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Conference call: Lower levels end on a high note
Freshman take gold, Sophomores and Junior Varsity earn bronze · 01/31/2015

      

Huskies wrestled tough at the Hinsdale South JV conference tourney. (photos by Jonna Borgdorff) 

 
I can hardly believe that the IHSA Wrestling season is coming to a close. Wait, what's that? Not so fast? You're right! The Varsity boasts potentially four more competition weeks, but the lower levels saw their designated seasons come to close on Saturday. We'll start with the youngest guns. The total Freshman lineup consists of a maximum 16 starters (two additional weights over Varsity). At Lyons Township, the Huskies started only 15 but persevered to a first place team finish.  In the Sophomore championships, the Huskie sophomores secured a third place finish. The Sophomore tournament was held at York. For the Junior Varsity conference tournament, OPRF finished in 3rd place overall. The JV tournament was held at Hinsdale South.

Nice job, Huskies!

Event pics (by Jonna Borgdorff) | Junior Varsity Conference Tournament

 

 
Freshman conference tourney recap (by Huskie coaches) |

The freshman Huskie wrestlers ended the season with a great effort at our conference tournament at Lyons Township High School. We entered the tournament with 15 wrestlers, one man short with no heavyweight in the line up. Winning this tournament has been a goal of this team since the beginning of the season and our kids knew that we would have to wrestle a great tournament to come away with the title.

In the first round of wrestling our kids came out very strong losing only three matches and nearly every win ended with a pin, earning the team valuable bonus points. We held a slight lead over Glenbard West tor the entire tournament, but the tournament champion was going to be determined in the medal round. We had 8 wrestlers in the finals:

99 lbs - John Menzies
106 lbs - Johnny Sreenan
113 lbs - Jon Jon Mitchell
120 lbs - Ben Holloway
126 lbs - Jack Fisher
138 lbs - Kedrick Bryant
152 lbs - Cam Bates
182 lbs - Davin Colvin

Christian Brooks (220) and David Smith (195) wrestled for 3rd place. Glenbard West had 7 in the finals, and we wrestled them head to head in three matches (99, 113, 182).

We wrestled a tough, Huskie style round and ended with 5 champs (Mitchell, Holloway, Fisher, Bryant, Colvin) and one third place finish (Brooks), winning two of the three head to head matches against Glenbard (Mitchell, Colvin). The final team score had us in first place by 13.5 points over Glenbard West. It was a true team effort from start to finish, every point earned was vital to winning the tournament.

Our freshmen finished the season very strong with a 57-22 dual meet win over Lyons Township, first place finish at the Huskie Invite, and our conference tournament championship. We were wrestling our best at the best time of the season. These young men should be very proud of the gains they have made in a relatively short period of time. We went into our conference tournament down a man and with 9 of our 15 starters being first year wrestlers. That is a true testament to the amount of hard work these young men have put in over the last two and a half months, buying into the Huskie style. These boys have a tremendous future ahead of them, to the extent that they are willing to buy in to embracing the wrestling lifestyle. It will be fun watching them continue to grow through our program.

 

 

The future is now: Susan P. Collins youth tournament a success
Youth teams, wrestlers travel and grow in OPRF Field House · 01/25/2015

      

The mats were littered with scores of wrestlers. (photos by Jonna Borgdorff) 

 
As has become a January staple, the Susan P. Collins Little Huskies Tournament took Oak Park by storm. Youth wrestlers from Chicagoland arrived at 201 N. Scoville to participate against other competitors in the same age and weight range. All hands were on deck for this one, as current high school wrestlers took their turn as tournament managers and assistants.

All in all, it was a great day for families from all over the area!

Event pics (by Jonna Borgdorff) | Little Huskies Tournament

Little Huskies youth wrestling | Home Page

 

 

           

Ready, set, wrestle! (photos by Jonna Borgdorff) 

 

           

Smiles were in full force. (photos by Jonna Borgdorff) 

 

 

Tourney triumphant: Huskies hustle past field at own invite
Varsity tops in half of brackets; Junior Varsity places 8, finishes 12th of 14 · 01/24/2015

        

Huskies enjoy a short commute for Saturday's action. (photos by Jonna Borgdorff) 

 
The annual OPRF Varsity and Freshman tournaments took place on Saturday, a day ahead of the Susan P. Collins Little Huskies youth tournament. Varsity wrestlers secured seven gold medals in the fourteen team tournament: Anthony Madrigal (106), Jason Renteria (113), Gabe Townsell (126), Larry Early (145), Isaiah White (152), Matthew Rundell (160), and Kamal Bey (170). Placing second were Bobby Campos (120), Jaime Hernandez (132), Savonne Bennette (138), and Max Metzgar (182). Ben Bergen was a third-place finisher at 195. The heaviest two wrestlers did not place, Kendale McCoy (220) and Adam Lemke-Bell (285). Adam defaulted the tournament due to injury.

