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  1. Does OPRF wrestling have a high school feeder program?
  2. How can a wrestler score points during a match?
  3. How do teams advance in the postseason?
  4. How do wrestlers advance in the postseason?
  5. How is a team score determined in a dual meet?
  6. How is a team score determined in tournament play?
  7. How many levels (including Varsity) of wrestling competition are there?
  8. How many weight classes are there?
  9. What athletic conference does OPRF belong to?
  10. What does "IHSA" stand for?
  11. What does "NFHS" stand for?
  12. What does "OPRF" stand for?
  13. What is the difference between a dual meet and a tournament?
  14. What is the IHSA classification for OPRF wrestling?
  15. What is OPRF's mascot?
  16. What wrestling events will OPRF host this season?
  17. When does the season begin and end?
  18. Where are home wrestling events held?
  19. Where is OPRF High School located?
  20. Who are OPRF's rivals?
  21. Who is the athletic director at OPRF High School?
  22. Who is the head coach of OPRF wrestling?
  23. How can I submit a question for FAQ consideration?

 

Does OPRF wrestling have a high school feeder program?

Yes, the program is called the Little Huskies.  You can find out more about the program by visiting the Little Huskies website: LittleHuskiesWrestling.org.

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How can a wrestler score points during a match?

View detailed information about wrestler and team scoring at our Wrestling Tutorial page.

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How do teams advance in the postseason?

The IHSA has three classifications for postseason wrestling, based on enrollment: 3A, 2A, and 1A. OPRF is in Class 3A.  Each classification has its own tournament series with its own medals and trophies, although all three state tournaments (individual and dual team) share the same date and venue.

The first postseason event is the Regional tournament.  There are 16 Regional tournaments per classification.  A Regional consists of approximately 8-10 teams.  Each team has the right to put forth a full lineup of 14 wrestlers.  Each wrestler competes to win his/her weight class bracket.  Based on individual tournament scoring, the top team earns a place in one of the four Dual Team Sectionals.  If a team does not win the Regional title, then that team's dual team season is over.

Dual Team Sectionals is a one round dual meet contest.  Dual Team Sectionals takes place on the Tuesday night after the Individual State Finals.  The winner of this dual meet advances to Dual Team State.  Beginning in 2008-2009, there will be no Dual Team Sectional champion.  Dual Team State takes place on the Saturday after Individual State Finals.  8 teams will comprise the Dual Team State Tournament (two from each Dual Team Sectional).  The Dual Team State tournament bracket consists of a blind draw (i.e., there is no team seeding).  1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place trophies will be awarded at Dual Team State.  A team must win its quarterfinal round dual to wrestle for a guaranteed medal.  If a team does not win in its quarterfinal matchup, it is eliminated from the team tournament.

For more information, visit IHSA.org's wrestling page.

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How do wrestlers advance in the postseason?

The IHSA has three classifications for postseason wrestling, based on enrollment: 3A, 2A, and 1A. OPRF is in Class 3A.  Each classification has its own tournament series with its own medals and trophies, although all three state tournaments (individual and dual team) share the same date and venue.

At the end of the season, there is a Regional tournament.  There are 16 Regional tournaments per classification.  A Regional consists of approximately 8-10 teams.  At this tournament -- also explained in the previous question's answer -- each team has the right to submit one wrestler per each weight class.  Each wrestler competes against other teams' wrestlers in order to win (or place at) the Regional tournament.  If a wrestler places 1st, 2nd, or 3rd at the Regional tournament, then the wrestler advances to Individual Sectionals.  In effect, if a wrestler makes the finals round at Regionals, this wrestler automatically advances to Individual Sectionals regardless of the result (win=1st place; loss=2nd place).  However, there is far more drama in the 3rd place match.  If a wrestler wins the 3rd place match, then this wrestler advances to Individual Sectionals.  If a wrestler loses the 3rd place match, this wrestler does not advance and his/her individual season is over (however, this wrestler still may wrestle in the Dual Team State Series, if the team qualifies).

At Individual Sectionals, a wrestler competes against other wrestlers who also have qualified for the Individual Sectional.  Unlike Regionals, the top 4 (four) wrestlers at Individual Sectionals advance to Individual State.  Therefore, if a wrestler reaches the finals or the 3rd place match, this wrestler is guaranteed a spot at Individual State, regardless of match result.

At Individual State, the four Individual Sectional champions at each weight are seeded.  These seeds -- along with a random pairings draw by the IHSA -- determine the rest of each weight's bracket at Individual State.  The top 6 (six) finishers earn a state medal.

It is important to note that a wrestler must compete at the same weight class for Regionals, Individual Sectionals, and Individual State.

