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2009-2010 Regular Season


In depth perspectives: Huskie videos on wrestling and family

Several weeks ago, OPRF Head Coach Mike Powell sat down with Michele Weldon to share several of his thoughts on video.  One of his four videos is embedded below.  Since that time, Michele has posted several other videos pertaining to OPRF wrestling and family.

We thought you could enjoy these videos this week as the Varsity squad prepares to reemerge this Saturday at 9 am for a Regional at St. Ignatius High School.  More details on the Regional to come later in the week.  Until Saturday (and beyond), perhaps you'll enjoy watching some of these fine videos.

To see all of the videos, click here to visit the multimedia page on Michele Weldon's



Weekend preview: Varsity has bye, JV, Sophomore and Freshman finish 2009-2010 season with tournaments

On Saturday, February 6, the Varsity Huskies will re-enter matland with its IHSA Regional at St. Ignatius High School (Chicago).  They are off this weekend.

However, there are three levels of OPRF wrestling in action.  All three take place on Saturday.

Junior Varsity team | Travels to Hinsdale South for a tournament.  Wrestling begins at 9:00 am.

Sophomore team | Travels to York for the conference tournament.  Wrestling begins at 8:00 am.

Freshman team | Travels to Lyons Township.  Other teams include conference foes Hinsdale Central, York, Glenbard West, and Proviso West and cross-conference foes Hinsdale South and Morton.  Wrestling begins at 9:00 am.



Freshmen second to none: Varsity/Freshman tourney overview

1st place Freshman (photo by Peter Kowalczuk)

OPRF's Freshman group bested the field en route to the team title.  Five Freshman Huskies took home individual titles: Jake O'Mara (130), Sam Koenigsburg (135), Joe Ariola (152), James Henry (160), and Nick Kowalczuk (215).

For more freshman tournament results, view: team scores | full bracket*

* - Bracket needs two corrections at 171 pounds: Corey Cepak of OPRF-O took 4th and Luke Pederson of OPRF-B took 6th.

In Varsity's last regular season action, OPRF tied Marmion for second in the team standings.  This is the same Marmion team that took first to the Huskies' second at the Conant tournament in November.

Here are the Varsity results: 1st - Nick Dardanes (140), Ben Brooks (189); 2nd - Chris Dardanes (135), Sam Brooks (160), Brock Friesen (171), LaQuan Hightower (215); 3rd - Charlie Johnson (152); 4th - Cameron Harris (103), Colin Rogers (119); 5th - Anthony Manetti (145); 6th - Marq Brumant (285); DNP - Darius Henry (112), Frankie Picchiotti (125), Chirino Watson (130).

To view the Varsity bracket of Saturday's tournament, click here.



Worth one more look: Fred Arkin elected to Hall of Fame

I came across this article about Fred written by a member of the IWCOA Hall of Fame selection committee:

Fred Arkin began his wrestling career at OPRF.  He then went on to wrestle at Washington University in St. Louis, where he was a Division II National qualifier at 167 pounds.  Fred coached for both the Oak Park Junior Huskies and the Warhawks.  He also coached for the Junior Cougars in Hoffman Estates.  He is a Bronze Level Certified coach for USA Wrestling.  Fred also served in the Illinois Wrestling Federationís coaching staff in the Kids, Cadet and Junior Nationals divisions.  Fred is currently the tournament director for Conant HS tournament as well as for the OPRF tournament.  Fred is currently the Freshman wrestling coach at OPRF.  For all of these accomplishments, and all of the things he has done for the sport of wrestling, the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association has elected Fred Arkin into its Hall of Fame.  Congratulations, Mr. Fred Arkin!



Pack the place and then some: Little Huskies tournament a big hit

If you host it, they will come (left).  A few of the many enjoy a moment before the next wave hits (right).

In its third major event in three days (did someone say, "Three-peat"?), the OPRF Field House hosted the Little Huskies/Susan P. Collins Memorial Tournament.  It was busy, busy and fun, fun.  Kids of all ages had their shot at the prestigious Little Huskie medallions.  Many of our own junior members of the Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew participated as well.  We even had one wrestle in two separate brackets: Drew Matticks!  If you've never heard the name before, I suggest you look him up on your favorite search engine.

We certainly could not have done this without all of the dedication and efforts from wrestlers, family members, and die hard fans.  A special thanks to Matt McDermott, Mike Powell, and the legion of can-doers.



Second to one: OPRF ties for runner-up at home tourney
Six Huskies in the finals as Nick Dardanes and Ben Brooks take titles · 01/23/2010

OPRF's Field House (above in 2009) hosted the action.

Just to make the finals in the ultra-tough single day tournament is an achievement.  Six Huskies made that a reality: Chris Dardanes (135), Nick Dardanes (140), Sam Brooks (160), Brock Friesen (171), Ben Brooks (189), and LaQuan Hightower (215).  Only two were successful in the championship round: Nick Dardanes and Ben Brooks.  To see the finals results, please visit Illinois Matmen.

In the team battle, Minooka won the tournament as OPRF and Marmion tied for third.

More to come on this tournament soon.



Silver is gold: OPRF wins conference title in 36-28 win over Lyons
Huskies outhustle, outmuscle pesky Lions en route to 18th consecutive conference victory · 01/22/2010

Wrestlers and coaches celebrate the "three peat."  (Photo by Brian Tideman)

For the third straight season, you and I can share the words, "Oak Park-River Forest is conference champion."  On this late January night, the Huskies welcomed a fierce, familiar foe in the Lions of Lyons Township.  In rivalry matchups, spectators yell (do they ever), hearts palpitate, and legends persevere.  All were true in this case as the West Suburban (Silver) Conference title was in the balance.

The action began prior to the first bout when OPRF seniors and their families were honored.  Once again, may we extend our deepest congratulations and thanks to these amazing young men and their families.

The dual began at 140 pounds.  The Huskies (18-2, 6-0) sent out their state champion to get the ball moving in their direction.  Nick Dardanes scored a decision victory over one of LT's best in Matt Nora.  The Lions surged to a 10-3 lead after wins by Lucas Polka and RJ Dilcher.  The Huskies took the next four bouts with a team point combo of 6-5-4-3 (respectively) in wins by Sammy Brooks (160), Brock Friesen, Nick Kowalczuk, and Ben Brooks (215).  Benny's victory was over Joe Gonzalez (ranked #8 at 215).  LaQuan Hightower won his heavyweight debut this year with a decision victory, and Cameron Harris kept the party going with a major decision at 103.  Lyons Township (14-6, 3-2) won three of the following four matches (victories by Bob Gavrick, Kevin Reimer, and Drew Bates) to pull within 32-28.  Colin Rogers (119) picked up the lone victory for the Huskies in that stretch.  In the final bout, Jack Windmoeller had to beat Chris Dardanes by at least 8 for a Lyons team victory.  Few in the Field House thought this was possible, and Chris Dardanes proved them right in an 18-5 triumph.

Huskie Highlight: Who cares?  Sit back and enjoy, everyone.  At least for tonight.  Tomorrow's tournament brings a new challenge.

For more on Saturday's tournament, look below on this page.



Saturday tournament update: Wrestling begins at 9 am

Saturday's wrestling is slated to begin at 9:00 am.  It was previously reported to begin at 8 am.  The Varsity teams are: Oak Park-River Forest, Minooka, Marmion, Notre Dame-Niles, Argo, Sandwich, Riverside-Brookfield, Morton, Lyons Township, Fort Zumwalt West (MO), and Hartland Arrowhead (WI).  The Freshman tournament should be an elite affair as well.

Speaking of Lyons Township, come one, come all to Friday night's conference showdown!

OPRF shoots for its 3rd straight conference title against rival Lyons Township!!  OPRF High School!!  Junior Varsity 1 and 2 to begin at 6 pm!!  Varsity to begin at approximately 7:30!!  Huskie Pride!!



Final fury: Upcoming weekend marks end of Varsity regular season
OPRF HS to host Lyons for conference title (Friday), OPRF tournament (Saturday), Little Huskies (Sunday) · 01/17/2010


Friday: The dual season comes to an end as Lyons Township (all levels) travels to OPRF in a rivalry affair.  Much is on the line, as OPRF (5-0 in conference) must defeat the Lions (3-1 in conference) for the third straight time to garner its third straight conference championship.  Junior Varsity wrestling is slated for 6:00 pm with Varsity and Freshman at approximately 7:30 pm.  Here is a snapshot of the rankings (per Illinois Matmen) updated 1/20:

Lyons Township
(14-5, 3-1) 15th
  Oak Park-River Forest
(17-2, 5-0) 9th
Bob Gavrick (Sr.) HM 112  
  125 Frankie Picchiotti (Jr.) HM
Drew Bates (Jr.) 10th 130  
Jack Windmoeller (Jr.) HM 135 Chris Dardanes (Sr.) 2nd
Matt Nora (Jr.) HM 140 Nick Dardanes (Sr.) 1st
Lucas Polka (Jr.) HM 145  
RJ Dilcher (Sr.) 8th 152 Charlie Johnson (Sr.) HM
  160 Sam Brooks (So.) 2nd
  189 Ben Brooks (Sr.) 4th
Nick Kowalczuk (Fr.) HM
Joe Gonzalez (Jr.) 8th 215 LaQuan Hightower (Sr.) 10th

To read more about Lyons Township, visit or

Saturday: OPRF will leave the mats out as it runs two tournaments (Varsity and Freshman).  In the Varsity tilt, old and new faces will be abound.  The Varsity Huskies welcome Lyons Township, Arrowhead (WI), Fort Zumwalt West (MO), Marmion, and Minooka among others.  The Freshman tourney will consist of a different lineup.  The tournament is slated to begin at 9:00 am.

Sunday: The Little Huskies (click to visit their website) will run their annual youth tournament, the Susan P. Collins Tournament, in the Field House.  If you can volunteer during this day, it is greatly appreciated.  Please contact the Little Huskies coaches (  The building is packed, and any and all help is greatly appreciated.



(Dundee-)Crown us kings for the day: Huskies win all three in quad
Winning the name of the game as OPRF ends with eye-popping 71-6 victory over host Chargers · 01/16/2010

Dundee-Crown's gym hosted the action.

The trip to Carpentersville was one of the longer one day travels the Huskies have made this season, but it sure was one of the most enjoyable.  OPRF took all three duals by a combined score of 161-46.  The Huskies defeated Lane 48-18, Prospect 42-22, and Dundee-Crown 71-6.  Dundee-Crown did elect to wrestle with mostly Junior Varsity wrestlers in its dual with Oak Park.

Winning Huskie wrestlers on the day were Cameron Harris (3-0 @ 103), Darius Henry (2-1 @ 112), Colin Rogers (2-1 @ 119), Frankie Picchiotti (2-1 @ 125), Nate Crain (2-1 @ 135), Chris Dardanes (3-0 @ 140), Tony Manetti (2-0 @ 145), Brock Friesen (3-0 @ 171), Nick Kowalczuk (1-0 @ 189), Ben Brooks (2-0 @ 189), LaQuan Hightower (3-0 @ 215), and Marq Brumant (3-0 @ 285).  Two bouts of note came when Max Schneider of Lane (#2 @ 145) defeated Nick Dardanes (#1 @ 140) by a score of 13-5.  Also, in an off the record exhibition, Chris Dardanes (#2 @ 135) defeated Blaise Butler of Boylan (#3 @ 135) by a score of 10-6.

Huskie Highlight: Nate Crain.  Nate came out with a fury on Saturday in a technical fall victory over his first opponent.  After a tough loss in the middle round, Nate returned with an outstanding showing in the last round.  After trailing early 6-2, he outscored his combatant by a score of 5-0 in the third period to win the match in the final seconds.  Congratulations, Nate!

Next week, all levels will wrestle at home on Friday against Lyons Township in the last conference meet of the season.  On Saturday, OPRF will again host its yearly Varsity and Freshman tournaments.



Panthers tamed: OPRF defeats Proviso West 46-22
Huskies fare well across the board, spoil Panthers' Senior Night · 01/15/2010

Proviso West's field house hosted the action.

Proviso West came into this matchup with six ranked wrestlers (one was injured).  However, the Panthers have major holes in their Varsity lineup.  In the dual within the dual, Proviso West won the bout count 5-4.  Due to the unopposed bouts, the Huskies (14-2, 5-0) breezed to the conference victory.

Tonight's dual was also a great opportunity for Huskies to step in with a few major contributors watching from the bench.  The dual began at 135 pounds.  Chris Dardanes defeated Jameer Thurman by major decision.  At 140, the Panthers' Devin Weaver won by fall over Nate Crain.  Nick Dardanes (145) scored a tech fall victory over Reggie Smith.  Proviso West scored the next two victories (Malik Thurman over Brian Toledo and James Burns over Ivan Castro).  The Huskies' Brock Friesen wrestled a phenomenal match against Julius Johnson in a 7-1 Friesen decision win at 171.  At 189, Nick Kowalczuk fared well but lost to Rasheen Lemon.  At 103, Cameron Harris and Roderick Smith went toe to toe, but the Panthers' Smith took the 3-0 win.  In the last contested bout of the dual, Colin Rogers kept his momentum going with a 12-1 major decision.  Huskies winning by forfeit were LaQuan Hightower (215), Marq Brumant (285), Darius Henry (112), Frankie Picchiotti (125), and Chirino Watson (130).

Huskie Highlight: Ivan Castro.  Ivan made his Varsity debut with the Huskies.  After giving up two first period takedowns, Ivan's defense improved with his opponent only managing two more during the remainder of the match (the latter was highly questionable).  Congratulations, Ivan!

It appeared to my untrained eye that all levels handled Proviso West pretty easily.  That marks two straight conference duals where OPRF's all levels won.



Hall Call: Oak Park's own Fred Arkin elected to Hall of Fame


The New Hall of Fame Inductees will include: Fred Arkin - Oak Park; Dan Carroll - St. Rita; James Chalupka - Chicago; Terry Clarke - York; Ron Coit - Farmer City; Bob Grizzi - Reavis; Marty Kaiser - Rockton-Hononegah; Robert Long - Yorkville; Foster McCarthy - Champaign Central; Tom Seeman - Crystal Lake Central; Jeff Simon - Peoria Richwoods; Dr. Wayne Watson - Chicago and Neil Weiner - Wheeling. Congratulations to All.

If you have further information on this wonderful achievement, please email us.  Send us a picture, too, if you have one!

From all of us in the Oak Park, River Forest, and Oak Park-River Forest communities, let us say thank you, Fred, for your tireless work, amazing contributions, and generous spirit.  A well-earned congratulations!



"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body." ~ Joseph Addison

Please enjoy the many articles about OPRF wrestling found on the web.  They can easily be found in our Articles section.

Chicago Tribune photo by Chris Sweda for Chicago Tribune article on Jan. 10.



Home cookin': OPRF defeats Wheaton N., Libertyville, and St. Rita
Very long day leaves Huskie faithful happy after notching three wins  · 01/09/2010

The setup was similar to the one in 2008-2009 (above).

The home quad is a cherished event.  Instead of driving to locales like Glenbard North, Conant, or Dundee-Crown for the day, you can read your morning paper before putting on your boots and coat for a short trip to OPRF High School.  The only bad thing about this quad was the length.  It's a sign of good and balanced wrestling.  The Huskies (13-2, 4-0) prevailed in three tests of "good and balanced wrestling" in their friendly confines today.  OPRF defeated Wheaton North (33-16), Libertyville (31-22), and St. Rita (47-22).

Winning Huskies on the day were Colin Rogers (2-1 @ 119), Frankie Picchiotti (3-0 @ 125), Chris Dardanes (3-0 @ 135), Anthony Manetti (2-1 @ 140), Nick Dardanes (3-0 @ 145), Charlie Johnson (3-0 @ 152), Sammy Brooks (3-0 @ 160), Brock Friesen (2-1 @ 171), and LaQuan Hightower (3-0 @ 215).  LaQuan scored a nice decision victory over the #9 wrestler in state, Luke Miller of Libertyville.  Also of note, Ben Brooks was out ill for the Huskies, and Eddie Guen-Murray (189) made his Varsity debut.

Huskie Highlight: Colin Rogers.  Colin is beginning to get settled into the 119 weight class.  Colin's only loss on the day was to a ranked wrestler.  In the other two bouts, Colin utilized a combination of takedowns and near falls to blaze his way to victory.  Congratulations, Colin!

Next week, OPRF (all levels) travels to Proviso West for the penultimate conference dual of the year.  On Saturday, Varsity travels to Dundee-Crown for a quad; Junior Varsity travels to New Trier for a quad; Sophomore travels to Niles-Notre Dame for a tournament; and Freshman travels to Morton-East for a tournament.



King of the hill: OPRF tops 'toppers of Glenbard West 68-3
Varsity flirts with perfection as all four squads handily defeat the Hilltoppers  · 01/08/2010


Glenbard West ruled the conference this year in football.  Their wrestling team is quite another story.  The Huskies made the trek to Glen Ellyn and finished with four team victories in four tries.  The home fans and production were great, but they endured an OPRF run that neared a shutout.  It's difficult to say that a team is "running up the score," since wrestling is -- in its purest form -- an individual sport.  Each individual wrestler wants to grow and do well.  OPRF won 13 of 14 bouts en route to the lopsided victory.  In other unofficial scores, OPRF defeated Glenbard West in Junior Varsity (58-24), Junior Varsity 2 (72-15*), and Freshman (39-33). 

* - I'm not sure how this total is possible, since the most cumulative points in a 14 bout dual is 84.  A team can lose a team point for unsportsmanlike conduct, but a team can never be awarded a team point.  So, for example, a team can win 84-0, or a team can win 84-(-1).  Oh well, it was a pasting nonetheless.

Huskie Highlight: The entire team.  Each wrestler and coach contributed to the momentum that brought on tonight's avalanche.  Enjoy this one.  Congratulations, Huskies!



There's "snow" stopping them: Huskies control Red Devils 38-31
LaQuan Hightower's return to the lineup highlights hard fought victory  · 01/07/2010

The anticipation had been building for months.  Hinsdale Central, undefeated in dual meets this season coming into its match with Oak Park-River Forest, had its sights set on dethroning the champion Huskies and perhaps attaining the crown for itself.  However, the Red Devils tasted defeat for the first time as the Huskies extended their consecutive conference dual meet streak to 15 duals.

OPRF (9-2, 3-0) began the dual with Hinsdale Central at 112 pounds.  Darius Henry, an impressive freshman with a limitless sky, gave a spirited performance but lost to Matt Freyn of the Red Devils.   Hinsdale Central extended to a 10-0 lead after a win by Ernest Battaglia at 119 pounds.  The Huskies won six of the next seven matches to claim a 26-13 lead.  Frankie Picchiotti muscled a fall victory at 125 pounds before Chrino Watson won a gutsy overtime decision for the Huskies.  At 135, two ranked wrestlers came to head as Chris Dardanes (#2) scored a major decision over Terry Ward (Honorable Mention).  Oak Park's Tony Manetti lost a close decision at 140, but Nick Dardanes (fall), Charlie Johnson (decision), and Sammy Brooks (major decision) all won.  At 171, David Lutz (#8 at 171) scored a pinfall victory over Brock Friesen to cut the lead to 26-19.  OPRF persevered with pins by Ben Brooks (189) and LaQuan Hightower (215).  Jack Allen (#3 at 285) and Tommy Ward scored falls for Hinsdale Central to end the meet, but it was too little too late.  The Huskies won 38-31.

Huskie Highlight: Frankie Picchiotti and Chirino Watson.  In back-to-back bouts, these two got the tide rolling in the Huskies' direction.  Frankie won by a fall in 3:06, and Chirino rode out his opponent in the third period before prevailing in overtime.  Congratulations, Frankie and Chirino!

"Fresh" Perspective: The Freshman team jolted Hinsdale Central by a score of 48-29.  OPRF's Junior Varsity won, too.



Thursday throwdown highlights two home events this week
Conference battles with Hinsdale C. (home), Glenbard W. (away) lead to Saturday OPRF quad · 01/04/2010

Thursday - Jan. 7 - vs. Hinsdale Central - HOME - JV at 6:00, V at approx. 7:30

I can assure you that the Hinsdale Central Red Devils are licking their chops in anticipation of Thursday's mega-dual at OPRF High School.  They may even be sharpening their pitchforks in preparation.  In recent years, Hinsdale Central has been at the upper echelon of the conference and state, only to be foiled by Oak Park (or Lyons Township).  Last year's HC/OPRF dual was an aberration, with OPRF winning the first 8 bouts in the dual.  Two years ago, a big Ben Brooks fall after -- ahem -- being on his back, propelled the Huskies to a 42-15 victory over the Devils that had a number of matches that could have gone either way.

Why should you come to OPRF High School this Thursday?  My answer will be five fold:

  1. The dual could be for the conference title.  Nothing is for sure as both teams have yet to play Lyons Township.

  2. It's cold outside.  It's warm in the high school.

  3. These kids are phenomenal athletes.  It is an absolute treat watching them get after it.

  4. The Huskies have won 14 consecutive conference duals.  Hinsdale Central hasn't.  'Nuff said.

  5. Mike Powell is the "Garry Kasparov" of IHSA Wrestling.

Head to head facts:

Hinsdale Central (10-0, 3-0) - Ranked #15 in the state - Five ranked wrestlers

Oak Park-River Forest (8-2, 2-0) - Ranked #9 in the state - Seven ranked wrestlers

More about Hinsdale Central: Homepage | Results | Rankings

All levels will wrestle vs. Hinsdale Central (JV at 6:00, Varsity at approx. 7:30)

Friday - Jan. 8 - at Glenbard West - Away - JV at 6:00, V at approx. 7:30

All levels - Conference dual

Saturday - Jan. 9 - OPRF Quad - HOME - V and JV at 10:00

Libertyville (#12 team in state), St. Rita (Honorable Mention in state), Wheaton North (also HM)

Freshman - Saturday - Jan. 9 - at New Trier Quad - Away - F at 9:00



It's all about the Benjamins: Ben Brooks is rich with 100 victories
Four years of intense work ethic, exponential growth drive the OPRF senior · 01/03/2010

Ben Brooks won his weight class at Conant this year. (Photo by Peter Kowalczuk)

"Blazin'" Benny Brooks has been setting opponents and mats on fire as an Oak Park-River Forest Huskie since the 2006-2007 season.  At the Granite City tournament, Ben won his 100th Varsity match.  Also known as "The Bulldozer," Benny immediately entrenched himself into the history books by being the first non-103 pound freshman to advance to individual sectionals (Ben took 2nd at 171 pounds in the 2007 regional).

As a sophomore, Ben engaged in an epic battle in the 3rd place match at individual sectionals that he ultimately lost.  Ben did not advance to state because only the top three finishers were able to compete in Champaign.  Ben shrugged it off en route to the 194 pound state title in the Illinois freshman-sophomore state tournament.

As a junior, Ben placed 2nd at individual sectionals and made the state tournament for the first time.  He did not place, but his future contributions were elemental in aiding the Huskies to their first team title in history.  Prior to the 2009-2010 season, Ben signed a letter of intent to wrestle at the University of North Carolina.

Benny has unfinished business during this senior season.  Without question, he is focused on a state title.  His 136 takedowns are second on the team behind Nick Dardanes' 150.  His contributions aren't only for himself, as he serves as a mentor and leader to the younger wrestlers on the squad. 

Career records: 12-12, 29-11, 42-6, 22-3 (and counting)



Granite growth: OPRF places second as team matures
Big first day paces the Huskies with everyone contributing · 12/31/2009

Players and coaches gather after receiving their 2nd place team trophy (middle).

Tournament results (out of 24):

Team - 2nd place (499.5 pts)  |  103 - Cameron Harris - 11th  |  112 - Darius Henry - 19th
119 - Colin Rogers - 24th (default)  |  125 - Frankie Picchiotti - 4th  |  130 - Chirino Watson - 8th
135 - Chris Dardanes - 1st  |  140 - Nick Dardanes - 1st  |  145 - Anthony Manetti - 5th
152 - FFT  |  160 - Brock Friesen - 5th  |  171 - Sammy Brooks - 3rd  |  189 - Nick Kowalczuk - 8th
215 - Benny Brooks - 2nd  |  285 - Marq Brumant - 14th

Champions Nick (left) and Chris (right) stand for a picture.  |  Chris was voted outstanding wrestler of the tournament.

For full results, go below:



Granite City tournament preview: New format, teams
Missouri, Illinois clash as competition will wrestle out places 1-24 · 12/25/2009

Picture from 2008-2009 season tournament.

Last year, OPRF beat out 17 other teams to won the Granite City crown.  This year's tournament is quite a bit different.  There are 24 teams this year instead of 18.  This year's format is similar to the "old" Kansas City Toshiba Midwest Classic.  There will be pool play on day one with three brackets (red, black, and white) on day two.  Wrestlers will wrestle out to places 1-24 in each weight.

Links you should see | This year: Preview | Format | Rankings | Last year's bracket: Day 1 | Day 2

When: Tues and Wed, December 29 and 30
Where: Granite City High School (Granite City, IL) | 3101 Madison Avenue, Granite City, IL, 62040
Times: Tuesday at 8:30 AM; Wednesday at 8:30 AM
Finals: Wednesday 5:00 PM on two mats in main gym (103 & 285, 112 & 215, etc.)

Format:  Wrestling is expanded to two rooms.  On the first day, wrestlers will compete in a round robin pool of 6 wrestlers.  After wrestling up to five matches on day one, the top two wrestlers will advance to championship bracket (red), the middle two wrestlers will advance to middle bracket (black), and the bottom two wrestlers will advance to consolation bracket (white).  Starting fresh on the second day, wrestlers in each bracket will be wrestled out from 1-8.
Teams to watch: IL: OPRF, Granite City, Edwardsville; MO: Neosho, Oak Park, Ft. Zumwalt West, Francis Howell Central, Francis Howell North, Raymore-Peculiar
Team scoring:  Team scoring will be kept for all wrestlers on day one, and for only the red (championship) and black (middle) brackets.  White (consolation) bracket wrestlers will not score team points during their matches on day two.



Two headed monster: Dardanes duo leads OPRF with Dvorak titles
Sam Brooks, Brock Friesen, and Ben Brooks also place; Huskies finish 7th of 30 · 12/22/2009

"You have to dance with the girl who brung ya."  At this tournament, the Huskies fielded entrants in 11 of 14 slots.  Nearly half, five, of those eleven placed at this la creme de la creme tournament.

Placing for OPRF were Chris Dardanes (1st @ 135), Nick Dardanes (1st @ 140), Sam Brooks (4th @ 160), Brock Friesen (8th @ 171), and Ben Brooks (4th @ 189).

Results bracket || Photos of four of the five place-winners: Chris-1 | Nick-1 | Sammy-4 | Brock-8

In case you missed it...:

Chris Dardanes defeated Greg Jackson (Edwardsville) in the finals and Tyler Argue (Mt. Carmel) in the semifinals.  Nick Dardanes defeated Stephen Robertson (Montini) in the finals and Matt Nora (Lyons Township) in the semifinals.  Charlie Johnson turned -- and pinned -- the #10 ranked 152'er in the state, Lyons Township's RJ Dilcher.  Benny Brooks won his 99th career Varsity match.  His next victory will be his 100th.  Kris Ellis made his Varsity debut with the Huskies.

OPRF Varsity next visits Granite City, IL (St. Louis area), for a two day tournament this coming Tuesday and Wednesday (Dec. 29-30).



Dvorak tournament preview: Machesney Park (Harlem HS) to host
OPRF Varsity to test its mettle against loaded field this Monday and Tuesday · 12/18/2009

The 30-team individual tournament hosts some of the best in-state talent.  It even has a spice of out of state talent as well.  We hope you consider driving to Machesney Park (north of Rockford) on Monday and/or Tuesday to support the Huskies. 

When: Mon and Tues, December 21 and 22
Where: Harlem High School (Machesney Park, IL) | 9229 N. Alpine, Machesney Park, IL  61115
Times: Monday at 9:30 AM; Tuesday at 9:00 AM
Finals: Tuesday at 2:00 PM (1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th place matches)
Info: Dvorak PDF

Teams (as of 11/16/09): Barrington, Bishop Lynch (TX), Bloom Township, Bolingbrook, Crystal Lake Central, Dixon, Dundee-Crown, Edwardsville, Fenwick, Glenbard North, Harlem, Hersey, Hoffman Estates, Hononegah, Iowa City West, Libertyville, Lyons Township, Mahomet-Seymour, Marist, Montini, Morton, Mt. Carmel, Neuqua Valley, Oak Park & River Forest, Plainfield Central, Providence, Springboro (OH), St. Rita, Wheaton North, Yorkville

Here is a Dvorak preview by InterMat (thank you to Charlie Brooks for the find):

Fourteen wrestlers currently ranked by InterMat anchor the field, with three slated to compete at 160 pounds; which, like last year, will be the featured weight bracket of the event. Nick Moore (Iowa City West, IA) -- ranked second in the country - seeks to repeat as Dvorak champion in a weight that his teammate Derek St. John, now at Iowa, won last year. The two prime challengers will be Nick Proctor (Neuqua Valley, IL ) and Jahwon Akui (St. Rita, IL); Proctor is ranked eighth at 171, and Akui ranked ninth in this weight. Three other wrestlers will lead the charge seeking to derail the big three -- Trey Adamson (Bishop Lynch, TX); Sam Brooks (Oak Park River Forest, IL); and Jeff Koepke (Hersey, IL).

While there is only one ranked wrestler at 189 pounds -- 16th ranked Stephen McPeek (Bishop Lynch, TX) -- the competition will be very rigorous. Challengers of note include Cadet freestyle champion Austin Mardsen (Crystal Lake Central, IL); two-time Super 32 placer Ben Brooks (Oak Park River Forest, IL); and a pair of state placers in Sterling Hecox (Machesney Park Harlem, IL) and Matthew Dwyer (Hononegah , IL).

At 135 pounds, Chris Dardanes (Oak Park River Forest, IL) and Jed Lightfoot (Yorkville, IL) are ranked; Dardanes 13th at this weight, and Lightfoot 17th at 130 pounds. Two others to watch are Tyler Argue (Mount Carmel, IL) and Troy Silver (Bishop Lynch, TX), who placed fifth and sixth at the Walsh Ironman. Finally at 140 pounds, Nick Dardanes (Oak Park River Forest, IL) is ranked second in the country while Stephen Robertson (Montini Catholic, IL) is ranked 17th at 135 pounds.



Swept away by the Caravan: OPRF falls 48-19 to Mt. Carmel
#9 Huskies fall to #3 team in the state; win only 4 of 14 bouts · 12/17/2009

Mt. Carmel and OPRF were one bout away from meeting last season.  In the IHSA State Dual Team quarterfinals, Mt. Carmel faced Edwardsville while OPRF faced Naperville Central.  As you know, Naperville Central fell to OPRF.  An Edwardsville victory in the last bout propelled them to a date with the Huskies.  Fans of a Mt. Carmel/OPRF matchup had to wait -- until now.

The dual began at 112 pounds.  OPRF (8-2, 2-0) was shorthanded with Chrino Watson and Chris Dardanes sitting out with nagging injuries.  The Caravan took the first three bouts until the Huskies' Frankie Picchiotti won in an injury default over Kevin Skryzpiec.  Mt. Carmel led 16-6.  Two Varsity newcomers for OPRF (Nate Crain @ 135 and Andrew Davenport @ 140) gave their best but fell.  Nick Dardanes (145) notched the second win for the Huskies against Tim Corse.  Mt. Carmel won the next four including a matchup between Charles Argue (#1 at 171) and Sammy Brooks (#4 at 160).  Sammy lost his second match this year against #1 opponents.  He lost to Nick Proctor of Neuqua Valley (#1 at 160) last week.  Ben Brooks (215) and Cameron Harris (103) won two out of the final three bouts with a tech fall and decision, respectively.

Huskie Highlight: Cameron Harris.  After being blitzed to a 7-1 deficit, Cameron regained composure and outscored his opponent by a score of 16-3 to end the match in a 17-10 decision victory.  Cameron persevered wrestling Huskie Style!  Congratulations, Cameron!

OPRF Varsity to attend Dvorak tournament this Monday and Tuesday.  OPRF Junior Varsity and Freshman to visit Lake Park on Friday (12/18).  OPRF Sophomore to visit Maine South on Saturday (12/19) for a tourney.



Chris and Nick Dardanes: All-Century Duo
Senior twins eclipsed the 100 win mark as juniors · 12/14/2009

On January 15, 2009, Chris (left) won his 100th Varsity bout.  Two days later, Nick (right)
collected his 100th Varsity win.  (Photos by Brian Tideman from 2008-2009 season.)
(January 15, 2009; OPRF at Hinsdale Central)

Announcer 1: Here comes Chris Dardanes for the Huskies....His opponent will be Brad O'Donnell for the Red Devils.
Announcer 2: Right you are, Hal.  Here we go.  Takedown Dardanes, escape O'Donnell, takedown Dardanes, another escape O'Donnell, takedown Dardanes....
Announcer 1: It looks like Dardanes is dominating, Ken.
Announcer 2: I agree.  Second period now, Dardanes chooses bottom...quick escape.  Takedown, Dardanes...near fall!
Announcer 1: Three more takedowns for Dardanes.  He's got O'Donnell's number.
Announcer 2: You called it.  Third period now...and one more takedown for good measure.  And that's it!  Chris Dardanes has just won his 100th Varsity match with a 17-7 major decision over Brad O'Donnell of Hinsdale Central!  Congratulations, Chris!

(January 17, 2009; OPRF at Dundee-Crown)

Announcer 1: The Huskies keep on rolling.  That victory over Dundee-Crown was OPRF's 17th in a row to start the season.  It's time for OPRF to face Boylan.
Announcer 2: Huskie Style wrestling is in full force today, Hal.  This team appears to be on a mission....
Announcer 1: Let's settle into this next bout.  Nick Dardanes is up for the Huskies.  He'll face Lucas Schumacker of Boylan.
Announcer 2: There's the whistle.  Takedown Dardanes!  Escape Schumacker. his back!  It's 9-3 Dardanes after the first!  Second period...more back points for Dardanes, and three more takedowns!
Announcer 1: It looks like Dardanes might tech here, Ken.
Announcer 2: Dardanes will score a fall or tech for sure, I'd say.  Third period....takedown, escape, takedown, more back!  It's over at 5:32.  Nick Dardanes has just won his 100th Varsity match with a 26-10 technical fall over Lucas Schumacker of Boylan!  Congratulations, Nick!

The 2008-2009 season set all sorts of milestones for the Huskies.  Aside from the team, there were several individual accolades.  For three plus seasons now, Chris Dardanes and Nick Dardanes have shown the state of Illinois how determined and talented they are.  On cold January days, Chris and Nick climbed the summit that is 100 career victories.  These two have amassed several achievements in their careers, many more than we will ever hope to post.  Here is a look at the records of these two amazing athletes. 

Chris Dardanes (128-18)

2006-2007 - 35-5 | 2007-2008 - 42-6 | 2008-2009 - 38-7 | 2009-2010 - 13-0

Nick Dardanes (131-15)

2006-2007 - 34-9 | 2007-2008 - 34-5 | 2008-2009 - 50-1 | 2009-2010 - 13-0

Combined record (259-33) .... and counting!

Who's the next Huskie to 100 victories?  Ben Brooks needs only five more to realize that feat.  You can be sure that Chris and Nick will be one of the first to congratulate him.  They know first hand the time, energy, and dedication that is needed to accomplish such a moment.



Huskie hiccup: OPRF wins first two before losing to Neuqua Valley
Huskies defeat West Aurora and Glenbard North; winning streak ends at 35 · 12/12/2009

On Saturday, the Huskies visited Glenbard North for a quadrangular clash with West Aurora, Glenbard North, and Neuqua Valley.  The day started well for the Huskies, blitzing the Blackhawks of West Aurora to a 38-6 lead.  West Aurora finished strong but fell to OPRF 44-24.  OPRF received falls from Chris Dardanes, Sammy Brooks, Nick Kowalczuk, and Benny Brooks. 

In the second matchup, the Glenbard North dual with the Huskies was a seesaw affair.  OPRF opened with a 31-0 lead after seven straight victories: Chris Dardanes (135), Anthony Manetti, Nick Dardanes, Charlie Johnson, Sammy Brooks, Brock Friesen, and Benny Brooks (189).  The Panthers returned with five straight victories of their own (215-119).  The 125 pound match was pivotal; Chirino Watson needed a win of any kind to ensure team victory.  He came through with an 8-2 decision over Jorge Rocha of Glenbard North.  The Panthers' Joey Gosinski finished the dual with a fall, but the Huskies prevailed 34-33.

OPRF met Neuqua Valley in the last dual of the day.  The dual began at 140 pounds, and Anthony Manetti and Nick Dardanes scored decision victories for the Huskies.  Neuqua Valley scored the next four victories with two decisions and two falls.  Ben Brooks took an OPRF forfeit at 215, but the Wildcats took four of the next five bouts, with Cameron Harris taking a forfeit at 103.  Frankie Picchiotti scored a major decision over Julian Ochoa of Neuqua Valley at 130.  Chris Dardanes finished the dual with a forfeit victory at 135.  After 35 successes, the OPRF Varsity took second in a dual meet.

Going undefeated on the day were Chris Dardanes (3-0, 135), Nick Dardanes (3-0, 140/145), Anthony Manetti (3-0, 140/145), and Ben Brooks (3-0, 189/215).

As any coach will tell you, the regular season is preparation for February (when the playoffs begin).  Today is one of the many, many lessons that will shape this squad for the future.  To the future and beyond!

Huskie Highlight: Anthony Manetti.  Anthony, known as "A...Tony" to some, scored three decisions against three tough-as-nails opponents while completing a perfect day.  He now holds an impressive record of 10-3 on the season.  Congratulations, Anthony!

OPRF (all levels) host Mt. Carmel this coming Thursday night, December 17.



Let's play chess: Powell, Huskies outduel McGrath, Trojans
Head coaches match wits as OPRF finishes dual with four straight wins  · 12/11/2009

Friday's conference matchup between the OPRF Huskies and Downers Grove North Trojans was one to remember -- if you were an OPRF fan.  The Huskies entered the dual with a 1-0 conference record after beating York.  Downers Grove North had not yet wrestled a WSC (Silver) dual this season.  The anticipation was building in many circles, and the dual did not disappoint.

The dual began at 160 pounds.  Sammy Brooks began the dual in fantastic fashion with a fall victory.  Brock Friesen battled toe to toe with Danny Balderas (ranked #8 at 171) but lost in a decision.  Nick Kowalczuk and Benny Brooks continued well for OPRF with a decision and fall victory, respectively.  OPRF's Marq Brumant made his Varsity debut and gave up plenty in weight but nothing in heart.  Marq scored an impressive 4-3 victory at heavyweight over Mikey Foreman. 

The Trojans began a roll with a decision victory by Cory Signa (ranked Honorable Mention at 103) over Cameron Harris.  The Trojans won the next four bouts with three falls and a decision; they now led the Huskies 27-18.  With four bouts remaining, the Huskies sent out Frankie Picchiotti for a forfeit victory.  At 140 pounds, Chris Dardanes scored a technical fall victory of Mario Lozano.  The Huskies retook the lead by a score of 29-27.  Nick Dardanes wrestled the penultimate match of the night in a dominating 17-8 major decision over David Tessitore.  After simple calculation, the Trojans needed a pin at 152 pounds for the victory.  However, OPRF's Charlie Johnson spoiled the purple party with an 8-6 decision over Cody Pooler (ranked HM at 145).  The Huskies (6-0, 2-0) will resume conference play on January 7th at home versus Hinsdale Central.

Huskie Highlight:  Marq Brumant.  This heavyweight put on a Huskie Pride clinic in a big match -- literally.  Marq showed determination and focused, gritty aggression the entire six minutes of the match.  Congratulations, Marq!



"Pack-the-place!  Pack-pack-the-place!"

Winter Fun Fest and Pack-the-Place | Friday night, December 11

Friday night is "Pack the Place" night at OPRF.  Come to the OPRF Field House for Games, a Cake Walk, Joust, and much more!  Adult admission is $5 and grade school students are free with a printed flyer.  View the flyer here: Pack the Place at OPRF

5 - 7 pm: Games and activities in the Field House
6 pm: OPRF Wrestling versus Downers Grove North in 1 West Gym
7:30 pm: OPRF Basketball versus Downers Grove North in Field House | Varsity OPRF Wrestling



Birth announcement: It's a website!
Little Huskies, our youth program, gets new site  · 12/07/2009

The Little Huskies, the youth wrestling program in Oak Park & River Forest, has a new website up and running!  It really looks outstanding.  Take a look here:

A big thanks to Eric Davis for the site.  Throughout the season, you can keep updated on all the great things that are happening with our youngsters.

It is never too late to join the Little Huskies.  If you have questions about the program or if you wish to contact the coaches for any reason, send an email to:



Don the den with three more victories: OPRF sweeps
Notre Dame quad, going 3-0 as a team
  Team rebounds after slow starts in all three duals · 12/05/2009

Niles rolled out the "green" carpet for our arrival (left), and Notre Dame's main gym held all the action (right).

It wasn't easy in Niles, but the Huskies persevered to win all three dual meets at Notre Dame High School on Saturday.  OPRF (5-0, 1-0) benefited from a strong middle and upper weight lineup en route to defeating Conant (44-33), Addison Trail (44-28), and Notre Dame (38-27).  Undefeated wrestlers on the day were Anthony Manetti (3-0), Chris Dardanes (3-0), Nick Dardanes (2-0), Connor Harmon (1-0), Charlie Johnson (3-0), Brock Friesen (3-0), Nick Kowalczuk (2-0), Ben Brooks (2-0), and Isaac Chadri (2-0).

Huskie Highlight: Isaac Chadri and Charlie Johnson.  Isaac came back from a tough loss on Friday to dominate his opponents with two falls in two matches by a combined time of 2:57.  Charlie made his Varsity debut this year and did not skip a beat with two pins and a technical fall.

On Friday, all levels of Downers Grove North visit OPRF in another West Suburban (Silver) contest.  On Saturday, Varsity and JV1 visit Glenbard North for a quad, and Freshmen are at Conant for a tournament.



OPRF breaks serve in conference opener, defeats York 46-27
Huskies storm to 40-love lead as they bounce the Dukes from their own court  · 12/04/2009

The Huskies visited York on Friday night in the first West Suburban (Silver) Conference matchup of the season.  OPRF (2-0, 1-0) continued its dominance in the conference with its 13th straight conference victory.  The Huskies haven't lost a conference dual meet since the 2006-2007 season.

The dual began at 130 pounds.  In the first eight bouts, the Huskies showed their middle and upper weight strength by reeling off eight straight wins.  The OPRF streak consisted of wins by Chirino Watson (130), Frankie Picchiotti, Anthony Manetti, Chris Dardanes, Nick Dardanes, Sam Brooks, Brock Friesen, and Benny Brooks (189).  The score was 40-0 OPRF with six bouts remaining.  Chirino's win was over an Honorable Mention ranked opponent, Rudy Guthrie.  The final six Huskies to wrestle were Isaac Chadri (285), Dominique Peel (285), Cameron Harris (103), Andrew Sparks (112), Donald Hicks (119), and Colin Rogers (125).  All fought with Huskie Pride, but Cameron was the only one to earn a victory.  He pinned Frank Connell of York in the second period.

Huskie Highlight: Andrew Sparks.  "The Spark Plug" enthusiastically made his Varsity debut.  Many veterans fail to show the energy and go-get-'em attitude that this newcomer brought to the table on this night.  Despite the fact that he lost a tech fall decision to his opponent, Andrew was a model of tenacity.

"Fresh" Perspective: The Freshman engaged York in a hard fought dual.  Going into the last bout, the Freshman trailed York 39-37.  The winner of the bout would win the dual.  Unfortunately, York won the bout and the dual.  It was a great effort by the Freshman squad.  Look for great things from this group this year.



Potential energy: Conant Tournament Recap

"Simply do the absolute best with the team we have and max out our potential."  Head Coach Mike Powell's words ring true for this tournament.  Facing the daunting task of overcoming two weight class forfeits in addition to an extremely strong Marmion lineup, OPRF maxed out its potential as a team this past Friday and Saturday.

The Huskies placed 2nd out of 19 teams in the two day tournament.  OPRF had 8 wrestlers place in the top 6: Colin Rogers (6th @ 125),  Anthony Manetti (5th @ 145), Chris Dardanes (1st @ 135), Nick Dardanes (1st @ 140), Sam Brooks (1st @ 160), Brock Friesen (4th @ 171), Nick Kowalczuk (4th @ 189), and Ben Brooks (1st @ 215).  Varsity wrestlers that did not place were Cameron Harris (103), Donald Hicks (119), Chirino Watson (130), and Connor Harmon (152). 

The top 5 teams in the team standings were Marmion, OPRF, Providence, Glenbard North (tie) and Schaumburg (tie).

OPRF (all levels) visits York this Friday night for a WSC Silver showdown.  On Saturday, the Varsity travels for a quad meet at Notre Dame (Niles), the Junior Varsity is at home in a quad, and the Freshman are at Glenbrook South for a tournament.



New Crew: Huskies begin year with 44-27 win over St. Pats
Faces old and new get the season off to a strong start · 11/25/2009

The Huskies and Shamrocks kicked off the season.

And the season is officially underway!  The dual began at 125 pounds.  The Huskies won the first five bouts with victories by Colin Rogers, Chirino Watson, Frankie Picchiotti, Chris Dardanes, and Nick Dardanes.  Anthony Manetti (152) started fast but lost to St. Pats' Joe Cortese.  Sammy Brooks continued his winning ways with a tech fall victory over the Shamrocks' Charlie Doyle.  At 171 pounds, OPRF's Brock Friesen gave a battle but fell in a close decision.  Freshman Nick Kowalczuk made his Huskie debut in dominating fashion with a fall victory.  Ben Brooks (215) won by a major decision before St. Patrick won three of the last four bouts.  OPRF forfeited 285 pounds and 112 pounds, with Cameron Harris outfoxing St. Pats' Cody Aguda at 103 pounds.  Darius Henry (119) completed the dual with a hard fought loss against Stephan Kettner of the Shamrocks. 

Huskie Highlight: Brock Friesen and Nick Kowalczuk.  Brock, an impressive sectional qualifier from a year ago, took on a highly ranked wrestler in Alex Ortiz.  Brock fought valiantly and rose to the occasion.  He continued to work hard and scored a takedown as time expired.  Nick Kowalczuk, a freshman, wrestled in his first high school match.  Nick dominated from the get go.  He easily pinned his opponent in the first period.



Off, off, and away: Wrestle offs turn the heat on
St. Patrick dual lineup is decided · 11/21/2009

Huskie pride was at max capacity on Saturday.

You gotta love the annual Orange and Blue intrasquad affair.  Varsity and Freshman challenged each other for starting spots in this upcoming week.  Who won, you ask?  Come out to the Field House at 6 pm this Wednesday to find out!  Details below!



Parental advice: Two wrestling moms to educate parents on wrestling on Wed. in OPRF Monogram Room at 6 pm
Learn what your son or daughter is doing on the mat · 11/23/2009

Knowledge is power!  Calling Huskie parents who want to learn everything you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask!  Two wrestling moms, Paula Kowalczuk and Caryn Brooks, share their collective wisdom with you.  Whether you're clueless like they once were, want a refresher, or are interested in picking up one or two new tidbits, come on up!

This Wednesday (11/25) at 6 pm in the OPRF Monogram Room!  What's stoppin' ya?

If you're not technically a parent but are interested in good information (and bad jokes), you can come too!

View the flyer:  Adobe PDF (67 KB) | Microsoft Word (122KB)

Reminder: Junior Varsity at 6 pm, Varsity & Freshman at approx. 7:30.

OPRF Alumni event following the dual at Molly Malone's in Forest Park!!



1 week and counting: OPRF to host St. Pats on Wed. Nov. 25
Huskies to make first appearance since winning 3A state title · 11/18/2009

The 2009-2010 OPRF Huskies will make their season debut at home versus St. Patrick this coming Wednesday night, November 25, at 6:00 in the Field House.  Varsity is slated to begin at approximately 7:30.  Come early to get a good seat!

  • Wednesday, November 25 - "The Day before Thanksgiving"
  • OPRF Field House
  • Wrestling begins at 6:00 pm for Junior Varsity; at approx. 7:30 for Varsity & Freshman
  • 33rd consecutive season opener between the Huskies and Shamrocks


9, 25, and 27

9 | Many believe that November 9 is the first step on a long journey.  Not so.  I will grant to these believers the fact that November 9 is the IHSA beginning to the wrestling season.  Athletes can officially call themselves wrestlers.  The primary step, however, takes place prior to November 9.  That step consists of the decision to join.  The decision to sweat.  The decision to push yourself.  The decision to be an essential element of the entire team.

25 | On November 25, OPRF's first competition will take place.  For the 33rd consecutive year, the Huskies will face St. Patrick to begin the season.  The event will take place at home in the Field House of Oak Park & River Forest High School.  Junior Varsity wrestling begins at 6:00 pm, and Varsity wrestling begins approximately at 7:15 pm.  Without question, OPRF will roll out the welcome mats for the Shamrocks until just prior to hearing that first whistle.

27 | Last year, OPRF's Varsity made history as the first ever team state champion in the high school's history.  Better yet, the Orange and Blue Wrecking Crew went undefeated!  No other Illinois team from a year ago can make that claim.  Last year's squad won 24 consecutive duals.  In 2007-2008, OPRF's Varsity won their last three dual meets.  Therefore, the Huskies have won an unprecedented 27 straight dual meets!  And counting!

A quick glance at the upcoming Varsity season:

  • Defending team state champions, finishing with a 24-0 record

  • Two-time defending undefeated conference champions

  • Five returning state qualifiers, including one returning state champion

  • Six returning wrestlers from the regional lineup (all sectional qualifiers)

  • Top home duals with Mt. Carmel, Hinsdale C., Libertyville, Wheaton N., and Lyons T.

  • Top away duals with York, Glenbard N., Neuqua V., W. Aurora, and Dundee-Crown

  • Four challenging tournaments including OPRF's inaugural visit to the Dvorak

Who wouldn't want to be a part of this landmark program??  See Mike Powell or a wrestling coach if you'd like to join the wrestling squad today!



9 Huskies compete, 3 place, in preseason tourneys
Ben Brooks, Chris Dardanes, and Nick Dardanes all place · 10/31/2009


Super 32 Challenge (Greensboro, NC) - October 24, 2009

  • Sam Brooks (171)
  • Ben Brooks (189) - 6th Place

USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals (Cedar Falls, IA) - October 31, 2009

  • Cameron Harris (103)
  • Colin Rogers (125)
  • Chirino Watson (130)
  • Chris Dardanes (135) - 3rd Place
  • Nick Dardanes (140) - 1st Place
  • Sam Brooks (160)
  • Nick Kowalczuk (189)
  • Kris Ellis (285)


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Hostin' Huskies: IHSA releases regional and sectional sites
OPRF to host one dual team sectional; IHSA pairings unannounced · 10/31/2009

Some postseason sites to the 2009-2010 season have been predetermined for some time.  The individual state championships will be held at Assembly Hall in Champaign, IL, on February 19-20.  The team state championships will be held at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, IL, on February 27.  This week, the IHSA has released the regional and sectional sites and times for Class 3A.  OPRF could be assigned to any regional or sectional site.  Their dual team sectional site is OPRF High School.

Postseason sites overview (Class 3A):

Regionals (Feb. 6) - Aurora (West), Chicago (Bogan), Chicago (Lane), Chicago (Marist), Chicago (St. Ignatius College Prep), Darien (Hinsdale South), TBA, Granite City, LaGrange (Lyons), Libertyville, Machesney Park (Harlem), Normal (Community West), Palatine (Fremd), Schaumburg (H.S.), St. Charles (East), Tinley Park (Andrew)

Individual Sectionals (Feb. 12-13) - Barrington, Carol Stream (Glenbard North), Chicago (De La Salle), Edwardsville (H.S.)

Individual State (Feb. 19-20) - Champaign, IL

Dual Team Sectionals (Feb. 23) - TBA, Franklin Park-Northlake (Leyden), Oak Park (O.P.-River Forest), TBA

Dual Team State (Feb. 27) - Bloomington, IL



Register on Oct. 27 or 29: Little Huskies WC season to begin on Nov. 10; Program structured around fun and fundamentals
Kids of all ages (5-14 yrs) and weights (40-275 lb) welcome · 10/22/2009

Develop physical development, added self-confidence, new friends, increased self-responsibility, and MUCH, MUCH more!

REGISTRATION: Tues., October 27 and Thurs., October 29 at 7:00 pm in the OPRF Monogram Room

FIRST DAY OF PRACTICE: Tues., November 10 at 6:30 pm

PARENTS MEETING: Tues., November 17 at 7:00 pm

FEES: $115 (insurance included); $10 discount for additional children in same family; financial assistance is available to families in need

| View the Little Huskies information flyer! | -  (PDF - 1.73 MB)

To contact the Little Huskies coaches, send an email to:



Calling all high schoolers: IHSA season to begin Nov. 9
Two and a half weeks of practice lead up to first contest on Nov. 25 · 10/12/2009

Attention, all freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors!  Come join the juggernaut that is the Oak Park & River Forest Wrestling Program.  Who wouldn't want to be a member of the defending state champion Huskies!  If you're deciding between two sports, it's a no brainer.  OPRF is a Wrestling school!

If you have questions, see Mike Powell or one of the other wrestling coaches.



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