye out
for Huskies at the next level
As years push on, OPRF sends more and more in the post-high
school ranks · 11/24/2013
Yes, our attention is on the IHSA season and the current edition of
the "Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew", but you need to take note of
several Huskies that have chosen to wrestle during their college or
university years. My Huskie hunch is that this list is incomplete.
If you know of any additions,
please send them our way.
St. John's (MN)
157 / 165
Rochester (MN) CTC
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.