A wrestler can be disqualified from the State Series at any time if: 1) the wrestler fails to make weight, 2) the wrestler forfeits any match (as opposed to, say, a loss by injury default), or 3) the wrestler is disqualified and ejected from the tournament (not to be confused with being ejected from a bout only).  For #3, a wrestler who is disqualified from a bout still may have an opportunity to wrestle for a place on the medal stand, or may already have secured a place on the medal stand.  However, a severe misconduct disqualification can eliminate a wrestler from the tournament, regardless of the round or potential medal stand placing.

For more information, visit IHSA.org's wrestling page.

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How is a team score determined at a dual meet?

A varsity dual meet consists of fourteen (14) bouts in fourteen (14) weight classes (in pounds): 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220, 285.  These weights were instituted to begin in the 2011-2012 IHSA season.  In the years prior, the weights were 103, 112, 119, 125, 130, 135, 140, 145, 152, 160, 171, 189, 215, 285.  Weights will only not be wrestled when one or both teams forfeit that weight class.  Each dual meet begins at a randomly chosen weight and continues through all weight classes in ascending order (e.g., 160, 170, 182, 195, 220, 285, 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152).  Throughout the dual, the teams alternate which wrestler must report first to the scorer's table.  For example, Team A must first report their competing wrestler at weights 182, 220, 106, 120, 132, 145, and 160.  Team B must then first report their competing wrestler at the remaining weights.  Also in a dual, the reporting wrestler will have first choice to begin the second period.  The wrestler may choose to begin the period on top, bottom, or neutral.  The first choice wrestler may also choose to defer until the beginning of the third period.

A team's score dual meet's team score is explained in further detail in the Wrestling Tutorial, but here is a quick reference guide:

A team gains....

6 points if a wrestler wins by fall (pin), forfeit (no opposing wrestler), default (unable to continue, such as with injury), or disqualification (if opposing wrestler is ejected from match).

5 points if a wrestler wins by technical fall (a margin of victory of 15+ points).

4 points if a wrestler wins by major decision (a margin of victory of 8-14 points).

3 points if a wrestler wins by regular decision (a margin of victory of 1-7 points).

0 points in the rare occasion that both teams forfeit a weight class.

-1 points if a referee penalizes a team point for an unsportsmanlike infraction

After all 14 bouts are wrestled, the team with the greater number of team points wins the dual.  In wrestling, there is no "slaughter rule".  All bouts will be contested in a dual.  Many teams, however, will forfeit some or all weight classes when they have mathematically guaranteed themselves the dual victory.  In the event of a tie, a tie-breaker criteria system will be used, as approved by the NFHS.  To view the tie-breaker system, click here.

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How is a team score determined in tournament play?

A tournament scoring system is a rather involved process.  However, it is easy to understand that the scoring system focuses on two main elements.  First, wrestlers earn team points for winning and advancing farther in the tournament.  A wrestler who wins three matches and reaches the finals earns considerably more team points than a wrestler who wins only one match before being eliminated.  Second, wrestlers earn team points for the manner in which they defeat their opponents.  For example, a wrestler who wins by pin earns more team points than a wrestler who wins by regular decision.  On other words, you want your wrestlers to win and to win the best way possible.  For further explanation, visit this external link: Wrestling Rules [scroll down].

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How many levels (including Varsity) of wrestling competition are there?

There are five.  Varsity (V), Junior Varsity 1 (JV1), Junior Varsity 2 (JV2), Sophomore (S), and Freshman (F).  The Sophomore level only has a few events throughout the season.  At a typical dual meet, you'll probably find the JV1 and JV2 levels compete at the same time (on separate mats), followed by the Varsity and Freshman levels (on separate mats as well).  Occasionally, host schools like to wrestle the Varsity squads alone.  They will have JV1, JV2, and Freshman wrestle in the first round on three mats before the Varsity dual on one mat.  OPRF has moved to this format.

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How many weight classes are there?

There are fourteen (14) weight classes in all levels except for Freshman.  The fourteen weight classes (in maximum allowed pounds) are 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220, and 285.  There are sixteen (16) weight classes in Freshman competition.  The Freshman level also has the 90 and 97 pound weight classes.

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What athletic conference does OPRF belong to?

OPRF is part of the West Suburban Silver athletic conference.  The other six members (in alphabetical order) are Downers Grove North (Trojans), Glenbard West (Hilltoppers), Hinsdale Central (Red Devils), Lyons Township (Lions), Proviso West (Panthers), and York (Dukes).

The West Suburban Silver conference has a sister conference: the West Suburban Gold conference.  Although a separate conference from the West Suburban Silver, both conferences follow rules and guidelines by the parent West Suburban Conference.

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What does "IHSA" stand for?

"IHSA" stands for Illinois High School Association, the organization that oversees high school athletics in Illinois.

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What does "NFHS" stand for?

"NFHS" stands for National Federation of State High School Associations, the organization that sets the rules and regulations of high school wrestling.  The IHSA is a participating member of this organization.