Junior Varsity's lineup was sparse and bunched, as it also competed in the Varsity tournament. Kevin Davis (126) earned the highest finish, fourth. Taking home fifth place were three: Rollian Sturkey (170), Deundre Garner (182), and Chris Middlebrooks (285). Seventh place medalists were Brian Holloway (145) and Jack Newman (160). Rounding out the medalists in 8th place were Chris Helm (138) and Ben Avis (160). Also participating were Christian Banks-Mitchell (132), Andrew Borgdorff (152), Drew Matticks (152), and Noah Hauser (170).

The Freshman team was also competing in its own tournament. The Huskies won a highly contested race for the team championship. OPRF finished with 224 points, just ahead of Crown Point (220) and Evanston (219). The (OPRF Orange) Huskies boasted 3 champions: John Menzies (99), Jon Mitchell (113), and Jack Fisher (126). Also finishing top 3 were Johnny Sreenan (3rd at 106), Kedrick Bryant (2nd at 138), Nigel Sykes (3rd at 160), Davin Colvin (3rd at 195), Christian Brooks (3rd at 220), and Max McDermott (2nd at 285). Also placing for OPRF Orange were Ben Holloway (5th at 120), Chance Phillips (5th at 132), Eduardo Castaneda (6th at 145), Talvin Gibson (8th at 152), and Jacob Spangler (5th at 170). All Orange squad wrestlers placed.

OPRF also fielded a separate Blue unit. OPRF Blue secured 6 places: Nathan Smith (5th at 99), Andrew Broxton (4th at 113), Jack Stephenson (4th at 120), PJ Gonzalez (7th at 126), Hasani Cannon (4th at 170), and David Smith (7th at 195). Also competing for Blue were Milos Ewert (126), Paul Lissuzzo (132), Scott Branand (132), Ezekeil Wilmer (132), Ibrahim Moktar (132), and Evan Kamaryt (132).

Of course, a HUGE Huskie Thank You to the Huskie Wrestling Family and assisting crew for the setup, operation, cleanup, and.....the food!! Thank you to all who were involved in this tournament.

Get some results | See the Varsity tournament final brackets and standings on TrackWrestling - Varsity. The Freshman tournament results are also online: TrackWrestling - Freshman.

In the news: Mission probable | Wednesday Journal Sports editor, Marty Farmer, recently wrote a piece about the state of OPRF Wrestling. To read, visit the article.

 

 

     

#1 hospitality room in the nation! (photos by Jonna Borgdorff) 

 

 

Opponents left blue: OPRF subdues Lyons Township 54-12
Huskies grab a dozen victories to spoil LTHS' senior night; OPRF takes conference title · 01/23/2015

        

Varsity finishes 12-2 in Friday's bouts in LaGrange. (photos by Jonna Borgdorff)  |

 
Throughout these years, Lyons Township has been a force in the West Suburban-Silver Conference. There's no surprise that the OPRF-LT dual has traditionally been slated for the end of the regular season; the winner of this dual typically has taken the conference crown, at least in recent years. On this night, LaGrange's Vaughan Gym set the stage for a good Lyons Township team hoping to wrestle to a great result. The Huskies had other ideas, however.

After the introductions and coin flip, the dual began at 152 pounds. Nation's #1 wrestler Isaiah White came out flying and secured a late technical fall victory. The Huskies kept up a great thing with two additional tech falls at 160 (Matthew Rundell) and 170 (Kamal Bey). Before Lyons could scarcely catch its breath, the Huskies led 15-0. At 182 pounds, Max Metzgar secured the maximum team points with a second period fall. Despite wrestling up a weight class, Max is in the hunt for Pin King honors. OPRF slipped in the next two bouts where the Lions tried to reclaim momentum. At 195 pounds, Ben Bergen came out strong but lost his way to a pinfall. With Allen Stallings on the mend, junior Kendale McCoy found an early takedown. Unfortunately, his opponent earned one of his own before turning and finishing McCoy. The score was now 21-12 OPRF. In the heavyweight match, Adam Lemke-Bell had no trouble en route to a 10-2 major decision.

At the turn, OPRF had the advantage 25-12. Any hope at a surprise team result by the Lions went by the wayside, as the rest of the dual was all Huskies. 106-pounder Peter Ogunsanya confidently attained a major 12-3 before Jason Renteria and Bobby Campos tag-teamed two more technical victories, 21-6 and 16-1 respectively. Gabe Townsell, 126 pounds, flirted with a major but settled for an 18-11 decision. The following two bouts proved to be the most highly contested: Jaime Hernandez persevered 5-3 via two takedowns and Savonne Bennette came back from an early hole to seal the victory 4-2. At 145 pounds, Larry Early culminated the evening by pinfall in an I-have-a-plane-to-catch fashion.

Event pics (by Jonna Borgdorff) | Varsity | JV-1, 2 and Freshman

As sweet as silver | OPRF finishes the conference schedule with a 6-0 record and wins the fourth straight conference title. The Huskies have now won 26 conference matchups in a row.

Get "N" the game | In an effort to improve continually, added to the top streak marquee is the "N" category. This is the number of current dual team wins over non-Illinois squads. At present, there are 5 categories that track current streaks: conference, Illinois, non-Illinois, overall, and (all-time) record.  

