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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 & Blue."

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 stat sheets.

In our lead-up to the big day, we will post 28 articles (one for each day -- although they may not be published each day) as a primer for this season.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



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 gold-medal smile. | 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, respectively.

More to see | Octavius Bellamy video with photos from 2016 event | Octavius Bellamy 2015 interview (full) | Jump to HWF to view more photos (scroll down)

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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 are completed.

Senior wrestlers on the Senior Scroll (so far):

Drew Matticks (most recent)
Deundre Garner
Brian Holloway
Christian Banks-Mitchell (most recent)
Kevin Davis
Christopher Banks-Mitchell
Tariq Thurman
Daniel Pedraza
Brandon Killingsworth
Darian Nichols
Kenzo Murray



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 individual levels.

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, visit OPRF Wrestling on to view the competition slates of all levels.

We hope that you stay tuned to 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 year's time.

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.

Links to the action | Here are a number of 2016 Olympic Wrestling links: USA Wrestling Results (Wikipedia) | Overall Wrestling Results (Wikipedia) | Team USA Wrestling (

Country Athlete Classification Weight Result
USA Daniel Dennis Men's Freestyle 57 kg DNP
USA Frank Molinaro Men's Freestyle 65 kg DNP
USA Jordan Burroughs Men's Freestyle 74 kg DNP
USA J'den Cox Men's Freestyle 86 kg Bronze - 3rd
USA Kyle Snyder Men's Freestyle 97 kg Gold - 1st
USA Tervel Dlagnev Men's Freestyle 125 kg DNP
USA Jesse Thielke Men's Greco-Roman 59 kg DNP
USA Andy Bisek Men's Greco-Roman 75 kg DNP
USA Ben Provisor Men's Greco-Roman 85 kg DNP
USA Robby Smith Men's Greco-Roman 130 kg DNP
USA Haley Augello Women's Freestyle 48 kg DNP
USA Helen Maroulis Women's Freestyle 53 kg Gold - 1st
USA Elena Pirozhkova Women's Freestyle 63 kg DNP
USA Adeline Gray Women's Freestyle 75 kg DNP


Fargo farewell: Huskies engage in national battles
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 place.

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 national tournament.

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 all!

Links to the action | Here are a number of Fargo links: USAW Fargo Home | 2016 Event Schedule | IL Women's Qualifiers | IL Cadet Qualifiers | IL Junior Qualifiers | TW Cadet Women | TW Junior Women | TW Cadet Greco | TW Cadet Freestyle | TW Junior Greco | TW Junior Freestyle | Watch all bouts with paid subscription (FloPro) | Keep in mind Twitter, wrestling website previews, etc.



North Dakota dreams: Fargo Nationals are here yet again
Competitors from all over the country vie for Cadet, Junior supremacy this weekend · 07/15/2016


The summer is rolling, and wrestlers from all over the USA hope to be rolling during the ASICS Vaughan Cadet/Junior National Championships. These annual tournaments will be held in Fargo, North Dakota. This year's event schedule spans from July 16-23. Jump to the official USA Wrestling Fargo Nationals event site.

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.

Links to the action | Here are a number of Fargo links: USAW Fargo Home | 2016 Event Schedule | IL Women's Qualifiers | IL Cadet Qualifiers | IL Junior Qualifiers | TW Cadet Women | TW Junior Women | TW Cadet Greco | TW Cadet Freestyle | TW Junior Greco | TW Junior Freestyle | Watch all bouts with paid subscription (FloPro) | Keep in mind Twitter, wrestling website previews, etc.



Spring has sprung: Plenty to see, say 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 ILUSAW.

 Dates and Location Event  Medalists (C / J) ~ '15-'16 Huskies Follow
April 23-24
Lockport HS
Greco-Roman State Championships Cadet 120 |  Eddie Bolivar  | 2nd
Cadet 126 |  Torry Early  | 4th
Cadet 145 |  Jack Fisher  | 4th
Cadet 195 |  Elijah Osit  | 4th
Junior 113 |  Peter Ogunsanya  | 2nd
Junior 152 |  Michael Ordoñez  | 1st
Junior 160 |  Brian Holloway  | 3rd
Junior 170 |  Drew Matticks  | 2nd
Junior 220 |  Christopher Middlebrooks  | 3rd
April 30-May 1
Glenbard North HS
Freestyle State Championships Cadet 100 |  Joshua Ogunsanya**  | 1st
Cadet 120 |  Eddie Bolivar  | 1st
Junior 113 |  Peter Ogunsanya  | 2nd
Junior 132 |  Gabe Townsell  | 1st
Junior 145 |  Jaime Hernandez  | 1st
Junior 195 |  Rolliann Sturkey  | 1st
May 7
Andrew HS
Girls Freestyle State Championships None TrackWrestling
May 20-22
Rochester, MN
Northern Plains Regional None TrackWrestling


May 21
Kalamazoo, MI
Central Regional None TrackWrestling


June 4
Sycamore HS
2nd Chance National Team Qualifier GR:

Cadet 126 |  Torry Early  | 1st
Cadet 145 |  Jack Fisher  | 1st
Cadet 145 |  Eddie Ordoñez  | 1st

Cadet 285 |  Ashford Hollis  | 1st
Junior 152 |  Kedrick Bryant  | 3rd
Junior 160 Challenge |  Brian Holloway  | 1st


Cadet 195 |  Elijah Osit  | 1st

June 8-12
 Indianapolis, IN
Schoolboy National Duals Team Illinois GR  | 5th

Team Illinois FS  | 2nd



June 14-18
York, PA
Cadet National Duals Team Illinois GR  | 3rd

100 |  Joshua Ogunsanya**
120 / 126 |  Eddie Bolivar

Team Illinois FS  | 1st

100 |  Joshua Ogunsanya**
120 |  Eddie Bolivar



June 21-25
Tulsa, OK
Junior National Duals Team Illinois GR  | 2nd

126 |  Anthony Madrigal
132 |  Gabe Townsell
170 |  Drew Matticks

Team Illinois FS  | 2nd

126 / 132 |  Anthony Madrigal
132 |  Gabe Townsell
138 |  Jaime Hernandez



July 6-8
Wisconsin Dells, WI
Asics Kids FS/GR Nationals None TrackWrestling


July 16-23
Fargo, ND
Girls/Cadet/Junior Nationals Team Illinois Cadet GR  | 1st

94 |  Joshua Ogunsanya**
120 |  Eddie Bolivar
120 |  Torry Early
145 |  Jack Fisher
285 |  Ashford Hollis

Team Illinois Cadet FS  | 1st

94 |  Joshua Ogunsanya**  | 4th
120 |  Eddie Bolivar
126 |  Torry Early
195 |  Elijah Osit

Team Illinois Junior GR  | 1st

126 |  Gabe Townsell  | 2nd
152 |  Michael Ordoñez  | 7th
160 |  Brian Holloway
170 |  Drew Matticks

Team Illinois Junior FS  | 3rd

132 |  Gabe Townsell  | 4th
138 |  Jaime Hernandez  | 8th






** - wrestler is an incoming high-schooler



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!



See the entire Sponsors List!! (Click here)



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

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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 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.

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