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What does "OPRF" stand for?

"OPRF" stands for Oak Park & River Forest, the name of the high school.

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What is the difference between a dual meet and a tournament?

A dual meet is a competition between two teams.  It is similar to a football game or a basketball game.  In a dual meet, each team sends one wrestler to compete in every weight class.  For example, Team A will send one 106 pound wrestler to compete against Team B's 106 pound wrestler.  The winner of the match will score team points for his team.  Only the team points that are gained as a result of a match are used to determine which team wins a dual meet.  In Varsity, there are 14 weight classes, so there will be 14 matches.  However, a team has the right to Forfeit a weight for any reason, so there may be less than 14 matches that are actually wrestled.  For more information about how dual meets are scored, click here.

A tournament is a competition between many teams.  Each team submits up to 14 wrestlers (one per weight class) to wrestle against wrestlers in their same weight class.  On rare occasion, the tournament host school may also submit more than 14 wrestlers, or they may submit more than one wrestler per weight class.  In this case, the non-standard wrestlers will be non-scoring wrestlers, or they will only score for their separate squad (for example, the host school may also have a Junior Varsity squad wrestle in the tournament, as well).  Wrestlers compete to win their weight bracket.  With victories, wrestlers earn points for their team.  However, there is a different scoring system in tournaments than there is for dual meets.  For more information about how tournaments are scored, click here.

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What is the IHSA classification for OPRF Wrestling?

OPRF Wrestling is in Class 3A, or Class AAA.  IHSA wrestling expanded to three classes prior to 2008-2009.  Previously, OPRF Wrestling had been in Class 2A, or Class AA.

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What is OPRF's mascot?

OPRF's mascot is the Siberian Husky.  OPRF athletes are simply known as Huskies.

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What wrestling events will OPRF host this year?

OPRF wrestling will host a number of Varsity events during the IHSA season.  Occasionally, OPRF will host non-Varsity events, such as Junior Varsity quadrangular dual meets.  To see the location of all OPRF events, follow the schedule link in the menu bar at the top left of this page.  Be advised that the schedule may change due to unforeseen circumstances such as snowstorms or other factors.

In addition, OPRF will host a youth wrestling tournament in late January each year.  Youth (non-high schoolers) travel from near and far to compete.  The tournament is named the Susan P. Collins Memorial Tournament.  OPRF Wrestling staff and students help to work this tournament.

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When does the season begin and end?

The IHSA allows for the first interscholastic competitions to be held on the Monday prior to Thanksgiving. Recently, OPRF's IHSA competitoin schedule has begun on the Tuesday night prior to Thanksgiving.  The Varsity season ends with two state tournaments: an Individual Tournament and a Dual Team Tournament.  The Individual State Tournament takes place on the penultimate weekend in February at Assembly Hall in Champaign, IL.  The Dual Team State Tournament culminates on the final Saturday in February with the Dual Team State Championships.  (In some years, the Dual Team State Championships has been held on March 1.)  Of course, if the team or individuals fail to qualify for the State Finals, then the season will end earlier.  All schools have the option of sending up to 14 wrestlers (a full lineup) to the Regional tournament. 

For specific dates of beginning and end for the current season, you may follow the schedule link in the menu bar at the top left of this page.

For information regarding the Little Huskies season, visit the Little Huskies website.

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Where are home wrestling events held?

Home wrestling events are held at Oak Park-River Forest High School.  Home wrestling events are either held in the Field House or in the 1 West Gym.  For more information, click here.

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Where is OPRF High School located?

OPRF High School is located at 201 North Scoville Ave. in Oak Park, IL (60302).  For more information, click here.

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Who are OPRF's rivals?

OPRF wrestling's main rivals are Fenwick, Lyons Township, and Hinsdale Central.  Fenwick and OPRF share a village rivalry, Lyons Township and OPRF often battle for conference supremacy, and Hinsdale Central is a rival due to their recent rise in conference play.  York, Glenbard West, Downers Grove North, and Proviso West are lesser rivals due to sharing the same athletic conference as OPRF.

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Who is the athletic director of OPRF High School?

OPRF High School's athletic director is John Stelzer.  For more information the athletic department at OPRF High School, visit the OPRFHS athletic department main page.  You may also want to visit the OPRF athletic site, il.8to18/oprf.

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Who is the head coach of OPRF wrestling?

The head coach of OPRF wrestling is Paul Collins.  Paul is an OPRF graduate.  He began serving as head coach in the 2014-2015 season.  Prior to Paul Collins was Mike Powell.  Mike began as the head coach of OPRF in the 2003-2004 season and served as head coach for 11 seasons.  Coach Powell's career dual meet record is 213-43.

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How can I submit a question for FAQ consideration?

If you have a question that you feel deserves to be on this FAQ webpage, please email the question to us.

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