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Teeth still clenched: Huskies bite #3 Marmion 38-19
Isaiah White's defeat of #1 ranked Fisher one of the several highlights · 01/24/2013

With legitimate concern over a possible letdown, the Varsity Huskies stormed Aurora for an impressive victory over the #3-ranked Cadets of Marmion. Coach Powell persists that his goal is to win the individual matchups. With individual success comes team success. The logic makes sense; without bout victories, the team point tally won't rise. Many fans everywhere anticipated a #1 versus #2 (by Illinois Matmen) bout with George Fisher (#1-132) versus Larry Early (#2-132). Enter Isaiah White. With Early out due to illness, White (ranked #3 at 126) bumped up and overcame a deficit to defeat the highly touted Fisher in a 7-4 decision. The Huskies fired on all cylinders early, jumping to a 35-3 lead.

In the news | Season Pass / Sun Times article

Saturday's events | Varsity may be resting on this week's end, but there are three options to get your OPRF fix: conference tournaments. Junior Varsity (@ Hinsdale South, 8 am); Sophomore (@ York, 8 am), Freshman (@ Lyons Township, 8 am). OPRF has talents on many levels. Come out and support the other levels. You'll be glad you did.

 

 

Instant classic: OPRF 34, Montini 29
Huskies win the individual game, defeat Broncos · 01/23/2013

  
Ariola (left) and O'Mara (right) score pins (photos by Jonna Borgdorff) | Photos

Under the lights at familiar turf, a phenomenal matchup was slated to take place. In wrestling, nothing is guaranteed. This is one of the beauties of this great sport. A year ago, Montini flexed their muscles and gave the big-hearted Huskies a 37-24 defeat. This year, the location switched as two of the national top-ranked teams locked horns in a showdown. (A live commentator shared that Montini was ranked #7 and OPRF #11, both by InterMat.) This was not just a dual for Chicagoland. It was not just a dual for Illinois. It was a dual for this great country. You can bet that many, as far away as halfway around the world, were watching this one.

The action | Video replay | Season Pass Article (with photos) | In a big dual, the coin flip could spell doom for a squad. The Huskies lost the flip and were assigned odds. The Huskies gave away a few desired matchups but Coach Powell had to play with the cards he was dealt. The dual started with a pin by Davonte Mahomes (160), and Joey Ariola (195) also joined in on the fall fun. At the turnaround, Roberto Campos controlled Jimmy Pawelski for a nice decision win. The Huskies benefited by an array of huge wins (the result of hard work and preparation) at 126 (Isaiah White), 132 (Larry Early), 138 (Jake O'Mara), 145 (Johnny Gahagan), and 152 (Kamal Bey). O'Mara found the back of Chris Garcia before Gahagan scored a takedown in overtime. Prior to the last bout, the Huskies regained the lead to be up by 2, 31-29. Michael Sepke, who weighed in at 145 pounds, rose to Bey and gave a tough bout with several significant scrambles. Bey was pushing his cardio while up by 2 late and scored a non-essential takedown against Sepke as the seconds ticked away. No spectator, in the flesh or online, could leave unentertained.

Picture perfect | Photos by Jonna Borgdorff. Jump to gallery. 

Marmion also broadcast live | These hustling Huskies continue their path in a quest for success in a one day turnaround, on Thursday night at Marmion. If you cannot go to Aurora, watch it live.

 

 

El Clasico redux: Montini enters Huskies' Den on Jan. 23
In a mirror image of last season, #1 vs. #1 to be live broadcast on Illinois Matmen · 01/22/2013

#1-2A          #1-3A
via Illinois Matmen

This Wednesday night is yet another outstandingly premiere dual that pits our Huskies as a participant. Added to the slate in 2011-2012, the Broncos of Montini scored a toughly-contested 37-24 victory over the Huskies. Just as they are at this point in the season, both teams are ranked #1 in their respective classes. They are also ranked in the top 10 nationally, among all high schools in the great United States of America.

Dual previews for OPRF-Montini and OPRF-Marmion | InterMat Wrestling

Time of dual | The approximate start time of the Varsity dual is 6:45, with the Illinois Matmen broadcast beginning at 6:30 (see below).

Wear your orange and blue | The Huskie Field House will be rockin', and you need to be a part of it! Come out in scores and scores (bring your neighbors, pen pals, and card partners while you're at it) to watch what is shaping up to be another nail biter of the grandest varieties. If you absolutely cannot vist OPRFHS, be e-connected with a live (also to be archived) streamed broadcast, by Illinois Matmen. Online commentators will be Mack Bolen (you may know this talent...), Mike Bukovsky, and Andre' Morgan. Folks, this trio -- as a group or individually -- is outstanding.

 

 

Home cookin': OPRF is feast of its own tournament, wins by 49.5
Huskies win 9 titles, top 10 (and a half) other schools to secure victory in Oak Park · 01/19/2013

 Field House - 201 N. Scoville - Oak Park, IL

It's not every year that a team hosts premiere out of state talent for a one day tournament. On second thought, if you're the OPRF Huskies, then it is. This year, Buchanan (Clovis, CA) joined Arrowhead (Hartland, WI) and Fort Zumwalt West (O'Fallon, MO) as "out-of-staters" for the Varsity tournament in OPRF's Field House.

The Buchanan Bears were tough, nearly doubling up third place Lyons Township. They finished with twelve in the top 4 and ten in the top 3. The Bears couldn't claw their way to the top, however, with the Huskies' nine championship finishes leading the way. The top three team finishers ended as OPRF (310.5 pts), Buchanan (261 pts), and Lyons Township (153 pts).

This was an unusual tournament for the Huskies because they added a Junior Varsity lineup to compete at the Varsity level. This is typical among some home tournaments. The Junior Varsity wrestlers placed nine, in order of finish: Zach Pickering (3rd, 152), SaVonne Bennette (4th, 120), Max Metzgar (5th, 145), Nate Godwin (6th, 160), Corey Cepak (6th, 182), Eddie Sell (7th, 113), Ben Avis (7th, 126), Ben Sisler (7th, 132), and David Beacom (7th, 285). As a team, OPRF2 finished in 9th place, ahead of Morton, Rockford Boylan, and Argo.

Varsity | The hammerin' Huskies finished with 9 champions: Gabe Townsell (113), Darius Henry (120), Isaiah White (126), Larry Early (132), Jake O'Mara (138), Kamal Bey (152), Davonte Mahomes (160), Allen Stallings (170), and Joey Ariola (182). Second place was Roberto Campos (106). Fourth place was earned by Johnny Gahagan (145) and Will Osborne (195). Fifth place was garnered by Malik Brumant (220) and Adam Lemke-Bell (285).

Henry / Stallings strong | Darius Henry, a senior who had not wrestled in 2012-2013 before this weekend, displayed great talents en route to a 1st place finish. He wrestled at 120 pounds and defeated Jason Delacruz (Buchanan) in the finals by a 1-0 score. Allen Stallings, a freshman, has seen time at Varsity and Junior Varsity this year. A 170 pounder, Allen finished undefeated on the day, downing Adrian Cardenas (Morton) by a 4-2 final score.