Weekend warriors / Home cookin' | It is a busy weekend at 201 N. Scoville, Oak Park, as OPRF High School will host Saturday's Varsity and Freshman invitational tournaments. On Sunday, the Little Huskies youth program will host the annual Susan P. Collins youth tournament. Visit the Little Huskies event flyer.

 

 

     

 

 

Just flying through: #1 OPRF soars at Sandburg Duals
Huskies score 3 dual wins, defeat national #4 Clovis (CA) in finale · 01/17/2015

  

Freshman also triumphs, tops Hoffman Estates Invitational. (photos by Fred Arkin)

 
Before we talk about the #1 ranked Varsity group, let's give some attention to the lower levels of the Orange & Blue Wrestling Crew. Hoffman Estates High School held an individual tournament for Freshman levels. OPRF's contingency did what has come all too familiar in recent years: dominate. The Huskies boasted 14 place-winners en route to an appropriately colored orange trimmed blue plaque. Among the medalists were champions Jon Mitchell, Cam Bates, Christian Brooks, and Max McDermott. Congratulations, Huskies!

On to Orland Park, where another O.P came to play in twin fashion. The Junior Varsity squad competed as one of the 8 teams in the Sandburg Super Duals. My apologies on the format, in fact the rounds and opponents were pre-determined. I had remembered a bracketed tournament style a year ago. With JV joining the fray, OPRF comprised 25% of the squads at Carl Sandburg.

For the #1 ranked Huskies, the first two rounds were an easy breeze. In round one, the Huskies controlled Crystal Lake Central 62-12, winning 12 of 14 (11 of 13 contested) bouts. In round two, OPRF zoomed past Hononegah, victorious in 9 of 13 (9 of 12 contested) matches. Huskies were victories 46-18. The final dual of day came against the Clovis Cougars, #4 (US) by InterMat. The 120 pound bout would kick off the dual. The action began in Huskie fashion with three straight victories: a tone-setting tech fall win by Alex Madrigal (120), a hard fought OT win by Gabe Townsell, and a 5-3 decision tally by Jaime Hernandez. Clovis scored 3 team points with a 5-2 decision victory at 138 pounds by Khristian Olivas.

Next, the Huskies continued another roll. They raised hands in the next four with victories by Larry Early (decision), Isaiah White (tech fall), Matthew Rundell (decision), and Kamal Bey (fall). Leading into the 182 pound match, OPRF led 28-3. The Cougars wanted to part of falling off a cliff and returned fire with three wins: AJ Nevills (decision), Adam Prentice (decision), and Seth Nevills (forfeit) to push the score to 28-15. However, heavyweight Adam Lemke-Bell stayed strong and smart to notch a 7-2 win over Hexton Coronado. With two bouts remaining, the Huskies clinched the dual.

Anthony Madrigal calmly scored a 9-1 major victory at 106 pounds before a highly anticipated showdown occurred. Sophomores Jason Renteria and Justin Mejia are both top 5 ranked nationally at their weight class. Furthermore, both are already committed to Iowa after their high school wrestling shoes are retired. On the mat, Mejia scored a takedown and the win to make the final team score 35-18, in favor of the Collins Cadets. (Photo below by Paul Dermott.)

 

     

 
Video reactions | Ben Holscher (Clovis) | Paul Collins (OPRF) | Mike Powell (OPRF)

Varsity box scores | Illinois Matmen Forums (scroll to the end)

Continuing the streaks | OPRF, now 24-0 and 5-0 in conference play, continues to add tallies to its streaky present history. 25 conference duals is the high water mark in school history. 35 wins against Illinois opponents also is tops. WIth OPRF's 3 triumphs at Super Duals, the Huskies now boast 37 consecutive dual wins. This number is also a record. You can follow my tallies at the top right of the home page.

 

 

Putting the hurts on 'hurst: OPRF shuts down York 56-7
Huskies dominate in Elmhurst, now sit at 5-0 in conference play · 01/16/2015

        

OPRF triumphed on all levels. (photos by Jonna Borgdorff)  | |

 
OPRF has gone four years since its last West Suburban Silver Conference defeat. That loss was against Lyons Township (next week's opponent) on January 14, 2011. Tonight, the York Dukes didn't derail the "Silver Bullet" Huskie Train.

York only managed two victories against the high octane Huskie offense as Varsity grew their season record to 20-0 (5-0). Lower level squads also won in dominant fashion. For event pictures, see below.

Event pics (by Jonna Borgdorff) | Varsity | JV-1 and JV-2 | Freshman

 

 

Familiar territory with a twist: Weekend preview
Top 5 nationally ranked dual a possibility; #4 Clovis, CA, treks east · 01/16/2015

 
This Friday night and Saturday day competitions carry a familiar tune. On Friday, the Huskies (all levels) head west to Elmhurst to battle the York Dukes. The Dukes, as you may know, are part of the Huskies' conference schedule. On Saturday, Varsity will participate in the Sandburg Super Duals event. This is a bracketed 8-team (possibly 7) event to determine the mat champions of the day. Among OPRF's potential opponents are Class 3A thumpers Hononegah and Carl Sandburg. You may remember the Eagles from the championship round at The Clash.

