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2014-2015 Postseason


Step checked: Huskies bounce Wildkits to advance to 3A state
Mix of starters and veterans eliminate Evanston by a 57-13 final; Marmion is up next · 02/24/2015


OPRF advances to IHSA Dual Team State for the fourth straight season. (photos by Jonna Borgdorff) 

#1 OPRF had little trouble in continuing the IHSA dual team state series on Tuesday night. The Huskies (now 25-0 in dual meets on the season) took down an Honorable Mention ranked Evanston Wildkits squad that won the team trophy at the Evanston regional. Collins' Cadets raised hands in 11 of 14 bouts.

For a recap, Rob Valentin was quick to the (Pioneer) Press. Jump to his OPRF-Evanston recap article.

In another Tuesday matchup, Marmion defeated Lyons Township by a 38-36 final score. OPRF will open the Saturday team quarterfinal round against Marmion, a team the Huskies defeated earlier in the current campaign. To see the entire bracket, visit IHSA for the 3A dual team bracket.

Read the next article for more information about Saturday's event. Come out, and go Huskies!

Event pics (by Jonna Borgdorff) | Dual Team Section: OPRF vs. Evanston



Full throttle: #1 OPRF looks to repeat as 3A team champions
IHSA team tournament begins on Tuesday at Niles West; OPRF vs. Evanston at 6 pm · 02/23/2015


OPRF wrestlers are focused and ready. (photo by Jonna Borgdorff) | Go large

It is an IHSA tradition that after the individual state tournament, a dual team tournament is held. The classes? 1A, 2A, and 3A. The entrants? The regional team winners. In each class, there are 16 regionals and thus, 16 entrants in the dual team series.

The IHSA's dual team structure is this: on the Tuesday after the individual state finals, two teams from the same sectional battle for the right to wrestle downstate, in Bloomington's U.S. Cellular Coliseum. There will only be one round of wrestling on Tuesday night.

On Saturday, the 8 dual team sectional winners from each class will wrestle in Bloomington. Saturday's first dual is vital; the quarterfinal winners will wrestle in two more Saturday duals. The first dual is the semifinal round, and the second dual is the medal round. (Semifinals losers will wrestle for 3rd place.) There are no "wrestlebacks" in the dual team tournament, other than the 3rd-4th place matchup.

At the end of the evening on Saturday, Illinois will have 3 team champions: one each from class 1A, 2A, and 3A. OPRF enters this week as defending state champions. As you may remember, in 2013-2014 they downed Niles-Notre Dame in the dual team section before defeating Conant, Hononegah, and Marist (by a score of 32-22 in the championship) at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum.

This year's OPRF dual team sectional event will take place in Skokie at Niles West High School (at 6 pm). On Tuesday night, the Huskies will face near north suburb's Evanston. The winner of this matchup will face the winner of Marmion-Lyons Township in Saturday morning's session. On Tuesday, there will be another dual at Niles West. Glenbard North and Conant will also battle at 6 pm to determine the second state final representative from this year's sectional competition.

Like with the individual state finals, the NFHS will broadcast Saturday's dual team state tournament (with a paid subscription). If you can come out on Tuesday or Saturday, please do! We love seeing our Huskie Wrestling Family come out, adorn orange and blue, and cheer with that impressive Huskie heart! Let's go Huskies!!

Links | IHSA Wrestling | 3A Dual Team Bracket on IHSA | IHSA on the NFHS Network


OPRF Seniors will lead this week's charge. (photo by Jonna Borgdorff) | Go large



Mining for medals: White and Rundell claim gold
OPRF scores 7 place-winners; Isaiah repeats as 3A champion · 02/21/2015


Isaiah White (152) and Matthew Rundell (160) stand atop of their weight classes. (photos by Jonna Borgdorff) 

Ladies and gentlemen, another IHSA Individual State Final Tournament is in the books. Paul Collins' mantra is, "Improve. Improve. Improve." My mantra for this coming week is, "Don't go anywhere." More Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew action is on the slate for the final week in February. But first things first...

The consensus #1 nationally ranked Huskies finished the individual state final series with 7 place-winners and 2 state champions. Let's first talk about Matthew Rundell. The OPRF senior finally gets his bracket board. A runner-up as a freshman (at 106 pounds) and consolation champ a year ago (at 152), Matthew was the hands down favorite in the 3A weight class this season and demonstrated his skills en route to a 3-2 victory over talented senior, Joey Gunther, of Libertyville. Congratulations, Matthew!