On the horizon | After this weekend's events, a quick Wednesday turnaround pits the Huskies with another home event: a dual versus #1 (2A) and top 10 nationally-ranked Montini. Thursday swings the Huskies to a showdown at #3 (3A) Marmion Acadamy in Aurora, IL. On January 18, Marmion defeated tournament team Buchanan (Clovis, CA) in a 30-18 victory.

 
Full Results | Bracket
 
 Weight  Oak Park & River Forest 1  Oak Park & River Forest 2
106  Bobby Campos (2nd)  Chris Helm (DNP)
113  Gabe Townsell (1st)  Eddie Sell (7th)
120  Darius Henry (1st)  SaVonne Bennette (4th)
126  Isaiah White (1st)  Ben Avis (7th)
132  Larry Early (1st)  Ben Sisler (7th)
138  Jake O'Mara (1st)  Zach Brinner (DNP)
145  Johnny Gahagan (4th)  Max Metzgar (5th)
152  Kamal Bey (1st)  Zach Pickering (3rd)
160  Davonte Mahomes (1st)  Nate Godwin (6th)
170  Allen Stallings (1st)  Ben Bergen (DNP)
182  Joey Ariola (1st)  Corey Cepak (6th)
195  Will Osborne (4th)  open
220  Malik Brumant (5th)  open
285  Adam Lemke-Bell (5th)  David Beacom (7th)
 

 

As good as...Silver: OPRF blanks York, conference, for title
Huskies top host Dukes 72-0, win second consecutive conference title · 01/18/2013

Elmhurst, Illinois, will be the site for the IHSA Regional tournament come February 2. Let's hope the Huskies have the same success as they did on this night. The Huskies won all bouts as they completed their West Suburban Conference Silver (say that 10 times fast) championship run. In this conference, of course, the champions are crowned by results of the dual meets. The Huskies finished 6-0 in conference and upped their 2012-2013 dual record to 29-1.

"Elias says..." | One of the reasons that wrestling is such a unique sport is that it is a team sport and an individual sport. In this light, each wrestler that is put on the mat must fight for victory, regardless of the dual score. Wrestlers get valuable experience as they continue toward their goal: a deep February run. On this night, after the dust settled, the York Dukes had no team points. As a perennial honorable mention, and likely a top 25 program, they are unquestionably having a down year. They will return to strength very soon. Regardless, the dual shutout is the only one that I can remember in my years following the Huskies, and certainly in my time as webmaster.

 

 

Final push: OPRF finishes conference and tourney slate
Huskies look to repeat undefeated WSC-Silver schedule · 01/15/2013

  York | Huskie Invite 

It's getting down to the nitty-gritty. At this stage, the Huskies have a mere 3 duals and 1 tournament remaining on their schedule before the magical turning of the page to February. Here's a rundown of this weekend's events:

Friday | OPRF (all levels) travels to York. OPRF has had York's number for several years running, and the Dukes are struggling in conference play. If the Huskies win, they'll wrap up the West Suburban Silver conference title for the 2nd year running and last 5 out of 6 seasons. Make a trip to watch all talented levels; Elmhurst is a stone's throw away!

Saturday | The annual Varsity-Frosh home tournaments will take place. Varsity welcomes teams from around the area (and neighboring states) for a multitude of excellent individual and team matchups and storylines. One expert dubbed this tourney "the best little tournament in the state." The Freshman squad -- as you are well aware -- has a wealth of talent and will showcase in the building as well. The Junior Varsity squad will also be competing. Slip on your shoes (blue and orange socks first, of course) and come out to the warm Field House. Concessions for Saturday will be nothing short of mouth watering and simply satisfying.

On the horizon | After this weekend's events, a quick Wednesday turnaround pits the Huskies with another home event: a dual versus #1 (2A) and top 10 nationally-ranked Montini. Thursday swings the Huskies to a showdown at #3 (3A) Marmion Acadamy in Aurora, IL.

 

 

Nothing little about it: Susan Collins tourney a huge success
Orange & Blue host the field house bash for scores of youngsters and families · 01/13/2013


A classic look at the Susan Collins Little Huskies Tournament, from 2011. (photos by BT)

It's the annual event that fills the walls of the Field House. No, it has nothing to do with the big Huskies (although they helped). It was the Little Huskies home tournament where a cornucopia of wrestlers traveled to 201 North Scoville for a day full of grappling, growth, and by golly, a little fun. Here's a little more about the event:

From the Little Huskies coaching staff | Thanks for all of the help over the weekend. We had a total of 1061 wrestlers compete in 2917 matches. The first match was wrestled at 9:11 and last match was finished before 4:00. We couldn't have done it without all of the help!! If I had to summarize the event in one word, I'd call it, "Very Successful."

As always, the Oak Park Wrestling Family is honored to have such dedicated and talented parents, volunteers, workers, family members, cooks...you name it. Without all of you, this event would not have been a smashing success.

 

 

Passing Grade: #2 Huskies top #1 Sandburg 27-24
Incomplete lineups dampen the energy, but this is a learning day for both · 01/12/2013


Brett Roseman, Sun-Times Media | Jump

After Friday's home dual against Glenbard West, the Huskies traveled to Orland Park, IL, where they entered into an 8-team tournament that featured schools from both 3A and 2A. The Huskies breezed past Antioch in round one before they met a very talented and undefeated Hononegah squad. The Indians gave the Huskies a battle, but OPRF was too strong in a 37-26 notch in the win column. Sandburg took care of South Elgin (quarters) and Sycamore (semis) before facing the #2-ranked Huskies.

In a dual that would look a little different come February (if of course, the two teams were to meet), both teams wrestled fourteen contested bouts and reached for the ultimate team successes both in winning and losing efforts. OPRF did not wrestle regulars Matt Rundell (rest) and Kamal Bey (coach's decision). Still out is last year's 220 pound starter, Emonte Logan. The Eagles did not wrestle Sebastian Pique (injury), Jim Pellegrino, Alante Walker, and Nate Sonnevald. Two of the previous were sick, while another was out with bumps and bruises.

OPRF managed 8 bout victories (in order of dual): Davonte Mahomes (160), Joe Ariola (182), Adam Lemke-Bell (285), Gabe Townsell (113), Isaiah White (126), Larry Early (132), Jake O'Mara (138), and Johnny Gahagan (145).

Sandburg earned 6 bout victories (in order of dual): Colin Holler (170), Ricky Robertson (195), Bill Gore (220), Christian Robertson (106), Jake Vales (120), and Mitch Cook (152).

Despite the victory, the Huskies know they can't stop improving. They still have regular season battles against Marmion (#3) and Montini (#1-2A), a opponents at a tough home tournament. Then, the page turns to February.