A new entrant to Saturday's bracket is Clovis, CA. The Cougars are making an Illinois trip (Friday quad at Montini), and Orland Park is on its itinerary. Clovis comes in at #4 in the country, while OPRF is #1. Both rankings are per InterMat. If they meet, this would be a colossal dual; the Cougars would be the highest ranked dual opponent to date. If you are unable to attend the action in Orland Park, you can view the duals on FloWrestling (FloPro paid subscription).

According to il.8to18, Saturday will showcase Junior Varsity 1 at New Trier, Junior Varsity 2 will also visit Sandburg, and Freshman will vault to Hoffman Estates (tournament).

Previews: Clovis (by Mack Bolen) | YouTube (13 m 04 s)          FloWrestling | Clovis-OPRF White Board (13 m 28 s)         

 

 

Continuing the march: Huskies sweep Broncos, Cadets
OPRF defeats #1-2A Montini 36-17 and #4 Marmion 49-14 · 01/10/2015

        

On Saturday, the Huskies sped past two top tier nationally ranked teams. (photos by Jonna Borgdorff)

 
The Oak Park & River Forest Huskies (#1 IL-3A and #1 US) met top in-state and national competition on Saturday morning. Usually, Saturday's are reserved for tournaments or quadrangular meets (4 teams wrestling in a round-robin format). However, on this day, the Huskies participated in a triangular meet. OPRF first met the Montini Broncos. The Broncos have been a dominant force on the 2A and national wrestling scene for years. It appears, however, that Montini is headed to Class 3A (OPRF's class) in 2015-2016.

In perhaps Montini's last year in Class 2A, the Huskies gave the Broncos a rude send-off. OPRF took the dual by a score of 36-17. The Huskies gained three forfeits while also double-forfeiting the heavyweight bout. Adam Lemke-Bell wrestled in the second dual. Marmion is also not at full strength. The Cadets forfeited 106 and 113 pounds. In a few other spots, they had reserve wrestlers in for starters. The final score was 49-14. See below for additional information about the duals.

Event pics (by Jonna Borgdorff) | vs. Montini | vs. Marmion             Articles | Oak Leaves | Illinois Matmen

 

 

How the West was won: OPRF bests Glenbard 63-3
Huskies win 4th conference dual; triangular meet Saturday at Marmion · 01/08/2015

        

On Thursday, the Huskies gave the Hilltoppers the "cold" shoulder. (photos by Jonna Borgdorff) |

 
Goodness gracious, it has been cold. The OPRF Wrestling team did some things to warm up our spirits, however, with a 63-3 victory over the Hilltoppers on Thursday night. After the lower levels tangled appendages, the Varsity squad moved to 17-0, 4-0 in the West Suburban Silver Conference.

With a few starters rested for this weekend's big triangular quad for OPRF, the Huskies still managed to win 13 of 14 Varsity bouts. The night's party started at 132 pounds with sophomore Kevin Davis, who has come on strong in part-time duties. He won a 10-6 decision. OPRF "majorly" swept the next four, all earning 4 team points: Jaime Hernandez, Savonne Bennette, Bryce Scott, and Jack Newman. At 170 pounds, nationally top-10 Kamal Bey joined the fray with technical fall tally over Glenbard West's Jack Vesevick. Max Metzgar "fell" in love with his opponent and scored another 6 team points for the Huskies. At the halfway point, OPRF led 30-0.

At 195 pounds, Ben Bergen kept the Huskies rolling with a 12-2 major win. The Huskies scored two pins at the heaviest weights when Allen Stallings and Adam Lemke-Bell prevailed. With a 46-0 weight against his shoulders, Hilltopper Charles Faber decided to take matters into his own hands (and around his own legs!) to put his squad on the board. In a tightly contested bout, Faber outpointed Peter Ogunsanya 3-2. The dual concluded with 3 Orange & Blue notches by 3 regulars (all bumped up a weight class): Tony Madrigal (fall), Jay Renteria (tech), and Alex Madrigal (fall).

Event pics (by Jonna Borgdorff) | Lower Levels | Varsity             Varsity box score (thx to GW) | TrackWrestling

Wednesday's "top" story | The Huskies rose to #1 in the country, as reported by all major high school ranking websites. Despite this new ranking, don't expect the wrestlers or coaches to sit back on their laurels. The #1 goal with these wrestlers is improvement. Bigger, better, stronger, harder. There are two hard fought months remaining, and the Huskies assuredly will grind, claw, and develop every step of the way.

Saturday's action | The next stop for the Varsity squad will be a triangular meet versus Montini Catholic and Marmion Academy, hosted by Marmion in Aurora. According to Intermat, Marmion is now the #18 team in the US, while Montini is #9. Wrestling is slated to begin at 9:00 am.  --> Mack Bolen's OPRF-Montini Video Preview

 

 

Statement wins: OPRF flexes muscles, rolls to Clash title
Huskies hoist tournament gold, power past Carl Sandburg in championship · 01/03/2015


The champs. (by @CoachMikePowell, Twitter)

 
Few expected a Clash title from anyone other than the Oak Park & River Forest Huskies, but some were surprised in how strong OPRF looked en route to the program's first Clash title. This tournament does not have all of the top teams in the country (for a variety of reasons), but it is the premier national dual team tournament. As the organizers of this Rochester, Minnesota, event put it themselves, "For individuals, there is the Ironman. For teams, there is the Clash."

The Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew stormed past all comers by an aggregate dual team score of 308-67 (six duals) including a dominant 54-6 concluding victory over runner-up (and IL 3A rival) Carl Sandburg. In all, OPRF scored 65 triumphs out of 78 contested bouts in the tournament. There were 6 forfeits (three apiece for OPRF and opponents).

Day two's evening session began with the Huskies taking it to Bettendorf, winning 51-8. The second dual was the closest, but OPRF conceded two weight classes. Apple Valley was defeated, 43-26. In the winner-take-all matchup, the Eagles were no match for OPRF's might and ability. On the Clash's grandest stage, Collins's cadets left no doubt in winning 12 of 14 matchups over the 3A rival. Sandburg's two tallies came by Rudy Yates (126) and Patrick Brucki (182). Each was a minor decision. Inside this dozen was a hard fought, extra time victory by Savonne Bennette (138) over Christian Robertson. Savonne pushed and pushed and eventually...persevered. Also noteworthy were the mat returns of Larry Early (145) and Allen Stallings (220). Larry ended 4-0, splitting his victories as decisions and majors. Allen also finished unblemished at 4-0, with 3 of which being falls.

With the six dual victories, Varsity eased to 30 consecutive in this category. 30 is within shouting distance of OPRF's program record of 35.

The Clash performance keeps the Huskies in discussion for the #1 nationally ranked team. If you are unfamiliar with national rankings, visit our Rankings page with information about the team and individuals. You'll also see Illinois Matmen's GEI state rankings.

Saturday's Clash XIII dual team title was a great moment both in this season and in the history of our program. Thank YOU for helping the program in so many ways so that we could have a wonderful opportunity like we did in Rochester, Minnesota. May your New Year be a magnificent time for you and yours, and may the joy and fulfillment last all year long.

Today, like all days, was a great day to be a Huskie!

Tournament updates & results | TrackWrestling | Twitter | Huskie Wrestling Family | FloWrestling | Clash XIII

Coach Collins interview | Flowrestling

Change of focus | The Huskie eye shifts to the remainder of the IHSA and conference schedule. On Thursday, January 8, the Huskies welcome conference unbeaten Glenbard West to the "Stadium on Scoville." Then, on Saturday, January 10, OPRF will travel to co-Clash participant Marmion where the Huskies will also battle Montini. Junior Varsity wrestled on Friday at a tournament in Libertyville, and they will go to Riverside-Brookfield on Wednesday, January 7, before Thursday's WSC tilt. On Saturday, JV will also battle at Marmion. On JV-2's schedule, they have a Friday, January 9, date at Hope (Chicago), with Gordon Tech. The Freshman squad is also set for Hope, and on Saturday, January 10, they compete at New Trier. For more schedule information, visit our Schedule page or OPRF Wrestling on il.8.to18. --> Mack Bolen's OPRF-Montini Video Preview

 

 

  

 

Via Twitter, clockwise from top left: @moveyourmuscles, @CoachMikePowell, @GoldDotNation, @hagertony.

 

  

 

 

North wind: Huskies blow by Clash's Day 1 competition
OPRF will wrestle in a round robin against Bettendorf, Apple Valley, and Sandburg · 01/02/2015


The scene in Rochester, MN. (by @JohnNalan, Twitter)

 
Day one was smooth sailing for the Huskies, who had no trouble advancing to the Championship Bracket on day two. The Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew was just that, defeating its three opponents by a combined team score of 160-27: Pleasant Valley (IA) 59-6,  Simley (MN) 48-12, and Shakopee (MN) 53-9. In each of the three duals, OPRF lost exactly two of the contested bouts.

Up next for the Huskies are duals against Bettendorf (IA), Apple Valley (MN), and Carl Sandburg (IL). Each of these "final four" will wrestle against each of the others to determine the winner of the round robin pool. In our case, this winner will win the dual team tournament.

Tournament updates & results | TrackWrestling | Twitter | Huskie Wrestling Family | FloWrestling | Clash XIII

 

 

Clash of the titan: OPRF headlines Jan. 2-3 dual event
Huskies are top seed; 32 teams vie for tournament supremacy · 01/01/2015

 
Rochester, Minnesota's "The Clash XIII" will pit a number of high school squads (32 to be exact) in a two-day tournament to determine slots 1-32. All teams are pre-seeded into 4 brackets (A, B, C, D). In each January 2 bracket, all 8 teams will wrestle 3 duals. The first day will feature a tournament, but the first dual is very important. If a squad loses it, the highest it can finish is 5th place in the letter bracket. The day one brackets will end in teams laddered from place 1 through 8.

