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Champions are crowned: Freshmen and JV score WSC titles
Huskies take down 18 titles in JV, F, S conference titles on Saturday · 02/01/2014

 
Team Junior Varsity (champs)   Team Freshman (champs)
 
 

 WSC Tourney (Junior Varsity)

 Wrestler  Place
 Bobby Campos  1st
 Joe Robles  2nd
 Chris Helm  1st
 Chris Hinton  1st
 Bryce Scott  2nd
 Ben Avis  4th
 Jack Newman  1st
 Max Metzgar  1st
 Zach Brinner  1st
 Noah Hauser  3rd
 

 WSC Tourney (Sophomore)

 Wrestler  Place
 Clayton Bertoletti  1st
 Kendale McCoy  1st
 

 WSC Tourney (Freshman)

 Wrestler  Place
 Peter Ogunsanya  1st
 Tyler Phillips  1st
 David Claiborne  1st
 Kevin Davis  1st
 Daniel Pedrazza  2nd
 Brian Holloway  1st
 Drew Matticks  1st
 Dijour Cotton  1st
 Rolliann Sturkey  1st
 Ethan Lemons  1st
 Davien Talbert  1st
 Austin Maxwell  4th
 
 
On the last day of the regular season (and for some, their last IHSA match of the winter), the Junior Varsity and Freshman squads each won their West Suburban Conference team tournament title. In the Junior Varsity competition, there were 10 place-winners and 6 champions. In the Sophomore, Huskies took two titles. In the Freshman tournament, OPRF placed 12, of which were 10 gold medal performers. (Note, click above for larger pictures of each squad.)

Varsity postseason begins Saturday | Illinois state now turns to watch the Varsity compete in their four rounds. These begin on Saturday. For OPRF, they will visit Lombard at the host of Glenbard East. The tournament will begin at 9:00 am, with the championship round slated to begin at 2:00 pm. Only the top 3 in each weight will advance to the Individual Sectional. Nine teams' individuals will jostle for a top three finish: Addison Trail, York, Leyden, Glenbard West, Glenbard East, Proviso East, OPRF, Willowbrook, and Wheaton North. For more on the IHSA postseason, visit IHSA.org.

 

 

Nothing weak about it: Huskies dominate this weekend
OPRF wins WSC title on Fri., OPRF invite on Sat, hearts of hundreds on Sun · 01/27/2014

  WSC-S Champions  

On Friday night, the OPRF Huskies secured the 2013-2014 West Suburban (Silver) Conference title. They defeated the visiting Dukes of York by a score of 62-6. On Saturday, the Huskies (Varsity) defeated 11 other squads, including an exceptionally tough Junior Varsity group, to win the OPRF Huskie Invite. On Sunday, OPRF High School hosted the Susan P. Collins Memorial Little Huskies Tournament. The weather kept some families away, but all in all everyone had a blast putting hands and hearts together for what is becoming one of the smoothest youth tournaments in the state. Congratulations, everyone, on excellent efforts across the board.

More info | Huskie invite (Sat) complete brackets | Huskie invite article

Don't go anywhere, folks! This weekend has conference championships on levels below Varsity. To learn more, visit the schedule. Go Huskies!!

 

 

Home cooking: Volunteers, food needed for this weekend
OPRF hosts Glenbard West (Fri), Invite (Sat), and youth tournament (Sun) · 01/22/2014

@ OPRF High School -- FRI, SAT, SUN

It's that time, again. 201 N. Scoville plays host (rather, hosts) to three spectacular events. The Varsity regular season is winding down, but not before some white hot excitement. On Sunday, a huge fundraiser will be put on by the Little Huskies and OPRF Wrestling Family. We need your help.

Friday, 6 pm | Glenbard West @ OPRF (all levels)

Saturday, 8 am | OPRF Invite (Arrowhead WI, Christian Academy, Crystal Lake South, Fort Zumwalt West MO, Hersey, Lyons Township, Minooka, Morton, OPRF, Rockford Boylan, Riverside-Brookfield)

Sunday, 8 am | Susan P. Collins Little Huskies tournament (youth from all around Chicagoland)

 

 

Please consider helping out. Contact Mary Matticks if you can help with any of these assignments:

Volunteer spots to be filled are as follows FOR FRIDAY DUAL V. YORK

ADMISSIONS/DOOR:
2 people to work a shift at the Admissions/Door from approx. 5:45-7:15

CONCESSIONS:
2 people to work a shift at the Concession Stand from approx. 5:30-7pm OR from 7pm to approx. 8:30pm

BAKE SALE:
4 families to provide 24 pieces of individually wrapped bake sale items. (HELPFUL HINT: most popular are chocolate chip cookies, rice krispie treats or brownies)

PBJ's:
4 families to provide 12 premade, individually wrapped peanut butter & jelly sandwiches each (NEED TO BE DROPPED OFF BY 5:30PM)

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Volunteer spots to be filled are as follows FOR SATURDAY HS INVITATIONAL

ADMISSIONS/DOOR:
2 people to work a shift at the Admissions/Door from approx. 7:45-9:30

CONCESSIONS:
2 people to work a shift at the Concession Stand from approx.8am to 10am
2 people to work a shift at the Concession Stand from approx. 10am to 12 noon

BAKE SALE:
4 families to provide 24 pieces of individually wrapped bake sale items. (HELPFUL HINT: most popular are chocolate chip cookies, rice krispie treats or brownies)

PBJ's:
4 families to provide 12 premade, individually wrapped peanut butter & jelly sandwiches each (NEED TO BE DROPPED OFF BY 5:30PM)

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Sunday kids tournament---
The Little Huskies will be hosting 900 youth wrestlers (plus coaches and spectators) on Sunday for their annual tournament from 7am to approx. 3pm. If you have some time to spare, consider coming by to help out. You can check in at the Monogram Room for a volunteer assignment any time during the tournament.

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Feel free to contact me with any questions.

GO HUSKIES!

Mary Matticks,
contact via email

 

 
For Saturday's coaches room, Patricia Brumant, is organizing food and utensils. Her list is not yet complete. Please read her latest message. If you can help, please email her -- contact via email.

"As you can see we are light in the essential area. So those that wanted to fill in the blanks we need:

Plates, cutlery, (as I stated previous can be left over mix and match is fine) bagels and cream cheese, and orange juices. Now I know it looks as if we have a lot but remember our kids will be feed dinner with the leftover entrees, and snacks thru out the day with leftover sandwiches and breakfast food. So the more the better."

 

 

Flying high: OPRF takes Sandburg title, go 3-0
Huskies defeat Hononegah for championship, do not face host squad · 01/18/2014

Sandburg Super Duals

At Saturday's Sandburg Super Duals (say that five times fast...), the OPRF Varsity squad continued dominance over Illinois teams...and one from Tennessee as well. In the first round, the Huskies (24-1, 5-0 in conference) dispatched #14-AA Sycamore. Next up was Baylor, Tennessee. 63-3 was the final score of that one. In the final pairing, OPRF shook hands with #5 Hononegah. The Huskies continued a strong day with a tallied win of 51-9.

With all that happened in the last few seasons against Sandburg, the Huskies and Eagles did not share the same mat. However, as you know, there is a chance that these two could meet again in the postseason.

Watch OPRF vs. Hononegah (title) | High School Cube

On Friday, OPRF downed Glenbard West to move one win away from the West Suburban Silver Conference title. The final conference dual will take place at home on Friday, January 24.

 

 

Double trouble: Opponents in way of Huskie train, Fri & Sat
Against the Hilltoppers, OPRF can go to 5-0 in the WSC; Sandburg hosts another dual set Sat. · 01/14/2014

Don't go anywhere. We're in the thick of it, and there is more glorious wrestling just around the corner. On Friday night, all levels travel to Glen Ellyn to combat the formidable Hilltoppers. Recently, the Hilltoppers did fall to Lyons, and you know the OPRF paired result. Don't let that stop you. We always love the traveling support. If you can make the drive, please do.

On Saturday, the Huskies embark on Orland Park for the Sandburg dual team tournament. The teams will be OPRF, #5 Hononegah, #5-AA Crystal Lake Central, New Trier, South Elgin, #14-AA Sycamore, Baylor (TN), and the host #8 Eagles. Wrestling is set for 10 am.

Sandburg Duals live & archived coverage | High School Cube will broadcast some of the duals. Check as it unfolds.

Also on Saturday, Junior Varsity travels to New Trier for a quad (9 am) and Freshman has an individual tournament at Hoffman Estates (9 am).

Go Huskies! Let's have a terrific weekend!

 

 

Super men: Huskies dismantle Montini, 3 others at DCC Duals
OPRF goes 4-0 against national competition · 01/11/2014

On Saturday in Detroit, the #3-US Huskies took on and defeated all comers, starting with #11-US Montini.

 
  OPRF Results   OPRF 36 - 18 Montini (IL)
  OPRF 42 - 13 Detroit Catholic Central (MI)
  OPRF 42 - 13 St. Johns (MI)
  OPRF 40 - 15 Davison (MI)
 
More | TrackWrestling | Ustream video (PapaBearSLIM) | InterMat Post-Writeup | Preview

Eye on JV | On the Junior Varsity level, the Huskies won the out-of-state CBC Varsity dual team tournament in St. Charles, Missouri. Congratulations, gentlemen!

 

 

Detroit City: OPRF battles Montini at 9 am, more elite teams
 Many nationally ranked teams in attendance; follow Montini dual and more LIVE · 01/11/2014

OPRF VS. MONTINI - 9 AM (Central) / 10 AM (E)

This morning and afternoon (Sat) |

 

Schedule - from InterMat article | Live results will be available on TrackWrestling.

*** Live streaming POSSIBLY on USTREAM: Montini dual PLUS featured matches (if internet is available)

 
Wrestling will begin at 9 a.m. CT (10 a.m. ET). There will be three mats in the main gymnasium with two mats in the auxiliary gym right down the hallway.

10 a.m. (ET and below) (main gym) OPRF vs. Montini, Detroit CC vs. Brecksville, St. Johns vs. Hudson (auxiliary) Dundee vs. Clarkston, Solon vs. Bedford

12:15 p.m. (main gym) Montini vs. Davison, Detroit CC vs. OPRF, Brecksville vs. St. Johns (auxiliary) Bedford vs. Rochester, Solon vs. Hudson

2:30 p.m. (main gym) Montini vs. Brecksville, OPRF vs. St. Johns, Davison vs. Dundee (auxiliary) Clarkston vs. Bedford, Solon vs. Rochester

4:45 p.m. (main gym) OPRF vs. Davison, Detroit CC vs. Montini, Brecksville vs. Dundee (auxiliary) Hudson vs. Rochester, Solon vs. Clarkston

7:00 p.m. (main gym) Davison vs. Bedford, Detroit CC vs. Hudson, Dundee vs. Rochester (auxiliary) St. Johns vs. Clarkston

Live results will be available here.

Both get Davison and Detroit CC. OPRF also gets St. Johns. Montini also battles Brecksville.
 

 

Rivalry Week: Huskies devour Lions 58-12; Montini Sat.
8 straight victories propel OPRF to 4-0 in the West Suburban Silver · 01/09/2014

     
Home cooking: 201 N. Scoville hosted the action |
Jump to full photos, by Jonna Borgdorff 

Thursday night pitted two conference rivals head to head. For the last several years, the Lyons Township Lions have been the #1 rival of our beloved Huskies. At the final whistle, our beloveds did quite well for themselves. Capping off the evening, our Varsity downed #20 Lyons Township 58-12. The Lions won only 2 of 13 contested bouts.

The dual was drawn to be a traditional dual -- beginning at the lightest weight. At 106 pounds, Jay Renteria scored the maximum win in a fall victory over LT's Elias Garcia. 113 flipped to the Lions with a Zach Villarreal minor victory over Bobby Campos. 120 and 126 returned to the Huskies, with Gabe Townsell teching Joe Rossetti and youngster Jaime Hernandez posting a 7-4 victory over Tyler Zeman. The 132 bout was a wild one: our SaVonne Bennette was up large against Mac Casella, but Casella battled back with near fall points. The bout continued to overtime where Casella earned a 16-14 victory on a takedown. Lyons Township scored their final team point of the dual at 138 pounds, as Matt Maldonado received a forfeit victory.

From here, it was an orange and blue rolling boulder that came a-calling. 145-pounder Larry Early scored a major victory over upstart freshman Johnny Mologousis. At the featured 152 bout, #2-3A Matthew Rundell blazed to a first period fall over #5-3A AJ Villarreal. OPRF next gained 6 point and 5 point wins for Kamal Bey (Niko Harvel) and Davonte Mahomes (Nick Spacek), respectively. 182 found our Ben Bergen versus LT's Ezra Avery. This was a close match, seesawing in the low digits until Bergen managed to expose Avery's shoulders to gain the pinfall. The Huskies made short work of the last three bouts. Allen Stallings (195) forced a pin. Emonte Logan (220) earned a technical fall. Adam Lemke-Bell capped the night with a pinfall of his own.

Coverage | View more from this event: IL Matmen writeup | HS Cube | HS Cube pics | FB full event photos

Saturday | OPRF Varsity travels to Detroit for the DCC Super Duals. One team to be faced is #1-AA Montini. This will take place at 9 am Central (10 am Eastern).

 

 

Big Apple: Huskies lose to Apple Valley in Clash title, 30-27
Bonus points the difference as Minnesota and Illinois squads tie 7-to-7 in bout victories · 01/04/2014

The action was red-hot as the thermometer outside is preparing to plummet. OPRF won its qualifying bracket and the first two duals on Saturday before they met US #4 Apple Valley. The Huskies, US #2, faced a fierce squad who was also 5-0 on the tournament. It was the last matchup of the day, and in a nail-biter (winner take all last match), Apple Valley's Dayton Racer raced to the victory and an arm raise to deliver the team title.

AV started fast, with a pin by Mark Hall at 160. Davonte Mahomes returned the favor in the next bout. Apple Valley then began to sink their hooks in. They took decisions at 182, 195, and 220 before a pinfall victory at 285. The 195 match could have been the difference. AV's Bobby Steveson battled OPRF's Andre Lee. Neither could score an offensive point. Steveson did score the first point of the match (on an escape) and was awarded choice for the ultimate tiebreaker. Steveson secured the point during the last 30 second rideout.

At the turn, the Huskies fell behind 21-6. They made a charge of their own: straight wins by Jason Renteria (106), Alex Madrigal, Gabe Townsell, and Jaime Hernandez put the score 21-20. Two of the Huskies' wins here were majors. At 132 pounds, Maolu Woiwor earned a fall victory to push the score to 27-20 with three bouts remaining. By all accounts, the Huskie Crew needed to run the table. They fared well in the first of three, with a 15-5 major by Isiah White at 138 pounds. Larry Early kept the hope alive with a minor over Seth Gross. At last, the 152 bout pit our Matthew Rundell versus Dayton Racer. It was a tight battle (2-2 beginning the third), but Dayton's reversal was the difference.

It was a terrific two days of wrestling, and when you have two behemoth squads matched up (just like juggernaut wrestlers), one has to win and one has to lose. Of note, it was great to see Allen Stallings back out on the mat for Varsity (@ 182). You can bet that the Huskies will take all of this and prepare for the end of January and then the postseason. If you made the trip to Minnesota, our hat is off to you. Many blessings on the new year, and please, stay warm and safe.

Please scroll down to the tournament preview for links and results.

 

 

Clash XII: Huskies take top seed in 32 team national field
Friday and Saturday (Jan. 3 and 4) set the stage for a battle of warriors · 01/01/2014

For the second year, the #1-ranked (IL) and #2-USA will travel to Rochester, MN, to compete in the premiere national dual tournament. Mack Bolen provided a thorough preview on Illinois Matmen Forums.

Mack always does a stellar job, and here is a portion (the full writeup is worth a look, no question):

 

 

From Illinois Matmen, by Mack Bolen

Bracket A:

Number one seed and nationally ranked #2 Oak Park-River Forest should make it to the bracket finals easily to face Bettendorf, IA unless Vacaville, CA can pull an upset. While the Huskies shouldn’t have a problem with either team, there is a potential 138lbs individual match-up of #2 ranked Fredy Stroker vs #12 ranked Isiah White.

Day 2 Championship Bracket:

The top two teams are OPRF and Apple Valley. The Huskies have 6 nationally ranked wrestlers, Renteria (106), White (138), Early (145), Bey (160), Mahomes (170), and Lee (195). The Eagles have 4 nationally ranked wrestlers, Gross (138), Racer (152), Hall (170), and B. Stevenson (182). Apple Valley also has 3 top ranked Minnesota kids at 126 (Volk), 132 (Woiwor), 145 (Morgan) and 220 (Chenney). The Huskies have some high ranked Illinois kids at 120lbs (Townsell), 152lbs (Rundell), and 220lbs (Logan). I think the championship comes down to one of these two teams.

 
 The Clash | Brackets  By NickyTheEar on ILmatmen.com | Jump
 
 Bracket A


 1 Oak Park River Forest, IL Ranked #2 Nation
 8 Adrian, MN
 5 West Fargo, ND
 4 Mediapolis, IA
 3 Vacaville, CA Ranked #37 Nation
 6 Totino-Grace, NJ
 7 Parkston, SD
 2 Bettendorf, IA
Ranked #27 Nation
 
 
 Bracket B


 1 Apple Valley, MN Ranked #4 Nation
 8 Thompson, AL
 5 Jackson County Central, MN
 4 Glenbard North, IL
 3 Timberland, MO Ranked #40 Nation
 6 Kasson-Mantorville, MN
 7 Mason City, IA
 2 St. Peter's Prep, NJ
Ranked #20 Nation
 
 
 Bracket C


 1 Bergen Catholic, NJ Ranked #9 Nation
 8 New Prague, MN
 5 Omaha Skutt Catholic, NE
 4 Hononegah, IL
 3 St. Michael-Albertville, MN
 6 Alburnett, IA
 7 Bay Port, WI
 2 Marist, IL
Ranked #17 Nation
 
 
 Bracket D


 1 Archbishop Moeller, OH Ranked #12 Nation
 8 Woodbury Central, IA
 5 Grand Island, NE
 4 Hastings, MN
 3 Prior Lake, MN
 6 Carl Sandburg, IL
 7 Independence, IA
 2 Bound Brook, NJ
Ranked #13 Nation
 
   
 The Clash | Schedule  

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

9:00 AM - First Round of AM Session
11:00 AM - Second Round of AM Session
1:00 PM - Third Round of AM Session

4:00 PM - First Round of PM Session
6:00 PM - Second Round of PM Session
8:00 PM - Third Round of PM Session

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

9:00 AM - First Round of AM Session
11:00 AM - Second Round of AM Session
1:00 PM - Third Round of AM Session

4:00 PM - First Round of PM Session
6:00 PM - Second Round of PM Session
8:00 PM - Third Round of PM Session

 


Day one:

- Four standard 8-team brackets. Two of these brackets will compete in a morning session consisting of matches at 9am, 11am, and 1pm. The other two brackets will compete at 4pm, 6pm, and 8pm. The three matches will determine each team's placing in the second day's round-robin championship brackets.

Day two:

- The teams are regrouped into 8 round-robin groups based on day one finish. Groups 5-8 will wrestle Saturday morning while brackets 1-4 will wrestle Saturday afternoon. Therefore, a team that wins its first match on Friday will wrestle Saturday afternoon.

All teams will wrestle 6 duals.

   
 The Clash | Coverage  
 - Official website: The Clash
 - Trackwrestling: The Clash XII
 - Flowrestling: The Clash
 - Others include AWN & Intermat
 
 

 

Holiday helpings: Huskies win Whitlach tournament
OPRF top team race, place 13 with 5 champions · 12/21/2013

On Friday and Saturday, OPRF traveled to a conference foe to go toe-to-toe with competitors from 23 other squads. OPRF, still at #2 nationally according to Flowrestling, flew past the competition at the Hinsdale Central Whitlach Individual Tournament. The Huskies finished with 320.5 points. Rounding out the top 5 were Montini (237), Sandburg (198.5), Mt. Carmel (183.5), and Geneseo (141). Taken from the final brackets, OPRF results are:

 
 Weight  Wrestler  Place  Last Match
 106  Jay Renteria  1st  WIN vs. Jimmy Pawelski (Montini), 8-3
 113  Alex Madrigal  4th  LOSS vs. Dylan Duncan (Montini), 3-1
 120  Gabe Townsell  1st  WIN vs. Julian Blanco (Brother Rice), 11-3 M
 126  Jaime Hernandez  5th  WIN vs. Egan Berta (Lemont), 3-1
 132  SaVonne Bennette  DNP  LOSS vs. JD Bass (Belleville West), 4-3
 138  Isiah White  1st  WIN vs. Vince Turk (Montini), 3-2
 145  Larry Early  2nd  LOSS vs. Chris Garcia (Montini), 3-1
 152  Matt Rundell  2nd  LOSS vs. Bryce Brill (Mt. Carmel), F 3:09
 160  Kamal Bey  2nd  LOSS vs. Xavier Montalvo (Montini), 16-7 M
 170  Davonte Mahomes  1st  WIN vs. Nick Bonomo (Downers North), 14-5 M
 182  Ben Bergen  6th  LOSS vs. Austin Vanscoy (Moline), F 3:41
 195  Andre Lee  1st  WIN vs. Brandon Mizio (Geneseo), F 3:18
 220  Emonte Logan  2nd  LOSS vs. Edgar Ruano (Montini), 3-1
 285  Adam Lemke-Bell  4th  LOSS vs. Michael Johnson (Montini), F 0:30
 
Clash bash | Up next for Varsity is The Clash, a national dual tournament in Rochester, Minnesota. This will take place on January 3-4. For Junior Varsity, their next outing is January 27 at Brother Rice (tournament). On January 27, the Freshman squad also travels. They head to Gordon Tech for their tournament.
 
Happy holidays | All of us in the Huskie Wrestling Family wish you and yours a safe and delightful holiday season. Season's greetings to each and all!
 

 

Whitlach warriors: Huskies blast to 1st place after day one
OPRF leads Montini 101 to 73; 13 make it to Saturday's quarterfinals · 12/20/2013

Our conference foe has put on quite a tournament in the past few years. The Whitlach tournament features 24 teams this year, and there are many ranked wrestlers, both on the state and national levels. The Huskies did quite well as a team on day one, and they lead the field by 28 points over Montini. Many bouts are left to be wrestled, for sure. The quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals will be wrestled on Saturday, and the remainder of the wrestleback round will also take place. Nearly all of OPRF's starters are into the quarters. SaVonne Bennette (132) lost his first bout in the wrestlebacks.

Schedule | Saturday 9:00 am (Consolation 2nd Round); approx. 10:30 am (Championship Quarterfinals); following (Consolation 3rd Round); [short break for lunch] approx. 1:30 pm (Championship Semifinals & Consolation 4th Round); following (Consolation Semifinals); 4:00 pm (Finals and Medal Matches) Vertical view at the schedule.

Follow the action | Brackets are updated throughout the tournament. Click for brackets. Also, Illinois Matmen will broadcast the semifinals and finals live. Jump to the FREE illinoismatmen.tv feed (begins at about 1:30 pm). Hinsdale Central also hosts a home feed, mostly of HC wrestlers but also of others. They will be live all Saturday, as well. Visit the HC feed (this includes quarterfinal bouts).

 

 

It's in the books: Huskies place 3rd of 88
OPRF scores 7 place-winners, one finalist · 12/14/2013

The Walsh Ironman is perhaps the premier individual tournament in the country. It is a national event (no question about that), and the competition offers opportunity at substantial growth. In OPRF's inaugural Ironman, 7 Huskies (exactly half of the entrants) fought their way onto the medal stand: Jay Renteria (2nd @ 106), Isiah White (5th @ 138), Larry Early (5th @ 145), Matthew Rundell (8th @ 152), Kamal Bey (5th @ 160), Davonte Mahomes (5th @ 170), and Andre Lee (3rd @ 195).

The other participants were Alex Madrigal (113), Gabe Townsell (120), Jaime Hernandez (126), SaVonne Bennette (132), Ben Bergen (182), Emonte Logan (220), and Adam Lemke-Bell (285). As I mentioned, this is a huge tournament. Larry Early, Kamal Bey, and Andre Lee all competed in 8 bouts.

The Huskies finished with 154.5 team points. Keeping in mind that not all participating teams had 14 entrants, here are the top 10 teams and scores:

 

2013-2014 Walsh Ironman Team Results (December 13-14, 2013)

Rank Points  Team   Rank Points  Team
1st 207.5  Blair Academy   6th 105.5  Massillon Perry
2nd 171.0  Graham St. Paris   7th 98.5  Franklin Regional
3rd 154.5  Oak Park & River Forest   8th 94.5  Wyoming Seminary
4th 114.5  Edmond North   9th (T) 80.0  Broken Arrow
5th 110.0  Montini Catholic   9th (T) 80.0  Claymont Uhrichsville
 
More | In addition to the event website, you can view coverage on Trackwrestling, Flowrestling, AWN, Intermat.
 

 

Iron strong: All eyes on Ironman tourney
"This is a big one" · 12/12/2013

This Friday and Saturday boasts a mega-tournament known as the Walsh Jesuit Ironman. The Huskies will send a full team, and so, so many national squads will send at least one wrestler. Get in-the-know by going to: Walsh Ironman. Brackets and results are at Trackwrestling. More information, media at Flowrestling.

Read, read, follow, follow, watch, watch, and...as always...support, support! Go Huskies!

 

 

#1 OPRF nearly doubles up #21 Hinsdale Central 49-25
12/11/2013


post dual from HC's NFHS feed | to event

The Huskies traveled to Hinsdale and rose to 3-0 in conference, 10-0 overall. Jump to the archived broadcast by HC sports (subscription may be required).

 

 

1 "to" 3: #1 Huskies overmatch #3 Marist 43-23
OPRF also defeats #20 Granite City and Carmel (IN) · 12/07/2013


160: Bey vs. Andreotti (on IllinosMatmen.tv)

Washington High School in downstate Illinois hosted a "quad squared" event on Saturday. 8 teams mixed and matched. With no disrespect to #20 Granite City or Carmel (IN), the Huskies knew their true test would be at the hands, legs, and bodies of the very talented Marist Redhawks. Marist came in ranked #3 in Illinois and #17 in one national amateur ranking. In the first two rounds, the #1 Huskies sliced Granite City and then diced Carmel.

Round 3 | You may remember that last year, the Huskies met Marist early in the season. It was a nail biter, with our Orange & Blue the victors. At the Clash, OPRF performed much better and extended their margin of victory. Perhaps today was round three with these city rivals.

Both squads had wrestlers out. Marist did not wrestle #6-145 Nick Gasbarro. The Huskies didn't have the services of Gabe Townsell, Allen Stallings, or Emonte Logan. The dual began at 182. (General tip: traditionally, a blind draw is used for the starting weight of a quad's first dual. Each successive round begins at the next weight. Today's duals began at 160, 170, and then 182 pounds.)

Ben Bergen looked impressive against Louie Depasquale in a fall victory. The Huskies stormed out of the gate with a 6 point lead. 195 featured #1 Alex Benoit (@ 182) versus #3 Andre Lee (@ 195). It was a hard fought battle, but Andre's two takedowns notched the victory. Mark Brumant next caught Pat O'Conor for a quick fall victory. It was now 15-0.

Marist came back with four out of five wins: Jake Ford (285) by fall, Nick Lukanich (113) by 7-2 decision, Andy O'Brien (120) by 6-4 decision, and Mark Duda (126) by fall. The Huskie wrestlers of these matches (respectively) were Adam Lemke-Bell, Bobby Campos, Alex Madrigal, and Jaime Hernandez. At 106, Jason Renteria was awarded a forfeit victory. Prior to the 132 bout, the score was 21-18 in favor of OPRF.

Then, the gear shifted back to OPRF. SaVonne Bennette (132) earned a controlled 3-1 victory over Ameen Hamdan. Isiah White, the victor, and Mario Leveille grappled to the same result. At 145, Larry Early utilized an explosion to pin David Kasper. After the match, Kasper cost the Redhawks a team point. The score sat at 33-17.

152 was a bit of an oddity: Jakada Hull won without scoring a point. Matt Rundell scored a takedown cradle but was rolled onto his own back. This is rare, but it does happen. 160 was now set to be a real treat for wrestling fans. #1 Peter Andreotti met #3 Kamal Bey. Andreotti had no answer for the lightning quick Kamal, and Kamal scored a 10-2 major victory. Actually, Andreotti earned three escape points, but only two were awarded. (Unfortunate human error.) Regardless, this was a great victory for Kamal. The dual concluded with a second forfeit, this one to Davonte Mahomes.

These teams may meet again at the Clash or -- perhaps -- in the state series.

 

 

Past the Panthers: OPRF defeats Proviso West 58-9
A lineup featuring several "future faces" help push Huskies to 2-0 in Silver · 12/05/2013

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The Huskies have a reputation of being terrible hosts to the competition. Don't get me wrong, the food offered at concession stands is first rate. Also, the school works to accommodate the opposition with what they need to prepare for the contest. When it comes to the action on the mat, however, the Orange & Blue attack and control -- control and attack -- in a way unbecoming of any good dinner party hosts. Thursday night at OPRF featured the second conference affair of the Huskies, and our home crew dominated by winning all but 2 of 13 contested matches.

Photos (from Jonna Borgdorff) | Proviso West @ OPRF  

The Varsity lineup (now 6-0, 2-0) looked a little different than you might expect, but in the end, it racked up 11 wins and 58 team points in a 58-9 triumph over the hardworking Panthers of Proviso West.

OPRF's wins came from: Bobby Campos (113-FFT), Alex Madrigal (120-Fall), Clayton Bertoletti (126-FFT), Jaime Hernandez (132-Fall), Andrew Borgdorff (145-FFT), Rollian Sturkey (152-Dec), Jack Newman (160-Maj), Max Metzgar (170-Dec), Andre Lee (195-Fall), Emonte Logan (220-Fall), Adam Lemke-Bell (285-FFT).

The 106 weight class was a double forfeit, and two Huskies wrestled hard without victory: Ryan Borgdorff (138-Fall) and Ben Bergen (182-Dec).

Watching Washington | The Varsity unit treks to Washington, IL, for a three round competition. This is not a tournament and effectively works as a quad. At 10:00 AM, #1 OPRF will battle #20 Granite City. The other two rounds (approx. 11:45 and 1:30) are yet to be determined. There is rumor that the Huskies may take on #3 Marist in the final round. Illinois Matmen will broadcast all three rounds of the day. If you can't travel down, you may want to choose this option. (These will be archived, by the way.) HOWEVER, there is a HOME JV QUAD on Saturday. Mary Matticks is still looking for volunteers to provide bake sale donations and to work the concession stand in shifts. Please contact her if you can take some time to help out the Huskie Wrestling Family. This is a great opportunity to raise some dough for these phenomenal student-athletes.

 

 

A different kind of shoot: Get to know the 2013-2014 Huskies
Photo magician Jonna Borgdorff shares the faces of Varsity and Junior Varsity · 12/03/2013

         
Joe Robles, Malik Brumant, Max Metzgar, and Alex Madrigal are four of this year's Huskies. |

The 2013-2014 IHSA campaign is underway. In order to help you follow these fine young student-athletes, we have assembled a photo gallery of the current season wrestlers (Varsity and Junior Varsity). Nearly all of these wrestlers' photos are present. Jump to the photo gallery on the 2013-2014 roster.

 

 

Huskies take down New Trier, Schaumburg, #1-A Dakota
OPRF more than doubles up #1-ranked Class A Dakota · 11/30/2013

At the New Trier Varsity quad, the Huskies (now 5-0, 1-0) finished off a stellar first week with victories over New Trier (64-9), Schaumburg (55-9), and downstate Dakota (47-21). For some information, Mack Bolen posted on Illinois Matmen.

Next up | Thursday at home vs. Proviso West.

 

 

One-two punch: Huskies open with two convincing wins
Happy Thanksgiving to all! · 11/27/2013

#1 OPRF came out of the gate blazing, defeating Downers Grove North (HM) and St. Rita (#9) on consecutive days. The Huskies brought down DGN 45-18 before dropping the Mustangs 56-11. OPRF's Varsity squad (2-0, 1-0 in conference) next travels on Saturday, to a quad at New Trier. Also in attendance will be Schaumburg and #1-A Dakota.

Photo review | Jonna Borgdorff has graciously taken and uploaded several photos of the first two events. I'll just say it: I'm thankful for Jonna! Jump to galleries:

Downers North Varsity | Downers North JV 1 and 2 | St. Rita Varsity | St. Rita JV/Frosh/Soph

A little help goes a long way | It's no real secret: I maintain the website from abroad. Sadly, I can't watch the action firsthand. If anybody can send me results (just the Varsity winner plus team dual score), I would do cartwheels -- if, of course, this were scientifically possible for my nearly 34-aged body. I also compute the stats (I'll receive the stat sheets eventually), but I'm sure you understand that I want to turn around and update all of you as quickly as possible. Many blessings and thank you's. I am also thankful to all of you for visiting this site. This website means a lot to me...because OPRF Wrestling and our Family mean a lot to me. Thank you for stopping by every once in a while. Happy Thanksgiving.

 

 

Welcome to the mean '13: IHSA opener tonight at DGN
The never-ending journey re-begins · 11/26/2013

The day has finally arrived. Shine your shoes, press your clothes, and bring out that jacket that you've been waiting for just the occasion. OPRF Wrestling (all levels) kicks off the season at the home of West Suburban Conference foe Downers Grove North. DGN's brains of the brawn is head coach Chris McGrath (another friend of the show). The #1 ranked Huskies visit the HM ranked Trojans in the conference opener for both teams.

Time to dominate | The first round of action begins tonight at 6:00 pm. All levels will compete.

Did you know? | Downers Grove North has only had two state champions, the last in 1964. They have the longest drought in the current West Suburban Conference (Silver and Gold). A close second is Glenbard West. The Hilltoppers' only individual title came in 1966.

Keep Huskie fever high | Wednesday (Nov. 27) is a home dual against #9 St. Rita. Keep an eye out for a Huskie Family gathering afterwards. On Saturday (Nov. 30), Varsity travels to a quad at New Trier (HM Schaumburg and #1-A Dakota) while Junior Varsity will wrestle a tournament at Glenbard North. The Freshman will visit Proviso East for another tournament. If you haven't seen that Dakota team, they have some very talented wrestlers.

Quotables | Three seasons ago, head coach Mike Powell told wrestlers and family, "When you're done wrestling Oak Park for six minutes, you'll have a tough time holding up your head." This push is one of the Huskies' goals, for sure, but Mike Powell has a fresh perspective to his wrestlers, "Dominate."

 

 

The college years: Keep an eye out for Huskies at the next level
As years push on, OPRF sends more and more in the post-high school ranks · 11/24/2013

Yes, our attention is on the IHSA season and the current edition of the "Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew", but you need to take note of several Huskies that have chosen to wrestle during their college or university years. My Huskie hunch is that this list is incomplete. If you know of any additions, please send them our way.

 
 Wrestler  Year  Weight  Division  School
 Joe Ariola  Freshman  184  Division I  Buffalo
 Sam Brooks  RS Freshman  184  Division I  Iowa
 Chris Dardanes  RS Junior  141  Division I  Minnesota
 Nick Dardanes  RS Junior  149  Division I  Minnesota
 Brock Friesen  Senior  184  Division III  St. John's (MN)
 Darius Henry  Freshman  149  NJCAA  Triton College
 Zach Pickering  Freshman  157 / 165  NJCAA  Rochester (MN) CTC
 Michael Woulfe  Sophomore  184  Division I  Navy
 Derion Young  Freshman  149  NJCAA  Triton College
 

 

Serving our community: Washington, IL, relief trip this Sunday
Areas of downstate Washington in ruins after recent tornadoes; Huskie family to pitch in · 11/22/2013


A view of Washington, from heavy.com

On Sunday, November 17, a serious tornado outbreak savaged areas of central Illinois. Devastatingly, parts of Washington, Illinois, were erased. Washington is the home of Bryan Medlin, the outstanding wrestling head coach of the Washington Panthers. He is truly a great individual, and simply put: his community is in need. As it turns out, OPRF will be making two trips to Washington this fall. The first trip will take place this Sunday, November 24, when members of the Huskie Family (maybe even you) will go and bring supplies and materials to help the area. On December 7, OPRF had previously scheduled a visit to wrestle a quad at Washington. (RELATED: Football team raises Washington spirits.)

Let me stress that this is the real deal. I (Brian) have never seen this scale of devastation in person, and I can't begin to imagine the emotions and difficulties that so many are currently facing. If you can, please donate your time, money, or essential supplies for this cause of humanity.

Mike Powell wrote an email to the OPRF wrestling community (dated Nov. 20) about this Sunday's efforts in Washington. Here are some excerpts: (What can I do to help?)

 

 
Washington has suffered catastrophe this week. In the small town, over 400 houses have been lost and many others are unlivable. Coach Bryan Medlin, head coach of the wrestling team, described the aftermath to me. It reminded me of something in a Hollywood movie- Armageddon. Over half the Washington wrestling team's houses are completely destroyed or unlivable. With winter settling in, they will not have a chance to rebuild until the spring. Many of them have recovered almost nothing. They are staying in friends’ houses, at churches or at the firehouse.

The Huskie Wrestling family is heading down on Sunday (Coach Doc's idea) to help however we can. We are doing this in lieu of the community clean up. We will be gone all day. We leave at 7 AM, and will return around 6 PM. We ask that ALL wrestlers sacrifice a day and make the trip. We welcome anyone else who wants to come.
What can I do?
--> Donate workout clothes or wrestling gear to the Borgdorff family, before Sunday
--> Travel to Washington on Sunday
--> Donate to aid Washington Schools relief (including direct donations to the athletic programs)
--> American Red Cross, Salvation Army, United Way
--> Assist in other ways
 

 

Built for destruction: Individual talent sky high
Strong talent up and down could lead to many more ups than downs · 11/19/2013

Straight from the coaches' mouth |

The Huskies have geared up. This fall has been a fantastic prep for this season's campaign. The attitude of this team has been outstanding. They have been focused, self-driven, and hard working. Most importantly, there has been outstanding "buy in."

You'll notice a ton of names from years past and a couple of newbies in this year's potential lineup. We fully expect this team to be top notch. Our senior class, while small, is composed of great kids with great leadership potential. We believe our JV 1 team could be a top 25 team in the state. Furthermore, our freshmen squad is stacked with former Little Huskie standouts. It's going to be a great year!

Below are OPRF Huskies that have prepared their bodies and minds for this season's journey known as IHSA Wrestling.

 

 

Jay Renteria comes in as a heralded little guy. Jay won everything as a youth wrestler: Vegas, 3x IKWF, Super 32, Tulsa. Jay is a throwback. He's a tough guy; conjures memories of the Dardanes. Recently, he beat three top 20 guys on his way to a third place finish at the Freak Show.

Mikey Pace is a quality kid and wrestler. A junior, Mikey has put in his strongest off-season yet and will be competitive at any level this year. He will be a quality back up and will see some varsity action.

PJ Ogunsanya is a freshman stud. PJ is too small too wrestle effectively right now at 106, but he deserves a mention here. As he grows, PJ will become well known on the local and national high school circuit. He will dominate on the lower levels this year and could potentially fill in a few times at 106.

Round of 8 returner, Bobby Campos, is looking to battle onto the stand this year. Bobby had a tremendous freshman year, garnering all-tournament team at the Clash to go along with a great state series run. Bob has an enormous amount of potential and is making strides. He has had a good fall and will be a consistent top guy for the Huskies.

Somewhere between 113 and 120 is junior Alex Madrigal. Alex has renewed his commitment to wrestling and has put together an outstanding preseason. Whichever weight Alex lands, he will push the starter. Alex has made huge gains this fall and will be a contributor this year.
Gabe Townsell qualified for state last year. As good a student as he is a wrestler, Gabe arrived on the national scene this summer when he went undefeated at the duals and finished 1 and 2 in Fargo. Gabe is amongst the strongest and most explosive young athletes in the country.

Joe Robles, a senior, has been a fantastic leader this fall. He is taking his role as a senior seriously. Joe is wrestling well. He has taken it to several top guys this fall. Joe is the type of kid who wakes up on Sundays, types a ten pager, and then puts in 5 miles of roadwork. Joe may wrestle off at 126, but he will certify at 120. Joe is poised to have a fantastic senior year.
Freshman Jaime Hernandez comes into high school with 2 IKWF titles. Jaime is a grinder. He's got great leg attacks and finishes. We have watched him improve dramatically this fall. This speaks to Jaime's very strong work ethic. Make note of his name: he will be winning a lot of matches over the next four seasons.
Junior SaVonne Bennette just wrestled the tournament of his life in Vegas. He knows he is the probable starter here and has taken his mental game up a notch. SaVonne had a fantastic spring and summer. This will be SaVonne's first varsity year, but we fully expect he will be on the floor in Champaign come February.

Chris Hinton has the potential to push SaVonne at this weight. Chris has some huge wins under his belt. If he can stay focused and disciplined through his senior season, he will be a major contributor to the squad.
Sophomore Isiah White was 3rd in Champaign last year. That was his last loss. He has won everything he's wrestled in since: the duals, Fargo, and the Freak Show (defeating the #1 ranked kid in the country). A year more mature, Isiah will be looking to stand atop the podium this year in Champaign.

Junior Bryce Scott had a great off-season and is ready to have a fantastic year. Bryce has looked very good this fall and upped his level of commitment and "buy in."
Larry Early is a top 20 junior in the country. He's been 3rd and 2nd in Champaign. Larry was a win away from the USAW triple crown this year. Larry has steadily improved throughout high school. Larry is a very well rounded wrestler. He expects to take final step up the podium this year.
This is our deepest weight. We have 4 legitimate wrestlers that are good enough to be competing in Champaign this year.

Matt Rundell looked very good at the Freak Show where he finished 2nd. Matt was a state finalist two years ago and looks like his old self. At the tourney, he beat several top guys. Matt is a true Huskie-style wrestler, grinding his opponents down. He has had a great fall and is fully prepared to have a fantastic junior campaign.

Zach Brinner has improved in each of his three years of wrestling. He is a neutral dynamo who can score on anyone. Zach missed the Freak Show due to an injury, or we likely would have witnessed his game at another level. Once back on the mat, he has a chance to be a major contributor.

Max Metzgar won the sophomore conference last year and went on to place 4th in the frosh-soph state series. Max has a huge skill set and an enormous upside. His junior year will a good one, for sure. Max is also a fantastic student.

Andrew Borgdorff is another stellar junior. Like Rundell, Andrew wrestles at a high pace and wears out a lot of opponents. Andrew reminds us of Michael Woulfe, famous OP alum now wrestling at Navy. Andrew is on track to be a valedictorian (no pressure, dude).
Kamal Bey was 5th at a man's weight at last year's state tournament. He went on the place 2nd and 3rd in Fargo, losing only to the #1 kid in the country. This sophomore plans on pushing up the podium this year. He is as pure a physical athlete as anyone you will see. If you want to see wrestling at its most entertaining level, come see Kamal; this kid is special.

Junior Ben Avis had a great spring. Ben posses a tremendous attitude, has improved tremendously, and will have a year filled with many successes. Ben will provide significant depth at 160. Ben is also a tremendous student.
Davonte Mahomes looks to finish his career with a bang. Davonte comes off a fantastic off-season during which he was ten seconds away from the triple crown. Having been 3rd twice, Davonte will have his eyes on the prize this year. He has a goal of leading this team to a 3-0 record in Bloomington, and he possesses the qualities to do so. Davonte recently committed to wrestle at Michigan.

Nate Godwin had a successful sophomore year and will provide very solid back up to Davonte. Nate is very gifted and performed well at the Huskie invite last season. He followed that with a sophomore conference title. Nate is a "natural."
We are not quite sure where guys will end up this year. There are 4 guys that can fill these weights well.

Junior Ben Bergen had a great off-season. Ben is a hard nosed wrestler who competes with everything he has. He is an absolute hammer on top. Ben is a full size 182 and will definitely see action there. Ben is another honor student.

Andre Lee had an All-Conference year in football as a senior captain while earning Defensive Lineman of the Year in the conference. With his focus now shifting to wrestling, he also has the potential to be a top guy in the state. Dre is only in his fourth year of wrestling and has grown leaps and bounds in each year. Expect him to go toe to toe with the country's best this season.

Senior Will Osborne is coming off a very good junior year where won the JV conference in dominant fashion. Will has some big wins in his three years of wrestling and should see significant time in the varsity lineup.

Allen Stallings had a great freshman year, culminating in a state tournament appearance. Allen killed it as a sophomore starter on the football team this season. He has enormous potential and we think he will be on the stand in Champaign this year.
Similar to the weights below, we are deep at 220. Senior Malik Brumant is coming off a 20 win season. Malik has a huge heart and often breaks his opponents with his relentless pace. He had a great spring and summer and will be a major factor here for the Huskies.

Malik will battle it out with with senior Emonte Logan. Emonte missed last year due to an injury, but he was back on the football field playing "a man's game", also earning All-Conference honors. We are expecting Emonte's leadership as a captain on the football team to transfer over to the wrestling room. Emonte is the X-factor in our lineup. If he can stay healthy, he will be a force. Emonte is regularly compared to LaQuan Hightower, and not just because of his square body. Emonte has unique spirit that will boost our room this year.
Adam Lemke-Bell got tossed around last year as a second year athlete. What would break the spirit of many young men strengthened Adam. He put in 3-4 extra workouts per week last spring, gained 30 lbs and went on a tear. Adam won the FILA Cadet nationals and went on to place in both styles at Fargo. This is not your typical 3rd year wrestler. Adam is another fantastic student.
 

 

Look left, it's right: Site is updated for 2013-2014
Scroll through schedules, roster, more · 11/17/2013

For the past five years since the birth of this online site, we have shared up-to-date information to give you the best possible view of the IHSA season's action. This year is no different. In alphabetical order, we feature Postseason, Rankings, Results, Roster, Schedule, Standings, and Statistics pages. Some of these you can appropriately view now, while others are bare boned. Illinois Matmen's team rankings will debut this coming Monday, November 18. Their individual rankings will follow seven days later. No team statistics have yet accrued, and the postseason is hundreds (thousands?) of coffee sips away. Still, there is much to see.

This Tuesday, the individual wrestler preview will be released. Fourteen weights will have their stages set as we inch ever closer to November 26. All you'll need to do is read, enjoy, and let your Huskie heart spirit sing. These young men have worked their tails off to be their very best. Let's do all that we can to support them and this fine program.

 

 

Schedule-at-a-glance: Preview of 2013-14 opponents and dates
This season's schedule is unquestionably the most difficult in OPRF history · 11/12/2013

What do Illinois, Ohio, Minnesota, and Michigan all have in common? Well, in this context, all three are hosts to the 2013-14 IHSA season's OPRF Varsity wrestling team. Did we stump you? =)

By this date, most IHSA wrestling schedules are set. Times may change, and variations may occur, but with today's "business itinerary" outlook, let's take a look at the road ahead. All wrestlers mentioned include weights from last season, and we assume that they will return to wrestle for their school this IHSA campaign.

 
@ Downers Grove North (Tue, Nov. 26) | (C)
For the second straight year, the season and conference opener happen on the same night. The purple people eaters bring returning sectional qualifiers Pat Walker (So. 106), Straw Sopcic (Sr. 120), Mike Gastaldello (Sr. 152), Nick Bonomo (Sr. 160), and Edwin Phillips (Jr. 285). Diego Rodriguez (Sr. 132) finished fourth at the Hinsdale Central regional. You can bet the Trojans will continue their yearly battle to claw their way into the upper echelon of the conference. The deep football run by the Huskies could make this dual a little more interesting.
vs. St. Rita (Wed, Nov. 27)
Whether you love it or hate it, the storied annual rivalry between OPRF and St. Patrick is finished. On this day, one "Saint" has been exchanged for another. This dual could feature a few starters out of the lineup, what with a football powerhouse Mustang squad and a Huskie 2013 team that both happened to finish 9-2. Last year, St. Rita won the Mt. Carmel regional with 14 sectional qualifiers. Some headliners are Jake Silzer (So. 106) who took 5th in state, and Keith McGee (Jr. 220).
@ New Trier / Quad (Sat, Nov 30)
New Trier, Dakota, and Schaumburg. Some possible fantastic early season bouts here, especially against class A power Dakota. This small town co-op squad features Josh Alber, a career undefeated senior. If the stars align, his streak could be threatened. Other big guns are Class A state champion Carver James (Jr. 138) and state runner-ups JJ Wolfe (Jr. 132) and Daniel Zimmerman (Sr. 220). Schaumburg is likely led by the Gruszka brothers, Luke (Sr. 145) and Logan (So. 106). Matt Stopka (195) will also be a senior leader. New Trier has two previously ranked: Colin Kenyon (Sr. 113) and Alec McKenna (Jr. 132). 
vs. Proviso West (Thu, Dec 05) | (C)
The Panthers are a traditionally roster depleted team. The quick rule of thumb has been: "Thick on talent; thin on bodies." Two top-10 wrestlers have graduated, further punishing our close neighbors to the west. Despite one very successful season in 2010-11, the Panthers have recently demonstrated this unfortunate situation. The lower levels competitions, along with the few highly competitive bouts, give you reason to come out. Additionally, it will be the perfect way to end an early holiday shopping day down Lake Street.
@ Washington / Quad (Sat, Dec 07)
Washington, 6 others. One of these six is Marist. Yes, it's a bit of a drive, but this is a great way to relax on a Saturday. Bryan Medlin (...friend of the show...) coaches the host Panthers, Class AA. He has a nice young talent in Randy Meneweather (So. 132). Colin Carr (Sr. 182) is the other returning regional champion. Also returning are sectional qualifiers Jake Godinez (Jr. 220) and Steeler Trout (Sr. 285). Marist is a big test early. Ranked #21-nationally in the AWN pre-preseason rankings, the Redhawks feature a strong cast. They return four medalists: 2nd-place Mark Duda (Sr. 113), 4th-place David Kasper (Jr. 120), 5th-place Peter Andreotti (Sr. 160), and 3rd-place Alex Benoit (Jr. 170). Other state qualifiers are Nick Gasbarro (Jr. 126), Mario Leveille (Sr. 132), and Jakada Hull (Jr. 145). The last sectional qualifier is Ken Condon (Jr. 152). That's a whole lotta firepower. 
@ Hinsdale Central (Wed, Dec 11) | (C)
A rising rival, but second to Lyons Township (...or aren't they?), the Red Devils' thunder and lightning duo is state champ Brian Allen (Sr. 285) and Juwon Edmond (Jr. 138), a Champaign runner-up. In an aside, it was quite a sequence to watch Brian Allen recover a fumble (against OPRF) and just stand there. Why? He's a two-way player, of course! Other returning sectional qualifiers are Matt Price (Jr. 106), James Manikas (Sr. 126), Keith Schmidt (Sr. 170), and Matt Allen (yes, Allen! / So. 220). This is a dual you just can't feel good about missing.
@ OHIO / Ironman Individual Tournament (Fri-Sat, Dec 13-14)
This is big-time, folks. I'm no national prep wrestling expert, but I have to say that this is the biggest individual tournament of the year. Just follow the action and see for yourself. Dozens of teams will send at least one wrestler, with 30 teams from across the country sending full lineups. In the Top 25 AWN pre-preseason rankings, the teams sending full teams are #1 Blair (NJ), #4 OPRF, #5 Wyoming Seminary (PA), #8 St. Paris Graham (OH), ##9 Franklin Regional (PA), #10 Good Counsel (MD), #11 Archbishop Moeller (OH), #12 Perry (OH), #13 Marmion (IL), #14 Montini (IL), #15 Edmond North (OK). Plan your travel itinerary now.

Ironman | last year's results

@ Hinsdale Central / Whitlach Individual Tournament (Fri-Sat, Dec 20-21)
This is a dandy of an in-state tournament. Twenty-five teams competed in the 2012 affair. OPRF placed first. The beauty of these large tournaments is that the individuals will rise to the top, the matchups are nearly endless, and things can get a little chaotic. In addition to the host Red Devils, other teams that may attend are Harlem, Sandburg, and conference foes Downers Grove North, Proviso West, Glenbard West.

Hinsdale Central Wrestling | last year's results

@ MINNESOTA / Clash Dual Team Tournament (Fri-Sat, Jan 03-04)
The Huskies return to this 32 team dual tournament. There are 31 potential adversaries (of course, the Huskies won't face half that number). The Illinois teams will be Glenbard North, Hononegah, Sandburg, and Marist. One team not there? Montini. More about their dual team a little later. National powers are also present, with four WIN pre-preseason top-11 teams: Archbishop Moeller (#11), Bergen Catholic (#7) and Apple Valley (#2). OPRF is #4 on this particular list.

The Clash | last year's results

vs. Lyons Township (Thu, Jan 09) | (C)
The Lions and the Huskies have had some serious rivalries in recent years -- but the reality is that in these most recent years, it has been usually an orange and blue flag that has been waved. Speaking of flags, the LT Field House dons a blue "Decade of Excellence" banner. They were the king of the conference jungle for quite a run. Lyons has been hurting, however, and have few returning hot shots. AJ Villareal (Sr. 152) is a returning medalist (you know against whom) and Jarvis Sanders (Sr. 132) is also an impressive middleweight. The last sectional qualifier is Mac Casella (So. 113).
@ MICHIGAN / Dual Team Super Duals (Sat, Jan 11)
This is the third and final out-of-state date for the Orange & Blue. This one could be special. It's the war of the 4's: WIN's pre-preseason ranking has OPRF #4, Montini at #14, and Detroit Catholic Central at #24. The addition of big man Michael Johnson (PA) should help boost the Bronco ranking in the next edition. All Illinois eyes (and many national ones) will be on the possibility of an OPRF-Montini matchup. Will it happen three years in a row? Time will tell.

Detroit Catholic Central Wrestling | last year's results

@ Glenbard West (Fri, Jan 17) | (C)
The Huskies were a touchdown away from completing an undefeated 2013 football regular season. The team on the other side of the line? The Hilltoppers. Glenbard West is a football powerhouse. Their wrestling team hasn't caught up...until recently. This squad is growing in talent and success. They return four senior sectional qualifiers: Tony Frazier (Sr. 106), Parnevlon Sheppard (Sr. 132), Andrew Posegay (Sr. 145), and Collin Knowlton (Sr. 160). In addition, they'll have three fourth-place regional wrestlers: Adam Samuta (Jr. 106), Paul Selman (Sr. 138), and Jordan Hassan (Sr. 182). A nice set up to make a little noise, I think.
@ Sandburg / Dual Team Tournament (Sat, Jan 18)
This was an exciting tournament last season. The Huskies (then #2) defeated the Eagles (then #1) in a tight dual. At team state, well, we know the result was switched. Will we see another OPRF-Sandburg showdown? Sandburg has lost a lot of talented bodies, but you know they don't rebuild -- they reload.
vs. York (Fri, Jan 24) | (C)

Our "North Avenue Neighbors" have some shoes to fill, as there is only one returning sectional wrestler. He is Noah Fleckenstein (Sr. 195). He's a talent, and hopefully he won't have to deal with injuries again like he did a year ago. It appears that the Dukes might struggle in conference play, but with only one returning wrestler with postseason success, they'll need many to step up to consistently do well against non-conference opponents.

vs. OPRF / Individual Tournament (Sat, Jan 25)
What do you like best here: the local convenience, the hodgepodge of talent, the anticipation for the postseason, the extremely delicious concession stand?? Last year's top 5 (in order) were OPRF, Buchanan (CA), Lyons Township, Hersey, and Arrowhead (WI). Fort Zumwalt West (MO) also attended. No reason for you not to attend, as well.

OPRF Wrestling | last year's results

@ IHSA State Series: Regional, Sectional, Individual, and Dual Team (Sat, Feb 08-Mar 01)
OPRF's regional, sectional, and team sectional (for team qualifiers) sites are yet to be determined. What stories will unfold this season? The freshly seeded dual team tournament will run into the first of March this season.

IHSA State Series | last year's results

 

 

Flo and JJ: Rankings, meaningless rankings
Huskies debut at #2 in FloRankngs, Matthew Rundell shines · 11/10/2013

On November 5, Flowrestling released its first team rankings, and it posted the OPRF Huskies at #2. The top team is Blair, NJ. Here are the Asics FloRankings top 10, and OPRF individual recognitions:

 
  Asics FloRankings (Team)     (Individual)
  1. Blair Academy, NJ   6. Massillon Perry, OH   106 - Jason Renteria - Fr. - # 14
  2. Oak Park and River Forest, IL   7. Apple Valley, MN   138 - Isiah White - So. - # 7
  3. Clovis, CA   8. Graham, OH   145 - Larry Early - Jr. - # 13
  4. Wyoming Seminary, PA   9. Montini Catholic, IL   160 - Kamal Bey - So. - # 15
  5. Bergen Catholic, NJ   10. Franklin Regional, PA   170 - Davonte Mahomes - Sr. - # 8
 
This past Sunday, Matthew Rundell successfully defeated his 145-pound opponents for the title at the Intermat JJ Classic in Rochester, Minnesota. Matthew defeated Mark Voss (St. Michael-Albertville, MN) in the finals by a score of 5-3 in overtime. Matthew was the lone Huskie to wrestle at this tournament. Congratulations, Matthew!
 

 

Release calendar: Terrific Tuesdays on tap
We inch ever closer to the 2013-2014 campaign · 11/05/2013

You love it. I love it. The 2013-2014 IHSA season is coming, and we'll get you up-to-date on everything you need to know (and probably more). We'll get this site ready to go in stages, and our first big date is coming up this next Tuesday, November 12. Take a look at the upcoming Tuesdays:

 
 Tuesday, November 12  |  OPRF team schedule preview
 Tuesday, November 19  |  OPRF individual wrestler preview
 Tuesday, November 26  |  OPRF at Downers Grove North (season opener)
 
Stay tuned all season long for coverage of our Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew.
 

 

OPRF sits at #4 US in WIN-Magazine's pre-preseason ranking
Seven Cadet/Junior All-Americans highlight season squad · 09/25/2013

Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine has released its preseason (or as I say, pre-preseason) high school team and individual rankings. The Huskies premiere at spot #4. It's a good number, but remember these are 1) opinions and 2) subject to all kinds of change (these rankings were released two months before the first competitions, and about six weeks before the first official practices). About the rankings and rationale, already some are saying that corrections need to be made for transferring athletes. No matter how you cut it, these rankings are just a snapshot of what will be a fluid situation heading into the 2013-2014 season.

With this list, fans can eye potential challengers at and near the top of the national group of wrestling squads. It is an opportunity to see and learn about other teams -- some of which OPRF may not face all season.

The Top Ten and Illinois Notables from Top 25 (WIN - Sep. 2013) | Jump to rankings on WIN

 Rank  Team  City
 1  Blair Academy  Blairstown, New Jersey
 2  Apple Valley  Apple Valley, Minnesota
 3  Clovis  Clovis, California
 4  Oak Park & River Forest  Oak Park, Illinois
 5  Wyoming Seminary  Kingston, Pennsylvania
 6  Brandon  Brandon, Florida
 7  Bergen Catholic  Oradell, New Jersey
 8  Graham  St. Paris, Ohio
 9  Franklin Regional  Murrysville, Pennsylvania
 10  Good Counsel  Wheaton, Maryland
   Remaining Illinois Schools  
 13  Marmion Academy  Aurora, Illinois
 14  Montini  Lombard, Illinois
 21  Marist  Chicago, Illinois

WIN also previewed the individual battle for supremacy with weight-by-weight rankings. The Huskies have three on this early national list:

 Weight  Nat'l Rank (in IL)  Name  Year
 132  12 (2)  Isiah White  Sophomore
 138  9 (1)  Larry Early  Junior
 160  9 (1)  Davonte Mahomes  Senior
 

 

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