 

 

Full Box Score (courtesy of Mainefan on Illinois Matmen) | Jump 

 
160  D.Mahomes(OP)-CJ.Brucki(OP) 9-6 | 3-0
170  C.Holler(CS)-M.Stallings(OP) p3:10 | 3-6
182  J.Ariola(OP)-C.Pajak(CS) 7-3 | 6-6
195  R.Robertson(CS)-A.Lee(OP) 9-4 | 6-9
220  B.Gore(CS)-M.Brumant(OP) 6-0 | 6-12
285  A.Lemkpe(OP)-P.Halpin(CS) OT 6-1 | 9-12
106  C.Robertson(CS)-R.Campos(OP) 5-2 | 9-15
113  G.Townsell(OP)-J.Pelligrino(CS) 6-4 | 12-15
120  J.Vales(CS)-J.Robles(OP) TF 5:50 | 12-20
126  I.White(OP)-B.Krakowski(CS) 14-7 | 15-20
132  L.Early(OP)-B.Schneider(CS) 15-6 | 19-20
138  J.O'Mara(OP)-T.Slattery(CS) TF 3:12 | 24-20
145  J.Gahagan(OP)-T.Brennan(CS) 5-4 | 27-20
152  M.Cook(CS)-Z.Pickering(OP) 12-4 | 27-24
 

View Archived Webcast | Play On Sports (Illinois Matmen)  ·  View Articles | Oak Leaves | Photos

 

 

Practice test: OPRF vs. Sandburg this weekend (?)
Class 3A's #1 and #2 collide; Illinois Matmen to live stream · 01/10/2013


via Illinois Matmen

This (potential) dual needs little buildup. What can I say that outperforms your own story in your head? OPRF defeated Sandburg in 2009 en route to its first team title. In February of 2012, well, you know the drill. Foes in the upper Illinois echelon, rivals even in Rochester, Minnesota, at The Clash. Some say this dual is no guaranteed "all including the kitchen sink" matchup. Will Coaches Powell or Siebert hold cards tightly to their respect chests? These may meet again in the Dual Team State Quarterfinals in Bloomington, Illinois.

The dual is not guaranteed | Sandburg's Super Duals will utilize a tournament format. Here now are the the quarterfinal matchups, along with current Illinois Matmen team rankings:

Top half | Sandburg (#1) vs. South Elgin | Sycamore (#2-2A) vs. New Trier (HM)

Bottom half | Hononegah (#6) vs. Crystal Lake Central (#6-2A) | OPRF (#2) vs. Antioch (#13-2A)

Round start times | Approximate start times are 10:00, 11:45, and 1:30. The 1:30 dual will be broadcast, whether or not it is OPRF-CS.      

Come on down! | Make a trip to Orland Park, IL, for this titanic midseason clash. If you absolutely cannot be there in the flesh, be e-connected with a live (also to be archived) streamed broadcast, by Illinois Matmen.

 
Another look at Hinsdale C. tourney results |
 
 Weight  Oak Park & River Forest  Carl Sandburg  Head-to-Head
106  Bobby Campos (4th)  Christian Robertson (3rd)  Robertson 5-2
113  Gabe Townsell (4th)  Jim Pellegrino (3rd)  Townsell 4-2
 Pellegrino 10-7
120  Matt Rundell (1st)  Jake Vales (3rd)  Rundell 6-0
126  Isaiah White (2nd)  Brian Krasowski (4th)  
132  Larry Early (1st)  Tom Slattery (5th)  Early TF
138  Jake O'Mara (5th)  John Pellegrino (3rd)  Pellegrino 7-6
145  Johnny Gahagan (1st)  Alante Walker (2nd)  Gahagan 13-3
152  Kamal Bey (3rd)  Mitch Cook (2nd)  Cook 9-6
160  Davonte Mahomes (1st)  CJ Brucki (3rd)  
170  Al Stallings (6th)  Colin Holler (1st)  Holler Fall
182  Joey Ariola (1st)  Chris Pajak (3rd)  
195  Andre Lee (3rd)  Ricky Robertson (1st)  Robertson 8-3
220  Malik Brumant (DNP)  Bill Gore (DNP - Flu)  
285  Adam Lemke (DNP)  Robert Boyde (DNP)  Boyde 12-3
 
Illinois Matmen individual rankings |
 
 Weight  Oak Park & River Forest  Carl Sandburg
106  Bobby Campos (#7)  Christian Robertson (HM)
113  Gabe Townsell (#10)  Jim Pellegrino (#9)
120  Matt Rundell (#4)  Jake Vales (#7)
 Sebastian Pique (INJ)
126  Isaiah White (#3)  Brian Krasowski (HM)
132  Larry Early (#2)  Tom Slattery (HM)
138  Jake O'Mara (#11)  John Pellegrino (#8)
145  Johnny Gahagan (#11)  Alante Walker (#12)
152  Kamal Bey (#9)
 Zach Pickering (HM)
 Mitch Cook (#4)
160  Davonte Mahomes (#1)  CJ Brucki (#7)
170    Colin Holler (#1)
182  Joey Ariola (#2)  Ricky Robertson (#1)
 Chris Pajak (#9)
195  Andre Lee (#5)  Bill Gore (#9)
220    
285    
 

 

Lepic leap: OPRF coasts in Iowa City to the tune of 5-0 in duals
Huskies earn redemption against Iowa City West, defeat four more from out of state · 01/05/2013

Iowa City West Lepic Duals

At last year's Iowa City West quad, the Huskies didn't fare too well. They beat Marmion (IL) but fell to Apple Valley and Iowa City West. At this year's Clash, OPRF upended Apple Valley (MN). Today, the Huskies toppled the host Trojans en route to an unblemished 5-0 record.

The Huskies defeated three in pool play before downing Iowa City West and St. James Academy in the crossovers. Here are the results, in order:

                    OPRF 57, Mason City (IA) 3  |  OPRF 57, Wilton (IA) 9  |  OPRF 46, Grand Island (NE) 19  | 
                    OPRF 39, St. James Academy (KS) 15 
|  OPRF 51, Iowa City West (IA) 20

The two teams the Huskies did not wrestle were Lewis Central and Pleasant Valley, both from Iowa. The Huskies now stand at an astonishing 25-1. There are 7 likely duals remaining before the state series. Compare these statistics with the state championship record of 24-0 in 2008-2009. The difference, of course, is OPRF choosing to substitute individual tournaments with dual ones.

View event articles | Iowa City West | Grand Island | Mason City       

 

 

Glenbard West improves to 3-0 in conference · 01/04/2013

  Next Week's Opponent | The Glenbard West Hilltoppers are a team on the rise, especially in the conference arena. Friday night's Hilltopper victory over Downers Grove North (36-22 final score) elevates GW to an unblemished 3-0 record in conference play. The "Mean Green" (my words) visit OPRF on Friday, January 11, for the last clash of the West Suburban Silver unbeatens. To get a preview of some of the Glenbard West wrestlers, visit TrackWrestling to view the dual box score of DGN-GW.

 

 

Mean Thirteen: Huskies devour Lions 56-6
OPRF takes all 13 contested bouts in conference affair · 01/03/2013


OPRF-LT in 2010 (photo by BT)

Only two years ago, it was the Lyons Township Lions defending their home mats against the Huskies as a top 5 squad. They won that dual, but some of the bouts hadn't quite gone as expected. This past Thursday, the result of the dual went as many predicted, and again some of the bouts hadn't quite gone as expected. OPRF was flawless on this night as they blocked every attempt by LT to crack the scoreboard. In the end, the only team points the Lions mustered was a forfeit by the Huskies at 285 pounds. With the 56-6 victory, OPRF rose their record to 20-1 (4-0 in conference).

The Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew now return to Iowa City, Iowa, for another team dual tournament. Here's the skinny:

 
  Pool A: Lewis Central (IA), St. James (KS), Pleasant Valley (IA), IC West (IA)
Pool B: Oak Park-River Forest (IL), Grand Island (NE), Wilton (IA), Mason City (IA)

Rounds: Pool wrestling at 9 a.m., followed by placing duals
 

 

Video replay: Watch OPRF vs. St. Michael-Albertville
Huskies fall 28-26 to Clash champions in razor tight dual · 01/01/2013

Flowrestling had (paid) internet coverage to The Clash, and they have archived the entire dual between OPRF and St. Michael-Albertville. This dual took place at the end of Day 1 and decided which team would advance to the First Bracket. On Day 2, St. M-A went 2-1 and won the Clash with a tiebreaker.

Enjoy the videos. Remember, next for the Huskies is a January 3 away date (Thurs.) with our old pals, Lyons Township.

Day 1 semifinal vs. Blue Springs | 138 | 145          For a list of wrestlers in these bouts | visit here

Day 1 final vs. St. M-Albertvlle | 145 | 152 | 160 | 170 | 182 | 195 | 220 | 285 | 106 | 113 | 120 | 126 | 132 | 138

 

 

Photo finishes: End the year with photos of recent events
Enjoy these pictures from Clash and Whitlach tournaments, provided by Mack Bolen · 12/31/2012

    

 

Photos by Mack Bolen | Click to enlarge

 

        
Huskie grapplers perform in Minnesota. (left to right: Matt Rundell, Joey Ariola, Isaiah White, Larry Early)

 

 

        

 

        

 

        

 

        

 

 

All-Tournament Team |

106 Robert Campos, Oak Park River Forest
113 Jaret Singh, Kearney
120 Kasey Klaus, Vacaville
126 Jordan Laster, Montini Catholic
132 Larry Early, Oak Park River Forest
138 Daniel Lewis, Blue Springs
145 Derek Lapaglia, Blue Springs
152 Jake Short, Simley
160 Xavier Montalvo, Montini
170 Colin Holler, Carl Sandburg
182 Joe Ariola, Oak Park River Forest
195 Ricky Robertson, Carl Sandburg
220 Lane Lennau, Pierre
285 Sam Stoll, KM

From IM writeup (authored by Curt Herron) |

Top winners for the Huskies were Campos (6-0), White (6-0), Early (6-0), Ariola (6-0), O'Mara (5-0), Mahomes (5-0), Rundell (4-1), Bey (4-1) and Lee (4-2).

"I'm proud of our effort," [Head Coach Mike] Powell said. "We felt like we could have been in the first bracket but you always feel like you could have won it if a couple of different things went your way.

"We know that if we wrestle at our best that we can be in the top 10 in the country. We had three all-tournament selections and I thought that we should have had three more but we're happy with how we did.

"Our goal is to get tougher each week and to compete for the full six minutes and we're moving in the right direction. We're looking for continued improvement and know that it's a grind from here on out."

 
Upcoming | The Huskies travel to conference foe Lyons Township (Thursday, January 3) before again leaving Illinois to face more top talent in Iowa City, Iowa on January 5.
 

 

Huskie hustle: OPRF dismantles Minooka 52-13
Huskies go 9-for-11, raise record to 14-0 · 12/21/2012

If you're a wrestling junkie, you know Minooka's recent history. In the 2009-2010 season, they earned their first state championship (in any sport) in wrestling. They've been at the top for a few years now. Ranked in the top 15 in this campaign, the Indians were without star wrestler Corbett Oughton due to injury. This dual once again featured a trio of forfeits, the Huskies raised their hands on two and the Indians took one.

The premiere bouts of the night were 132-145 and at 182. At 132, Isaiah White (#5) squeaked out a major against Danny Ruettiger (HM). 138 brought us two Honorable Mentions: Jake O'Mara and Mike McNulty. O'Mara won by fall. 145 was a major returned by the Indians. Carson Oughton (currently unranked) shut out Johnny Gahagan, an HM. In the 182 bout, Joey Ariola (#2) bounced Nathan Gunn (#7). Ariola, on a roll since the beginning of the season, dominated in a 15-3 win.

Other Huskie victors included Roberto Campos (106), Joe Robles (113), Gabe Townsell (120), Zach Pickering (152), Davonte Mahomes (160), Allen Stallings (182), Andre Lee (195), and Adam Lemke-Bell (285). The other two wins for Minooka came from Brett Miller (126 / forfeit) and Eric Velazquez (Malik Brumant). Up next for the Varsity Huskies is The Clash in Rochester, Minnesota.

Read More | Illinois Matmen Article

 

 

Rising above: Huskies win HC Rex Whitlach tournament
OPRF finishes first, #1 Sandburg and 23 others finish behind · 12/15/2012


Team champions (photo by Mack Bolen)

To those who follow OPRF and Sandburg, this tournament resembled a triangular meet: OPRF vs. Sandburg vs. the rest of the field. Well, the competition was fierce, and several OPRF-CS head-to-head matchups took place. In the end, the 5 Huskie champions led the way as #2 OPRF took the title by 8.5 points. Sandburg, who placed 10 in the top three, lost their tournament #1 seed Bill Gore (220 pounds) to the flu. Altogether, each team (CS and OPRF) had a dozen place-winners.

Hinsdale Central Results | Completed Bracket

 
 Weight  Oak Park & River Forest  Carl Sandburg  Head-to-Head
106  Bobby Campos (4th)  Christian Robertson (3rd)  Robertson 5-2
113  Gabe Townsell (4th)  Jim Pellegrino (3rd)  Townsell 4-2
 Pellegrino 10-7
120  Matt Rundell (1st)  Jake Vales (3rd)  Rundell 6-0
126  Isaiah White (2nd)  Brian Krasowski (4th)  
132  Larry Early (1st)  Tom Slattery (5th)  Early TF
138  Jake O'Mara (5th)  John Pellegrino (3rd)  Pellegrino 7-6
145  Johnny Gahagan (1st)  Alante Walker (2nd)  Gahagan 13-3
152  Kamal Bey (3rd)  Mitch Cook (2nd)  Cook 9-6
160  Davonte Mahomes (1st)  CJ Brucki (3rd)  
170  Al Stallings (6th)  Colin Holler (1st)  Holler Fall
182  Joey Ariola (1st)  Chris Pajak (3rd)  
195  Andre Lee (3rd)  Ricky Robertson (1st)  Robertson 8-3
220  Malik Brumant (DNP)  Bill Gore (DNP - Flu)  
285  Adam Lemke (DNP)  Robert Boyde (DNP)  Boyde 12-3
 

 

Past the Panthers: OPRF bests Proviso West in shortened dual
Huskies take 6 of 8 contested duals, perfect through 3 conference duals · 12/13/2012

The Huskies took care of another Silver foe this season in a 33-18 dual victory over the host Panthers. Proviso West, a squad challenged to field a full team, featured two top-ranked wrestlers in Kenard Washington (170) and Jameer Thurman (195). These two wrestlers were victorious, along with Joshua Porter (forfeit). OPRF's depth proved too much with victories by Larry Early (132), Zach Pickering (152), Davonte Mahomes (160), Joey Ariola (182), Malik Brumant (220), and Adam Lemke-Bell (285). All were falls except for Brumant's decision. For the Panthers, Washington pinned Ben Bergen before Thurman found a fall after being deadlocked with Andre Lee. It was dual victory number 164 for Mike Powell. The Huskies next conference date is January 3 against traditional rival Lyons Township. This will be held at Lyons.

 

 

Familiar Faces: Huskies to wrestle Proviso W. and at HC tourney
OPRF looks to test mettle against crowded, talented field at Rex Whitlach Individual Tournament · 12/12/2012

Nearly a month into the 2012-2013 season, the Orange and Blue will finally have their first taste of an individual tournament. As one of the favorites (along with Class 3A #1 Sandburg), the Huskies will have targets marked on their backs in the 14 weight extravaganza. This will happen Friday and Saturday, December 14 and 15, at Hinsdale Central. Up first, however, is Proviso West. This Thursday, the Huskies trek to Hillside to battle the Panthers. While Proviso West's team isn't in the same arena, so to speak, as the Huskies, there is the potential for a few very exciting matchups. West has two top-10 ranked wrestlers: #8 Kenard Washington (170, Sr.) and #4 Jameer Thurman (195, Sr.).

On Friday, HC's wrestling begins at 4:30 pm. On Saturday, wrestling begins at 9:30 am. The field is a full one (26 in all; along with bracket abbreviations): Belleville West BW, Lane Tech LA, Bradley Bourbonnais BB, Lemont LT, Brother Rice BR, Moline M, Carl Sandburg CS, Naperville Central NC, DeKalb DE, New Trier NT, Downers Grove North DGN, Oak Park-River Forest OPRF, Downers Grove South DGS, Proviso West PW, Fenton F, Rockford East RE, Geneseo G, Rolling Meadows RM, Glenbard West GW, St. Charles North STC, Hinsdale Central HC, West Aurora WA, Hinsdale Central HC-JV, West Chicago WC, Harlem HA, Homewood-Flossmoor HF.

Hinsdale Central Tournament Info -- Watch out for a Live Bracket! | ilwrestle.com

 

 

Party time, excellent: OPRF rocks in West Aurora
Huskies take down Lake Park, Neuqua Valley, and host Blackhawks · 12/08/2012

Varsity continues its strong campaign. The Huskies, now 12-0, dispatched three more: defeating Lake Park 59-12, Neuqua Valley 58-9, and West Aurora 64-6. The Huskies won a total of 35 out of 42 bouts.

 

 

Handling Hinsdale: Huskies control Red Devils 39-18
OPRF rises to 2-0 in conference play; Central drops first conference dual  · 12/07/2012


Action on 12/07 (photo by Peggy Young)

Friday night's action in the OPRF Field House was full of entertainment. The Varsity squad (ranked #2 in class 3A) was the favorite, and they wrestled like it. The Huskies took 9 of 14 bouts (8 of the last 11) to dismantle any hopes that the visiting Red Devils had for victory.

The dual began at 195 pounds, with the Huskies having odds (presenting and with first choice at 195 pounds, 285, etc). Andre Lee shook off a challenging Stepan Ivanisevic for a dual opening win. HC's Andrew Pyle controlled Malik Brumant 8-5 to knot the dual at an early three apiece. Brian Allen, #1 ranked heavyweight, couldn't flatten Adam Lemke-Bell, but he did earn a technical fall victory to put the Devils up 8-3. The Huskies flexed their lightweight muscles with five straight victories: Roberto Campos (106), Gabe Townsell, Matt Rundell, Isaiah White, and Larry Early (132). The 120 pound match featured two ranked wrestlers, as Rundell defeated Greg Tolbert (HM) by a score of 4-0. At this point, the Huskies led 25-8 with six bouts to go.

The next bout was a nail-biter as Jake O'Mara butted heads with Juwon Edmond. These two are also ranked, and once again, the higher ranked wrestler took the victory. Edmond scored the only points in the first two periods with a takedown in the first frame. O'Mara returned with a three near fall, but an exciting last second reversal by Edmond put him in the win column. The final five bout champions alternated between OPRF (145, 160, 182) and HC (152 and 170). In order, the Huskies' victors were Johnny Gahagan (major), Davonte Mahomes (major), and Joey Ariola (pin); the Red Devils had Ernest Battaglia (major) and Keith Schmidt (minor).

Saturday, Dec 08 |

This Saturday, the Varsity Huskies travel to a quad at West Aurora. Also attending are Lake Park and Neuqua Valley.

     
More of Friday's action (left: Larry Early; middle: lineup; right: Joey Ariola - also by P. Young)

 

 

Scoville Central: Red Devils coming to town this Friday
Hinsdale Central is ranked #15; boast six ranked wrestlers · 12/06/2012

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Silver bells will be ringing this Friday evening when conference rivals OPRF and Hinsdale Central will meet on the mat. Lyons Township has traditionally been the Huskies' rivals, but the Red Devils' recent rise (and surpassing over Lyons) puts them in the driver's seat for this role. The first whistle of the night will be at 6:00 pm in the OPRF Field House.

Names to watch |

The Red Devils have six wrestlers ranked by Illinois Matmen. In weight order, they are: George Tolbert (120 / HM), Juwon Edmond (138 / 8th), Tommy Ward (145 / 10th), Ernest Battaglia (152 / 6th), Brian Allen (285 / 1st). The Huskies counter with nine ranked wrestlers (with some yet to be "noticed"). However you slice it, each bout should be an energetic battle for every point and advantage.

Other squads |

As we mentioned below, the Freshman team is doing very well, starting the season on fire. Come out to watch them grapple with their HC opponents. Also, with the Varsity team performing well, there are several Junior Varsity wrestlers just a shadow behind them. The Huskies have a plethora of talent across the levels.

Read all about it |

You can read more about the Red Devils at their website: www.reddevilswrestling.com.

 

 

Beginner's skill: Freshman maintain dominance in first weeks
Freshman also 8-0 with pair of dual meet tournament wins · 12/05/2012


At Glenbrook South (photo by Fred Arkin) | enlarge

Last year's OPRF Freshman squad was one for the record books. The team was undefeated and made great strides for future success on the Varsity and Junior Varsity levels. The 2012-2013 Freshman squad continues the wrecking ball offensive en route to eight dual victories (two dual tournament championships) and zero dual losses.

From coach Fred Arkin |

The freshman team is 8-0. We defeated Downers North and St Pats in duals, and then we won the Proviso East Dual Meet Tournament by beating Fenwick, Glenbard East and Morton. We followed that with the Glenbrook South Dual Meet Tournament title by beating South Elgin, Maine East & Leyden.

Last week the wrestler of the week was Miguel Vasquez; This week wrestler of the week is Davis Luckett; This week's practice wrestler of the week is Culyer Dull.

 

 

Charging through: Huskies take triple at quad
OPRF remains unbeaten with victories at Washington · 12/01/2012

On December 1, the Varsity Huskies improved their record to 8-0 (1-0 in conference) with a trio of victories over Granite City, Wheaton North, and Washington. This Friday is a home dual meet against conference rival Hinsdale Central.

 

 

Washingtonian architecture: Huskies to design winning game plan
OPRF to travel to Washington, also to face Granite City and Wheaton North · 12/01/2012

If you love driving , why not trek to Washington High School? The Huskies will take another "tri" at a quad (get the numerical pun?) this Saturday. The Huskies will take on the host Washington along with Granite City and Wheaton North. Wrestling for Varsity begins at 10:00 am. Washington is ranked #9 in the 2A class, and Wheaton North is ranked as an honorable mention in 3A. After a close battle with the Redhawks of Marist, how will the Huskies respond?

Catch all of the action in the flesh! Support the Huskies!

 

 

Bey's way: Huskies top #1 Marist 26-25
OPRF also defeats Schaumburg and New Trier · 11/24/2012


106 to 120: R. Campos, G. Townsell, M. Rundell. (photos by Vincent D. Johnson, Sun Times Media)

Articles | Illinois Matmen | Sun Times

Heading into Saturday's dual, there were more questions than in a lengthy "Who's on first?" routine. Which wrestlers would go? Which wrestlers would sit? Who would weigh in at what weights? How would X match up with Y? Who can get bonus points? The questions were many as eyes and ears tuned in for this early season war.

It was live broadcast by Illinois Matmen. (View the archived webcast here.) After the Huskies and Redhawks took care of the Saxons and Trevians, the nationally-ranked squads locked horns. The bout began at 182 pounds. Joey Ariola began the affair entangled with Ethan Benoit. Ariola controlled early and then held off a comeback attempt to secure the first match victory in the dual. At 195 pounds, Andre Lee and Josh Pruitt went toe-to-toe. Pruitt, a state qualifier a year ago, scored a last second takedown to push the match into overtime. Lee then blasted a double leg takedown for the Huskies' 6-0 lead.

OPRF next sent out Malik Brumant against the highly talented Josh Hickey. Brumant could not handle his opponent, but he did very well to keep the match to within 5 -- only a minor. At heavyweight, Tom Howell came in as the seasoned veteran against sophomore Adam Lemke. Howell pushed the pace and scored a bonus boint victory for the Redhawks, winning by 13. The first four bouts were split, and the team score had Marist up 7-6.

At the turn, Roberto Campos and Nick Lukanich met, with Lukanich emerging as a 6-2 victor. At 113, the Huskies struck back with freshman Gabe Townsell's 14-8 high scoring victory over Mike Mullaney. The Redhawks and Huskies split the next two matches. In a highly anticipated bout, Marist's Mark Duda outpointed Matthew Rundell at 120. At 126, phenom Isaiah White carried a 12-3 win for the Huskies. With White's bonus point win, the dual match was knotted at 13.

At 132, Larry Early earned another bonus victory for OPRF. He dominated Nick Gasbaro to a 15-3 tune. Mario Levelle sneaked by Jake O'Mara at 138 pounds. The 8-6 victory still had the Huskies leading, but now only by 1. The lead was reversed after 145, when Matt Sears won a second consecutive two point win over Johnny Gahagan. The Redhawks now led 19-17.

Zach Pickering helped OPRF reemerge as dual leaders when he toed the line against Marist's Ray Horowicz. The calm 7-2 decision gave the scoreboard a 20-19 look. At 160, Dan Drew of the Redhawks faced Kamal Bey, a promising youngster. After a few minutes of intense action, Bey made friends with a "bulldog" and earned a clinching pin while OPRF fans applauded the victory. The six team points put the dual out of reach. The afternoon ended when Alex Benoit took an uncontested victory to split the bout wins to 7 and 7. The final score was OPRF 26, Marist 25.

 

 

Saturday quad: Illinois Matmen to live stream OPRF vs. Marist
#3 Huskies-#1 Redhawks clash is set for 2 pm · 11/23/2012


Illinois Matmen -- live! (image courtesy of Illinois Matmen)

Follow the Huskies in a titanic battle against Marist. If you can't come out on Saturday, this is the next best thing. The quad will begin at 10:00 am. The Huskies will first face Schaumburg and New Trier in some order.

 

 
From Illinois Matmen | Our first live broadcast of the year will be this Saturday, November 24th at 2pm as Intermat's #12 ranked Marist Redhawks square off at home against the #13 ranked Oak Park River Forest Huskies.

On the call will be Illinois Matmen's Andre' Morgan (MR TWISTER) and Mack Bolen (mckbln).

Be sure to mark your calendars for this early season clash of Illinois heavyweights!
 

 

Huskie hurricane: OPRF spins St. Patrick 73-3
Varsity gets 11 six point wins, Huskies go eight-for-eight in duals · 11/21/2012


Huskies delivered more of the early same. (photos by Jonna Borgdorff)

The Huskies made quick work of the visiting St. Patrick Shamrocks. Apparently wanting to start the Molly Malone's social as early as possible, the Orange and Blue scored 8 falls (along with 6 forfeit victories) to decimate St. Pats. This score was perhaps the most lopsided final tally in the thirty-plus years of annually facing our close Chicago neighbor. Once again, Jonna Borgdorff was on hand to photograph the magic. Click here to visit her pictures from these duals.


(photo by Peggy Young)

 

 

Ready...set...throw: Huskies sweep Trojans
All four levels defeat Downers Grove North in WSC showdown · 11/20/2012



Huskie highlights were across the board on Tuesday. (photos by Jonna Borgdorff)

The Huskies were a rude host on opening night, defeating one of the six other conference schools. All four squads came ready to wrestle and handed the Trojans equal 0-1 records. The Varsity squad piled up a 55-14 victory, winning 11 of 14 bouts. Jonna Borgdorff was there to capture much of the action. Click here to visit her amazing pictures. Thanks again, Jonna.

Remember that we welcome all photos, links, videos, articles...please email us. Don't go anywhere, the Huskies host St. Patrick on Wednesday.

 

 

We weren't born to follow: We stand up for what we believe
11/20/2012

 
"We Weren't Born to Follow" (Bon Jovi) | View official video on YouTube
 

It's time. It's today. Our beloved Huskies, once again, are set out for greatness. I don't simply mean the greatness on the mat; I mean the greatness of the journey. We are a family -- growing, maturing, and loving together. Here's a song that reminds me of our orange and blue brothers and sisters. I'm grateful that we are all here to stand up for what we believe. Let's go, Huskies!

 

 

The low down on Downers North: What to watch for
Season kickoff is a day early; this time against conference foe · 11/18/2012
 

IHSA 2012-2013 · OPRF's Opening Week

Time Event Location
 Tuesday, Nov 20 @ 5:30 pm  Introduction to wrestling meeting  OPRF Monogram Room
 (in stands above Field House)
 Tuesday, Nov 20 @ 6:00 pm  Freshman & Junior Varsity duals  OPRF Field House
 Tuesday, Nov 20 @ 7:00 pm  Varsity dual  OPRF Field House
     
 Wednesday, Nov 21 @ 6:00 pm  Freshman & Junior Varsity duals  OPRF Field House
 Wednesday, Nov 21 @ 7:00 pm  Varsity dual  OPRF Field House
 Wednesday, Nov 21 @ 9:00 pm  OPRF Alumni and friends social  Molly Malone's Irish Pub
 7652 Madison, Forest Park
     
 Saturday, Nov 24 @ 10:00 am  Varsity quad  Marist High School (Chicago, IL)
 Saturday, Nov 24 @ 9:00 am  Junior Varsity tournament  Glenbard North (Carol Stream, IL)
 Saturday, Nov 24 @ 9:00 am  Freshman tournament  Proviso East (Maywood, IL)

Don't be fooled; this year's kickoff is on Tuesday. The Huskies will get their season (and conference tilt) started in grand fashion with a battle against the Downers Grove North Trojans. The Trojans also have a meet on Wednesday. They face cross-city rival Downers Grove South. The Huskies, of course, wrestle St. Patrick. You can bet that on Tuesday, both squads will want to put one in the win column.

Downers Grove North | Year after year, the Trojans have had talented groups of wrestlers. The trouble is that the conference has been just a little tougher. Two years ago, the Trojans elevated themselves in the conference before falling to a 2-4 record in 2011-2012. They have tough wrestlers, but this year's squad may not be enough to get them back near the West Suburban Silver's top rung. Returning sectional qualifiers for DGN include Diego Rodgriguez (Jr. - 126), Cullen Cummings (Sr. - 132), and Mike Gastaldello (Jr. - 160). Cummings is the superstar of the group. He was a finalist in Champaign and settled for a 2nd place medal. Newcomer Pat Walker is another name to watch. He traveled with "Team Oak Park" to the Las Vegas Freak Show preseason tournament and won the 95 pound title. If he can add a little weight, he will be a force at 106 pounds. Downers North is coached by Chris McGrath, a co-coach in the Relentless Pursuit Wrestling endeavor. Come and watch the stories as the action is sure to be intense.

St. Patrick | The Shamrocks are the regional champions (in 2A) from a season ago. They return 3 state qualifiers for 2A: Jalen Reyes (Jr. - 113), Steve Galiardo (Sr. - 138), and Joe Urso (Sr. - 220). Galiardo took 5th place at state, and he's one that can dominate.

Marist | This is an all-star clash that you can't miss. Marist is ranked #1 in the state at 3A, and the Huskies are #3. There are too many dynamic wrestlers to list for the Redhawks, and each bout will be crucial for both teams. Marist is littered with top talent that ascended to the highest level last year. The Huskies are also slated to wrestle Schaumburg and New Trier. This quad is set up to be an epic event.

 

 

Color by number: Orange and blue preseason update
A look at numeric data in advance of the season · 11/18/2012


 

The 2012-2013 Varsity squad is a young team. With this being said, there are several team and personal goals on the table. Here now is a look at some of the cumulative numbers of those on the Varsity squad (10+ Varsity wins only):
 

Mike Powell · 151-40 Dual Meet Record in 9 seasons
 Seniors  Juniors  Sophomores
 Joe Ariola · 57-22 Record  Johnny Gahagan · 21-17 Record  Larry Early · 43-9 Record
 Jake O'Mara · 20-16 Record  Andre Lee · 15-13 Record  Matthew Rundell · 47-5 Record
   Emonte Logan · 23-20 Record  
   Davonte Mahomes · 77-16 Record  
   Joe Robles · 12-16 Record  

Streak City | On the top right of this page, you can find four tallied statistics: C: 8 | I: 0 | O: 0 | R: 35
What do they mean? The "C" is for consecutive conference dual victories. The "I" is for consecutive dual victories against Illinois schools. The "O" is for consecutive dual victories overall. The "R" is for the record of consecutive dual victories overall. These numbers will changes as the season progresses.

 

 
Being a Huskie in China: A plea to me and OP(RF)
Show your support by sending pictures, videos, information to the site · 11/17/2012


in Qingdao, Shandong, China (photo by BT)

 
High school wrestlers are given (at most) four years to participate the world's purest sport. The season of 2008-2009 was my freshman year as the webmaster (and creator) of this site. The 2011-2012 affair was my senior campaign. I'm now heading into the post graduate program at OPRF Wrestling.

As I do, this season (like last) I will be update from within China. I reside and work here as a teacher. Because of this, I am in dire need of your assistance to send me anything and everything you can get your hands on. For years, I was this website's webmaster, statistician, photographer, archivist, events reporter -- you name it. My goal was always to go above and beyond, to be respectful but passionate about this program and these wrestlers, and do it all in as timely a fashion as possible. When I resided in River Forest, my goal was to write up detailed event stories "by the time you have your morning coffee the next day." Just like last year, this goal is being put to the test.

I am happy to be in Qingdao, Shandong, China, but I am unable to experience one of my most treasured gifts -- being there in the flesh to witness what I call "The Orange and Blue Wrecking Crew." I need your help for pictures, results (matchups, dual scores!), newsworthy items, video finds, anecdotes -- whatever you can send. Please consider spending a few seconds or minutes of your day to email me information. Yes, somebody else may send me the same info, but it's better that I receive two notices than zero.

Being in China, there are a few complications for me. I will try to be lightning fast with updates, but please understand that factors like time difference, uploading issues, and my own personal schedule may delay posting. Be patient.

I thank you for all of your dedication and hard work (in the past, present, and future). It is the greatest honor for me to be involved in the greatest program in the entire country and to work alongside such amazing parents, volunteers, and fans. May your seasons (both wrestling and other) be filled with many blessings, and may we all work together to create another stellar campaign for our wrestlers.

In relentless pursuit and Huskie pride!

- Brian Tideman | oprfwrestlingwebmaster@gmail.com
 

 

No more weighting: A breakdown of the Varsity slots
Several new Varsity challengers emerge; strong practice room is evident · 11/14/2012

 
On Tuesday, November 20, the courageous "new look" Huskies will make their debut at 201 N. Scoville. I say "new look" because, well, each IHSA season has new faces or new places (weight assignments). This year is, of course, no different.

The Huskies return five state qualifiers : Matthew Rundell (2nd @ 103), Larry Early (3rd @ 120), Johnny Gahagan (126), Davonte Mahomes (3rd @ 152), and Joey Ariola (170). Only Ariola is a senior. Other returning postseason wrestlers (all sectional qualifiers) were Joe Robles (113), Jake O'Mara (145), Andre Lee (195), and Emonte Logan (220). Of these, only O'Mara is a senior.

Add to this mix several returning wrestlers ready to step into Varsity roles, either as fulltime or spot starters, and a handful of freshmen with IKWF success under their belts...you have the 2012-2013 OPRF Wrestling Huskies.
 

 

 

 

Leading this weight will be freshman sensation Robert Campos. Bobby is coming off a 5th at the prestigious Freak Show tournament. With the right work ethic, Bobby has no limits as to how good he can be.

This weight will be a battle between returning sectional qualifier Joe Robles and frosh stud Gabe Townsell. Joe has steadily improved throughout his three years of wrestling and is amongst the most dedicated wrestlers in the program. Gabe is an explosive athlete, top student, and is definitely going places in wrestling and life. Win or lose, whomever we put out there this year will represent the Huskies well.
This spot will be filled with returning state finalist Matthew Rundell. Rundell's grit and determination will put him back in the hunt for another appearance in the grand march. On Matt's heals will be SaVonne Bennette. Savonne is a serious talent with the work ethic to match. Evan Thompson has shown signs of a very bright future. Evan is a sophomore with a nice path ahead of him.
Freshman stud Isaiah White will man this weight. Isaiah just won the Freak Show and is the 5th ranked overall (any weight) freshman in the country. He's a phenomenal competitor who's seeks the best competition. The question has been asked several times this fall, "He's a freshman!?" Ben Avis, sophomore, had a great spring and will add depth. Ben is true "Huskie style" wrestler.
Larry Early, who was 3rd in the state last year, is the front runner at this weight. Larry was a Fargo All-American this summer and has huge goals for his sophomore campaign. Larry has matured a ton in the last year and is establishing himself as a young leader in the program. Ben Sisler, senior third year wrestler, just placed at the Freak Show. Ben will be pushing Larry all year. Ben is one of the few and proud Huskie wrestlers who has bought in 100%. Great person, great work ethic, great grades.
Fargo All-American senior Jake O'Mara is poised for a break out year. Jake opted out of challenging a senior for his spot last year and instead wrestled up two weights. Jake has worked his tail off and will have earned everything he gets this year. Junior Zach Brinner is very good and getting better. Expect to hear his name quite a bit before he graduates.
Two time state qualifier Johnny Gahagan, a junior, will be looking to get on the medal stand in Champaign this year. Johnny had a great off season and has improved tremendously. Sophomore Jon Doung also comes off a good spring and summer where he placed at both freestyle and Greco state. Hard nosed sophomore Andrew Borgdorff goes toe-to-toe with Duong and fills out a seriously deep weight for the Huskies.
Senior Zach Pickering is as strong as a bull. He has had a great preseason and his technique is no on par with his brute strength. Zach has huge goals this year, all of which are attainable. Pushing Zach for the spot will be freshman Kamal Bey. Kamal is amongst the best athletes every to walk into our wrestling room. Early on, he is also showing a tremendous amount of energy. The sky is the limit for Kamaal. Showing signs of a great year as well is sophomore Max Metzger. Max brings charisma to everything he does and it's paying off in wrestling. His future is bright.
Davonte Mahomes was third last in state last year. He has come into the room on fire after football. Davonte can be as good as he wants in our sport as he is supremely talented and very tough. He wants to be a leader in our program and is getting visions of wrestling in the NCAA tournament in the future. Behind Davonte is Nate Godwin. Nate's a three sport star and looks as if he hasn't missed a beat. He is going to be a stud.
Two seniors man this weight. Cory Cepak will battle for this spot with Luke Pederson. Both these young Ben have come along way (both 4 year wrestlers) and are looking to leave their mark on the program. Sophomore Ben Bergen had a great preseason and has a very bright future. Ben will provide solid back up.

There are four wrestlers here with significant talent. Senior State qualifier Joe Ariola just won the Freak Show over seven Fargo All-Americans. He looks to finish his career with a bang and the prospects look very good. Andre Lee is a third year wrestler, but you wouldn't guess from watching him. Andre dominated the Cadet state tourneys last year. He is very tough and very talented -- the killer combination. Expect to see Andre's name all over in the next two years. Allen Stallings is a super star freshman. He's 14 but looks 25. And wrestles with a poise way beyond his years. This kid is a flat out stud. Junior Will Osborne will also be in the mix here. Will is a grinder who had a great off season.
Emonte Logan had a great sophomore season last year. He was undefeated last spring when he blew out his knee. If we can get Emonte back this season, he will do considerable damage. He is rehabbing hard and has his goals in sight. Junior Malik Brumant has also put in a great spring and summer. Malik has made huge strides and is currently working harder than ever. He is hungry and will have a great year.
Sophomore Adam Lemke-Bell will be our heavy. Getting better by the day, Adam is 100% dedicated to his craft. This young man will make a name for himself before it's all over.
 

 
Delve into '12: Browse the dates, matchups of the new season
Exploring the schedules just a click away · 11/10/2012

     Season Kickoff
DGN @ OPRF · Tues, Nov. 20 · 6 PM
 

If you look to the "northwest" corner of this webpage, you will see that the new season documents are available. Most are generally blank, as you might imagine, with the results yet to be etched into stone. However, you can browse the schedules for all levels (V, JV1, JV2, S, F) and get a feel for the layout of the pages that will be filled as the IHSA wrestling year progresses. One of those pages is the conference standings page, where I will update the Varsity results from all schools in our conference. This is nothing new, of course. You can see how the Huskies shape up against their upcoming foes.

We'll also post statistics, rankings, results, and more. As the beginning of the season unfolds, please be patient with the reporting of all of the action. I relentlessly pursue to bring you the absolute best I can provide, but understand that I am updating this site from out of the country (more on this in a few days). With your help (photos, stories, articles, video links, etc...), you can help bring the news to the other "Huskiemaniacs" with blazing speed.

With nearly 10 days to go, we have a lot to prepare. We all do. But one thing we cannot ignore is to set our clocks ahead one day for the season opener with the Downers Grove North Trojans. (Spoiler alert! The Huskies will not open with St. Patrick this season.) These Trojans are a conference foe, and this dual will be one that matters--early. Come out to the Field House on Tuesday, November 20. Heck, come back the next night for more intense action. The St. Pats/OPRF annual rivalry is just about as old as I am. How time flies...

At OPRF Wrestling, we hope your holiday preparations go smoothly, and we'll keep a seat warm for you on November 20.

 

 

Upping the ante: Glimpse at the Varsity schedule
10/14/2012

2012-2013 IHSA Opponents

The 2011-2012 IHSA season schedule was no cakewalk. This year, the Huskies will turn the competition up a few notches. Highlights include OPRF's first-ever visit to the prestigious Clash dual team tournament, a rematch with Montini, a large, local tournament at Hinsdale Central, and a return visit to Iowa City West -- this time for an eight team individual tournament. Take a look at the "in's and out's":

 
Remains the Same

What's In

What's Out
 vs. St. Patrick  quad (Marist, Schaumburg, TBD)  Conant invitational
 six conference duals  quad (Wash., Granite C, Wheaton N.)  quad (Conant, Addison T., Notre D.)
 quad (W. Aurora, Lake P., Neuqua V.)  Hinsdale Central Whitlach invitational  Dvorak invitational
 OPRF invitational  vs. Minooka  Granite City invitational
 vs. Montini  The Clash dual tournament (MN)  quad (Liberty., St. Rita, Wheaton N.)
 vs. Marmion  quad (Sandburg mega duals)  Iowa City West quad
 IHSA postseason  Iowa City West invitational  
 

For a look at all of the competitions (dates may change), visit Athletics2000.com (A2000 OPRF).

 

 
 
 
 

 

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