For day two, all four of the A-B-C-D champions will enter the Championship Pool. All four of the 2nd place teams will enter the Second Pool. The four 3rd placers will enter the Third Pool, etc. On the second day, it is a round robin style bracket. The 3-0 team will win the pool, and tiebreakers will be applied if teams are tied at 2-1.

Huskie history | This is OPRF's third Clash participation. Two years ago, OPRF finished champions of the Second Pool. Last year, OPRF finished in 2nd place of the Championship Pool. The Huskies are looking to rise in this year's competition. One potential opponent is Apple Valley (MN), who hoisted Clash's trophy a year ago. OPRF has wrestled them 3 consecutive years and traded wins: 2011-12 Apple Valley W, 2012-13 OPRF W, 2013-14 Apple Valley W.

Local feel | The tournament field is mostly Midwest teams, with several from Illinois. Seven of the 32 teams are from the Land of Lincoln. None of the additional six are in OPRF's Bracket A.

Streaky clean | This is a dual team tournament, and the Huskies have won 24 consecutive duals. With three duals on each day, the Huskies will wrestle a total of 6 duals in Rochester. OPRF's record of consecutive dual team victories is 35, from 01-12-2008 to 12-12-2009.

Tournament previews | Clash XIII | Intermat | FloWrestling | FloW #2 | TheOpenMat | AWP | TrackWrestling | YouTube

Selection Monday (12 m 38 s) | YouTube  ---  Video with organizers (9 m 33 s) | FloWrestling      

 

 

Room for everyone: OPRF places all en route to Whitlach title
5 champions pace the Huskies; Renteria, Madrigal, White, Rundell, Bey reign · 12/20/2014

Orange & Blue Title Crew, at Whitlach. (View large.)

 
The season continues in spectacular fashion for the Huskies, who took the Hinsdale Central Whitlach tournament title on Saturday. OPRF won the tournament by 51 points. Teams second and third were Sandburg and Montini, respectively. Team Orange & Blue scored with 5 champions: Jason Renteria (113), Alex Madrigal (120), Isaiah White (152), Matthew Rundell (160), and Kamal Bey (170). A few bouts of note: Isaiah White defeated Juwan Edmond in a rematch from earlier in the season. Matthew Rundell downed #1 (AA) Luke Fortuna, 1-0.

Third-places were also five: Tony Madrigal (106), Jaime Hernandez (132), Bryce Scott (145), Max Metzgar (182), and Adam Lemke-Bell (285). Some notes here, as well. Tony Madrigal lost to Real Woods, of Montini, 4-3. A week ago, Tony defeated Woods. Will they meet again to establish bragging rights? OPRF and Montini will dual in January. Bryce Scott upended two honorable mention ranked wrestlers on his path. Max Metzgar defeated #11-ranked Chris Hiscock of Minooka, as well as #3 (AA) Ryan Pitra.

Three seventh-place victories were awarded to Kevin Davis (126), Savonne Bennette (138), and Ben Bergen (195). Zero wrestlers did not place at this tournament.

Way to go, Huskies!

For full results, visit completed bracket. | Event photos: Highlights 

Archived videos | Illinois Matmen (subscription, free after 72 hours)

 

 

"Maine Attractions": Frosh-Soph bunch, on Saturday. (View large.)

 
Even more Huskie helpings | For the third straight season, OPRF cleaned house at the Maine South Frosh-Soph Tournament on Saturday. 8 were crowned champions while two others received 4th place recognitions. Walking away with the bracket boards were Peter Ogunsanya (106), Jon Mitchell (113), Jack Fisher (120), Brian Holloway (145), Drew Matticks (152), Rolliann Sturkey (170), Deundre Garner (182), and Ethan Lemons (195). Finishing fourth were Daniel Pedraza (145) and Christopher Banks-Mitchell (160). Very fine jobs, gentlemen!
 

 

White's might: Huskies crown first Ironman champion
Isaiah White topples Vincenzo Joseph in OT; Huskies finish 3rd as a team · 12/13/2014

Isaiah White, pictured at the 2014 IHSA Individual State Finals.

 
As we see the program constructed, OPRF Wrestling is a very young entity. This season, the Huskies will travel to The Clash dual team tournament for only the third time. This weekend, Team Orange & Blue joined the Walsh Ironman for just the second visit. This is OPRF Wrestling 2.0: The National Years.

In the last several years, high school wrestling has evolved into a mix of local, semi-local, and long distance travel and competitions for many, especially those who are on the national radar of overall talent.

As the Huskies have upped their competition schedule, so have the competitors' quality (and number) risen. On this weekend, nationally top-ranked Isaiah White, a junior, became the first OPRF Huskie to claim a prestigious Walsh Ironman championship. Isaiah stopped recent national foe Vincenzo Joseph (PA) in overtime, 3-1.