Isaiah White is just a junior, and he became the 4th back-to-back state champion in OPRF Wrestling history. The other three are Terry Isaacson, Tim Obrochta, and Nick Dardanes. Next season, Isaiah White has an opportunity to become the only three time state champion in program history. During this year, the #1 nationally ranked 152-pounder took on and defeated all comers. Among his accolades is a bracket board from the prestigious Ironman tournament. Congratulations, Isaiah!



Jason Renteria (113), Alex Madrigal (120), and Larry Early (145) during the Grand March. (photos by Jonna Borgdorff) 

Three other Huskie wrestlers also wrestled for a state championship. Unfortunately, the opponents came out the victors. Jason Renteria went head-to-head with fellow sophomore and new rival Austin Gomez of Glenbard North. In a razor sharp battle, Gomez was awarded a 4-3 victory. Alex Madrigal is a senior but wrestled into overtime with his opponent, Michael Cullen of Cary-Grove. Cullen was awarded a takedown and the championship. Larry Early, also a senior, met a foe whom he had defeated this season. On this occasion, Eric Barone of Crystal Lake South took the 3-2 decision.

While disappointing, the team tournament culminates this next week. You can be sure that these three wrestlers, along with the Huskie legion, will be ready to toe the line in the IHSA dual team series.



Gabe Townsell (126) and Jaime Hernandez (132) display their talents. (photos by Jonna Borgdorff) 

Gabe Townsell, a junior, had an impressive tournament. His only loss was to a 3-time defending state champion, Kris Williams of Thornwood. Still, Gabe rose to the top of the consolation bracket. He will be primed for an outstanding senior campaign. Jaime Hernandez is a sophomore who is making leaps and bounds on the mat. Despite falling to Marmion's AJ Jaffe in the 3rd place match, Jaime has put his stamp on the IHSA competition that he will be a supreme force for the next two seasons.

Let's not also forget the other five state qualifiers who did not place this weekend. These five also earned their spot in Champaign: Savonne Bennette (138), a senior; Max Metzgar (170), a senior; Rolliann Sturkey (182), a sophomore; Ben Bergen (195), a senior; and Allen Stallings (220), a junior. Congratulations to these fine gentlemen!

Links | On Chi Trib | IHSA Wrestling | State Finals Brackets on TrackW | IHSA on the NFHS Network


Up next | The IHSA dual team tournament will begin and end this week. On Tuesday night, OPRF travels to Skokie (Niles West High School) to face Evanston. The dual begins at 6 pm. The winner will advance to the IHSA dual team finals on Saturday, February 28, in Bloomington (U.S. Cellular Coliseum). As you remember, the Huskies won the 3A title a year ago. Come out and support our Huskies!!


Following the action: Day end results
Day 1: 8 to Qtrs; Day 2: 5 to Semis, 2 in WB; Day 3 · 02/20/2015


Thursday results: In the round of 16, Huskies won 8 of 12 matches. On Friday, these 8 will wrestle in the quarters (see below). The other four must wait to see if their opponent wins his next bout. If so, the OPRF wrestler will get a chance in the consolation wrestleback tournament (to begin on Friday). | IHSA Preliminary Round pictures (by Jonna Borgdorff)

Friday results: 5 Huskies earned berths in the 3A state championship match. These 5 are: Jason Renteria (113), Alex Madrigal (120), Larry Early (145), Isaiah White (152), and Matthew Rundell (160). Jaime Hernandez (132) is guaranteed a top 6 medal and must win his next bout to enter the 3rd-4th bout. Gabe Townsell (126) needs a win to medal but is in the hunt for 3rd place. An additional OPRF 5 have been eliminated: Savonne Bennette (138), Max Metzgar (170), Rolliann Sturkey (182), Ben Bergen (195), and Allen Stallings (220). | IHSA Quarterfinals and Wrestleback Round 1 pictures (by Jonna Borgdorff)

Saturday results: The Huskies finished with 7 place-winners. Gabe Townsell (126) finished in 3rd place. Jaime Hernandez (132) took 4th. In the finals, runners-up went to Jason Renteria (113), Alex Madrigal (120), and Larry Early (145). The Huskies took home two titles: Isaiah White (152) and Matthew Rundell (160)! | IHSA Wrestlebacks and 3rd/4th bouts (by Jonna Borgdorff) | IHSA State Finals (by Jonna Borgdorff)


Individual State Bout Results | 106-145

 Wrestler r16 r8 r4 r2    
 Jason Renteria W W W L --  
 Alex Madrigal W W W L --  
 Gabe Townsell W L W* W* W* W*
 Jaime Hernandez W W L W* L*  
 Savonne Bennette L L --      
 Larry Early W W W L --  

Individual State Bout Results | 152-285

 Wrestler r16 r8 r4 r2    
 Isaiah White W W W W --  
 Matthew Rundell W W W W --  
 Max Metzgar L --        
 Rolliann Sturkey L --        
 Ben Bergen L --        
 Allen Stallings W L (Inj) --    

* - Wrestleback match



State of the state: Individual championships Thu-Sat
Top 6 at each class and weight medal; can also follow on TrackW and NFHS · 02/16/2015


State Farm Center at University of Illinois

This weekend is the culmination of the individual state series. The championships will take place in State Farm Center (formerly Assembly Hall) at Champaign-Urbana.

See below for the released brackets. You can follow the action with live updates on TrackWrestling or with video on NFHS. With NFHS, a subscription is required.

If you can, come on out and sport your orange and blue! In relentless pursuit and Huskie pride!

Links | IHSA Wrestling | State Finals Brackets on TrackW | IHSA on the NFHS Network | IL Matmen Links


Individual Wrestling State Tournament Time Schedule


First Session
11:00 a.m.—Doors will open for Weigh-ins and Skin Checks (1A-2A-3A)
11:30 a.m.—Class 1A-2A-3A Weigh-ins and Skin Checks including hair, nails and special equipment
12:15 (approx.)—Open Mats
12:45 p.m.—Close Down Mats
5:00 p.m. (approx.)—Class 3A Preliminaries (6 mats)


Second Session
6:00 a.m.—Doors open for weigh-ins
7:00 a.m.—Class 1A-2A-3A Weigh-Ins
1:30 p.m. (approx.)—Quarterfinals followed by First Round Wrestlebacks (3A)

Third Session
6:00 p.m.—Open State Farm Center Doors to the public
7:00 p.m.—Semifinals Championship Round (1A-2A-3A)


Fourth Session
6:30 a.m.—Doors open for weigh-ins
7:00 a.m.—All wrestlers in Section B
7:30 a.m.—Class 1A-2A-3A Weigh-Ins
9:00 a.m.—Quarterfinal Wrestlebacks (1A-2A-3A)
11:00 a.m.—Semifinal Wrestlebacks (1A-2A-3A)
1:00 p.m.—3rd-4th-5th-6th matches (1A-2A-3A)
3:30 p.m.—Clear State Farm Center

Fifth Session
4:30 p.m.—Open State Farm Center
5:00 p.m.—Line-up Grand March
5:30 p.m.—Grand March followed by Championship matches (1A-2A-3A) on 3 mats
Starting weight class: 126



Missions accomplished: Huskies to send 12 to Champaign
OPRF scores a 100% advance rate at Glenbard North Individual Sectional · 02/14/2015


A Huskie dozen (photos by Jonna Borgdorff) 

The #1 Huskies came into this weekend with a dozen contestants in the IHSA State Series. The #1 Huskies left this weekend with a dozen contestants in the IHSA State Series.

OPRF wrestlers each needed to finish in the top 4 in order to advance to Assembly Hall in Champaign, IL. On Friday, things started well. All but one of the wrestlers finished the first session with unblemished records. Max Metzgar (170) suffered a loss. Saturday brought new challenges as competitors began to be weeded out of the medal race. The gauntlet proved not to be an issue for the first four Orange & Blue sectional entrants. OPRF's began their title charge at 113 with podium ascensions from Jason Renteria, Alex Madrigal, Gabe Townsell, and Jaime Hernandez (132). Jason downed #2-ranked Austin Gomez of Glenbard North in the semis by a 8-6 double OT decision. Alex is the lone senior of this quartet and leaves it all on the mat. Gabe rolls into Champaign, and Jaime seems to have solved the Dylan Thurston puzzle with two consecutive decision wins.

Savonne Bennette did very well for himself in the 138-pound bracket. He lost a close 3-0 loss to #1 Bobby Alexander (Conant) but otherwise dispatched his opponents to a 3rd place title. Continuing the title run were the triplets of Larry Early (145), Isaiah White, and Matthew Rundell (160). Larry had little trouble and won his final two bouts in pinfall fashion. Isaiah exhibited flawless defense in his additional victory over #3 Matt Rowland of Willowbrook. Matthew saw his season record rise to 30-3 with his third sectional bracket board.

Rounding out the "Downstate Dozen" were Max Metzgar (170), Rolliann Sturkey, Ben Bergen, and Allen Stallings (220). With his season on the line, consolation champ Max coolly subdued his opponent in a major decision victory. Rolliann set the pace and only fell to a now 44-1 wrestler in the finals. Ben, a senior, thumped two more pins to a runner-up finish at 195 pounds and will make his first appearance in Champaign. Allen blitzed the competition and will make his third state finals tournament in three tries.

It feels great not to leave any Huskie behind in Carol Stream, but no celebrating shall be had quite yet. This upcoming weekend (Thu-Sat) is the Individual State Championship tournament. You can be sure that the OPRF coaches, wrestlers, and Huskie Wrestling Family will all be focused and ready until the final whistle on Saturday night.

Event pics (by Jonna Borgdorff) | Glenbard North Sectional Tournament

Links | IHSA Wrestling | IHSA GBN Results | Glenbard North Brackets | Archived Sectionals Video (IM)


Glenbard North Sectional Results | 106-145

 Wrestler  Year  Weight  Place
 Jason Renteria  Sophomore  113  1st
 Alex Madrigal  Senior  120  1st
 Gabe Townsell  Junior  126  1st
 Jaime Hernandez  Sophomore  132  1st
 Savonne Bennette  Senior  138  3rd
 Larry Early  Senior  145  1st

Glenbard North Sectional Results | 152-285

 Wrestler  Year  Weight  Place
 Isaiah White  Junior  152  1st
 Matthew Rundell  Senior  160  1st
 Max Metzgar  Senior  170  3rd
 Rolliann Sturkey  Sophomore  182  2nd
 Ben Bergen  Senior  195  2nd
 Allen Stallings  Junior  220  1st









(photos by Jonna Borgdorff) 



Sectionals weekend: Going West to go up (Glenbard) North
Huskies to test their might against a quarter of Class 3A; OPRF has 12 in the tourney · 02/10/2015


The IHSA individual state series shifts to round 2 (of 3). On this coming weekend, the qualifiers from Oak Park & River Forest will head to Carol Stream to compete against place-winners from a total of four regional competitions. Each bracket will have 12 wrestlers (regional champions receive a first round bye), and the top 4 wrestlers will advance to Champaign for the state finals. Reminder: OPRF has 12 wrestlers competing at the Glenbard North Individual Sectional.

The additional three regionals are the Lake Park, Evanston, and West Chicago regionals. For a complete list of teams in each regional, go to the IHSA 3A assignments page. Glenbard North, the #2 ranked 3A squad, will also compete and should see some head-to-head matches with the Huskies. According to the IHSA postseason time schedule, the three sessions will be:

Session I - Friday @ 4:30 pm | Session II - Saturday @ 10:00 am | Session III - Saturday @ 3:00 pm

Glenbard North High School is located at 990 Kuhn Road, Carol Stream, IL 60188. Admission is $5.00 per session. See below for the released brackets.

Come on out and sport your orange and blue!

Links | IHSA Wrestling | Glenbard North Brackets



Dozen does it: OPRF advances 12, dominate Leyden Regional
Huskies score fourth straight regional title; individual sectionals on Friday-Saturday · 02/07/2015

Your 2014-2015 IHSA Regional champions. (photos by Jonna Borgdorff) 

Welcome to February! On February's Saturday the first, the Oak Park & River Forest Huskies secured a spot in the 16-team dual wrestling IHSA state series. That tournament will come after the conclusion of the IHSA individual state tournament. You may be asking yourself, "How did OPRF punch a ticket into the 3A dual team wrestling bracket?" They won the Leyden Regional, of course! The Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew steamrolled to the tournament plaque with 11 champions and 1 runner-up. In all, 12 wrestlers advanced to the individual sectional tournament, to be held next week at Glenbard North High School.

The competition at the Leyden Regional (Addison Trail, York, Leyden, Glenbard West, Glenbard East, Proviso East, Willowbrook, and Wheaton North) had no chance to stop the Huskie freight train. As has been usual this season, the Collins Cadets came out roaring. Starting at 113 pounds, the bracket boards went to Jason Renteria, Alex Madrigal, Gabe Townsell, Jaime Hernandez, Savonne Bennette, Larry Early, Isaiah White, and Matthew Rundell (160). Max Metzgar dropped to 170 pounds and put a scare into a wrestler with a now 44-2 record. He took second and wrestled very well. Continuing the victory laps were (182) Rolliann Sturkey, Ben Bergen, and Allen Stallings (220). At heavyweight, Chris Middlebrooks stepped in but was unable to gain a top-3 finish. If you're unfamiliar with Rolliann Sturkey, he's a highly talented sophomore who is fun to watch.

While OPRF more than doubled the second place team output (262.5 to 117), it wrestled without 3 starters. Freshman Anthony Madrigal, Junior Kamal Bey, and Senior Adam Lemke-Bell were unable to compete. Needless to say, all three of these would have been in the hunt for state hardware. As we mentioned above, the team tournament will take place after the individual state series, and any roster members (Frosh-Varsity) are eligible to participate. So, all wrestlers -- regional competitors or not -- will be available to wrestle in the dual team sectional or dual team finals competitions, provided they are chosen by the coaches.

Anyway, the team discussion is for another day. For now, Huskie Nation congratulate the efforts of all 13 of today's competitors, and we all look forward to Friday and Saturday in Carol Stream (Glenbard North).

Doing her tireless duty, Jonna Borgdorff once again captured images from the action. See below for a link.

Congratulations, Huskies!

Event pics (by Jonna Borgdorff) | Leyden Regional Tournament

Links | IHSA Wrestling | Quick Facts | 3A Regional Results | Leyden Bracket


Leyden Regional Results | 106-145

 Wrestler  Year  Weight  Place
 [None]    106  N/A
 Jason Renteria  Sophomore  113  1st
 Alex Madrigal  Senior  120  1st
 Gabe Townsell  Junior  126  1st
 Jaime Hernandez  Sophomore  132  1st
 Savonne Bennette  Senior  138  1st
 Larry Early  Senior  145  1st

Leyden Regional Results | 152-285

 Wrestler  Year  Weight  Place
 Isaiah White  Junior  152  1st
 Matthew Rundell  Senior  160  1st
 Max Metzgar  Senior  170  2nd
 Rolliann Sturkey  Sophomore  182  1st
 Ben Bergen  Senior  195  1st
 Allen Stallings  Junior  220  1st
 Chris Middlebrooks  Sophomore  285  DNP







(photos by Jonna Borgdorff) 



A new journey awaits: OPRF Wrestling turns to February
On Saturday, Varsity begins the IHSA State Series at Leyden; four weekends remain · 02/04/2015


Competition dates are circled.


In this year's IHSA season, OPRF Wrestling Head Coach Paul Collins' mantra has been "improve, improve, improve." Despite the Huskies consensus #1 national ranking, the Huskie coaching staff knows not to take anything for granted as the team turns its individual and team aspirations to the IHSA Regional competition this Saturday at Leyden High School. The Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew are heavily favored to win the regional team title, but each of the 14 entrants must finish in the top three in order to advance to the second round of the postseason tournament: Individual Sectionals, on February 13 and 14. For the qualifying wrestlers, Individual Sectionals will be hosted by Glenbard North (Carol Stream, IL).

Saturday's field is an exact replica of last year's regional tournament, save the location. A year ago, the Huskies traveled to Glenbard East High School in Lombard. This year's nine, once again, are Addison Trail, York, Leyden, Glenbard West, Glenbard East, Proviso East, OPRF, Willowbrook, and Wheaton North. For some perspective on team rankings, Illinois Matmen has Wheaton North as the 16th-ranked 3A squad in Illinois. In addition, IM puts Glenbard East and Willowbrook as honorable mention groups. These are according to the latest (Feb. 4) rankings.

The first round is set for 9:00 am, with session two slated for 2:00 pm. This is the championship and third place matches. Be aware that that 2:00 time is a best guess estimate. Timing wrestling can be difficult with bout uncertainties such as extra stoppage, overtime matches, etc. Spectator admission is $4.00 per session, or $6.00 all day pass (savings of $2).

In addition to the individual drama, the top tournament scoring team will advance to the 16 team dual team tournament. OPRF has reached this tournament in the last three seasons.

Leyden address | 3400 Rose Street, Franklin Park, IL 60131 (Rose and 25th Street are the same road.)

Links | IHSA Wrestling | Quick Facts | 3A Assignments | 3A Time Sked | Manual-Manager | Manual-Schools | Rankings

Brackets | The unofficial Leyden brackets may be posted soon. Stay tuned.

Come out and support the squad! Go Huskies!



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