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2010-2011 Regular Season


Rude guests: Huskies muscle up, defeat York 33-25
OPRF finishes 2nd in conference as Sammy Brooks notches 100th victory · 01/28/2011

The coin toss (left) ensured a Brooks/Nudera match, while Joey Ariola wrestles at 160 (right). (Photos by B.T.)

The York Dukes have been a hot hand this season.  They blitzed the Hinsdale Central Red Devils in their conference opener to make the state take notice.  They have been ranked in the top ten (3A) for nearly the entire season.  The Huskies were a hotter hand on this evening in securing their first away conference victory in the ultra-tough West Suburban Silver Conference.  Terry Clarke, York head coach, said it true: "This is the toughest conference in the country."

All eyes were on the possibility of two top 3 wrestlers going toe to toe, and we'll have more about that later.  Prior to the dual was a coin toss.  OPRF (12-7, 4-2) chose odds before the action began at 130 pounds.  The Huskies weighed two in at 125: Ty Fleming and Donald Hicks.  Donald Hicks started the night in a 10-point major victory.  The Dukes returned fire with a major of their own, a Troy Valdez (ranked #8 at 135) victory over Chirino Watson.  At 140, Nate Crain opened up a big lead over Rudy Guthrie (#11 at 130) before being reversed and losing by fall.  This proves, once again, that nothing is guaranteed in wrestling.  That's one of the (many) reasons why wrestling is so special.

The scoreboard read 10-4 York.  Davonte Mahomes shook it off for the Huskies with a tech fall victory over Marcus Loffredo.  At 152, Michael Woulfe dispatched Alex Mortimer for a dominant major decision.  Joey Ariola made it three in a row with a close decision win.  It was OPRF 16-10.  Kris Ellis gave a go, but York's RJ Kleinhans took the 171 pound bout.  At 189, York had to report first, and it put forth Jim Nudera, ranked #3 and with only two losses on the season.  OPRF sent Sammy Brooks, walking to the mat with 99 career victories.  This is what happened next:


"Slammin'" Sammy's technical fall victory extended the lead to 21-13.  Eddie Guen-Murray and Marq Brumant both scored decision victories before Ryan Bowman's forfeit victory at 103.  With three bouts remaining, OPRF had a 27-19 advantage.  Darius Henry and Denzel King wrestled the closest bout of the night, but our own Darius took a 4-3 victory.  Cameron "The Clincher" Harris sealed the deal with a 8-1 victory in which his opponent never had a chance.  The Dukes finished the dual with a fall victory by highly touted Brandon Kupczyk.  The Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew ended the night with a 33-25 win and a second place finish in the Silver (OPRF wins the tiebreaker in head-to-head against the Trojans).

Huskie Highlight: Sam Brooks.  Sammy won his 100th Varsity match of his young career.  He joins his older brother Ben in the OPRF Century Club.  Not only that, but Sammy did it in a critical bout and in dominating fashion.  No matter what comes, Sammy's 100th was against one of the state's best, Jim Nudera.  Look for Sam to add lots of February victories in the remainder of his junior year.

                                  2008-2009 (Fr.) | 43-9
                                  2009-2010 (So.) | 37-6
                                  2010-2011 (Jr.) | 20-2
                                                  Total | 100-17
  Mike Powell/Sam Brooks



Bringing the hurts in 'hurst: Last dual Friday at York
Huskies need to win to secure second in conference · 01/25/2011

#20    AT    #9

All levels travel to Elmhurst this Friday to face the York Dukes, conference foes, in the last dual of the regular season.  York has been strong throughout this year.  It made a statement early in the season when it raided Hinsdale Central high school in a convincing 33-22 conference win.  The Dukes have 5 ranked wrestlers headlined by #3 ranked Jim Nudera at 189 pounds.

If OPRF wins, the Huskies will take second in an increasingly tough conference.  If OPRF loses, it will likely end up fifth.  If York finishes Friday victorious, it finishes third.  A loss would put the Dukes where they are now: in fourth.  Wrestling is to begin at 6:00 pm.

Marquee Matchup |  The match that all fans would love to see is a 189 pound bout between York's Jim Nudera and our own Sammy Brooks.  Jim Nudera is ranked #2 at 189 pounds and is the son of Jim Nudera Sr., former OPRF football head coach.  Sammy Brooks is ranked #2 at 171 pounds but has been wrestling some 189 pound matches of recent.  I'm sure both wrestlers would cherish the opportunity to see where they may stand against top notch competition one week prior to the beginning of the postseason.  There's no guarantee this match will happen, but if it makes sense for both teams, it would be a dandy.

Saturday |  Varsity sits today out, but there is plenty of Huskie action all around Chicagoland.  Three tournaments will be held for the other squads: Junior Varsity at Hinsdale South (9:00 am), Sophomore at York (8:00 am), and Freshman at Lyons Township (8:00 am).  This will be the last day of season competition for these three levels.



Full house: Field House packed for Little Huskies tourney on Sun.
800+ wrestling youth and their families make Sunday fun day at Susan Collins Tournament · 01/23/2011

Field House frenzy: over a thousand visited OPRF High School. (Photos by B.T.)

Photos |  Click here for a gallery of photos taken at the event.

Saturday afternoon left a river of wrestling mats in the Field House at OPRF.  By Sunday morning, the river had turned into an ocean.  Preparations had been made to have an even more successful youth wrestling tournament in 2011.  Volunteers showed up early, worked often, and never strayed from (Little) Huskie pride.

Coach Matt McDermott and an all-star crew of parents, coaches, volunteers, and wrestlers put forth giant efforts for more than 800 of the most talented -- and sometimes most adorable -- athletes in the area.  It was a treat seeing some of tomorrow's high school heroes today, including a host youth wrestling club that is growing in numbers and accolades.

Thank you to all who came out and dedicated.  No help is underappreciated.  For more on the Little Huskies, visit the Little Huskies home page.



Tough tourneys: Varsity places 4th, Freshman repeats with title
Huskies win two brackets in Varsity and six brackets in Freshman · 01/22/2011

Varsity didn't take home a team title (right), but Freshman sure did. (Photos by B.T.)

This year's Huskie Invitational had -- and by all accounts, will continue to have -- interstate flair.  Arrowhead (WI) and Ft. Zumwalt West (MO) managed the trek.  Minooka and Lyons Township are both top four teams in 3A, and they also wrestled.  Other teams were Morton, Oswego, Argo, and Riverside-Brookfield.

In the retro feeling tournament, the Huskies debuted some new duds -- medal singlets -- that 11 members of the Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew sported during the medal round.  A pair of those singlets were worn by Huskie champions: Cameron Harris (119) and Sam Brooks (189).  Cameron capped off his big weekend with fall victories over Keegan Buttinar (Riverside-Brookfield) and Nick Smith (Ft. Zumwalt West) before winning by 4-3 decision over Mike McNaulty (Minooka).  Century Club-cusper Sam Brooks also scored two falls over Pete Wesolowski (Argo) and Moises Pina (Morton) before enjoying an 11-6 triumph over highly-regarded Shane Hughes (Arrowhead).

No Huskies placed second, but there were 3rd place finishes from Darius Henry (112), Davonte Mahomes (145), Michael Woulfe (152), Kris Ellis (171), and Marq Brumant (285).  4th place went to Chirino Watson (135), Nate Crain (140), and Eddie Guen-Murray (215).  Nobody took home 5th, but Brian Toledo (160) placed 6th.  Colin Rogers (130) also took 6th but injury defaulted out of the tournament.  Ty Fleming went 1-2 on the day in the 125 pound bracket but did not place.

Freshman |  The freshman squad led from start to finish on this day.  The six OPRF champions were the most out off all teams and three more than the next highest amount (by Notre Dame and Niles West).  Winning for the Huskies were Justin Sapp (97), Zach Brinner (119), Terry Martin (160), Ken Johnson (171), Andre Lee (189), and Emonte Logan (215).  Ken Johnson was the only Huskie to pin all three of his opponents -- and he did so in triple first period fashion with falls at 1:15, 1:06, and 0:49.  Taking runner-up were Joe Robles (103), Shandy Ladwig-Scott (125), Will Osborne (215), and Malik Brumant (285).  Placing third were Eddie Sell (90), John Carey (112), Manny Renteria (130), and James Jarek (135).  There were no fourth-placers, and there were one 5th (Eric Guzzetta/152) and one 6th (Jake Bajo/97).

OPRF's 278 points were forty-eight higher than Notre Dame's 230.  Rounding out the team competition (in order of place) was Morton, Niles West, Maine West, Loyola, Argo, Evanston, Riverside-Brookfield, and Brother Rice.  As a team, the Huskies never trailed following any round.

Varsity finals: Teams: Minooka 218, Lyons 214, Fort Zumwalt West (Mo.) 175, Oak Park 172, Arrowhead (Wis.) 159.5, Oswego 99, Morton 80.5, Argo 58, Riverside-Brookfield 54 -- 103: Andrew Crone, Arrowhead (Wis.) d. Nick Schultz, Oswego, fall 4:44; 112: Corbett Oughton, Minooka d. James Krischke, Fort Zumalt West (Mo.), 2-1; 119: Cameron Harris, Oak Park d. Mike McNaulty, Minooka, 4-3; 125: Ben Richard, Fort Zumwalt West (Mo.) d. Will Templin, Oswego, 15-4; Bobby Zabel, Minooka d. Adam Yde, Arrowhead (Wis.), 5-3; 135: Jack Windmoeller, Lyons d. Blake Montella, Minooka, 2-1; 140: Leo Ruettiger, Minooka d. Dominic Hasenfranz, Fort Zumwalt West (Mo.), 7-5; 145: Jake Sueflohn, Arrowhead (Wis.) d. Chepe Mariscal, Morton, maj. dec. 17-1; 152: Matt Nora, Lyons d. Jake Residori, Minooka, 5-2; 160: Kalvin Hill, Minooka d. Mitchell Anderson, Arrowhead (Wis.), fall 5:22; 171: Josh Pullara, Minooka d. Mike Rende, Lyons, 3-1; 189: Sam Brooks, Oak Park d. Shane Hughes, Arrowhead (Wis.), 11-6; 215: Joe Gonzalez, Lyons d. Eduardo Acosta, Morton, 11-1; 285: Brian Pieroth, Lyons d. John Schraidt, Riverside-Brookfield, 3-2

Next week: Friday marks OPRF last conference and regular season dual at York.  If Varsity wins, it takes 2nd in the conference, a loss knocks them anywhere from 3rd-5th.  Junior Varsity 1 and 2 begin at 6:00 with Varsity and Freshman thereafter.  Varsity is off on Saturday, but three tournaments will be held for other squads: Junior Varsity at Hinsdale South (9:00 am), Sophomore at York (8:00 am), and Freshman at Lyons Township (8:00 am).



11th Heaven: Huskies lose 3 bouts to topple Glenbard West 48-15
Home Huskies shined on special Senior, "Junior" Nights · 01/21/2011

At left, Mike Powell presents the 2011 OPRF Seniors. (Photos by B.T.)

In the last home dual of the year, and the penultimate overall dual of the year (pending the offseason), OPRF home cooked themselves a delicious meal of the best varieties on this night.

After Junior Varsities set the table, the appetizers came with two special recognition ceremonies.  In the first, the 8th grade Little Huskies class -- "the best 8th grade class we've had" according to Mike Powell -- was acknowledged as the OPRF Class of 2015.

Following this class was another: the OPRF Class of 2011.  These six young men plus a generous talent known as "Jess" enjoyed this small graduation ceremony with their families.  Thank you to these fine young adults and their selfless and thoughtful families.  View these Seniors in the photo below (from left to right): Chirino Watson, Brian Toledo, Pat Alcock, Kris Ellis, Eddie Guen-Murray, Nate Crain, Jesse Christiano.

Little to big: OPRF Class of 2015 (left) and OPRF Class of 2011 (right) | Click images to enlarge

The Main Course |  Glenbard West came into this dual with a hard-nosed reputation on the aging year.  I knew they would not lie down and would bring everything they head.  One of their key superstars, Mike Summerville, had an uphill battle against our own Sammy Brooks in the 189 bout.  Their only other two ranked wrestlers, Eh Doh Lwei (119) and Zak Hassan (125) faced tough opponents in our own Cameron Harris and Ty Fleming.  The combat was about to commence at 140 pounds.

Nate Crain earned the first victory of the night for the Huskies, now winners of 4 straight duals.  Collin Knowlton of Glenbard West put forth a very nice effort in the decision defeat.  OPRF took the next three, with consecutive falls by Davonte Mahomes (145) and Michael Woulfe (152), who has come on very strong in recent weeks.  Brian Toledo gave himself a Senior Night gift in a 6-1 decision.  171 pounds was the early vote for match of the night.  Kris Ellis and the Hilltoppers' Mitch Anderson battled in the first seesaw affair, but it was Kris whose spirited effort just fell short.

At 189 pounds, Sammy Brooks showed why he could come home with a state bracket board at 171 or 189 pounds this year in a cool second round pin over Mike Summerville.  Eddie Guen-Murray shook off a scare to pin his opponent, also in the second.  Marq Brumant (285) utilized a late takedown for a 4-1 victory and a 33-3 team lead.  OPRF gave up a forfeit at 103 before Darius Henry joined the fall party in 2:38 over Parnevlon Sheppard.  In the #1 match of the night, Cameron Harris tangled with Eh Doh Lwei.  It was a wild second and third period, but Harris gave up a late, questionable stalling call to knot the score at 11.  In overtime, Cameron burst through and scored a takedown.

In the last three bouts, Colin Rogers and Chirino Watson earned decision victories.  Only Zak Hassan (125) could break through in the Hilltoppers' win column.  Final score: OPRF 48, Glenbard West 15.

Huskie Highlight: Cameron Harris.  Cameron has been battle-tested often this season and scored himself a very nice victory over a tough, tough opponent.  Cameron stayed controlled and confident, even in quick swings.  Congratulations, Cameron!

Saturday's action at the OPRF Field House is to begin at 9:00 am.

OPRF coaches prepare wrestlers for tournament set up.



Home front finale: This weekend is last for home wrestling events
Friday is home dual versus Glenbard West, Saturday is OPRF tournament, Sunday is Little Huskies · 01/20/2011


As the season nears its February fanaticism, the last remaining home events will take place this weekend in the OPRF Field House.  This is your last chance to watch home wrestling this IHSA season.  Here's a quick rundown of the days:

Friday |  Conference foe Glenbard West comes a calling on a very special night.  First things first, Glenbard West is a rising force.  They will for sure be a tough opponent on this night.  Don't let their conference past fool you, the Hilltoppers are ranked as an honorable mention with some very talented wrestlers. 

In addition to the action, OPRF will recognize the current 8th grade class and future Huskie class of 2015.  This is the premiere year that this recognition will take place, and I hear that we have a very strong 8th grade class of wrestlers (and kids).  Junior Varsity duals will kick off the action at 6:00 pm.  And let's not forget about Senior Night!  These wrestlers will accomplish what OPRF 2015 hopes to accomplish.

Saturday |  The Huskie Varsity and Freshman squads will host respective individual tournaments in the Field House.  Varsity is slated to begin at 9 am.  Among opponents are Lyons Township, Minooka, Argo, Morton, Riverside-Brookfield, Arrowhead (WI), and Fort Zumwalt West (MO).  The Freshman also are slated to begin at 9 am.

Sunday |  The Little Huskies and friends will host the Susan P. Collins youth tournament in the Field House.  This event is always a great way to showcase the hardest working staff in the state.  Come out to see the Little Huskies themselves display their skills up close!  Or, come out and volunteer to help make the day a tournament to remember.  Come as early as 6:30 am to help out.  Wrestling will begin as soon as brackets are complete, I believe around 9 am or later.

To help, contact Coach Matt via phone or email at  We are also in need of individually wrapped baked goods for a fundraiser at Sunday's tournament.  The goods may be dropped off:

   Saturday @ 831 Home Ave. from 8:30 am to 10:30 am OR
   Sunday @ OPRF Cafeteria from 7:30 am to 9:30 am

For questions about the bake sale, contact Gina Metzgar by email or 708.660.9218.



Picture perfect: Find thousands of words this weekend

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You may not be like me, first walking up and down stands to take photographs when I arrive at events.  Perhaps I notice a Huskie logo I had not seen before.  Perhaps I take in the 2008-2009 state title added to the wrestling banner in the Field House.  Perhaps I enjoy the poster of the athletes that made that title happen now affixed near the stairs approaching the wrestling room.  Perhaps I stare at all of the familiarities that make the Field House one of my absolute favorite places to be.

This weekend is your last opportunity to photograph all that makes Huskie home cooking so special.  So maybe you don't carry two cameras in your laptop case everywhere you go, I get it.  But, there are those mental pictures that are oh so special.

If you ever take any photographs that you think we would love to have or post here on, please email them to us.  We would like to thank all the people who have taken amazing photographs throughout the years.  One of those people is Paul Dengel.  He took several photos of the Downers Grove North-OPRF dual from earlier this year.  Enjoy them as you get fired up for this last -- and best -- weekend of the season.

Click here or on picture to view pictures from OPRF-DGN!  Thank you Mr. Dengel!



Forfeits aplenty: OPRF takes sixes, makes victories to go 3-0
Huskies run down Prospect, Lane, and Boylan; closest dual a 20 point span · 01/16/2011

Outside looking in: Dundee-Crown the host for Saturday's action. (Photos by B.T.)

The Huskies traveled into the outskirts of Chicagoland on this frigid Saturday to a familiar seasonal location: Carpentersville, IL, where Dundee-Crown High School resides.  OPRF didn't face the host Chargers, but it did dismantle all three of the remaining teams in comfortable fashion.

OPRF (10-7, 2-2) handled Prospect 51-12, Lane Tech 41-21, and Boylan 64-9.  Lane Tech, OPRF, and Dundee-Crown came into the day with full squads, but Prospect and Boylan sported the Swiss cheese look in their lineups.

In the first dual of the day, the Knights forfeited 3 bouts to the Huskies and only won 2 of the other 10 contested bouts in a strong OPRF showing.  On two different streaks, the Huskies won 5 straight.

The OPRF/Lane Tech tilt had all the makings of a barnburner.  This bout started at 119 pounds.  Lane Tech came out strong and won 3 close decisions to lead 9-0.  Chirino Watson slid the Huskies back in the win column with a victory to pull within 12-3.  At 140, Lane Tech proved too strong before the Huskies won three in a row at 145 (Davonte Mahomes), 152 (Michael Woulfe), and 160 (Joey Ariola).  The Huskies led 17-12 going into the 171 pound match.  At this time, Lane Tech (readying to leave for the day), forfeited the remaining bouts until 112.  At 112, Johnny McCarthy of the Indians scored a close 6-4 victory over Darius Henry in a see-saw affair. 

Boylan only had five wrestlers to take action.  OPRF won three of those bouts with a fall by Chirino Watson, a technical fall by Nate Crain, and a fall by Joey Ariola.  Marq Brumant and Davonte Mahomes wrestled tough but fell to their Boylan counterparts.  Davonte Mahomes, blazing on the scene this year, competed against Blaise Butler, undefeated and ranked #4 in the state at 140 pounds.

Huskie Highlight: Chirino Watson.  He shook off the cobwebs of last week's quad to wrestle strong in all three matches today, winning by two decisions and a fall.  Congratulations, Chirino!



Conference trip: Huskies fall to Lions' roar 35-24
#4 Lyons takes the win, OPRF takes the show · 01/14/2011

Blue before the black: Huskies traveled to LaGrange for the conference showdown. (Photos by B.T.)

Rise to the occasion |  Show unexpected skill in dealing with a difficulty that arises

Boy, did the Huskies do just that -- except I will take issue with the word "unexpected."  It was quite expected that the Huskies put forth what they bring to the table each and every night.

In a paper comparison, Lyons Township should have run away with this dual, some might have said.  Ranked fourth in the state, the Lions had their entire lineup.  The Huskies had to give up 103 and 215 to forfeit victories.  Still, each and every member of the Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew that took the mat that day left a lasting positive impression on everyone that sat in the darkened gymnasium.  The Huskies would have none of so-called "paper experts" and wrestled the only way they know how: in true Huskie Style.

The dual began at 215 pounds, which means it began at 285 pounds where perhaps the match of the night took place.  Marq Brumant locked horns with Brian Pieroth, the 10th ranked heavyweight in Illinois.  Both aggressively pursued takedowns but came up empty.  The match went into overtime and finally double overtime before Brian Pieroth earned one more escape.  It was a sign of things to come.

After the final forfeit was scored at 103, Lyons led 15-0.  Darius Henry and Cameron Harris won decisions (against AJ Villarreal and Carter Beebe, respectively).  125 was the second entry for match of the night with Donald Hicks wrestling TJ McCabe.  McCabe had the early lead, but Donald pounced back with a takedown to put McCabe on his back.  The referee did not call the fall, and Donald didn't have enough time to outpoint his opponent.

At 130 pounds, #3 ranked Drew Bates won by fall at 1:59 of the first period.  There was much to-do after the buzzer, as the referee said he decided to call the fall prior to the buzzer, and the buzzer was prior to the whistle and subsequent slap of the mat.  In any case, the fall was awarded.  Two ranked wrestlers took stage at 135 pounds, but Jack Windmoeller of LT won by decision over Chirino Watson.  The score read 27-6.

Here come the Huskies.  Nate Crain took a second period deficit into a pinfall victory over Kyle Casilla.  Davonte Mahomes, HM at 145, avoided any danger and crafted a 8-3 win over Luke Polka, ranked 7th in the state.  The Huskies now trailed by a dozen.  Lyons' #3 ranked Matt Nora won by tech fall at 152, and then Joey Ariola scored a lone takedown to defeat Jack Pearson at 160 pounds.  It was now 32-18.  Sammy Brooks was, well, Sammy en route to a pin at 171.  The Huskies were within 8 with one bout to go.  In another wild OT affair, the Lions' Jaime Jones outpointed Eddie Guen-Murray in the finale.

Whichever way you slice it, these Huskies -- our Huskies -- wrestled like heroes tonight.  Some of that royal blue all along the mat and walls slowly but surely turned more than a little bit navy in the gymnasium.

Huskie Highlight: Nate "The Freight Train" Crane.  Down 5-0 to start the second period, he didn't get down on himself.  He stayed tough, and put his opponent on his back before being awarded a pin victory.  Congratulations, Nate!



Lyons Township tonight, Dundee-Crown quad Saturday
Rivalry in motion as the Huskies travel to enemy territory · 01/14/2011

  West Suburban Conference

Lyons Township - Fri. @ L.T. |  #4 Lyons Township expects to flex its 2010-2011 might once again this season.  The Huskies aim to battle in each and every match.  If you do that, you never know what might just happen.  Rivalry is at full force on Friday.

Lyons Township may have gone to a new format where only Varsity wrestles in the last round.  As of last year, they installed a spotlight on the Varsity mat.  If you are a Freshman parent who wants to see a child wrestle, double check the start time of Freshman.  It may be at 6:00 pm.

For conference rankings on Lyons Township, visit WSW rankings.

Saturday @ Dundee-Crown OPRF visits Dundee-Crown where Prospect, Boylan, and Lane Tech are also scheduled to appear.  Wrestling begins in the morning, at 10 am.  Junior Varsity heads to New Trier (Winnetka campus) for a morning quad, at 10 am.  Freshman will wrestle at Morton East (Cicero) for a quad at 9 am.  Sophomore is also in action; they are wrestling at Niles-Notre Dame for a tournament that begins at 9 am. 



Tri, tri again: Huskies fall to St. Rita but topple Libertyville
#19 Mustangs too strong but OPRF outpoints #13 Wildcats · 01/08/2011

Chirino Watson wrestles against St. Rita (left), and Mike Powell provides tutelage (right). (Photos by B.T.)

"Doing the best you can do for yourself is doing the best you can do for the team."
  ~ OPRF Wrestling Head Coach Mike Powell

Coach Powell's words come from his monologue to the team after a quadrangular turned into a triangular at St. Rita on this day.  It turned out to be a short day as the late 2 pm start caused Wheaton North to leave after two duals, thus preventing OPRF's third dual to take place.  The first two were action packed with every bout a pivotal battle in the dual's war.

The day started off with #21 OPRF locking horns with the host Mustangs.  Despite St. Rita scoring more bout victories, the Huskies remained in the hunt due to their bonus points.  Falls were had by -- in order -- Davonte Mahomes (145), Joey Ariola (160), Marq Brumant (285), and Darius Henry (112).  Donald Hicks (125) scored a technical fall.  However, St. Rita's nine bout victories pushed them into the win column with a 37-29 victory.  The spotlight match of the dual was at 171 pounds, where #1-ranked Jahwon Akui combated #2-ranked Sammy Brooks.  Akui won this test, 5-4.

In what turned out to be the final dual, the Huskies fared much better.  Jake O'Mara took on #7-ranked (125) Luke Gaeth to begin the dual at 130 pounds.  Jake quickly turned Gaeth but couldn't get the fall called before Gaeth overmatching Jake for the rest of the match.  The Huskies took the next four bouts with a fall and three decisions: Chirino Watson (135), Nate Crain, Davonte Mahomes, and Michael Woulfe (152).  OPRF led 15-6.  Libertyville took three out of the next four with two close decisions and a fall at 215 pounds.  Joey Ariola and Kris Ellis wrestled tough but couldn't outpoint their opponents, and Jamaal Bovell wrestled up 25 pounds in his heart-filled match.  The Huskies took 189 pounds when Sammy Brooks majored #5-ranked (215) Luke Smith.  Sammy scored six takedowns in a 13-5 win.

Marq Brumant continued a strong day with an 11-4 decision.  At the turnaround, the Huskies led 22-18.  The 103 forfeit propelled Libertyville to a 24-22 lead.  Darius Henry and Cameron Harris took decisions for a 4 point team lead heading into the last match.  Donald Hicks had to stave off a tech or pin, but he wrestled to win.  Donald ended up losing 4-2 in a match that could have gone either way, but he secured the team victory 28-27.

Huskie Highlight: All the Huskies who went 2-0 on the short day.  Going 2-0 were Darius Henry, Davonte Mahomes, and Marq Brumant.  Darius defeated a Dvorak opponent, Pat Fitzgerald, for the second time.  Davonte ousted ranked Kevin Tavakoli, also of Libertyville.  Marq looked dominant in bouncing back after facing the #1-ranked heavyweight a night before.  Congratulations, Darius, Davonte, and Marq!

OPRF Wrestling now enters into a trying time.  With the finish of the conference season and the postseason right around the corner, each wrestler must rededicate himself to what's best for him.  Among other things, what's best for him is giving it all in practice, truly supporting his teammates, trusting in himself, and listening to caches.  This is NOT a rebuilding year.  The etchings on the stone have yet to be made, and big things are still in the works.

We hope all of you follow us to and through February.



Not quite enough: Huskie Pride just the opposite in 38-29 loss
Varsity wrestles like true champions, despite what the scoreboard says · 01/07/2011

Red is everywhere for the host Devils. (Photo by B.T.)

I am so proud of the efforts that the Varsity squad -- the Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew -- put on the mat this Friday night.  So proud.  This night gives credence to all I do: all the hard work and dedication I put forth (and you do, too).  In the tightest of circumstances, each Huskie wrestled Huskie Style and demonstrated the true essence of what Huskie Wrestling is all about.

The dual began in traditional fashion with the Red Devils taking a 6 point forfeit victory at 103 pounds.  Neither Darius Henry nor Cameron Harris gave up a takedown en route to major and minor decisions, respectively.  Cameron avenged a loss to Tommy Ward in last year's dual.  After a Red Devil technical fall by Matt Freyn at 125, the score was 11-6 Hinsdale Central.  At 130, Jake O'Mara stepped in but was not strong enough for an Ernest Battaglia fall.  The Huskies took the next two with another major-minor sequence in victories by Chirino Watson (21-9) and Nate Crain (3-2).

145 would showcase two ranked wrestlers, but #5 Terry Ward proved too much for Davonte Mahomes.  In this bout, the Red Devils were docked a team point for unsportsmanlike conduct.  The score sat 20-14 Red Devils.  Here come the Huskies: Michael Woulfe (152) turned around the match in the second period and scored a fall over Steve Stefani.  With one second left in the third, Joey Ariola (160) secured the win and fall over Max Evers.

171 was a low scoring battle with Hinsdale Central's TJ Sally doing a little bit more before flattening Kris Ellis for a late second fall in the second.  Kris wrestled very tough against the ranked Sally.  A look to the scoreboard had it all tied at 26 with three to go.  Jamaal Bovell and the Red Devils' Andrew Pyle put on a show at 189.  It was a see saw affair of epic proportions.  Back and forth they went, both exhausted, and Jamaal held on for the 12-11 win to give the Huskies the team lead by 3.  Sam Brooks bumped up to wrestle Brian Allen at 215 pounds.  With all eyes and voices on the mat, two warriors brought it to one another.  Unfortunately, 215 pounds of an opponent ended up over Sammy, and the Huskies' 3 point lead switched to a 3 point deficit.  #1 Jack Allen cemented the win for the Red Devils with another pinfall victory at 285. 

Huskie Highlight: Jamaal Bovell.  The Huskies had to have a victory at 189 pounds to have any chance, and Jamaal never gave up.  Down 4-2 after one, Jamaal tied it after two.  He gave up three takedowns before scoring one of his own, but he never gave one up again as he was getting his.  Fighting through fatigue and a match injury, Jamaal got the job done for the team.  Congratulations, Jamaal!

OPRF's Varsity heads to St. Rita for a quad also with Libertyville and Wheaton North.  Saturday's wrestling is a late start -- at 2:00 pm.

We are fierce.  We are a force.  We are the Huskies.



Claw contest: Huskies seek, take opportunities in 36-28 win
Huskies win 20th straight conference dual in gut-wrenching affair · 01/06/2011

Unusually, the Freshman (left) wrestled alongside Junior Varsity (right) prior to Varsity. (Photos by B.T.)

Thursday night under the lights in the OPRF Field House unfolded a little differently than your average run-of-the-mill dual.  First off, the first two rounds of the evening were not Junior Varsity 1 and Junior Varsity 2.  The Freshman squad, usually reserved for action when Varsity wrestles, took action along with Junior Varsity.  The Huskies won both duals easily with scores of 66-10 (Junior Varsity) and 63-24 (Freshman).  That meant that the entire spotlight would be thrust upon the Varsity dual between the Panthers and host Huskies.

The Varsity dual actually shrunk to a battle of 12 bouts instead of 14.  OPRF forfeited 103 pounds, and Proviso West forfeited the 140 pound weight class.  That meant that the team that could outperform the other in 12 contested bouts would be named the victor.

The dual began at 140 pounds, so immediately the Huskies began on the right foot.  OPRF (6-4, 2-0) won in close decisions with Davonte Mahomes and Michael Woulfe to lead 12-0.  The power of Proviso West blitzed the Huskies in the upper weights with the exception of a fall victory by Sammy Brooks at 189 pounds.  After 285 pounds, Proviso West led 19-18.  The forfeit at 103 extended the Panthers' lead to 25-18 with five bouts to go.

With every second critical, the Huskies and Panthers traded decision victories at 112 and 119.  Darius Henry picked up the OPRF win in that stretch.  At 125, Donald Hicks reached down deep and scored a vital 7-5 win to pull the Huskies to within 28-24 with two bouts remaining.  There was some discussion at the head table about the scoring, but the referee did not waver in his correct scoring in the 7-5 bout.  Sophomore Jake O'Mara came out blazing in an impressive 0:40 fall victory to give OPRF a two point lead.  With all the marbles on the line, Chirino Watson wrestled with controlled aggression.  After several turns, Chirino was awarded the pin victory and OPRF was awarded the dual victory, 36-28.

Huskie Highlight: Michael Woulfe and Eddie Guen-Murray.  In an early bout in the dual, Michael stayed consistent, trusted himself, and scored a late takedown for a deserved, important win.  Although Eddie would rather have been named Huskie Highlight in a win, he wrestled with tremendous Huskie Heart and limited the #3 ranked 189 lb-er to a close decision victory.  Congratulations, Michael and Eddie! 

The dual at Hinsdale Central tonight (Jan. 7th) will not be so easy as the one against Proviso West.  We need all of you to come out and scream your heads off (in positive ways, of course).  Please come if you can.



Carpe noctem: Back to back nights in conference before quad
5 opponents, all ranked, lead OPRF back into the dual season · 01/05/2011

  West Suburban Conference

Proviso West - Thurs. @ OPRF |  Honorable Mention Proviso West has been increasing in results the past few years and has 8 ranked wrestlers.  The Panthers are coming in with a formidable squad, and the Huskies need to be prepared.  This one is at our home base, so make plans to attend this Thursday night.

Hinsdale Central - Fri. @ H.C. |  #6 Hinsdale Central has been a strong player in the conference for years, and this season is no different.  They also boast 8 ranked wrestlers.  Don't let their 0-2 conference record fool you; this team is the real deal.  Make it a double feature and visit Hinsdale Central this Friday night.

At Hinsdale Central, the Freshman squad wrestles in the first round along with Junior Varsity 1 and 2.  Do not arrive late if you are a freshman parent.  Wrestling is to begin at 6:00 for Freshman, JV1, and JV2.  Wrestling is at 6:45 (or later) for Varsity alone.

For conference rankings on Proviso West or Hinsdale Central, visit WSW rankings.

Saturday @ St. Rita OPRF visits #19 St. Rita to also battle #13 Libertyville and Honorable Mention Wheaton North.  Wrestling begins in the afternoon, at 2 pm.  Junior Varsity heads to Wheaton North for a morning quad, at 9 am.  Freshman also is set for a 9 am quad.  Theirs is at New Trier (Winnetka campus).



Carpe annum: 2011 is the time for the Huskies
Maturation full throttle as conference, postseason to be settled · 01/04/2011

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As calendar-holders turn the page on a new year, OPRF Wrestling continues to turn the page daily in its relentless quest to be the best it can be.  Let us step back and refocus ourselves on the second half of the season.  This squad -- on all levels -- is improving day by day, minute by minute.  As a spectator and a member, I take pride in what these young athletes are accomplishing on and off the mats.  Yes, holes have been present, but these Huskies go out there and give it their best.

In the preseason, voices barely mentioned OPRF in its rankings, relegating the Huskies to bottom feeder conference status.  A victory over Downers Grove North helped to quiet those voices, but much more can be done before this season has ticked its last tock.

In case you have forgotten, OPRF is undefeated in conference play.  OPRF is the 3-time defending West Suburban Silver Conference champions and has won 19 consecutive conference duals.  We face major tests in our final 5 conference duals, but we control our own destiny.  In the recent past, the Huskies have been tested -- thrust into the fire -- and persevered better than ever.  This can happen again.  I have seen these young men.  I am a believer of the ability, the attitudes, and the skills of each and every one of them.  As Father Time ticks a new year, these orange and blue warriors are ready to take the next steps to immortality.  Immortality in my heart and in yours, if nothing else.  And the satisfaction of giving your all over time's full -- depleting everything you have for the good of the larger purpose.

Now is the time to be great.  Now is the time to embody Huskie Style.  Now is the time to defend all of the hard work, all of the conditioning, all of the dedication -- with results.  And when I say results, I mean wrestling with determination, heart, pride, and Huskie Style.  Everything else will take care of itself.

Join me on this journey.  Give yourself to the cause.  Support us -- all of us -- every step of the way.  We are fierce.  We are a force.  We are the Huskies.



Traveling down to go up: Huskies develop at Granite City
Strong showings across the board as Huskies continue to grow · 12/30/2010

Davonte Mahomes wrestles for first (left), and Coach Powell breaks down the tournament (right). (Photos by B.T.)

Full Results | full results on Trackwrestling | Watch Davonte's title bout, go to 1:13:00

The appeal to traveling nearly five hours for a two day tournament is the tournament itself.  In this case, wrestlers are guaranteed eight matches.  Of course, there are occasional byes due to incomplete Varsity squads, but all wrestlers at Granite City have an opportunity to wrestle in -- and learn from -- a variety of matches against a variety of opponents.  On this past Wednesday and Thursday, twelve Huskies wrestled in the Granite City tournament to develop and grow.  Develop and grow they did.

Team: 13th place of 24.  OPRF, 277.5 pts, shared the place with Edwardsville and Northwest (MO).

Darius Henry (112): 5th place.  Darius had only one loss in the tournament and won by at least major decision in all his victories.

Cameron Harris (119): 7th place.  Cameron continues to improve against top competition and stands on the medal stand for the second time this year.

Donald Hicks (125): 18th place.  Donald showed Huskie heart against strong competition in his class.

Chirino Watson (135): 13th place.  This weight class was stacked, and Chirino battled back nicely for himself.

Nate Crain (140): 10th place.  Nate won four in a row after two losses to begin the tournament.

Davonte Mahomes (145): 1st place.  OPRF's lone champion improved down the stretch, as you would love to see as a coach or fan.

Michael Woulfe (152): 11th place.  Michael met a few buzz saws along the way, but a .500 record at a premier tournament is a very good thing.

Joe Ariola (160): 17th place.  A little under the weather, Joey was perfect in day two to end up with a favorable odd numbered result.

Kris Ellis (171): 14th place.  In only his second varsity competition this season, Kris showed grit in his battles on both days.

Jamaal Bovell (189): 12th place.  Jamaal returned to Varsity in a very good showing including two pins.

Zak Ladwig-Scott (215): 15th place.  Zak is still getting his feet wet on Varsity, but he also added two pins to his resume.

Marq Brumant (285): 9th place.  Marq finished an impressive 5-2 including sweeping the "silver" bracket on day two.



Davonte Mahomes wins 145 lb. title in Granite City Tournament
Fabulous freshman polishes off dominant run in 4-2 triumph over #1 ranked Missouri wrestler · 12/30/2010

Champion! | Davonte Mahomes went undefeated on both days of competition to win the 145 pound bracket in the prestigious twenty-four team Granite City Holiday Tournament.  Undefeated in pool play (4-0) and championship play (3-0), Davonte defeated previously undefeated and #1 ranked (in his class) Justin Dickey of Francis Howell Central by a controlled 4-2 decision.

The Huskies finished tied for 13th in team scoring.  More will be written about this tournament as the holiday weekend unfolds.  Have a safe and fun New Year's Eve, everyone.



Davonte Mahomes to wrestle in Granite City title bout
Title bouts to begin at 4:00 pm · 12/30/2010

Huskie in the finals! | Davonte Mahomes (145) will wrestle in the 1st place match this evening.  The finals are slated to begin at 4:00 pm at the 103 pound weight class.  Watch the match live on your computer at Illinois Matmen.  Follow the link below for LIVE VIDEO -->

Good luck, Davonte!

FOLLOW THE ACTION -  brackets on Trackwrestling  |  live video on Illinois Matmen



Granite City Day 1: Pool play
24 teams to wrestle bracket-in-a-bracket · 12/29/2010

The Holiday Tournament action is split between the main (left) and auxiliary (right) gyms. (Photos by B.T.)

FOLLOW THE ACTION -  brackets on Trackwrestling  |  live video on Illinois Matmen

All 24 places will be wrestled (1-8 in "gold", 9-16 in "silver", 17-24 in "bronze").  At the beginning of wrestling on Thursday, all wrestlers can advance to any place that is in their bracket.

Huskies in "gold" bracket: Darius Henry (112), Cameron Harris (119), Davonte Mahomes (145)

Huskies in "silver" bracket: Chirino Watson (135), Nate Crain (140), Michael Woulfe (152), Kris Ellis (171), Jamaal Bovell (189), Zak Ladwig-Scott (215), Marq Brumant (285)

Huskies in "bronze" bracket: Donald Hicks (125), Joe Ariola (160)



Granite City Info: Premier border clash mixes IL and MO
24 teams to wrestle bracket-in-a-bracket · 12/27/2010

With Granite City's Holiday Tournament changing format in 2009-2010, wrestlers are guaranteed many more matches in this border war event.  If I remember correctly, wrestlers will enter 6-person round robin pools on day one before being split (based on results) into one of three new brackets on day two: white, black, and red.  Wrestling is to be had on Wednesday and Thursday.

What to know if you're coming out | Tournament website

- Address is 3101 Madison Avenue, Granite City, IL, 62040.
- Admission is unknown at this time.
- Wrestling sessions are unknown at this time.

Go get 'em OPRF.  Let's wrestle Huskie Style!



Dvorak final report: Day 2
2 Huskies place · 12/23/2010

Darius Henry (right) is the only Huskie to place in the top 5.  (photo by Illinois Matmen)  

Huskies place at 112, 171 | Current Brackets | Tournament Information PDF

NEW - Read Curt Herron's Illinois Matmen article about OPRF's tournament at the Dvorak.

After tough draws on day 1, the Huskies wrestled tough.  Many came back on the verge of placing in this mega-tournament.  Coach Powell said it best last year, "Placing at the Dvorak is a big deal."  Thursday did not start so well.  Sammy Brooks, undefeated and ranked #1 at 171, tweaked an injury on Wednesday to default out of the tournament and into 6th place.  Next, five Huskies gave it their best in the medaling match, but all five were unable to secure a victory.

Darius Henry would follow in his semifinal match.  He weighs only 112 pounds, but he held the entire Huskie team on his shoulders.  Darius wrestled Johnny Gosinski, an undefeated wrestler from Glenbard North.  Darius lost to Gosinski at the Glenbard North dual.  On this day, Darius wrestled hard for six minutes and won an exciting 7-2 decision victory to hand Gosinski his first loss of the season.

In the finals, Darius lost by major decision to Jared Parvinmehr of Barrington.  Despite the loss, Darius is making strides to wrestle his match for 6 full minutes and to trust in his all-world talent.

Overall, OPRF finished in 15th place as a team with 94.5 points.  Marmion (204.5), Crystal Lake Central (199.5), and Iowa City West (188) rounded out the top three team scores.  OPRF rival Lyons Township finished in 8th place with 132 points.

Coach Powell said it best in his fireside chat at the hotel.  This team is improving and showing strong efforts. 

Up next | Varsity travels to Granite City (St. Louis area) where much more growth is to be had.  The tournament takes place on Wednesday and Thursday (29th and 30th).



Dvorak report: Day 1
7 Huskies alive · 12/22/2010

Seven Huskies remain in the tournament | Current Brackets | Tournament Information PDF

Huskies in the semifinals:

- Darius Henry (112), Sam Brooks (171)

Huskies in consolation and one win away from placing (top 8):

- Cameron Harris (119), Colin Rogers (130), Chirino Watson (135), Davonte Mahomes (140),
  Joe Ariola (160)

Wrestling re-begins at 9:00 am.



Dvorak Info: Machesney Park will host top competition
29 teams to combat near Rockford, Illinois, in an epic tournament · 12/21/2010

It is true that the host Harlem school also shares the mascot of OPRF.  It is also true that the Dvorak is one heck of a tournament.

What to know if you're coming out | Tournament Information PDF

- Address is 1 Huskie Circle, Machesney Park, IL, 61115.
- Admission is $10 all day or $6 second session (adults) or $6 all day or $4 second session (students).
- Wrestling sessions are 9:30 am (I) and approx. 3:30 pm (II) on Wednesday and 9:00 am (III) and 2:00 pm (IV) on Thursday.

As of 11/16/2010 there are 29 teams who are participating in the 2010 Dvorak.

Go get 'em OPRF.  Let's wrestle Huskie Style!



Carmelized: Huskies lose close battle at #7 Mt. Carmel 32-30
Several individual efforts shine as bruise bug infects several more · 12/17/2010

The Huskies' Michael Woulfe (152 lb.) looks to the right for guidance from his team. (Photos by B.T.)

Still without a full lineup, 19th-ranked OPRF traveled into south Chicago to take on the Caravan.  An unusually early start threw some for a loop, but the home Caravan were well prepared.  The Huskies wrestled without starters Colin Rogers, Nate Crain, and Sammy Brooks while still giving up six points in the 103 pound weight class.  The good news about this dual is that there were some amazing efforts by the Huskies.  Conference foes take notice; with a full lineup in the new year, these three-time defending conference champions are not ready to relinquish anything in this War for Four.

The dual started at 140 pounds with #2 ranked Tyler Argue of the Caravan winning a tech fall victory.  The next match may have proved to be the dual decider as Brian Strenk (#4 at 145) took on OPRF's own Davonte Mahomes (sillily unranked).  In a wild affair, Strenk proved to be too strong in a 13-11 triumph.  Another top 4-ranked Caravan wrestler, Ricky Robertson, earned a decision victory before the Huskies got going with strong decision wins at 160 and 171 with Brian Toledo and Kris Ellis.  OPRF lost the next two matches by decision and fall before Marq Brumant conquered Amani Brown-Hall in a 2-1 affair to pull the Huskies to within 11 at 20-9.

After a forfeit at 103, the Huskies won a triple of matches with victories by Darius Henry (decision), Cameron Harris (fall), and Ty Fleming (fall).  Mt. Carmel's talented junior Brendan Tyler-Hall won by fall at 130 pounds to seal the deal before the Huskies' Chirino Watson made little work of Steve Scannell in a first period fall.

Quite obviously, it was difficult to see OPRF (5-4, 1-0) lose a close one -- especially with missed wrestlers.  However, there were some big matches by the Huskies with new faces emerging to learn and develop and to live "Huskie Style" wrestling.

As you begin marking your 2011 calendars, circle, star, underline, and highlight all 5 of the remaining conference duals on OPRF's schedule.  I tell you this: the Huskies have the talent to get the job done in each of these duals.  The next conference dual will take place at home on Thursday, January 6, against the very talented Proviso West squad.  Be there or be square.  Seriously, be there.

Huskie Highlight: Kris Ellis and Ty Fleming.  Kris has been a consistent force in OPRF Wrestling for his career and stepped into the Varsity lineup with no trouble at all in a dominating 12-5 victory over his opponent.  Ty made his Varsity debut but wrestled like a true veteran with intense quickness and controlled aggression in a second period fall victory.

Illinois Matmen coverage of OPRF-Mt. Carmel dual

OPRF Varsity travels to Machesney Park (Harlem H.S.) this Wednesday and Thursday for perhaps the biggest tournament in Illinois this season: the Dvorak.


"Teach Me How to Huskie"

If you're on the inside of the walls at OPRF High School, you most likely are already aware of a gem of a music video that was put together by OPRF Television to promote school spirit for -- well -- the greatest high school that I've ever known.  The next time you or I see someone wearing a shirt from another school (Fenwick, Lyons Township, Hinsdale Central, etc), just show them this video.  They'll be asking us, "Teach me how to Huskie," in no time.  |  View on YouTube.

This video was actually featured on the FOX morning news this Wednesday morning.  Corey McPherrin even stated that FOX's own Bill Zwecker attended Oak Park-River Forest.

"How to Huskie" on Trib Local | Huffington Post



Savaged, then salvaged: Huskies go 1-2 at Glenbard North quad
Panthers and Blackhawks rip through Huskies before OPRF tames Wildcats · 12/11/2010

Growing pains: the Huskies had lots of lessons to learn on this Saturday. (Photos by B.T.)

Nate Crain has been a consistent member of the OPRF Varsity lineup for only the current season.  Compared to the the rest of his teammates, he inconsistently did what no other Varsity Huskie could: wrestle in a trio of matches and win all three.

OPRF (5-3, 1-0) took serious lumps in losses to #1 ranked Glenbard North (52-12) and #16 West Aurora (51-19).  The squad regrouped to hand honorable mention Neuqua Valley a 37-21 defeat.  The Huskies forfeited at least two weights in each dual due to injuries, but they were seriously out-toughed in the first two duals.

The Glenbard North dual was quickly out of hand, but it was somewhat expected in facing the #1 ranked team in all of Class 3A.  The Panthers led 36-0 after 7 duals.  Winning for the Huskies were Chirino Watson (135), Nate Crain (140), and Sammy Brooks (171).

West Aurora had a few holes, too, but the Huskies didn't do much more than pick up the two forfeit victories.  The only competing members of the OPRF camp who scored victories were Nate Crain (140) and Eddie Guen-Murray (189).

In the final dual of the day, the Huskies fared much, much better as they won 9 of 12 contested bouts.  Winners were Darius Henry (112), Cameron Harris (119), Donald Hicks (125), Colin Rogers (130), Jake O'Mara (135), Nate Crain (140), Davonte Mahomes (145), Sammy Brooks (171), and Eddie Guen-Murray (189).

Junior Varsity wrestled on the far mats, but the only Varsity wrestlers to go undefeated on the day were Donald Hicks (1-0), Nate Crain (3-0), and Sammy Brooks (2-0).

Huskie Highlight: Donald Hicks and Jake O'Mara.  Donald waited all day for his chance to wrestle before wasting little time in a second period fall victory.  Jake made his Varsity debut and debut-plus-one.  He wrestled tough and won his second match in a dominating "Huskie Style" technical fall fashion.

Next week, there is only one OPRF Wrestling competition.  On Thursday, all levels travel into the city to take on Mt. Carmel.  The action begins at 6:00 pm.



Don't forget to follow OPRF on Illinois Matmen

As posted before, Illinois Matmen will be following the Huskies with stories and pictures throughout the season.  Recently, Illinois Matmen posted a great article about the OPRF/Downers Grove North dual meet. 

Visit | OPRF-Downers Grove North article | Illinois Matmen News | Illinois Matmen Home |  



Huskie Newsletter 12/06

Huskie Wrestling Family,

Another weekend has ended and left good news for Huskie fans. Our freshman dominated the Glenbrook South dual tourney, our varsity beat a highly touted DGN in an exciting match, and our JV represented well at the quad on Saturday.

Highlights from this weekend include huge wins from Brian Toledo, Joe Ariola, Davonte Mahomes, and Marq Brumant in the varsity dual on Friday night. Our young team represented well again on Saturday, going 2 - 1 against solid competition. After beating Conant and Addison Trail, we lost a heart breaker against #11 ranked Notre Dame. While we out wrestled ND, winning 8 of 13 contested matches, we gave up a forfeit and 4 pins and thus lost 32 - 31. The eight wins we had were hard earned and very well wrestled. Sammy Brooks dismantled the #3 ranked wrestlers at his weight, racking up many points before pinning him.

We will have our first Parents Night of the year tonight at Molly Malones in Forest Park (Madison, one block east of Des Plaines) at 7 PM. The bar area tables are reserved for any and all Huskie Family folk who want to discuss all the really important matters of Huskie wrestling.

Wrestlers of the week:


Practice - Emonte Logan has been likened to a young LaQuan Hightower and with good reason. This young man has a terrific work ethic and a contagious spirit rarely observed in freshman.

Competition - Andre Lee is stone cold on the mat. He loves to wrestle Huskie Style and dominated his opponents this weekend.


Practice- Jake O’Mara's hard work and dedication have paid off with the domination of his opponents this weekend. He has taken the coaches challenges to get tougher to heart and is a future star in our program.

Competition - Zak Ladwig-Scott did an exceptional job this weekend. He wrestles to dominate, constantly pushing the pace and wearing his opponents down. Zak went 3 - 0 this weekend.


Practice - Sam Brooks sets the pace in the room daily. We often have to line up workout partners for him because he wears them out so quickly. Sam was around for our great teams last two years and understands the type of work that got those teams to the top of Illinois wrestling. Now he wants to lead this team in taking their work ethic to the level the Huskies are famous for.

Competition - Colin Rogers was an ugly 4 - 0 on the weekend. While the wins were not pretty, they were hard earned, through grit and determination. Colin is a fierce competitor and as he cleans up his technique, will be a serious threat to the top guys in the state. Colin loves to battle, Huskie Style!

We love teaching life toughest lessons through wrestling. The remainder of this season is going to be tough and the Huskies will be ready!

In Relentless Pursuit,
The Huskie Wrestling staff



Seeing green: OPRF takes two before falling to Notre Dame
Huskies unable to come back and score necessary points in final match, fall 32-31 · 12/04/2010

OPRF traveled to Addison Trail H.S. (left) where Coach Powell teaches his pupils (right). (Photos by B.T.)

As we all know, November, December, and January are all in preparation for February.  And as most of us believe, we are a stronger squad later in the season than earlier in it.  Even so, Notre Dame defeated the Huskies to sweep the Addison Trail quad on Saturday.  Previously in the morning, OPRF defeated Conant 39-27 and Addison Trail 48-15.

Neither of the two previous duals were truly close at any time.  The Notre Dame (Niles) dual very much was.  The Huskies (4-1, 1-0) began the tilt at 125 pounds.  A critical final two points for Scott Smith (Notre Dame) won a close bout.  At 130, Colin Rogers persevered with a last second takedown and points to tie the dual early.  Chirino Watson controlled his opponent before Nate Crain scored a tech fall victory.  Davonte Mahomes continues his sparkling high school career with a decision.  The Huskies led 14-2 (Notre Dame lost a team point for unsportsmanlike conduct).

However, Notre Dame scored falls in 4 of the next 6 matches to take a 26-24 lead.  In the two other bouts in that span, Michael Woulfe scored a major decision and #1 Sam Brooks pinned #3 Charlie Doyle at 171 pounds.  OPRF is still without a 103 pounder, so Notre Dame extended the lead to 32-24.  At 112, Darius Henry earned a hard contested decision over Matt Sommers (ND, #6 at 103).  In the final bout, Cameron Harris needed a tech or better since OPRF owned the criteria tiebreaker.  It was close, but Cameron only won 20-8.  You have to give props to Cameron; he did everything he was asked to do in that match.  He rode, he controlled, he turned, he took down.  It just wasn't in the cards.  Great effort by Cameron.

Huskie Highlight: Colin Rogers.  Colin went 3-0 on the day, but his grit and determination proved to be the difference in two of his bouts.  Against Mike Sells (Conant), Colin overcame a 4-0 deficit with a takedown in overtime.  Opposite Sean Heneghan (Notre Dame), Colin scored a last second headlock with back points to earn three important team points.

Next week, all levels are idle on Friday.  On Saturday, Varsity and Junior Varsity travel to Glenbard North to take on West Aurora, the #1 ranked host Panthers, and Neuqua Valley.  Action is to begin at 10:00 am.  Freshman travels to Conant for a tournament that begins at 8:30 am. 



Turned back: OPRF outmuscles DGN 34-28 to open conference
Topsy-turvy affair culminates in last bout drama for second straight year · 12/03/2010

Once again, OPRF's Field House hosted. (Photo by B.T.)

In OPRF's second dual of the season, it faced a Downers Grove North team that was much improved (and is much improving).  This matchup was the first conference dual for the Huskies, but the Trojans succeeded in their first conference test after a victory at Proviso West last night.  Tonight's clash was a case in point of OPRF's "War for Four" road to a fourth consecutive conference title.

The Huskies (2-0, 1-0) led the dual 31-28 with one bout to go.  In the last match, heavyweight Marq Brumant had to turn back his heavyweight opponent, Jake Styve, who bumped up from 215 pounds.  Many, many yelled and screamed on both sides of the line as Marq scored a 4-3 victory to seal the meet in a 34-28 triumph.

Huskie Highlight: Joey Ariola and Marq Brumant.  Joey picked up a huge fall at 171 pounds.  With the bout tied in the second period, Joey reversed his opponent to his back for a critical 6 points.  As mentioned above, Marq was tested with everything on the line.  He wrestled "his match," including a blast-off takedown attempt that his opponent will have nightmares about.

Illinois Matmen coverage of OPRF-Downers Grove North dual

On Saturday, the Huskies travel to Addison Trail high school to battle Conant, Notre Dame (Niles), and the host Blazers.  Wrestling is set to begin at 8:30 am.  Addison Trail H. S. is located at 213 N. Lombard in Addison, IL.



Huskie Newsletter 12/01

Huskie Wrestling Family,

The Huskie wrestling squad is off to a great start on all levels. We swept St. Pats last Wednesday. The varsity recorded a 58 - 8 win.

The varsity went on to place 5th at the prestigious Conant Tournament and had several very good efforts. Cam Harris, Chirino Watson, and Davonte Mahomes all made the finals and wrestled well. The JV also had several good performances at a strong GBN tournament. The freshman placed 2nd at the Proviso East tournament, just missing 1st place.

Wrestlers of the week:


Competiton - Davonte Mahomes did not grow up in Oak Park but as fate would have it, he wrestles with the Huskie spirit. Davonte wrestled his way to second place at the Conant tourney and a 4 - 1 record for the start of his high school career.

Practice – Chirino’s desire to reach his maximum potential is becoming clear. His work ethic in our early workouts has been second to none!


Competion - Andrew Sparks. Sparky actually wrestled varsity against St. Pats and pinned his opponent. He then went to the GBN tourney and battled to third place, Huskie Style.

Practice – Ty Fleming has stood out; winning runs, drilling hard and with purpose, and getting in extra workouts. Humbly, Ty wants to be the hardest worker on our team.


Competition- Zach Brinner hit 3 perfect collar steals on Saturday. In his first ever weekend of competition, Zach compiled a 3 - 1 record. This young man has serious potential!

Practice – James Jarasek comes to practice every day and works his hardest. James is a driven, tough kid, with a work ethic to match. He is the type of kid that will excel in our varsity room, once he works his way up!


· We wrestle (all levels) DGN in the field house Friday night. This is our first conference competition of the year. Downers has their best line up in years and we expect a serious battle! JV @ 6, Frosh and Varsity @ 7.

· Saturday, The Frosh are at Glenbrook South, the JV are at home (Quad), and the varsity is at Addison Trail.


· The St. Pats meet was great as always. We are grateful that so many of our proud alumni attend the meet. Thanks for your continued support! The Molly Malones event afterward was a good time. It was nice to visit with some of the Huskie elders.

· Don’t forget to visit the country’s finest HS website –

In Relentless Pursuit,
The Huskie Wrestling Staff



Friday night lights: Huskies host Downers North in titanic clash
OPRF kicks off conference slate before traveling to Addison Trail for a quad on Saturday · 11/30/2010

 #25    AT    #19

Just call us the Chicago Bears.  They're flying under the radar and winning.  We're definitely flying under the radar.  This season is young, and we've got a chance to start winning this weekend.  The pundits decreed that OPRF be ranked a preseason 5th in the conference.  As if the Huskies need more drive....

Downers Grove North has been on the rise the last few years.  Last year, the Trojans finished a strong 18-3 overall, with all 3 losses coming within the conference.  They have a very tough group of wrestlers and, without question, this team is out for blood this year.  Not literally, of course.  Even so, the Trojans will bring all they have to Oak Park this Friday.  This dual will light up the field house with its fireworks.  As a reminder, Junior Varsity 1 and 2 will each wrestle first, and then the Freshman and Varsity levels will wrestle concurrently to conclude the evening.  Come out this Friday night in a critical early season affair.

On Saturday, the Huskies travel to Addison Trail high school to battle Conant, Notre Dame (Niles), and the host Blazers.  Wrestling is set to begin at 8:30 am.  Addison Trail H. S. is located at 213 N. Lombard in Addison, IL.

In OPRF's other levels on Saturday, Junior Varsity stays home to host a quad (9:00 am) and the Freshman squad travels to Glenbrook South for a tournament (9:00 am).

OPRF in the news: YourSeason | Illinois Matmen



Shorthanded but not shortchanged: OPRF 5th best at Conant
The even numbers don't look pretty, but the journey was the destination · 11/27/2010

OPRF wrestled in Conant's 4-square. (Photo by B.T.)

Whenever a wrestler can't go (for whatever reason), I feel a little sad at first.  But then I quickly realize that the focus should be on who is here, and the day is about them.  Well, this day and its antecedent were about eleven Varsity wrestlers.  With growth spurts oozing at the seams, these 11 did quite well.

The Huskies were unable to field the 103, 112, and 171 weight classes for this tournament.  However, it's no small feat to finish in the top five of a 18 team tournament.  OPRF placed 8 out of its 11 wrestlers, led by finalists Cameron Harris (119), Chirino Watson (135), and Davonte Mahomes (145).  Joe Ariola (160) put forth a strong showing en route to a 4th place.  Marq Brumant (285) took 5th while Nate Crain (140) earned 6th.  Eddie Guen-Murray (215) pinned his way to 7th, and Jamaal Bovell (189) took home 8th place.


Cameron Harris|119 - 2nd Nate Crain|140 - 6th Jamaal Bovell|189 - 8th
Duke Mahomes|125 - DNP Davonte Mahomes|145 - 2nd Eddie Guen-Murray|215 - 7th
Colin Rogers|130 - DNP Brian Toledo|152 - DNP Marq Brumant|285 - 5th
Chirino Watson|135 - 2nd Joe Ariola|160 - 4th Team|124.5 - 5th
This Friday (12/03), OPRF hosts Downers Grove North in the conference opener.  To speak in understated tones, this is a big one.  The Huskies have won 18 consecutive conference duals and have no plans on relinquishing the hold on the conference.  Downers Grove North, like OPRF, is an elite team.  Come to the Field House and throw all of your support to the Huskies.


And they all fall down: Huskies crush Shamrocks 58-8
Aided by 8 falls (1 technical), OPRF makes Thanksgiving a little happier · 11/24/2010

The calm before the Huskies storm (left) set the stage for a dominant OPRF showing. (Photos by B.T.)

Rebuilding?  If tonight is any indication, reloading is more like it.  The 25th ranked Huskies entered this dual meet with big shoes to fill.  A talented senior class has moved on.  But what many "experts" haven't yet considered is that new classes have moved up.

OPRF (1-0, 0-0) won the first 7 bouts, 6 contested, en route to a breezy victory on a breezy night.  The dual began at 152 pounds with a controlled victory by Brian Toledo.  Sophomore Joey Ariola let the fall parade begin with a second round pinfall.  Defending state champion Sammy Brooks followed with a first period fall.  The Huskies' Jamaal Bovell finished off a seesaw affair with an overtime takedown.  In Jamaal's match, St. Patrick was penalized a team point for unsportsmanlike conduct.  Eddie Guen-Murray next scored another pin victory in a dominating effort before Marq Brumant won a forfeit at 285 pounds.  Before the turn back to 103 pounds, OPRF led 30 to (-1).

Neither team scored points in a double forfeit at 103 pounds.  At 112, Andrew "The Sparkplug" Sparks persevered in Huskie-Style fashion with a second round pin.  An exciting match ensued at 119 when Cameron Harris tangled with Dominic Boggia of St. Patrick.  Unfortunately, Boggia outpointed Cameron 10-6.  The Huskies now led 36-2.  The Shamrocks' second and last win occured at 125 when Steve Galiardo pinned our own Duke Mahomes.  OPRF went fall-happy in the last four bouts, with falls by Colin Rogers (130), Chirino Watson (technical), Nate Crain, and Davonte Mahomes (145).  The Huskies were penalized a team point for unsportsmanlike conduct after the last bout to finalize the score at 58-8.

Huskie Highlight: Nate Crain.  Nate never became disheartened when he trailed 11-6 going into the third period.  Instead, he stayed at his game and dominated a third period in which he outpointed his opponent 7-0 before exploding and scoring a pinfall with 4 seconds on the clock.

Don't forget to come out to Conant H.S. this Friday (at 11 am) and Saturday (at 10 am).  And of course, Happy Thanksgiving everyone.




34th Consecutive Opener

Countdown to Opener


days until season opener versus St. Patrick Shamrocks
Wed., November 24, 6:00 pm, OPRF Field House

...and don't forget about the Conant (Hoffman Estates, IL)
tournament this Friday and Saturday.  Wrestling starts
at 11:00 am on Friday and at 10:00 am on Saturday.



Web watch: Illinois Matmen to feature OPRF this season
Illinois wrestling web giant Illinois Matmen to cover several schools, including OPRF · 11/23/2010

Perhaps the most comprehensive wrestling website in the state, Illinois Matmen has been a power for several years running.  This year, by its own words, it is expanding its high school wrestling coverage.  Programs can opt-in with a "nominal fee" to be featured in 8-10 stories throughout the year (many with photos).  Read the announcement by IM:

Illinois Matmen has teamed up with long time prep sports writers Gary Larsen and Curt Herron to take our high school wrestling coverage to the next level. We will be covering several regular season duals and tournaments this season as well as the individual and dual team state series.

For a nominal fee, Matmen will guarantee between 8-10 stories on your team throughout the season. Many of the stories will also include photos.

With this being our first year and only having a limited number of reporters in certain geographic areas, we can only cover so many teams. Based on some initial emails, we already have commitments from the following schools.

Downers Grove North, Lincoln-Way Central, Lockport, Lyons Township, Marist, Minooka, Montini, Naperville Central, OPRF, and Plainfield Central

If you are interested in the exposure that only Illinois Matmen can provide, contact Gary Larsen for more details and to sign up at

Please act fast since the wrestling season is upon us and we need to finalize our coverage schedule.

If anyone out there is interested in covering events for Illinois Matmen, please send your name, contact information, and background to Gary Larsen at

We are always looking to expand our pool of reporters so that we can cover more teams from around the state of Illinois.

Thanks and enjoy the season!



What we're thankful for: News and notes before the big night
OPRF vs. St. Patrick is a can't miss event this Wednesday night · 11/20/2010

The Huskie Coaching Staff has compiled some news as we grow ever nearer to Wednesday's kickoff date.  Enjoy the information.

Huskie Wrestling Family,

Welcome to all newcomers.

The Huskies are at it again. Our goal, as always, is to outsmart and outwork everyone. This mostly young Huskie squad is taking this mandate seriously. The small but studly senior class has stepped up to lead. The coaches have been very impressed with the ambitions and work ethic of the team. We are excited for multiple varsity debuts next week and to watch our lower levels compete. Further, our freshman squad is looking good. They are pumped about wrestling and working hard to learn our great sport.


· You can always get the latest on the nation’s finest HS wrestling website: - Thanks Brian!

· The 34th annual OPRF vs. St. Pats meet will take place in the OP field house next Wednesday, the 24th. JV starts at 6, with frosh and varsity to follow (approximately 7:15 pm). The always fun ALUMNI get together will take place immediately after the meet at Molly Malone’s in Forest Park. All Huskie Family members, alumni or otherwise, are invited.

· We will be collecting old cell phones at the St. Pats meet. A company that recycles the phones will pay us for each phone we send them. There will be a box at the concessions stand during home meets this year.

· Seven Huskies and one future Huskie traveled to Iowa to participate in Preseason Nationals. We had a great time and gained valuable experience. Sam Brooks defeated nemesis Jake Waste (U of Buffalo signee and #44 overall recruit in US) with a dramatic last second takedown to win Gold!

· Wrestle-offs will take place tomorrow, Saturday the 20th at 10 AM. There will be some hard fought matches as we have several very good wrestlers vying for a couple of weights. These matches are open to the public and everyone is invited.

· Rankings came out this week. We are preseason 25th, 5th in our conference. This is not where we want to be. Expect the Huskies to be clawing our way up. This has and will provide us with a ton of motivation over the next couple of months.

· Attached are two articles. One is about gratitude written by Mark E. Smith. Mark was born a quadriplegic and is a bestselling author, motivational speaker and daily winner. His essay on gratitude has been a huge inspiration to our coaching staff and it is something we want to share with you. The other article is propaganda for why you should send your son into 2.5 hour grueling wrestling workouts everyday!

To our Parents:

Tim Stablein, beloved former Oak/Forest Leaves sports reporter, has been let go by the Pioneer Press. I spoke passionately at the parents meeting about how upset the coaches at OPRF were upon hearing the news of Tim's termination during a very trying time in his life. Our goal was to rally our parents and community members to fight to get Tim reinstated. However, nobody has been able to get a hold of Tim and we do not want to move forward without Tim's permission. Rather than fight on Tim's behalf, please contact the following people and to express your views on Tim's termination:

  - Jeff Wisser, Pioneer Press editor in chief.   847-486-6848

  - John Barron, Publisher (and Oak Park resident)   847-486-7201

· Caryn Brooks and Michelle Weldon will be at the wrestle offs Saturday to give an explanation to all interested parents on how to be a wrestling fan. These two dedicated moms will present at 10 AM in the field house just before our matches.

· Nancy Woulfe and Amy Rising, our concession champions, are looking for a couple more parents to help with the making of PB and J sandwiches and baked goods. If you are willing to help, please contact Nancy at Thank you for your support.

· The 6th Annual Community Clean Up will take place this Sunday, the 22nd. Our studs will be collecting garbage all morning and we will have a BBQ afterward in the field house. Please feel free to come by the field house around 12 PM to come enjoy the BBQ with us.

In Relentless Pursuit,
The Huskie Coaching Staff



Cell reception: OPRF Wrestling initiates cell phone program
Help the program and the environment by donating old cell phones · 11/17/2010

Contact: Jonna Borgdorff 708-833-3301 | View flyer

Proceeds from collection can raise thousands of dollars for much needed programs and services.

The OPRF Wrestling Family announced today the kickoff of our cell phone fundraising program. Proceeds from the collection efforts will be applied to purchase of uniforms and entry fees for wrestling meets.

“Donating a used, unwanted cell phone allows community members to donate to an important cause without reaching into their wallets,” stated Coach Mike Powell, “With the thousands of used cell phones sitting idly in our community, the fundraising potential is almost limitless.”

The OPRF Wrestling Family has teamed with GRC Wireless Recycling (, a Miramar, Florida company that specializes in cell phone recycling & fundraising programs. GRC works with over thousands of organizations in 50 states and has contributed over $5,000,000 to participating organizations.

Cell phone collection “drop boxes” are currently established in the wrestling room at OPRF.

The OPRF Wrestling Family requests and appreciates that everyone brings their used, unwanted cell phones and cell phone batteries in for recycling.

The OPRF Wrestling Family is additionally soliciting local businesses to initiate collection campaigns with its employees, customers and vendors. We encourage businesses of all types to participate in this program. Please contact us at the number below.

Contact: Jonna Borgdorff 708-833-3301 | View flyer



Final weekend: Wrestle-offs Saturday (11/20); Shamrocks await
Public wrestle-offs begin at 10 AM; St. Patrick a familiar foe for 34th straight time · 11/15/2010

This Saturday, the Varsity wrestling squad will have its season opening intrasquad affair, the Orange and Blue wrestle-offs, in the OPRF Field House.  Wrestle-offs begin at 10:00 am.  The wrestle-offs are open to the public.  There are several Huskies battling to crack the lineup, and this dual will be filled with intensity, valor, and -- most importantly -- Huskie pride.

Then, on Wednesday, November 24, all levels of Huskie wrestling will take the stage to begin the 2010-2011 season.  This year, just as last, we are targeting 1,000 spectators in the OPRF Field House.  Be one of those 1,000.  With 1,000 Huskie-backers on our side, St. Patrick doesn't have a chance.



War for 4: IHSA season begins Nov. 24 at home vs. St. Pats
Huskies seek fourth straight conference title, wealth of individual success · 11/05/2010

The recent history of Oak Park & River Forest has unquestionably been the best ever for the school located at 201 North Scoville.  Relentless pursuer and head coach Mike Powell is a main reason for that.  In six seasons, Powell's leadership has garnered an impressive 110 dual victories to only 16 defeats.  The incredibly talented coaching staff also makes selfless contributions across the board, as do the members greater Huskie Wrestling Family.  Let's not forget the hardworking athletes who develop as wrestlers and as young men.

These athletes will officially be back for a 2010-2011 season not to be missed.  OPRF has won three consecutive conference titles (going 18-0 in conference duals) and are looking for a fourth.  I'm dubbing this challenge as the "War for Four."  It will be a war, folks.

The Varsity schedule is very similar to last year; all opponents and tournaments will remain the same.  There are some changes on dates and locations.  Visit the schedule page for more details on where and when all levels compete.  There are only five home Varsity events this season: duals vs. St. Patrick (Nov. 24), Downers Grove North (Dec. 3), Proviso West (Jan. 6), Glenbard West (Jan. 21), and the OPRF tournament (Jan. 22).

With many new faces in the Varsity lineup, there will be lots of excitement as the Huskies settle into their cast come February.  There are some old faces, too, that are ready to pick up the pace.  We know that OPRF had three individual state champions a season ago, along with six state qualifiers.  Who from the Orange and Blue Wrecking Crew will make it to Champaign this year?

We hope you come out as much as you can, whether we're at home or on the road.  We appreciate your support -- past, present, and future -- and we are all honored to be a part of this none-greater-than tradition.  Happy season to all of you.



OPRF Wrestling Season Preview 2010-2011

(Article by Huskie Coaching Staff)

The past two seasons have been extraordinary, catapulting OPRF wrestling to state and national prominence.  After capturing both the individual and dual state titles in 2009, the Huskies dominated the 2010 individual state tournament.  Alas, those years have passed and only the legacy of the two best wrestling classes in OPRF history remain.

In speaking with people around Illinois wrestling, the common thought is that we are now rebuilding.  We prefer to call it reloading.  Our trademark in recent years is what makes us most proud; we outwork everyone, year round.  Unlike many of the state’s top programs, most of our wrestlers start as freshman and are thus not on anyone’s radar in the preseason.  We are confident that our young guys will be ready in February.  And don’t forget: the hardest working and most decorated junior in the state wrestles for the Huskies.

Returning Varsity Athletes

  - Cam Harris, sectional qualifier - Darius Henry, sectional qualifier
  - Andrew Sparks - Donald Hicks
  - Colin Rogers, regional champion - Frankie Picchiotti, regional champion
  - Chirino Watson, sectional qualifier - Nate Crain
  - Sammy Brooks, state champion - Kris Ellis
  - Eddie Guen-Murray - Marq Brumant

Weight by Weight Look

Unlike years past where we could name our line-up midsummer, most of the 14 weight classes will be decided at wrestle-offs throughout the year.  Several weights have guys who are very ambitious and quite skilled.  There will be some great early season battles.

Junior Mike Messina has spent his last couple of years behind very solid 103 pounders. Mike is scrappy and competes with great intensity. If 103 is still within reach for Mike, he will be a solid addition to our line-up. Freshman conference champion Jacob Harris has high ambitions which include challenging for a varsity spot. Jacob is as mentally tough as they come, but is still a bit small for the weight class. It should be a good battle whoever comes out on top will represent us well.

Darius Henry is the front runner here. After being brought up to varsity and struggling as a first year wrestling freshman, Darius dedicated himself all spring and summer and is perhaps our best kept secret. Darius is uniquely strong, quick and can do things with his body that amaze even our very experienced staff. The sky is the limit for Darius. That said, Andrew Sparks has come into his own. Andrew is learning how to use the leverage his long body provides and is looking really good in preseason workouts. Sparky is a late bloomer, will be a force in our program for the next two years, and will push Darius for his spot.
Cameron Harris is as dedicated to his craft as they come. He is very aware of what it takes to become elite in Illinois wrestling and he is doing all he can to get there. Cam, coming off a successful sophomore year, is starting his third year in wrestling and goes to bed with vision of Champaign in his head. Donald Hicks, if he can make the weight, will push Cam for the spot. Also very dedicated, Donald possesses arms that look like they belong on a 160 lber. Donald has matured as a wrestler and a person and is a huge asset to the Huskie squad.
Frankie Picchiotti is the 2nd most decorated returner for the Huskies. Frankie has unlimited physical potential and performs his best in pressure situations. Look out for Frankie. Sam Koenigsberg is a sophomore whose work ethic and dedication have stood out amongst his peers. Sam is varsity ready and will push Frankie. Duke Mahomes is a former varsity starter who has recently moved into Oak Park along with his brother Davonte. Duke is a raw talent and is eager to make his name known.
Defending regional champ Colin Rogers had a great spring and summer. Colin is dynamic on his feet and wrestles and trains “Huskie Style.” Colin is ready for the big time as a wrestler and leader in our program.
Chirino Watson, in his senior year, is entering his 3rd year as a wrestler. Chirino is quick, strong and long. He has trained relentlessly and has earned everything he gets in his senior year. He will be a force.
The front runner for this spots is freshman Davonte Mahomes. Davonte was a very successful IKWF wrestler and possesses “Colemen” like talent. With hard work and dedication, Davonte’s will be known throughout the country by the end of his career at OPRF.
Senior Nate Crain had a great junior year and is poised for a step up in his senior year. Nate has a motor that can go forever and he is a great competitor. Junior Arlo Sheridan put together a great spring and has developed well. Arlo is also varsity ready and is striving for a spot in the line-up. Terry Martin is the other freshman who has the ability to make an impact. Terry is powerful and hardnosed. Terry also strongly desires to make the line-up.
This is amongst the most contentious of spots in the lineup. Senior Brian Toledo has a work ethic and attitude that is matched by few. Exceptionally strong, physically and mentally, Brian is ready for his turn in the line-up. Michael Woulfe, junior, is ready to step in and make an impact as well. After a sophomore conference title and places on both Greco and freestyle state podiums, Michael is primed to for a successful season. Expect one of these guys to occupy the 160 lb spot.
See 152. Further, sophomore Joe Ariola has shown the ability to make noise. He is explosive and athletic and placed at both Cadet states tournaments in the spring. If Joe is not too big, he just might find his way into the line-up.
This spot is owned by Sammy Brooks. After becoming the first sophomore state champion in school history, Sammy has continued his winning ways. Sammy’s desires do not end with high school accolades. This young man plans on success collegiately and beyond. And he works like it. After living in the shadows for his first two seasons, Sammy Brooks is now “the man” and is ready to lead this team.
There are three guys here who can make an impact. One of them will likely bump up to 215 on occasion. Eddie Guen-Murray is ready and excited for his senior year. Eddie has ape-like strength and is a fierce competitor. Senior Kris Ellis has been to 99% of our workouts in the past 4 years. Kris is a journeyman. He is the epitome of everything we stand for in Huskie Wrestling. If Kris makes the line-up, it will have been earned. Zak Ladwig-Scott has been the biggest surprise of the preseason. His maturity and work ethic have impressed the coaches.
Former heavyweight Marq Brumant desires to make the cut this year and fill the shoes of his mentor, LaQuan Hightower. He qualified and competed in Fargo, and had a solid spring. Marq has huge potential and with the right work ethic will have a really successful junior year.
Juniors Jacob Friesen and Dominique Peel will battle it out for the heavyweight spot. Both of these young men have good size and athletic ability. This will be a great battle for the varsity spot. Jacob Friesen had a solid spring as did Dominique until sidelined with an injury.

-- In relentless pursuit and Huskie pride! --



Huskies go national: Nine compete at Preseason Nationals
Sam Brooks leads the charge in Cedar Falls, IA, on October 30 · 10/29/2010

While the 2010-2011 season may just be around a corner, these nine Huskies are definitely not cutting one.  They are primed and ready to give it their all in Cedar Falls, IA, against top competition from around the state.  Matthew Rundell (105), Schoolboy-7/8, joins eight high schoolers under the UNI-Dome.  Team OPRF also consists of Linear Vining (112), Darius Henry (112),
Max Malave (112), Cameron Harris (119), Donald Hicks (125), Colin Rogers (135), Sam Brooks (171), and Kris Ellis (189).  The competition takes place this Saturday, October 30.

For more info, visit Preseason Nationals.  |  Follow the action on Trackwrestling.

Huskies in Cedar Falls (compliments of Michele Weldon)

RESULTS | Sam Brooks went undefeated on the day in the 171 pound weight class, defeating Jake Waste of Minnesota by a 6-3 score in the final.  You may remember that Jake Waste defeated Sam Brooks in both the 2009 Cadet Freestyle and Greco-Roman First Place Matches.  I'm sure this victory is sitting sweeter than Halloween candy, and it's very well-earned.  No other Huskie finished in the medals, but the OPRF squad did have a very nice showing en route to valuable experience for this handful of young men.  Except for Rundell, watch the rest of these young compete for the Huskies in high school action this year.

VIDEO | Sam Brooks wins the 171 pound weight class in dramatic fashion.  Jump to 01:42:30 for the beginning of his match.  Coincidently, Sammy's semifinal match is up first on the video, too.  Watch the video



Little Huskies Youth Wrestling Registration on
Tuesday, Oct. 26, and Thursday, Oct. 28
and late registration on Thursday, November 4
Sign your child up to join or rejoin the OPRF Wrestling Family · 10/22/2010

Late registration is from 6:30 pm to 7:15 pm in the OPRF Field House Monogram Room.  Don't forget to bring a copy of your child's birth certificate!  Please pass info along to any and all interested parties.

Little Huskies registration begins Tuesday, October 26, at 7:00 pm and Thursday, October 28, at 7:00 pm at Oak Park & River Forest High School.  Registration will take place in the OPRF Monogram room (underneath the wrestling room in the field house bleachers).  All interested Oak Park and River Forest families and children (through 8th grade) are welcome to attend.  For more information on the youth program, visit Little Huskies Wrestling.  You can also email the coaches at

View the amazing flyer  |  Little Huskies 2010-2011 Flyer (Adobe PDF, 1 MB)



West Suburban (Silver) Conference Preview 2010-2011
Competition heats up in arguably the toughest conference in the state · 10/22/2010

Enjoy this look at returning wrestlers and potential storylines in the West Suburban (Silver) Conference.  Team order is from 2009-2010 standings.

(Written by Brian Tideman -

StQ - state qualifier; SecQ - sectional qualifier; R - ranked  |  Last year's weights only  

Oak Park &
River Forest

[Mike Powell - 1st in 2009-2010 with 6-0 record]

Three time defending conference champions are the Huskies, also champions of the 2005 conference crown. The unquestioned general of the group is junior Sam Brooks (160, StQ-1), returning state champion. Senior Frankie Picchiotti (125/SecQ) was one match from the state finals. Other sectional competitors include senior Chirino Watson (130/SecQ) and juniors Cameron Harris (103/SecQ) and Colin Rogers (119/SecQ). Who will step in to fill the shoes of departing seniors? In perhaps the toughest and most talented conference in the state, can the Huskies keep holding off the competition?


[Griff Powell - 2nd in 2009-2010 with 4-2 record]

The Lions have won or tied conference in five of the last eleven years, but their last title was in the 2006-2007 season. Lyons returns five ranked seniors, headlined by Drew Bates (130/StQ-6th) and Joe Gonzalez (215/StQ), followed closely by Jack Windmoeller (135/SecQ), Matt Nora (140/R), and Lucas Polka (145/R). Junior Conor Condon (103/SecQ) is the only returning underclassman to place at regionals. After LT's decade of dominance in the 1990's, you know the Lions want to return to the top of the mountain. It's also been a decade since LT's last individual state title in 2000. Are Drew Bates and Joe Gonzalez championship contenders? How will the Lions respond to an improving conference around them?


[Jason Hayes - 3rd in 2009-2010 with 4-2 record]

The Red Devils have been knocking on the door in recent years, finishing third, third, and second three years ago. They return four state qualifiers, led by two time state finalist Jack Allen (285/StQ-2). Other impact seniors are Matt Freyn (112/SecQ) and Terry Ward (135/StQ). Sophomores Tommy Ward (103/StQ) and Ernest Battaglia (119/StQ) will also make big contributions. With a lot of talent on this squad, Hinsdale Central surely looks toward a conference title. Will this be the year? Can Jack Allen finally become the first state champion in school history?

Downers Grove

[Chris McGrath - 4th in 2009-2010 with 3-3 record]

The Trojans have been accustomed to finishing in the middle of the pack, but the team has been getting stronger. Unfortunately, many might argue, the rest of the teams in the conference have also improved of late. It seems the team is on the cusp of taking the next step in conference. This group will be led by Jimmy Nehls (125/StQ-3rd), who is looking to be DGN's first individual state champ since 1964. Other notable returning seniors are Maxx Lozano (130/R), Dave Tessiatore (140/StQ), Cody Pooler (145/R), and Connor Cummings (189/SecQ). Sophomore Cullen Cummings (119/SecQ) will also be ready for action. Can Jimmy Nehls end the drought? Will this year be the year to break into the top three?


[Terry Clarke - 5th in 2009-2010 with 3-3 record]

Like most of the conference, York is one of the better teams in the state. Due to tough conference competition, York could only finish in 5th the last three years. The Dukes return four sectional qualifiers, led by senior Jim Nudera (189/StQ) and junior Troy Valdez (119/StQ). Other sectional qualifiers are seniors Rudy Guthrie (125/SecQ) and Marcus Loffredo (130/SecQ). York hasn't won a conference title since 2003-2004, but a top three finish this year would be a huge accomplishment. The Dukes haven't had a state medalist since February 2003. Will Jim Nudera or Troy Valdez change that? How will a .500 conference record last year propel the Dukes?


[Nick Posegay - 6th in 2009-2010 with 1-5 record]

The Hilltopper football program has been consistently strong for several years, but the wrestling squad hasn't held up that tradition in recent memory. Co-conference champions in 2001-2002 and two years prior, Glenbard West has been struggling at both the individual and team levels. No ranked wrestlers return, but sophomore Zak Hassan (119/SecQ) gives Hilltopper faithful something to cheer about. Who will emerge as a supporting cast? Glenbard West hasn't had a state placewinner since its last conference title; is Zak Hassan on his way to break that?


[Bob Wortel - 7th in 2009-2010 with 0-6 record]

This squad has talented athletes, but the team troubles of recent years have centered around the inability to field a full Varsity squad. This year may be different, however, with five quality (and ranked) wrestlers returning. Led by senior Rasheen Lemon (189/StQ-5th), who was an eyelash away from facing off for the state title, the Panthers also boast seniors Malik Thurman (152/StQ), Julius Johnson (160/R), and Proviso East transfer Jevar Glover (285/StQ). Junior Rodrick Smith (103/R) also will be a force. Will Proviso West have enough complementary pieces to compete for a conference title? How much noise will these athletes make at the individual state tournament?


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