The Huskies came without two regular starters. Larry Early (145) was replaced by Bryce Scott. At 220 pounds, Allen Stallings did not participate, and the weight slot was left open. Still, OPRF finished in 3rd place overall, with 8 tournament medalists (final placing was 1st - 8th for individuals). Placing were Anthony Madrigal (106, 3rd); Jason Renteria (113, 2nd); Alex Madrigal (120, 6th); Gabe Townsell (126, 8th); Isaiah White (152, 1st); Matthew Rundell (160, 5th); Kamal Bey (170, 2nd), and Ben Bergen (195, 8th).

Also participating were Jaime Hernandez (132, 3-2 record); Savonne Bennette (138, 2-2); Bryce Scott (145, 3-2); Max Metzgar (182, 1-2); and Adam Lemke-Bell (285, 0-2).

For full results, visit TrackWrestling's Ironman Tournament Coverage.

 

 

Silver half dollar: OPRF bests West to jump to 3-0 in WSC
Huskies coast to 23rd straight conference dual win; 3 WSC-Silver duals remain · 12/10/2014

     

Despite these faces, the Huskies were all smiles on Wednesday. (photos by Jonna Borgdorff)

 
The Huskies were seeing more red on Wednesday versus conference foe Proviso West, but OPRF battles and succeeds no matter which color the referee decides for the match. (For a mind-boggle, think color: Hinsdale Central-Proviso West and York-Glenbard West. Wrestle these two pairs side by side, and you've got yourself a very merry quad!)

More event photos: All Levels 

After the dual, Varsity wrestlers and coaches prepare for a trip to the Walsh Jesuit Arena in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, for the national juggernaut individual tournament named...The Ironman. This tournament takes place on Friday-Saturday, Dec. 12-13. Click below for more news.

 

 
  December 12 -

December 13

Walsh Jesuit High School

Cuyahoga Falls, OH

 

www.walshironman.com

 

 

Weekend in review: Huskies get big, no matter the size
All levels with big weekend successes; Freshman, JV, Varsity all winners · 12/06/2014

     

Spotlight on all: Freshman (center) are "thumbs up" while JV has opponents "backs down."

 
Saturday, December 6, brought many great successes across the literal Huskie Wrestling Family. Let's start in reverse, shall we? Er, what am I saying? With this program, there is no reverse! All systems go!

Fantastic Freshman | For the 6th year in a row, the OPRF Freshman squad dominated the tournament field at the Glenbrook South invite. They blazed to the hardware. They may not yet be long in the tooth, but they're doing great things. Keep an eye on this bunch.

Nothing Junior about it | OPRF High School hosted its own competition on Saturday where Junior Varsity 1 & 2 each had a shot at putting their stamp on home mats. Of the six competing groups, JV1 outperformed all others. JV2 finished 5th, but even more remarkable was their lack of a full lineup. Unquestionably, there is talent (and even some top Illinois talent) on the JV squads from top to bottom.

Wash-ing out the competition | The "Varsiteers" kept volunteering their dominant services, flying by Lincoln-Way Central (48-21), Carmel-IN (59-12), and host Washington (37-21). Washington is the #2 ranked Class 2A school. The Huskies grow their season record to an unblemished 9-0 mark.

Event photos (by Jonna Bordgorff): Junior Varsity Tournament 

 
Huskie Highlight | Jonna Bordorff singlehandedly reported the article information above. I put the pen to paper (er, keys to motion), but I would be lost without any and all help from the Huskie Wrestling Family (a page you MUST follow). My nearest and dearest, without question, is Jonna. I may be a little slow on the upload from time to time, but Jonna is never slow the click-and-quick. She encourages me on this website (#SiteIsMight), but really, the phenomenal photos and more are all due to her. My heart sings because of Jonna's contributions. A heartfelt Huskie THANK YOU, Jonna! And news: OPRF senior wrestler Andrew Borgdorff (right) has been officially confirmed to be attending the Naval Academy! We all celebrate with you and your family, Jonna!

As great as she is, Jonna may not be around forever. I urge YOU to step up...and step in!

 

 

Throwing our weight around: Huskies upend Hinsdale Central 47-15
HC-OPRF split two ranked bouts; Huskies climb to 2-0 in conference · 12/05/2014

     

The Huskies won 10 of 11 contested matches. (photos by Jonna Borgdorff)

 
In the first action of December, the Varsity Huskies (6-0, 2-0) made an impression in Hinsdale. OPRF stifled the Red Devils to only one contested win on the evening. The first of fourteen Varsity bouts was a big one, as two top-3 ranked wrestlers (Class 3A) walked to the scorer's table. At 152 pounds, Isaiah White (#1) and HC's Juwan Edmond (#3) clashed. Isaiah took down Edmond 4-3, and perhaps any hope of a Red Devil rally was squashed.

The other high ranking matchup came when OPRF's heavyweight Adam Lemke-Bell (#9) pushed Matt Allen (#3) to the brink in a double overtime loss for the Huskies. In his final season before playing football at Northwestern University, Adam is battling every time out in hopes of standing on a medal stand in Champaign.

Beginning with 160 pounds, the Huskies blazed to four consecutive victories before giving Hinsdale a forfeit at 220 pounds. Jack Newman (160), Rollian Sturkey, Max Metzgar, and Ben Bergen (195) claimed those victories. After the 285 bout, Peter  Ogunsanya and Bobby Campos won in tech fall fashion, at 106 and 113 pounds respectively. Neither squad offered a wrestler at 120 pounds before the Huskies reeled off another three wins: Alex Madrigal (126), Gabe Townsell, and SaVonne Bennette (138). Each of these resulted in a technical fall victory, making a 5-for-5 string of consecutive OPRF technical's (contested bouts). The night came to a close with a Huskie forfeit to Andrew D'Aprile of Hinsdale Central (145 pounds)

 

  

Friday action: Isaiah White (L) and Adam Lemke-Bell (R)

 
Box score on Illinois Matmen: OPRF-HC (by Mainefan)

More event photos: Junior Varsity 1, 2, and Freshman | Varsity 

 

 

Chapter one: Week concludes with quad sweep at New Trier
Huskies win by combined score of 161-36; rise to 5-0 on the young season · 11/29/2014


Thursday's Turkey Trot Team (via Twitter)

 
Saturday Varsity results: OPRF defeats New Trier (53-6), Schaumburg (53-18), and Dakota (55-12). Huskies now at 5-0 overall, 1-0 in West Suburban-Silver Conference.

Results post by Mack Bolen: Illinois Matmen Forums

Mystery code: At the top of the home page, you may have noticed a set of cryptic letters and numbers. At present, the series is: C: 21 | I: 24 | O: 19 | R: 35

In case you haven't cracked the code, here is the explanation. All numbers represent current win streaks, with the exception of the R category. C represents consecutive dual wins in conference (West Suburban Silver), I represents consecutive dual wins versus Illinois squads, and the O represents consecutive duals overall. The R stands for the record of consecutive overall dual victories, 35 from 01-12-2008 to 12-12-2009. Follow the tallies as the season progresses.

For more Huskie History, jump to our Wall of Fame page.

 

 

Stinging the 'Stangs: OPRF downs St. Rita 69-03
Huskies hold Mustangs to only one Varsity bout win · 11/26/2014

     

 
On the night before Thanksgiving, OPRF Varsity and Junior Varsity took care of St. Rita in Huskie fashion! The program takes two days off before reigniting the IHSA scoreboard on Saturday. OPRF (2-0 overall, 1-0 in conference) sends its Varsity to New Trier on Saturday for a quad highlighted by a round against 1A powerhouse Dakota. Expect excellent mat action.

More event photos: Junior Varsity | Varsity 

 

 

Oh, snap!: Huskies enjoy picture perfect opening night
Huskies roll versus Downers Grove North; OPRF doubles 1-0 start in IHSA/WSC · 11/25/2014

     

 

     
Jonna Borgdorff catches the hungry, hungry Huskies |
JV Action | Varsity 

 
The Huskies blitzed the visiting Trojans on Tuesday night. More to come. And why not? Let's play two! Huskies host St. Rita on Wednesday!!

View the pictures by the great Jonna Borgdorff: JV Action | Varsity

It's a Huskie Winner!

 

 

I.H.S.A.: Huskie Family feast to initiate season
First foe to OPRF on Tuesday; Skrine Chops event on Wednesday · 11/24/2014

 
 

Tuesday (Nov 25)

Downers N. @ OPRF

Wednesday (Nov 26)

St. Rita @ OPRF

 

 

Saturday (Nov 29)

Dakota
Schaumburg
@ New Trier

 
 
Personally, I have had this week circled on my calendar for months. Tuesday, November 25, is the first day of OPRF's first competition. In less than 48 hours, the mats and stage will be set (along with the scoreboard re-set) to initiate I.H.S.A. Wrestling 2014-15. The well-known IHSA is the Illinois High School Association, and they sanction the guidelines and implementations of Illinois high school athletics. In this moment, we ask you to consider another IHSA: "International Huskie Style of Awesome". Living, dedicating, giving, and growing in true Huskie Style reaches even the farthest distances across this tiny globe. In this season, perhaps like none other, the Huskie Wrestling entity is preparing to take the high school wrestling world by storm.

Let's take a look at the weekly schedule (all weights are where wrestlers finished last season):

Downers Grove North, Tuesday at OPRF | The first official whistle will blow at 201 N. Scoville, among two quite familiar programs. The Trojans visit the Huskie Den as West Suburban Silver Conference opponents. Head Coach Chris McGrath will bring his purple power with hopes of kicking off his season with positive first steps. The unranked Trojans placed 3rd as a team in last year's regional tournament. Patrick Walker (106) and EJ Phillips (285) are the only two returning sectional qualifiers. Walker was the lone state qualifier. Even without a medal, he finished last year's season with an impressive 40-5 record. Come out at take in the mat magic!

Junior Varsity, JV2, and Freshman at 6:00 pm | Varsity at 7:30 pm

St. Rita, Wednesday at OPRF | St. Rita is also an unranked team in the preseason rankings, but reigning state champion Austin O'Connor (106) is one who receives significant hype. The Mustangs' senior laden lineup fished as runner-ups in last year's Mt. Carmel Regional, with Jake Silzer (120), Valentino Ortiz (126), