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Big banquet for the Little Huskies
Celebration forthcoming on April 16 · 04/06/2009
Little Huskies Wrestling Banquet
Who? All Little Huskies Wrestlers and their
When? Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 6pm
Where? OPRF South Cafeteria
Why? To celebrate another great wrestling season with
participation trophies and special awards!
Catered dinner including: Fried Chicken, Mostaccioli,
Meatballs, Salads and Dessert
Cost: This year, the cost of dinner is being covered by the
Little Huskies Wrestling Club (anyone wishing to make a donation to
the Club to help defray the cost of the banquet can do so that
RSVP: RSVP with # attending to Mary Matticks by April
Mary Matticks or to 708/524-2060 (leave message)
Click here to view the event flyer. (Microsoft
Word, 20 KB)
Historic wrestling banquet delivers
Click on a photo to see a larger
version (Photos by Brian Tideman)
OPRF was the site for the 2009 Huskie Wrestling
End-of-the-Year Banquet. As an unofficial spokesperson of the
crowd that gathered in the cafeteria, I will speak for all and say
that the banquet was a top notch event. Here are a few (of the
many) key points to take away:
Our parents and Huskie Wrestling Family deserve an
amazing amount of thanks
Our coaching staff, too
Despite results on the mat, dedication and pride are
rewards unto themselves
If you want to max your potential, commit yourself
(offseason wrestling, anyone?)
OPRF wrestling looks just as cool on video than it
does in person
Mike Powell is just as good an entertainer as he is
The future is immensely bright
And, in the meantime, take a breath, and enjoy the
Visual Image Photography presents:
The coolest poster you'll ever see
View the complete version (PDF, 238 KB)
2008-2009 Postseason Awards
The Doings/Pioneer Press
West All-Area Wrestling Team -
First Team (4): Chris Dardanes (125),
Nick Dardanes (130), Ellis Coleman (135), Dan Martin (145)
Second Team (2): Benny Brooks (189), LaQuan Hightower
Honorable Mention (3): Joey Brown (103), Sammy Brooks
(152), Matt Monson (215)
Pioneer Wrestling Awards -
Co-Wrestler of the Year: Nick Dardanes,
Coach of the Year: Mike Powell, OPRF
Rookie of the Year: Sammy Brooks, OPRF
Huskie Wrestling Banquet upcoming on
Wed. March 25
When: March 25 from 5:30-8:00
Where: OPRF cafeteria
Food: Pot luck (Freshmen - salads/appetizers; Sophomores -
desserts; Juniors/Seniors - entrees)
Schedule: Eat (5:30-6:30) Awards (6:30-8:00)
Click here to view the event flyer. (Microsoft
Word, 24 KB)
2008-2009: One last look at history
here to view the featured articles. Read and relive all of
the action and stories from this historical season. Thanks to
Mack Bolen, the Wednesday Journal, and the Oak Leaves for the
In my attempt to honor these fine young men, I have
assigned a nickname to each Varsity wrestler. Some names are
borrowed; most are original. Nicknames are meant to be
complimentary. If I missed a wrestler on the Varsity postseason
let me know.
Thank you all for a wonderful season. You are my
- Benny "The Bulldozer" Brooks
- Sammy "The Steamroller" Brooks
- "Downtown" Joey Brown
- Isaac "The Igniter" Chadri
- Ellis "Bubbles" Coleman
- Chris "The Cannon" Dardanes
- Nick "The Knife" Dardanes
- Brock "The Iceman" Friesen
- "Eveready" Eddie Guen-Murray
- LaQuan "The Low Down" Hightower
- Kendall "Clutch Hutch" Hutchinson
- Sean "Action" Jackson
- Charlie "Chuckles" Johnson
- Patrick "Marine" Lavigne
- Anthony "The Manhandler" Manetti
- Dan "The Marksman" Martin
- "Scrappy" Aaron Minnis
- Matt "The Machine" Monson
- Jordan "The Punisher" Patush
- "Laser" Liam Pegg
- Frankie "Pickaxe" Picchiotti
- Brendan "The Brawler" Rogers
- Jake "The Jackhammer" Venerable
- "Colossal" Chris Wilson
- John "The Juggernaut" Wilson
OPRF Huskie Booster Club Dinner Dance & Auction
upcoming on Saturday, March 21, 2009, at Concordia University
This Huskie Booster Club event will take place at
6:30 PM at Concordia University.
Included will be: Dancing, Open Bar, Live & Silent Auction, Dream
Vacation Raffle, Fresh & Fabulous Buffet
Music by: The New Invaders
| Buy tickets online at:
Tickets are $85.00 per person or one table of 10 for
RSVP by March 14 please!
| Questions? Email
Patty Jurczak at
Click here to view the event flyer. (Adobe PDF, 351 KB)
Nick Dardanes is the Tribune/WGN-Ch.
9 Athlete of the Month
Photo by Brian Tideman
Nick Dardanes has earned the Tribune/WGN-Ch. 9 Athlete
of the Month Award. To cap off a great season, Nick earned the
first OPRF individual state championship since 1994. Watch
tonight's (Sunday, March 8) WGN News at 9 for a story.
Read the Chicago Tribune article
here -- now with video!
Pin kings and pin queens: Bowl and reception a success
Bowlers enjoyed the friends and fun at
Candlelight bowl this Saturday @
Circle Lanes (5-7 PM)
Adults, come out to support the Huskie wrestling
program! $50 donation gets you food and, better yet, exaggerated
stories from Coach Mike Powell.
Full schedule of the night's affairs:
5 - 7 PM:
Candlelight bowling at Circle Lanes
After 7 PM: Reception at
The Avenue Ale House. Food will be served at the Ale House.
Circle Bowl (Forest Park) - 7244 Circle Ave, Forest Park,
Avenue Ale House (Oak Park) - 825 S. Oak Park
Ave, Oak Park, IL 60304
Updated: 2009 Candlelight Bowl (Microsoft Publisher, 251 KB)
Trophy triumph: 33-30 victory over
has OPRF nation in Huskie heaven
OPRF captures 1st dual
team title · 02/28/2009
After his pin victory clinched OPRF's
championship, Sammy Brooks hoists the 3A championship trophy.
What a day of wrestling! Rather, I should say
what a year! The OPRF Huskies won their first dual team
state championship in history win a 33-30 hard-fought victory over the
Minooka Indians. It was the second time in 13 years that two
public schools met for state supremacy.
OPRF (24-0 overall) capped off an amazing season full
of maturation, education, achievement, and -- yes -- surprises in
front of an amazing group of family, friends and fans. Here is a
brief summary that doesn't do the day justice:
Quarterfinals: OPRF defeats Naperville Central
The dual meet began at 160 pounds. In one of
only two non-forfeit victories, Naperville Central scored a victory
when Joe Savina defeated Chris Wilson. OPRF won 10 of the
remaining 11 contested bouts. The Huskies scored falls from Matt
Monson and The Great Dardanes. LaQuan Hightower sat out this
meet, and you could see he was well-rested during his match versus
Edwardsville. Benny Brooks, Kendall Hutchinson, and Aaron Minnis
scored decision victories. Liam Pegg was defeated at 119 pounds,
and Joey Brown, Jake Venerable, and Dan Martin earned bonus points in
victories. It was Naperville Central's first appearance at team
state since the format began in the early 80's. The Redhawks put
forth all they could muster against OPRF, but the Huskie Might
Semifinals: OPRF defeats Edwardsville 38-36.
Don't let the score fool you; OPRF won 7 out of the
first 9 matches. The Huskies had an astounding 5 falls in those
7 matches: Matt Monson, LaQuan Hightower, Joey Brown, Frankie
Picchiotti, and Chris Dardanes. Benny Brooks and Nick Dardanes
scored major decision victories. Despite close losses by Kendall
Hutchinson and John Wilson, OPRF led 38-6 after the 130 pound weight
class. OPRF could afford to lose 30 team points in the next 5
bouts (5 bouts x 6 maximum team points per bout = 30 total team
points), and Coach Powell decided to save his squad for the showdown
against Minooka in the finals.
Championship: OPRF defeats Minooka 33-30.
From the get-go, this match was a seesaw affair of
wits, wills, and wear. Sitting in Minooka's section (for the
pictures, I swear!), I heard one fan predict, "The dual will be seven
matches for us, seven for them, and bonus points will decide it."
His crystal ball proved true as the matchups were tight and highly
contested. Beginning at 189 pounds, "Blazin'" Benny Brooks came
out on fire in a dominating technical fall victory over Tim Meyer.
Matt Monson continued the scoring with an 11-5 decision victory over
Brandon Haase. At 285, LaQuan Hightower was overmatched by Cody
Jones. After three bouts, OPRF led 8-3. Leo Ruettiger
outlasted Joey Brown 4-2, and Bobby Zabel found Kendall Hutchinson's
back. After the 112 pound match, Minooka took its first lead at
12-8. At 119, Minooka won its fourth straight match with a Joeie
Ruettiger major win over Jake Venerable.
Chris Dardanes and Brian Bokoski next engaged in a
bout that many will never forget. A week ago, Chris defeated
Bokoski at individual state in a close match. This time, Bokoski
came out with a vengeance and maintained a lead for most of the match.
Chris persisted, attacked Bokoski, and shocked the Indian faithful
with a pin victory. The Huskie crowd erupted at the reversal of fortunes. At 130, Nick Dardanes majored Blake Montella. OPRF regained the lead at 16-14. Ellis Coleman
dated a tech fall but married a pin in a victory over Sean Kenny.
At 140, Marcus Rangel outlasted Aaron Minnis for a 10-1 victory.
Dan Martin stole back the momentum with a decision victory over Kalvin
Hill. With three bouts to go, OPRF led 27-20. Ryan
Warczynski scored a major decision over Brock Friesen. OPRF now
led 27-24. A victory by Sammy Brooks (any victory --
since OPRF held the dual meet tiebreaker) would seal the deal.
Amongst cheers of "Sammy," the freshman wasted little time in gluing
Mitch Brozovich's back to the mat. The title would be finding a
home in Oak Park! In the last bout of the dual meet, Brandon
Collofello took a forfeit victory at 171 pounds.
Mack Bolen wrote a full story on OPRF's day:
Huskies nip Indians for AAA crown
is a long grueling
race held in Alaska every year covering over 1500 miles. Much like a
wrestling season it is a long and difficult journey filled with
hardships, starvation, taxing both the mind and the body. At the end
lies the finish line. This year the
Oak Park - River Forest
High School Huskies' sled towed by 14 "dogs", a dedicated
musher, and a huge support group managed to cross that line first.
Looking at the OPRF line-up, one could easily mistake them for
a MASH unit, bruised, bandaged, bleeding, knees with ice and wrapping
and a whole lot of limping...a stark testament to the brutality of
It was a hectic
Saturday with the IHSA debuting it's first ever 3 class team
championship, 6 mats and plenty of action. The Huskies came in
to their quarter final match as huge favorites over Naperville Central
and managed to wrap up the victory early 42-22 and rest some starters.
Next up was
Edwardsville in the semi-finals, winners over Mt Carmel. Once Again
the Huskies had the match wrapped up early and forfeited the
final 5 matches securing a 38-36 victory. At this point OPRF's
Matt Monson (215) had gone 2-0 winning both matches by fall.
Minooka defeated Glenbard North in a tight semifinal to set up IHSA
ranked #1 vs #2.
The finals match
began amidst a sea of orange, black and blue. Both teams had large
cheering sections, turned out for the marquee match-up of two
great, young, well-coached public school programs. The match began at
189 lbs, and the Huskies jumped out to an 8-0 lead featuring a
TF by Ben Brooks
(189), and another big win by Matt Monson at 215, 11-5 over
Brandon Haase. Minooka then went on the warpath, winning the next 4
matches including a pin by Bobby Zabel at 112 and a 19-7 major
decision by Joeie Ruettiger 119 for the Indians. With Minooka out in
front 16-8 and gathering momentum two of the states' best 125lbers
stepped out on the mat in an individual tournament rematch. Brian
Bokoski came out strong, taking an early lead, but Chris Dardanes
battled back and regained the lead in the 3rd period and with a quick
half off of a take down caught Bokoski for the fall with seconds to
spare. At 130lbs Nick Dardanes faced one of the most
underrated wrestlers in the state, Blake Montella. OPRF was
able to get a hard fought major decision, 19-8 to go up 18-16. Here,
Minooka caught an advantage. Because of the coin-toss (odds and
evens), OPRF had to put their 135lber out first, allowing
Minooka to move Rangel to 140 to face Aaron Minnis instead of
Ellis Coleman. The strategy worked; Coleman got the pin
at 135, but Rangel got a 10-1 major decision at 140 to break the
Huskies' string of 3 straight wins. The score was now 24-20 in
Dan Martin won 12-5 but was unable to score any bonus
points to give the Huskies some breathing room. At 152lbs
Minooka put Ryan Warczynski out and he followed with an 11-0 major
decision, closing the team score to 27-24, with two matches to go. At
160lbs, Minooka had sophomore Mitch Brozovich, hero of the team
sectional victory over Providence.
put out freshman Sam Brooks; ironically Sam hadn't
wrestled a match at team sectionals or in the team state meet, yet
here he was about to wrestle in the pivotal match of the night. Even
before the OPRF faithful were on their feet chanting "SAMMY,
SAMMY, SAMMY", you could sense something. Sam Brooks was
not your typical freshman; a former kids state and national champ,
winner at Conant and a state qualifier at 152lbs is a resume that
states one is ready for "the big match". And so it went...after
getting a take down, scoring some near fall points on a tilt, and
finally locking-up OPRF's first ever team title with a wicked
cradle, the slap of the referees hand on the mat signaled the fall and
the championship. The crowds chant continued after the raised hand
and team celebration, like a homage not just to the wrestler, but to
the embodiment of the success of a young hard-working team that came
out of nowhere in just the last 6 years to claim it's glory. The
final match was forfeited; the Huskies ended an undefeated dual
meet season with a close 33-30 victory over a well-deserving, hard
working, Minooka team with some of the best fans you will ever see.
In the end, Coach Powell was in the center, doused in water,
surrounded by his kids, both arms skyward with extended fingers...we
from Team State
Oak Park-River Forest
42, Naperville Central 22
Oak Park-River Forest 38,
Edwardsville 36 - (OPRF led 38-6; FFT in last 5 bouts)
Oak Park-River Forest 33,
OPRF wins the Dual Team
Team State this Saturday
I hope you do all you can to travel down to
Bloomington, IL, to watch Team State tomorrow (Saturday). If you
can't travel south -- but crave your updates -- try these links:
For detailed information on Dual Team State,
Photo finish: Brian Tideman drops the
pen, lifts the camera
Wednesday Journal features three of Brian
Tideman's photographs from Individual State · 02/25/2009
If you viewed this week's wrestling article in the
Wednesday Journal, you had a chance to read about local wrestlers
making their mark on the state's grandest stage. You also had a
chance to enjoy photographs from yours truly. My name was
mistakenly absent from the print photographs, but my pictures can be
seen online at the Wednesday Journal. And, yes, that's my name
there! Pulitzer Prize, here I come! =)
See the pictures!
Come out to support the Huskies this Saturday at the
U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, IL, as they challenge for
ultimate team glory. I'm sure you'll see a number of sensational
"shots." Full details of Dual Team State are listed further down
on the homepage.
If you can't make it to Bloomington, the Frosh/Soph
tournament (not related to IHSA) begins this weekend. For
Blackjack: 21 dual victories earn
OPRF a spot at the final table
OPRF defeats Sandburg, awaits Saturday's
competition to decide team champion · 02/24/2009
Four teams prepare for the Marist
Benny Brooks (189) competes in the
meet's first bout.
Marist High School's location would seem to benefit
Carl Sandburg High School in its dual meet against OPRF. Almost
in Sandburg's backyard, the crowd reflected a different story.
Sandburg's strong fan base sat perched in the stands with their
Eagle-eyes affixed to the mat. However, OPRF's side of the
stands was nearly standing room only. The Huskie crowd, as
writers say, was not disappointed.
OPRF (21-0 overall, 6-0 in conference) won eight bouts
to Sandburg's six in the Huskies' 35-26 victory. The victory
punches OPRF's ticket to Bloomington, IL, where the Huskies will
compete on the final day of the IHSA season. Scroll down to the
end of this article to view full details of Dual Team State and its
location at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington.
Recap of the OPRF-Sandburg dual:
At 6 PM, the dual meet began in the 189-pound weight
class. Benny Brooks scored a decision victory over state
placewinner Joe Schneider. Matt Monson scored a pinfall victory
at 215 pounds, and LaQuan Hightower gave up 50 pounds but nothing more
in his 2-0 triumph. When Joey Brown majored his 103 pound
opponent, OPRF led 16-0. Sandburg countered OPRF's four
victories with four of its own. Nick Fishback muscled an 8-0
major victory at 112, OPRF's Frankie Picchiotti made his Varsity
return with a hard-fought decision loss at 119, Jake Venerable
couldn't quite overtake the Eagles' Manny Ozoa, and Jon Morrison
(state runner-up at 125 pounds) scored a tech fall victory over OPRF's
Charlie Johnson. The score was now OPRF 16, Sandburg 14 (the
Eagles lost a team point for wrestler misconduct). The Huskies
scored consecutive tech fall victories at 135 and 140 (Chris and Nick
Dardanes), and Ellis Coleman scored his team-leading 32nd fall at 145
pounds. Dan Martin sealed the victory with a 6-4 decision over
Jake Fishback at 152 pounds. Sandburg ended the dual meet with
falls from Juan Soliz and Chris Frostman. OPRF competitors not
mentioned above include Kendall Hutchinson, Brock Friesen, and Chris
Here's another take on the dual:
Illinois Matmen recap
OPRF now advances to the 8-team Dual Team State
tournament this Saturday, February 28, in Bloomington, IL.
Here are the details:
Where: U.S. Cellular Coliseum (Bloomington, IL) - 101
S. Madison Street - Bloomington, IL
When: Session One (Quarterfinals and Semifinals):
Saturday, February 28 at 9:00 AM (OPRF to first wrestle at 11:00 AM);
Session Two (Finals and 3rd Place Meets): Saturday at 6:00 PM
Cost: $7.00 per session
Teams: Grant vs. Minooka, Glenbard North vs. Wheeling,
Mt. Carmel vs. Edwardsville, OPRF vs. Naperville Central
Advancement: The winners of the quarterfinal dual meets will
advance to the semifinals and will comprise the top four team medal
winners. If a team loses its first dual meet, its season is
Brackets: For a state bracket,
Here is a full schedule of
Saturday's action (1A and 2A also have similar schedules):
9:00 AM (Quarterfinal dual meets in top half of
Dual A: #14 Grant vs. #2 Minooka
Dual B: #7 Glenbard North vs. #25 Wheeling
11:00 AM (Quarterfinal dual meets in bottom half of
Dual C: #16 Mt. Carmel vs. #17 Edwardsville
Dual D: #1 OPRF vs. Naperville Central
2:00 PM (Semifinal dual meets)
Dual E: Winner Dual A vs. Winner Dual B
Dual F: Winner Dual C vs. Winner Dual D
6:00 PM (Championship and 3rd place dual meets)
Dual G: Loser Dual E vs. Loser Dual F (Third
Dual H: Winner Dual E vs. WInner Dual F (Championship)
times will be rolling: Candlelight bowl set for March 7
Mark your calendars now and come out to support
the Huskies in this fun evening ·
Attention Huskie Family and Huskie Wrestling Supporters! The
Huskie Wrestling Team invites you to the 2009 Candlelight Bowl.
Time: 5-7 PM (Adults Only)
Date: Saturday, March 7, 2009
Place: Circle Bowl (Forest Park) - 7244 Circle Ave, Forest Park,
View the flyer:
2009 Candlelight Bowl (Microsoft Publisher, 251 KB)
Food will be served along with exaggerated stories from Coach Mike
Final stretch: Huskies hungry for 1st
dual team state title
Tuesday's must-win pits OPRF versus Sandburg
For the vast majority of 3A schools, the individual
state finals marked the end of their IHSA seasons. If that were
the case for OPRF, we would have complete stories about the individual
state tournament -- including OPRF's first individual state title in
15 years. For now, you may want to visit a host of websites to
quench your individual tourney thirst:
I can assure you that the team has turned its focus to the team
tournament. This website has followed (pur)suit.
Marist High School (Chicago, IL) will host two
unrelated dual meets this Tuesday. At 6:00 PM, OPRF will combat
Sandburg. Also at 6:00 PM, Mt. Carmel will wrestle St. Rita.
Unlike previous years, the winners of the two dual meets will not
face each other at team sectionals. OPRF will wrestle only
one dual meet on Tuesday, win or lose.
Sandburg (Orland Park) won consecutive dual team state
titles in 2005, 2006, and 2007. They failed to advance out of
regionals last year. OPRF also failed to advance out of
regionals a year ago. OPRF's best dual team state result was 2nd
There are a few facts to note about the team
tournament. All wrestlers can compete in the dual team
tournament, not just wrestlers that competed in the postseason.
Jake Venerable, for example, did not compete in the regional
tournament. He is still eligible to compete in the team
tournament. Each team can weigh-in up to 21 wrestlers during
each round of the tournament, and the roster of 21 can change from
round to round.
Here is a breakdown of the two teams:
Oak Park-River Forest
State ranking: 1st
Ranked wrestlers: 10
Losses this year: 0
State qualifiers: 7
State medalists: 4
2008 state result: N/A
State ranking: 11th
Ranked wrestlers: 4
Losses this year: 4
State qualifiers: 5
State medalists: 2
2008 state result: N/A
Here are the details:
Where: Marist High School (Chicago, IL) - 4200 W.
115th Street - Chicago, IL
When: Tuesday, February 24 at 6:00 PM
Teams: OPRF vs. Sandburg - (Mt. Carmel and St. Rita will
Advancement: The winners of the dual meets will advance
to the 8-team Dual Team State Finals on Saturday, February 28, in
Brackets: For a state bracket,
Individual State Finals results
Nick Dardanes is a
OPRF place winners:
1st - Nick Dardanes (130)
2nd - Dan Martin (145)
3rd - Ellis Coleman (135)
4th - Chris Dardanes (125)
125 Chris Dardanes
WIN - Josh Katz (Deerfield) - Fall 2:50
WIN - Brian Bokoski (Minooka) - Decision 6-3
LOSS - Tony Ramos (Glenbard North) - Major 10-1
Chris qualifies for the consolation bracket.
WIN - Josh Zinzer (West Aurora) - Decision 13-12
LOSS - Luke Smith (Wheeling) - Decision 10-3
Chris finishes in 4th place.
130 Nick Dardanes
WIN - Andrew Haney (Plainfield South) - Major 13-5
WIN - Cameron Shaffer (Lake Zurich) - Decision 8-5
WIN - Jacob Wojcik (Providence) - Decision 7-0
WIN - Danny Fisher (Highland Park) - Decision 7-2
Nick finishes in 1st place -- state champion.
135 Ellis Coleman
WIN - Thomas Hubert (Granite City) - Fall 1:18
LOSS - Max Schneider (Lane) - Fall 5:55
Ellis qualifies for the consolation bracket.
WIN - Pat Callan (Libertyville) - Fall 1:48
WIN - Jason Montemayor (Grant) - Fall 1:27
WIN - Spartak Chino (Wheaton-Warrenville
South) - Fall 1:54
WIN - Adam Stine (Neuqua Valley) - Fall 4:27
Ellis finishes in 3rd place.
145 Dan Martin
WIN - Tim Savenok (Wheaton-Warrenville South) - Decision 6-5
WIN - Demetrios Mitchell (Hersey) - Decision 3-2
WIN - A.J. Knoll (Lincoln-Way East) - Fall 3:52
LOSS - Elias Larson (Marian) - Decision 5-1
Dan finishes in 2nd place.
152 Sammy Brooks
LOSS - Trevor Wenmouth (Downers Grove South) - Decision 7-5
Sammy qualifies for the consolation bracket
since his loss came to a semifinal wrestler.
WIN - Tom Gross (Lincoln-Way Central) - Decision 9-7
LOSS - Mike Ryan (Lyons Township) - Decision 6-5
Sammy is eliminated from the tournament.
189 Benny Brooks
LOSS - Thomas Davidson (Rolling Meadows) - Fall 1:27
Benny is eliminated from the tournament.
285 LaQuan Hightower
LOSS - Pat Clegg (Hinsdale Central) - Fall 2:29
LaQuan is eliminated from the tournament.
All eyes on Assembly Hall this
Final details of individual state championships
Here are the details:
Hall - University of Illinois-Champaign - 1800 S. First Street -
Champaign, IL 61280
When: Full schedule is listed further down on this home
Cost: $8.00 per session ($10.00 per session for
reserved) - I believe parking is $5 in the Assembly Hall parking lot
Teams: all 3A qualifying wrestlers
Place-winners: The top six wrestlers in class 3A will
Brackets: For brackets,
More information: Scroll further down on this home page.
OPRF wrestlers competing: Chris Dardanes (125), Nick
Dardanes (130), Ellis Coleman (135), Dan Martin (145), Sammy Brooks
(152), Benny Brooks (189), LaQuan Hightower (285).
IHSA releases individual state
brackets (Feb. 15)
Huskies participants learn their opponents ·
IHSA released the individual state brackets for classes 1A, 2A, and 3A
on Sunday. OPRF will compete in Class 3A where there are 16
wrestlers per weight class.
| Tournament Main:
click here. | Brackets
click here. This might be easier on the eyes. Pretend
it's a bracket reading top to bottom.
schedule at Champaign: click here
IHSA will update the brackets throughout the tournament!! So if
you can't travel to Champaign, keep up-to-minute with results in
Champaign at the
Here are OPRF links you can
follow as they update them (From
Here is the full schedule of action on Friday
click here to see PDF (go to p. 3)
Friday, February 20, 2009
7:30 a.m.--Doors open
8:30 a.m.--Class 3A First Round matches (6 mats)
11:00 a.m.--Classes 1A and 2A First Round matches (2 mats per class);
Class 3A Quarterfinal matches (2 mats)
5:00 p.m.--Doors open
6:00 p.m.--Classes 1A and 2A Quarterfinal matches (2 mats per class);
Class 3A First Round wrestle-backs (2 mats)
Saturday, February 21, 2009
7:30 a.m.--Doors open
8:30 a.m.--3A Quarterfinal wrestle-backs (6 mats)
9:30 a.m.--Classes 1A, 2A and 3A Semifinals (2 mats each)
11:30 a.m.-Classes 1A and 2A Quarterfinal wrestle-backs
12:30 p.m.-Classes 1A, 2A and 3A Semifinal wrestle-backs (2 mats each)
3:00 p.m.-1A Third Place matches; 2A Third Place matches; 3A Third
Place matches; 3A Fifth Place matches
5:30 p.m.--Doors Open
6:00 p.m.--Line up for Grand March
6:30 p.m.--Start Grand March; Championship matches (3 mats)
Seven in heaven: Half of the OPRF
squad to compete at state
On Valentine's Day, 7 Huskies' nights come up
roses · 02/14/2009
"squared" off on four mats at De La Salle.
A sea of spectators oversees wrestling
OPRF wrestlers share
a team bonding moment.
OPRF's Dan Martin
(left) was one of 7 advancing wrestlers.
Click here to view OPRF's seven placing wrestlers from the medal
Valentine's Day is a day to hold, to embrace, to fall
head over heels, and -- when things go bad -- to escape from danger.
And that's just today's wrestling tournament!
Seven Huskies have a Valentine's Day to remember, and
it has nothing to do with any romantic counterparts. OPRF
advanced 2 first-place wrestlers, 1 second-place wrestler, 3
third-place wrestlers, and 1 fourth-place wrestler to the individual
state finals in Champaign, Illinois, that will take place on Friday
and Saturday, February 20-21.
Nick Dardanes (1st @ 130) defeated Joe Wood of
St. Laurence by a score of 11-3 in the championship. In three
matches, Nick outscored his opponents 30-5. Nick disposed of two
top 10 wrestlers en route to the title. Nick also maintained the
team lead in takedowns by a slim margin over Dan Martin.
Ellis Coleman (1st @ 135) defeated Mike Grice
of Shepard by a technical fall score of 21-3 (4:00). Ellis
breezed to his fourth sectional title in four years. Ellis's
toughest match came from Brendan Murphy of Marian (10-5 decision).
Chris Dardanes (2nd @ 125) lost to #2-ranked
Jon Morrison of Sandburg in the championship by a score of 7-4.
Chris (#3 at 125) looks forward to rematches with Morrison and #1 Tony
Ramos (Glenbard North) at Champaign. In the semifinals, Chris
outlasted #8-ranked Mike Maggi of Mt. Carmel by a 9-7 score.
Dan Martin (3rd @ 145) won by forfeit in the
3rd place match. (David Skrzypiec of Mt. Carmel did not wrestle
due to injury.) Dan lost a 1 point heartbreaker to #3-ranked
Malik Taylor of Brother Rice. Dan is only three wins away from
100 Varsity career wins.
Sammy Brooks (3rd @ 152) defeated Mike Sawyer
of Mt. Carmel by a score of 3-2 (2OT) in the 3rd place match.
Sammy's only blemish was a defeat to Mike Ryan of Lyons Township for
the second time in two weeks. Sammy is the first non-103 pound
freshman to qualify for state in OPRF history. With 41 wins,
Sammy has the most ever by a freshman of any weight.
Benny Brooks (3rd @ 189) defeated his "good
friend" Anthony Solis of Morton by a score of 13-4 in the 3rd place
match. Benny heads to Champaign for the first time after winning
Frosh-Soph state last year at 194 pounds. In the semifinals,
Benny was on the wrong side of a 5-4 decision to #3-ranked Clayton
Kendall of host De La Salle.
LaQuan Hightower (4th @ 215) did not compete in
the 3rd place match (Eddie Castillo of Bloom) due to being a little
under the weather. He should be fine come next week at Assembly
Hall. LaQuan butted heads against #2-ranked Curtis Blaydes in
the quarterfinals but lost by fall. LaQuan secured a state berth
with a 10-4 victory over Brian Studnicka of Stagg.
Sectional qualifiers that did not place at this
weekend's tournament were Joey Brown (1-1 at 103), Kendall Hutchinson
(1-2 at 112), Brock Friesen (0-1 at 160), John Wilson (0-1 at 171),
and Matt Monson (0-1 at 215).
LINKS: Visit IHSA's
La Salle Individual Sectional results page.
EXTRAS: Remember, there are no team
scores kept at individual sectionals.
sectional results: 6 Huskies make it to semifinals
5 others are waiting and watching · 02/13/2009
After the Friday night lights were turned off at De La
Salle High School, six Huskies were still alive in the championship
bracket. Chris Dardanes (125), Nick Dardanes (130), Ellis
Coleman (135), Dan Martin (145), and Ben Brooks (189) each won his
only match. Sam Brooks (152) won two matches to advance to the
Joey Brown (103) and LaQuan Hightower (285) each won
his first match before losing his second. Each needs the
wrestler who beat him to win in the semifinals to qualify to continue
in the tournament.
Kendall Hutchinson (112), Brock Friesen (160), John
Wilson (171), and Matt Monson (215) each wrestled one match and lost.
As of now, Kendall needs his opponent to win in the semifinals.
Brock is eliminated from the tournament because his opponent lost in
his next match. John may have a chance (I'm not sure if his
opponent won in the second round or not). Matt must have his
opponent win in the semifinals for a chance to compete once again.
Semifinals begin at 10:00 AM, followed by
wrestlebacks. After the semifinal round, the wrestlers who
qualify for wrestlebacks will be determined (those wrestlers that lost
to a finalist at some point along the way). Wrestlebacks will
then be wrestled up to the 3rd place match.
Finals and third place matches begin at 4:00 PM.
There will be two matches per weight class (1st and 3rd place
matches). Wrestling will begin at 103 pounds and continue
through 285 pounds. All wrestlers who qualify for these matches
will advance to Champaign.
De La Salle dozen: 12 Huskies vie for
state berth this Fri and Sat
Wrestlers must finish in top 4 to qualify for
state finals tournament in Champaign ·
With no team score kept at individual sectionals,
twelve OPRF wrestlers aim to advance to the ultimate individual
tournament: Illinois individual state championships.
In order to advance, a wrestler must end up as the
1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th place wrestler in his bracket. There are
12 wrestlers per weight class. Unlike the regional tournament,
this tournament uses "follow the leader" bracketing. A wrestler
can only advance to wrestlebacks if he loses to a wrestler who makes
the finals. If a wrestler loses to an opponent who does not make
it to the finals, that wrestler's tournament (and individual season)
is over without even a shot in the consolation bracket.
In previous years, only the top 3 wrestlers made the
state championship. However, IHSA wrestling grew to three
classes, and only the 3A class will advance 4 wrestlers per weight
class in the sectional. In other words, all wrestlers that
compete in Saturday's medal round (championship and third place
matches) will advance to Champaign regardless of any result.
Session one begins at 5:00 PM on Friday.
All OPRF wrestlers will compete on Friday night. These 6
wrestlers were regional champions and will wrestle only one match on
Friday: Chris Dardanes (125), Nick Dardanes (130), Ellis Coleman
(135), Dan Martin (145), Benny Brooks (189), and Matt Monson (215).
The following 6 wrestlers were 2nd and 3rd place winners at regionals
and will wrestle at least one match on Friday: Joey Brown (103),
Kendall Hutchinson (112), Sammy Brooks (152), Brock Friesen (160),
John Wilson (171), and LaQuan Hightower (285). With a win, each
of the non-regional champions (the second set of six wrestlers) would
wrestle once more on Friday.
Session two begins at 10:00 AM on Saturday.
Wrestling will begin with semifinal matches in all weight classes.
Wrestling will continue with wrestleback matches for only wrestlers
who have qualified for wrestlebacks (as noted above). Once a
wrestler makes it to the championship or 3rd place match, that
wrestler qualifies for the state tournament.
Session three begins at 4:00 PM on Saturday.
First and third place matches will take place. The results of
these matches will determine pairings at the individual state
tournament, but all wrestlers in this session will advance to the
individual state tournament.
The cost is $5.00 per session.
Here are the details:
Where: De La Salle Institute (Parmer Activity Center)
- Institute Campus (Chicago, IL) - 3455 S. Wabash Blvd. - Chicago, IL
60616 (school is at corner of 35th St. and Michigan Ave. -
When: Session one (preliminaries and quarterfinals)
begins at 5:00 on Friday. Session two (semifinals and
wrestlebacks) begins at 10:00 AM on Saturday. Session three
(finals and third place matches) begins at 4:00 PM on Saturday.
Cost: $5.00 per session
Teams: Sectional qualifiers from the Mt. Carmel, St.
Ignatius, Shepard, and Morton regionals
Advancement: The top four wrestlers in each weight class
advance to the individual state tournament.
Brackets: PDF's are not available at this time.
click here to view the pairings.
Click here to view De La Salle Sectional weight breakdown (Premium
- For more information on individual and state tournament schedules
click to visit
IHSA's 2008-2009 Boys Wrestling Series Terms and Conditions.
Regional management: OPRF blows past
competition at Morton
Huskies roll to Regional title with 12 advancing
OPRF Huskies are
all smiles after winning the tournament.
Click for larger pictures:
Tournament champion Nick Dardanes holds
OPRF's newest piece of hardware.
LaQuan Hightower was
one of 12 OPRF wrestlers
to advance to individual sectionals.
coach! After the victory, wrestlers maul
Coach Mike Powell (left) to "celebrate" his 33rd birthday.
At Saturday's Morton Regional, the Huskies charged past the
competition and won the team title going away. OPRF scored 233
team points, 78 points ahead of the 2nd place team, Lyons
Township (155 points). OPRF earned its way into the dual team
state tourney. As a team, the Huskies will face Carl Sandburg
High School (winners of the Shepard Regional) on February 24 at Marist
High School in Chicago. First things first, however. The
individual tournament is the news of today.
OPRF had 12 wrestlers
that placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd and qualified for individual sectionals:
|1st place wrestlers (6):
- Chris Dardanes (125)
- Nick Dardanes (130)
- Ellis Coleman (135)
- Danny Martin (145)
- Benny Brooks (189)
- Matt Monson (215)
|2nd place wrestlers (2):
- Joey Brown (103)
- LaQuan Hightower (285)
|3rd place wrestlers (4):
- Kendall Hutchinson (112)
- Sammy Brooks (152)
- Brock Friesen (160)
- John Wilson (171)
Seniors Liam Pegg (4th @ 119) and Aaron Minnis (140) did not advance
to individual sectionals, but they anticipate returning to the mat in
a few weeks during the team competition.
Of note: Sammy
Brooks (152) was the second non-103 pound freshman to advance to
individual sectionals in OPRF history. Benny Brooks, Sammy's
brother, was the first (placed 2nd at 171 pounds in 2006-2007).
IHSA results | Full bracket
results have not yet been released. We will post link if and
when it becomes available. |
Tournament article on YourSeason.com
a special thank you to Britany Goodman, aunt of Chris and Nick
Dardanes. She put together AMAZING t-shirts that were the hit of
the tournament! Pete Goodman, husband of Britany, displays the
t-shirt masterpiece while waiting for action to begin (at right):
Click here for a much larger picture of the t-shirt!
More on the Morton Regional from Mack Bolen:
"Sleigh" Competition at Morton
ended the dual meet season with a 20-0
dual meet record, but seemed to struggle at the end of the regular
season with a 3rd place in their own tournament, finishing behind
Lyons who they had beaten in a dual meet to win the WSC Silver
Conference title. As the Huskies limped into the post season it seemed
they would be ripe for an upset, right? Uh...not so much. At the end
of the day on Saturday at Morton, OPRF scored 233 points to Lyons
Township's 155 to win the regional title. Argo finished 3rd with 123
and Fenwick was 4th scoring 113.5. The Huskies advanced 12 to the
sectionals with 6 titles, 2 second places, and 4 third places.
The powerful middle of OPRF's line-up managed 4 first places by C.
Dardanes at 125, N. Dardanes 130, Coleman, 135, and Martin 145. Sam
Brooks, first place in any other regional, had to settle for 3rd
behind Bobby Barnhisel who defeated Mike Ryan 7-1 in the 152lbs final.
Big brother Ben Brooks took the 189lbs crown with a fall over Dennis
Beauregard from Reavis. The match of the tournament took place at
215lbs with #3 and #4 ranked IHSA wrestlers colliding in the finals.
OPRF's Matt Monson spotted Argo's Fred Moses to a quick 7-1 lead in
the first period off of two TD's and 3-near fall points. The next two
periods were an all-out war but Monson managed to come back and pull
out a hard fought 12-11 win. At 285lbs, Argo's John Grubisch dominated
the field and WBF over OPRF's Hightower in the final.
103: Gavrick LT WBF vs Brown OPRF; 3rd - Garelli Fenwick
112: Ciaolini Argo 9-5 vs Torres Morton; 3rd - Hutchinson OPRF
119: Macedo Morton 17-9 vs Windmoeller LT; 3rd - Rzechula Oak Lawn
125: C. Dardanes OPRF 15-5 vs Nora LT; 3rd - Rabah Oak Lawn
130: N. Dardanes OPRF 18-6 vs Bates LT; 3rd - Pedigo Oak Lawn
135: Coleman OPRF 18-6 vs Rutledge PE; 3rd - Polka LT
140: Heredia Fenwick 3-2 OT vs Kowal Argo; 3rd - Cammon PE
145: Martin OPRF 14-4 vs Dilcher LT; 3rd - Chittick Morton
152: Barnhisel Fenwick 7-1 vs Ryan LT; 3rd - S. Brooks OPRF
160: Sampey Fenwick TF vs Doleh Oak Lawn; 3rd - Friesen OPRF
171: Menendez Morton 7-4 vs Pizano Reavis; 3rd - Wilson OPRF
189: Brooks OPRF WBF vs Beauregard Reavis; 3rd - Solis Morton
215: Monson OPRF 12-11 vs Moses Argo; 3rd - Alcantara Reavis
285: Grubisch Argo WBF vs Hightower OPRF; 3rd - Ott LT
Regionals this Saturday is OPRF's
first step this postseason
Morton (East) High School is the site of OPRF's
first postseason test ·
This Saturday, February 7, will mark the Huskies first
step for postseason glory. Beginning at 9 AM, 14 OPRF wrestlers
will begin their quest for ultimate individual --- and team --
respect. Regionals is a 10-team individual tournament.
Only the top 3 wrestlers in each weight class will advance to
individual sectionals. Only the top 1 team (the team tournament
champion) will advance to the dual team state tournament.
Here are the details:
Where: Morton High School - East Campus (Cicero, IL)
- 2423 S. Austin Blvd. - Cicero, IL 60804
When: Session one begins at 9:00 AM. Session two
(finals) begins at 1:00 PM.
Cost: Either $4.00 per session or $6.00 all day
Teams: OPRF, Morton, Reavis, Farragut, Prosser, Lyons
Township, Proviso East, Oak Lawn, Fenwick, and Argo.
Advancement: The top scoring team advances to the team
tournament. The top three wrestlers in each weight class advance
to the individual sectional tournament.
Visit our FAQ page to learn the
answers to questions like these:
- How can a wrestler score points during a match?
- How do teams advance in the postseason?
- How do wrestlers advance in the postseason?
- How is a team score determined in tournament play?
- What is the difference between a dual meet and a tournament?
IHSA releases postseason wrestling
assignments! (Dec 3)
OPRF to attend Morton Regional, De La Salle Individual
Sectional, and Marist Team Sectional
View complete list on IHSA's
3A Assignments |
On Saturday, February 7, OPRF will travel to
Morton (East Campus - Cicero, IL) to compete in the regional
tournament. The top 3 wrestlers in each weight class will
advance to individual sectionals. The Morton Regional will
consist of these 10 teams: OPRF, Morton, Reavis, Farragut,
Prosser, Lyons Township, Proviso East, Oak Lawn, Fenwick, and Argo.
Only the regional team champion will advance to the IHSA dual team
On Friday, February 13, and Saturday, February
14, OPRF will travel to De La Salle (Chicago, IL) to compete in
the individual sectional tournament. The top 4 wrestlers in
each weight class will advance to the individual state tournament in
Champaign, IL. Team scores are not kept at individual
On Friday, February 20, and Saturday, February
21, OPRF will send its individual sectional place-winners to
Assembly Hall at the University of Illinois (Champaign, IL) to
compete in the individual state tournament. Again, team scores
are not kept at this tournament.
If OPRF is the Morton Regional champion, then on
Tuesday, February 24, OPRF will travel to Marist (Chicago, IL)
to compete in the IHSA dual team sectionals (the first round of the
dual team tournament). This year, there will only be one dual
meet at team sectionals.
If OPRF wins in the dual meet at Marist, then on
Saturday, February 28, OPRF will travel to U.S. Cellular
Coliseum (Bloomington, IL) to compete in the dual team state
competition. The tournament consists of 8 teams. If a
team loses in the first round of the tourney, the team is done.
If a team wins in the first round, the team is guaranteed two more
dual meets. If it wins the next, it will battle for 1st.
If it loses the next, it will battle for 3rd.
Mark your calendars now for these amazing
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