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28 for 28 Stories: A 2016-2017 Season Primer (Still Helpful Today!)

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In our lead-up to the big day, we will post 28 articles (one for each day -- although they may not be published each day) as a primer for this season.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


A slew of news: Frosh/Soph, Girls FS, and IKWF finish this weekend
Also, be aware that offseason wrestling is on the horizon; Fred Arkin seeks re-election · 03/08/2019



The IHSA Wrestling season has come to a close. This is nothing new. However, a few other wrestling events are set for this weekend. Furthermore, a few current (and potential) Huskies are involved. Read below for more.

Kidding around | Beginning on Friday, March 8, and concluding on Saturday, March 9, is the IKWF (Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation) State Championships event. These bouts will be held at Rockford's BMO Harris Bank Center. Visit the IKWF State Tournament on TrackWrestling. For more information on the IKWF State Tournament, visit the IKWF State Tournament information page. Two members of the Little Huskies Wrestling Club have qualified: Zev Koransky (Novice 74), and Joseph Knackstedt (Novice 89). Good luck, young grapplers!

The magic continues | The IWCOA, also known as the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association, completes its annual championships this Saturday and Sunday, March 9 and 10. Illinois freshman and sophomores compete in a Frosh/Soph tournament. Girls of all years wrestle in their own championships, as well, at the same site. The Frosh/Soph and Girls State Championships will be held at the Bank of Springfield Center in Springfield.

To be eligible for the Frosh/Soph challenge, each freshman or sophomore competitor must not have qualified for the IHSA Individual State Final. All non-state qualifiers were eligible to enter their respective Frosh/Soph Regional on February 23 or 24. OPRF was one of the IHSA Dual Team State Finals units, and therefore their wrestlers were allowed to enter at the Frosh/Soph Sectional round on March 2 or 3. For the Girls State Championships, wrestlers needed to qualify at the Girls Sectional round on March 2 or 3.

To view the brackets and results of these tournaments, visit Frosh/Soph and Girls on TrackWrestling. For more on the Freshman/Sophomore tournament, visit the IWCOA event information page. Representing OPRF in the Frosh/Soph championships are Connor Nagela (113), Sam Deyro (132), Stephon Carr (152), Malcolm Gray (220), and Rigoberto Guzman (285). Huskies in the Girls Championships are Aliyah Aldridge (111), Tiffany White (127), and Lila Stratman (138). Good luck, Orange & Blue!

Wrestle "off" | OPRF Huskie Wrestling Family's Facebook page just posted an image highlighting the upcoming offseason wrestling team for 2019. "National Emergency Wrestling Club" begins on Monday, March 18, and ends on Thursday, May 30. Practices will be held at OPRF on Mondays and Wednesdays during that time, and the fee is $150. If interested, please contact the Huskie Coaching Staff.

Vote for Fred | Fred Arkin has been a valued member of the Huskie Wrestling Family for years. He is a current District 200 School Board member and is running for re-election this April. Early voting is right around the corner (begins March 18), so please consider voting for Fred Arkin to continue as an important and successful member of the School Board. Six candidates are vying for three positions. We hope you make Fred one of those three! For polling information and more, visit Cook County Elections. While you might vote early, the official election day is April 2, 2019.


Looking back (and forward): Huskies complete 2018-2019 season
The OPRF Wrestling Wall of Fame grows taller and fuller each passing season · 03/06/2019

Eddie Bolivar's state title was a well-earned highlight of February. (photo by Jamil Shhmart)


Many have said, "Numbers don't lie." I subscribe to a similar declaration, "Numbers don't disappoint." Statistics are a subset of numbers, and they are also an integral part of a wrestling season. The Varsity statistics have been tabulated and finalized, and they are available for viewing on this site. You can jump there now, or simply wait until the conclusion of this article. To help you find it in a flash, we have provided a direct link below.

Here now are some news and notes on the closed IHSA Wrestling season. It was a thrilling year, and each year brings its own unique blend of trials, successes, growths, and disappointments. It is (and was) a pleasure to be a part of your life for these past months and more, and we look forward to continuing to share residence at the magical place knows as "Huskieville."

On to news and notes:


For the record | Oak Park & River Forest concluded its dual meet record at a 26-4 (.867) clip, which included a 6-0 mark in conference. Its only losses occurred on two different dates and to three different teams. At the Beat the Streets marquee event, the Huskies lost to a pair of out-of-state high schools as well as Montini. The Broncos, as you know, also downed the Huskies in the Class 3A Dual Team Championship. For more on the Varsity dual and tournament finishes, visit this year's Results page.

Eight isn't enough | This season, the Huskies have gained their eighth consecutive West Suburban (Silver) Conference Title. They also have a streak of 20 straight victories in the WSC-Silver. This ties their second-longest conference run in history; the school record is 29.
Their two cent's | Two new names joined the list of Huskie wrestlers with 100 or more Varsity victories. The Bolivar family must be thrilled that both Eddie (130-34) and Nico (102-26) reached the century mark in 2018-2019. There are now 24 members of this illustrious group, 18 of whom graduated high school in 2008 or later.
Boarded up | 132-pounder Eddie Bolivar earned Class 3A top honors as an individual state champion this season. This victory continued a series of eight consecutive seasons in which OPRF has boasted at least one individual state champion. While #1-ranked 113-pounder Jake Rundell was unable to compete at the Individual State Final, he has one more season during which he aims to guarantee that this run continues to a ninth year.
Opposite but equal | The aforementioned Jake Rundell led the charge in bout takedowns. He tallied 160 on the season. In total falls, Jake tied a young man on the other side of the weight spectrum, Ashford Hollis, with 31. Ashford completed this task in the traditional manner; Jake sprinkled in 7 technical falls to complement his 24 pins. Jake is the Takedown King, and Jake and Ashford share the Pin King title.


Jake Rundell (L) and Ashford Hollis (R)

Numbers game | Enough of the commentary; below are the 2018-2019 statistics leaders. Enjoy!

Statistics Leaders | Maneuvers

 Statistic Number  Wrestler Year
 Wins 47  Eddie Bolivar Sr.
 Losses 0  Malakye Rodriguez Jr.
 Takedowns 160  Jake Rundell Jr.
 Nearfalls-3 45  Torry Early Sr.
 Nearfalls-2 42  Torry Early Sr.
 Total Nearfalls 86  Torry Early Sr.
 Reversals 16  Joe Chapman Jr.
 Escapes 48  Nico Bolivar Jr.

Statistics Leaders | Victory Types

 Wins Number  Wrestler Year
 Falls 31  Ashford Hollis Sr.
 Tech Falls 15  Eddie Bolivar Sr.
 Total Falls 31  Ashford Hollis Sr.
  31  Jake Rundell Jr.
 Majors 10  Eddie Bolivar Sr.
 Decisions 18  Nico Bolivar Jr.
 Forfeits 4  Nico Bolivar Jr.
  4  Ashford Hollis Sr.
 Defaults 1  Joe Chapman Jr.
  1  Connor Nagela So.
  1  Zavien Stewart So.
 Disqual's 0  [None]  


Let's welcome another: Nico Bolivar hustles into the Century Club
Nico joins his brother, Eddie, as both Bolvar's earn 100th victories in the 2018-2019 season · 03/02/2019

Nico Bolivar earns immortal ink at the Dual Team Sectional. (photo by Jamil Shhmart)


Last week's Saturday competition marked the conclusion to the IHSA calendar for 2018-2019. While you were lost in the excitement of the Dual Team State Series, you may not have noticed that a Huskie grappler claimed his 100th Varsity win. Nico Bolivar, a junior and recent state place-winner, secured triple digits in fitting fashion (by fall) over Miguel Desidario of Glenbard North in the Dual Team Sectional event at DeKalb. This bonus-point victory was one of many that helped propel OPRF to the Dual Team State Finals in Bloomington. At these team championships, Nico earned two bonus victories above his century mark (over Marmion and Montini). At present, Nico's cumulative bout record is 102-26.

Here are Nico's win-loss totals in his three academic years thus far: 28-7 (freshman), 29-9 (sophomore), and 45-10 (junior).

Undoubtedly, Nico will be a senior force for Team Orange & Blue in 2019-2020. His terrific finishes in both the Individual and Dual Team State Series serve as appetizers for the main course that his ultimate season will bring. For now, let's recognize Nico and his great achievement. Congratulations, Nico!

Nico is the second Bolivar to ascend the three digit mountain in this campaign. As you may remember, Eddie Bolivar collected his own Century Club membership while competing at the 2018 Powerade Tournament. Eddie completed his IHSA tenure with 130 victories to 34 defeats. To view the Bolivar Family's placement on the Century Club, as well as a whole lot more history notes and numbers, visit the Wall of Fame page. (I'll tell anyone who listens; the Wall of Fame page is my favorite page on this entire site.)

While 2018-2019 etched two new names in the OPRF Wrestling Century Club ladder of legends, the 2019-2020 crop could be higher. Four will-be seniors are in shouting distance of 100: Josh Ogunsanya (97 wins), Jake Rundell (89), Joe Chapman (85), and Daemyen Middlebrooks (72).



Huskie heart: OPRF powers up but ultimately settles into 2nd place
Jake Rundell returns to spark Huskies to wins over Lockport, Marmion; Montini retains title in 41-18 victory · 02/23/2019


Huskies pose with the Class 3A second place trophy.  | Go Large

When darkness fell inside Grossinger Motors Arena on Saturday night, three freshly minted IHSA Wrestling dual team state championship brackets had been earned and awarded. Six high schools -- two each for Classes 3A, 2A, and 1A -- had shaken hands and wrestled their all for the distinction of being recognized as the very best in this Land of Lincoln. Oak Park & River Forest was one of those half dozen units vying for the title.

Jake Rundell was simply on a mission Saturday and provided a much needed boost to OPRF as the Huskies needed every team point they could get against #5 Lockport and #4 Marmion. In the quarterfinal round, the Huskies defeated Lockport 34-30. In the semis, OPRF outlasted Marmion 32-27. In a rematch of last year's Class 3A team championship, Montini secured a 41-18 victory en route to an undefeated tournament finish.

Let's take a look at some of the action that shaped the "official" end to the IHSA Wrestling season. The Orange & Blue knew that they would be in a dog fight from the starting whistle. The Lockport Porters are a talented squad with two recent state champions (Matt Ramos and Baylor Fernandes) as well as a pair of state consolation champions (Kaleb Thompson and Anthony Molton). The quarterfinal round began at 182 pounds, and the Huskies blazed to a four bout, 20-0 lead. Major victories by Daemyen Middlebrooks and Brian Ziech set the state for pinfalls courtesy of Jaylan Pascascio and Ashford Hollis. Lockport bounced back with the first two lightweight triumphs as the Porters' Tyler Bentley earned a decision and Kaleb Thompson wrestled up a weight to pin his opponent at 113 pounds. In stepped Jake Rundell, and he calmly wrestled up a weight himself to outpoint Matt Ramos (yes, state champion, Anthony Molton) 4-0. Nico Bolivar lost in a dogfight to his state medalist before two more medalists earned triumphs for the Huskies: Josh Ogunsanya (132) and Eddie Bolivar (138). Torry Early earned a deciding major win with three bouts to go. In the end, Lockport earned forfeit victories in the final trio of weight classes. OPRF 34, Lockport 30.

Marmion Academy was up next on the Huskies' slate. Marmion had advanced with a 43-21 victory of Prospect. On Tuesday, Marmion knocked off Mt. Carmel in a very impressive win. The Cadets brought six state medalists into Saturday's dual, including individual champions Diego Sotelo (106) and Trevor Chumbley (145). Marmion was prepared for OPRF, but the situation was identical on the other side. In the semifinal round, the Huskies again rode their heavyweights to an early team lead: Brian Ziech (tech. fall), Jaylan Pascascio (decision), and Ashford Hollis (yet another fall). From 195-285, OPRF led 14-0. Marmion copied Lockport's success at 106-113 with a fall and a 9-5 decision, respectively. At 120, Jake Rundell was at it again as he silenced 3rd-place finisher Michael Jaffe by a 3-0 tally. Nico Bolivar kept the winning ways, and the team score was 20-9. The Cadets' Nathan Callaway squeezed out a 3-2 victory over Josh Ogunsanya before Eddie Bolivar earned maximum bonus points in a first minute fall. With the score 26-12, Marmion made a run with four huge wins at 145, 152, 160, and 170: Ryan Fleck (decision), Trevor Chumbley (fall), Brad Gross (decision), Patrick Daum (decision). With one contest remaining, the scoreboard announced 27-26 in Marmion's favor. In the last bout, Daemyen Middlebrooks locked arms with Charlie O'Connor. A confident Daemyen gained a match lead before closing the book on the dual with a fall at 2:31! OPRF 32, Marmion 27.

The Montini Broncos, once again, stood in the way of Oak Park & River Forest's newest state championship. You'll remember that the Broncos hip-checked the Huskies at this season's Beat the Streets event, 40-24. Will the state title dual hold a similar fate? Montini was a beast at the Individual State Final and boasted nine place-winners, three of which were Class 3A state champions: Dylan Ragusin, Jake Styles, and Peter Christensen. In this ultimate contest, Jaylan Pascascio earned a big overtime win at 220 before Ashford Hollis did what he wins by fall. Montini jumped back with 11 team points at 106 and 113. At 120, Nico Bolivar slid by Nain Vasquez to put OPRF in the lead at 12-11. Next was Jake Rundell, a regular 113-pounder who rose two weight classes to lock horns with Montini's Dylan Ragusin, a state champion from a week prior. On this occasion, Ragusin held off Jake and gave Montini the advantage. OPRF gave itself life with two decisions at 132 (Eddie Bolivar) and at 138 (Torry Early). Interestingly, Eddie's bout was a rematch from a week ago. In both of these, the bout scores were identical, although Eddie earned the heart-pounding victory this time in overtime against the Broncos' Dylan Burnoski. With six bouts to go, OPRF was up 18-14. At 145, however, Montini regained the lead with a fall. A Broncos' forfeit victory followed next, and the team score read 26-18 Montini. At 160, Jake Stiles was other-worldly for the Broncos. At 170, equally matched talents in Montini's Anthony Geraci and OPRF's Danny Lingen pushed the match to extra time. Geraci earned a sudden victory result, and the deal was sealed. In the end, the Broncos wrestled out the dual and picked up two additional triumphs. Montini 41, OPRF 18.

While it would have been wonderful for the scoreboard to give the gift of a Huskie championship victory, the Huskies stood proud knowing that they wrestled with Huskie heart, pride, and POWER. As all of these seasons are, it was a long journey from November to February. That being said, the journey does not end this Saturday. More wrestling is still on the horizon. More growth is at hand, as well. More memories, more bonding, more learning, more accomplishing. The Huskie Wrestling Family is unparalleled; we acknowledge you and thank you for all that you do and all that you are. We appreciate your continued support in our great program. Huskie pride & Huskie proud!

Here are the Class 3A dual scores from Saturday:

Quarterfinal Round (9 AM):  Marmion 43, Prospect 21 | OPRF 32, Lockport 17
Quarterfinal Round (11 AM):  
Montini 58, Barrington 10 | DeKalb 43, Edwardsville 27
Semifinal Round:  
OPRF 32, Marmion 27 | Montini 31, DeKalb 30
Championship Round: 
Montini 41, OPRF 18 | Marmion 32, DeKalb 27

It was a phenomenal season! Stay tuned for more news, notes, and a yummy way to conclude this chapter! Way to go, Huskies!


Event pics (by Jamil Shhmart and HWF) | On Facebook | On Instagram

Event articles | Jake Rundell propels OPRF (Chicago Tribune) | Montini goes back-to-back (Daily Herald) | Montini maintains (My Suburban Life) | Team finals recap (IL Matmen)

What's next | IWCOA Frosh-Soph and Girls State Tournaments will conclude on March 9-10. | IL Frosh-Soph and Girls

Links #1 | IHSA Wrestling | IHSA Wrestling Quick Facts | 3A Assignments | 3A Time Sked | Series Overview

Links #2 | Manual: State-Series-Terms-and-Conditions | Manual: Schools-and-Managers | Rankings

Brackets | IHSA Class 3A Dual Team Bracket

TrackWrestling | Lane Regional | Conant Sectional | Individual State | DeKalb Team Sectional | Team State




Power players: OPRF seniors and coaches unite in handsome apparel. (Click on photos to go large.) 



Winner by fall: OPRF outlasts Glenbard North in a thriller, 33-31
Huskies paw, claw, and advance on Ashford Hollis's last bout pin; Saturday's tournament awaits · 02/19/2019


Oak Park & River Forest vaults to Bloomington this Saturday. (photos by Jamil Shhmart) 

What. A. Dual. Oak Park & River Forest, ranked #2 in the IWCOA Class 3A Team Rankings, was looking for its eighth consecutive trip to the IHSA Dual Team State Finals. Glenbard North, ranked #9 in the aforementioned rankings, had other ideas. At DeKalb High School, the two met in a clash that most won't soon forget. Two top-ten teams sent wrestlers who gave it their all, and in the case of the Orange & Blue, its athletes prevailed.

The dual began at 106 pounds, so it was a traditional matchup. The Huskies sent out Zavien Stewart. He lost by fall to Ronan Schuelke, a state qualifier. The Panthers were on the board with six points. At 113, Connor Nagela gained some valuable confidence and a 9-5 decision. Nico Bolivar, fresh off a state medal, continued the tilt in OPRF's favor with a second period win by fall. 9-6 Huskies. The Panthers pounced back, winning the next two. At 126, Devid Deyro fought valiantly and did all he could in a 15-1 defeat. At 132, Ani Zaimi outmuscled the Huskies' Max Walton for a pinfall victory. The score flipped to Glenbard North 16-9. Eddie Bolivar regained the reins with a dominant 19-4 technical fall triumph. The Huskies inched closer with that 138 bout win. Torry Early continued the winning trend at 145, with a 4-0 simple decision. At the halfway point, OPRF led by the slimmest of margins, 17-16.

The eighth bout of the evening pit two 152-pound state qualifiers together. Joe Chapman played a copycat to Torry Early, and he downed George Marre by an identical 4-0 decision. The Panthers' Ryan Wahrman gained an uncontested victory at 160 pounds, and the team score was now 22-20 in favor of Glenbard North. The Panthers continued to bite hard at 170 and 182. In the first contest, two state qualifiers again met head-to-head. In this battle of Champaign-ers, GN overran OPRF as Anthony Pennington outpointed Danny Lingen 7-4. At 182 pounds, state champion and nationally ranked stud Abe Assad secured a massive pin over OPRF's Daemyen Middlebrooks. With three bouts remaining, Glenbard North held an eleven point advantage. The scoreboard displayed 31-20, and any win for the Panthers (or three relatively simple wins for the Huskies) would propel them to Bloomington.

Up stepped Brian Ziech, a senior and sectional qualifier for OPRF. He met Mershad Bashang in what turned out to be the bout of the night. After a scoreless first period, Bashang scrambled to a one point lead to begin the third period before collecting another point in the final frame. Brian, the 195-pound starter, decided that this match would not be his final high school match and fought for a score-tying takedown with twelve seconds to go. Enter overtime. Brian completed another takedown in the extra session, and the Huskies had life! 31-23 Glenbard North. Oak Park & River Forest needed two wins, and with bonus. At 220, Jaylan Pascascio did his part to fend off his final high school bout. A cool 12-4 major brought the Huskies to within four team points. To set the final stage, the 285-pound IHSA 3rd place medalist needed a bonus point win to catapult the Huskies. A major would win the dual, since the Huskies would have won on a tiebreaker (due to 8 bout victories to 6). Leading 11-5 after two periods, Ashford Hollis finally gained the major advantage before punctuating the OPRF win with a pin at 5:16! Final score: OPRF 33, Glenbard North 31. Congratulations to Glenbard North on a fine season and strong effort, and the Huskies returned to 201 N. Scoville to prepare for Saturday's ultimate day of IHSA competition.

I have a question for you: are you going downstate to Bloomington on Saturday? The Huskies will wrestle at 9:00 AM in the quarterfinal round. Here are the final pairings downstate (included are the most current IWCOA team rankings):

Quarterfinal #1:  #4 Marmion vs. HM Prospect  (9 AM)
Quarterfinal #2:  #2 OPRF vs. #5 Lockport  (9 AM)
Quarterfinal #3:  #15 Barrington vs. #1 Montini  (11 AM)
Quarterfinal #4:  #11 Edwardsville vs. #6 DeKalb  (11 AM)

Reminder that the quarterfinal winners will wrestle again at 2:00 PM and at 6:00 PM. They will medal. Those that do not advance in the quarters will see those duals as their last action of the season. Come out and support the Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew!


Event pics (by Jamil Shhmart and HWF) | On Facebook

Event articles | Glenbard North yields to Oak Park (Daily Herald) | Dual Team State preview (Daily Herald)

What's next | OPRF completes its season at the IHSA Dual Team State Finals on Saturday, February 23. | Team State

Grossinger Motors Arena address | IHSA Dual Team Final (Feb 23) | 101 S. Madison St., Bloomington, IL 61701 | Map

Links #1 | IHSA Wrestling | IHSA Wrestling Quick Facts | 3A Assignments | 3A Time Sked | Series Overview

Links #2 | Manual: State-Series-Terms-and-Conditions | Manual: Schools-and-Managers | Rankings

Brackets | IHSA Class 3A Dual Team Bracket

TrackWrestling | Lane Regional | Conant Sectional | Individual State | DeKalb Team Sectional | Team State

Let's go, Huskies!





Tuesday night lights: Huskies begin second second season
OPRF and Glenbard North to lock paws, winner advances to team state's elite eight · 02/19/2019


Glenbard North stands in the way of another trip to Bloomington.

One of the great joys and layers of high school wrestling happens to be the fact that it is both an individual and team sport. The last three weeks were focused on the individual grappler. In this week, the qualified teams per class pivot their attention to the team unit. Sixteen Class 3A high school squads have won their respective Regional on February 2, and each unit has the chance to advance to battle among the final eight this coming Saturday at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington.

Before Saturday comes Tuesday. On Tuesday, February 19, the Huskies will travel to DeKalb High School to square off against the Glenbard North Panthers. The winner of the 14-bout dual will be finished for the night, as only one round of Tuesday duals is slated across the state. The admission at DeKalb is only $5, and the action is scheduled to begin at 6:00 PM.

This is the final week of the 2018-2019 IHSA Wrestling Season, so there's no holding back! Come out if you can! If you're curious about video, I do not see any video options online. No matter, come out and see it with your own eyes!

Prices | For Dual Team State, Team Sectional costs $5.00 for the event.

Times | Dual Team Sectional Session: 6:00 PM (Tuesday).

DeKalb H.S. address | IHSA Dual Team Sectional (Feb 19) | 501 W. Dresser Rd., DeKalb, IL 60115 | Map


Event preview | Dual Team Sectionals (Daily Herald)

Links #1 | IHSA Wrestling | IHSA Wrestling Quick Facts | 3A Assignments | 3A Time Sked | Series Overview

Links #2 | Manual: State-Series-Terms-and-Conditions | Manual: Schools-and-Managers | Rankings

Brackets | IHSA Class 3A Dual Team Bracket

TrackWrestling | Lane Regional | Conant Sectional | Individual State | DeKalb Team Sectional | Team State

I.N., R.E.L.E.N.T.L.E.S.S., P.U.R.S.U.I.T!



Electric Eddie, et al.: OPRF earns title, six total medals downstate
 Eddie Bolivar wins; Nico Bolivar, Josh Ogunsanya, Joe Chapman, Daemyen Middlebrooks, Ashford Hollis place · 02/16/2019


Eddie Bolivar stands tall at 132 pounds. (photo by Jamil Shhmart)

One year ago, Eddie Bolivar left State Farm Center with his head high but perhaps his heart a little low. Eddie came up short in his Class 3A Championship match in Champaign-Urbana. On his second chance (at the same weight), Eddie persevered and left no doubt that he is the number one 132-pounder among his peers in the 2018-2019 season. In the final round, Eddie downed Danny Pucino of Libertyville by a bout score of 7-5. It was the Indiana-bound senior's first state bracket board. In each of his matches, Eddie scored a simple decision victory while controlling both the action and pace. The arm-raise bolstered the Huskies running streak of seasons with an individual state championship to eight.

Another wrestler who could have joined Eddie atop the podium is Jake Rundell. The junior 113-pounder itched to repeat as IHSA state champion but was unable to wrestle in Champaign-Urbana this week. Two Jake's, Rundell and Cagnina, each were unable to compete in their individual tournaments the past two weeks. While their status for the Dual Team State Series is unknown, it would be a tremendous boost should they both be 100% and able to toe the line.

Competing (and medaling) on Saturday at State Farm were five more who donned the Orange & Blue. Ashford Hollis was simply a beast at 285 pounds. His lone loss was to the eventual bracket champion. The senior has committed to attend the Air Force Academy as a football wrecking ball, and he adds his first state medal (and first state appearance) to his living room mantel. At 126 and 152 pounds, Oak Park & River Forest notched two 4th-place finishes with juniors Joshua Ogunsanya and Joe Chapman, respectively. Josh lost both of his bouts to the same opponent, but he improved his result on the second meeting. Joe Chapman was jolted in his semifinal matchup but steadied the ship to gain entry into the consolation championship.

Two other Huskie juniors also laid feet on the state podium as Nico Bolivar (120) and Daemyen Middlebrooks (182) gained a 5th and 6th place medal, respectively. After locking horns with the eventual state champion in the first round, Nico showed poise to gain three consecutive must-win victories to guarantee himself a medal. Daemyen earned pins in his first two bouts but was snake-bitten in overtime in his semifinal trial. Despite that and the next two match results, Daemyen had claimed a state medal for the first time.

Two final from the Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew also competed under the lights this weekend. Torry Early, a senior, fell one win shy of placing. Still, he was impressive with a 2-2 record against the state's very best. Danny Lingen is yet another junior. His tournament did not go as he may have hoped, but Danny has another year at OPRF. He is another valuable piece to the Huskie puzzle in 2019-2020.

With one week to go (don't go anywhere, folks), the curtain fell on the 2018-2019 IHSA Individual State Finals. For the vast many and many, Saturday's closing marked their exit from the IHSA season. Only the few regional team champions (from Saturday, February 2) will have the opportunity to wrestle this upcoming week for team glory.

As we may say a little too infrequently, we would like to recognize and share appreciation for the Huskie Wrestling Family in all it does. Many members came out to support these student athletes as well as this one very special high school program. We love having you, and we look forward to teaming with you to finish the 2018-2019 season on a Huskie high note.


Individual State Results | 106-145

 Wrestler  Year  Weight  Place
 No Wrestler  --  106  --
 No Wrestler  --  113  --
 Nico Bolivar  Junior  120  5th
 Joshua Ogunsanya  Junior  126  4th
 Eddie Bolivar  Senior  132  1st
 Torry Early  Senior  138  DNP
 No Wrestler  --  145  --

Individual State Results | 152-285

 Wrestler  Year  Weight  Place
 Joe Chapman  Junior  152  4th
 No Wrestler  --  160  --
 Danny Lingen  Junior  170  DNP
 Daemyen Middlebr.  Junior  182  6th
 No Wrestler  --  195  --
 No Wrestler  --  220  --
 Ashford Hollis  Senior  285  3rd
While the book is closed on the individual state tournament, the dual team state tournament enters stage left. We hope you can come out to watch OPRF on Tuesday night at DeKalb High School.

In the meantime, catch your breath, get some rest, and be ready to follow the highly competitive team tournament this week. Sixteen Class 3A teams remain: the final four will leave Bloomington's Grossinger Motors Arena with a team state trophy. Remember, team scores were not kept at the Individual State Final (similarly, they were omitted at the Conant Individual Sectional).

By the way, OPRF duels Glenbard North at DeKalb High School on Tuesday night beginning at 6 pm. Also combating are Maine South against the host Barbs. The night will conclude with two teams advancing to Saturday's quarterfinal round, the OPRF-Glenbard North winner and the Maine South-DeKalb winner. Be advised that these two winners are positioned on opposite halves of this coming Saturday's Dual Team State Tournament. If you are able, come out to DeKalb and support the Huskies!!! --> IHSA Class 3A Dual Team Bracket

Huskie Pride!



Final team scores | Team scores are unofficial and were not kept.

TrackWrestling Brackets and Full Results | 2019 IHSA Individual State Final

Event pics (by Jamil Shhmart and HWF) | On Facebook | On Instagram

Event articles | Eddie Bolivar claims state crown (Oak Leaves) | Eddie Bolivar wins state title (Wednesday Journal) | State Finals recap (IL MM)

Videos | 2019 Jumbotron Video (IL MM) | 2019 State Finals Highlight Video (IL MM)

Links #1 | IHSA Wrestling | IHSA Wrestling Quick Facts | 3A Assignments | 3A Time Sked | Series Overview

Links #2 | Manual: State-Series-Terms-and-Conditions | Manual: Schools-and-Managers | Rankings


Individual State Bout Results | 106-145

 Wrestler r16 r8 r4 r2    
 Nico Bolivar L W* W* W* L* W*
 Josh Ogunsanya W L W* W* W* L*
 Eddie Bolivar W W W W    
 Torry Early W L W* L*    

Individual State Bout Results | 152-285

 Wrestler r16 r8 r4 r2    
 Joe Chapman W W L W* L*  
 Danny Lingen L L*        
 Daemyen Middlebrooks W W L L* L*  
 Ashford Hollis W W L W* W*  

* - Wrestleback match


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Indy rock: Huskies look to turn up the volume at U of I on Thu-Sat
The Illinois High School Association's Individual State Final is at State Farm Center this weekend · 02/14/2019


The Individual State Final is here.

Happy Valentine's Day! If Huskie Wrestling is your "true love," then today is a marvelous day for you! Nine Huskies qualified for the IHSA Individual State Final in Champaign-Urbana this Thursday-Saturday.

Due to its enrollment, the Huskies compete in Class 3A. There are also Classes 2A and 1A. Below is a review of our quick primer on what you need to know to be ready for all of the February action.

Wrestler participation and medals (U of I Individual State Finals) | Four is the magic number yet again, as four individual sectional tournaments join to create the State Finals bracket. The four individual sectional champions will be seeded and placed in corresponding locations on the bracket sheet. The other 12 wrestlers (2nd/3rd/4th place individual sectional finishers) will be scattered mathematically in the pairings. No byes are provided for any of the 16 wrestlers. Only wrestlers who lose to an eventual semifinalist will qualify for the consolation bracket; four wrestlers per weight class will be one-and-done. New for 2019: all wrestlers losing their first round match shall compete in the wrestle back. In years past, the loser of the preliminary round bout needed his or her victor to win in the quarterfinals. If not, this wrestler's tournament ends. This year, the IHSA approved full wrestlebacks for all wrestlers, in effect removing the "follow the leader" requirement. The top 6 finishers in Champaign will earn medals. This three-day tournament includes full wrestlebacks with no walkovers (in other words, previous decisions from the championship bracket are ignored if two wrestlers meet again in the consolation bracket).

Prices | Individual State Final costs $8.00 or $10.00 per session (5) / $40.00 or $50.00 per all-session pass.

Times | Individual State Final Sessions: 12:00 PM / 4:30 PM approximate for 3A (Thursday), 8:30 AM & 7:00 PM (Friday), 9:00 AM & 5:30 PM (Saturday).

State Farm Bag Policy | Visitors to the Individual State Finals, please be aware of State Farm Center's new clear bag policy.

Tournament videos | Individual State Finals and Dual Team State are broadcast live and archived on (via subscription). Event finals may be rebroadcast on CSN Chicago (also read the press release from 2014 September).


State Farm Center address | IHSA Individual Final (Feb 14-16) | 1800 S. 1st St., Champaign, IL 61820 | Map


Links #1 | IHSA Wrestling | IHSA Wrestling Quick Facts | 3A Assignments | 3A Time Sked | Series Overview

Links #2 | Manual: State-Series-Terms-and-Conditions | Manual: Schools-and-Managers | Rankings

Brackets | All IHSA Wrestling regionals (yep, all 48 regionals in 3 classes) will be hosted on TrackWrestling. All brackets, live results, and archived event results will be posted on TrackWrestling. Visit the 2019 IHSA Individual State Final tournament on TW. Look below for all potential OPRF State Series events on TrackWrestling.

TrackWrestling | Lane Regional | Conant Sectional | Individual State | DeKalb Team Sectional | Team State

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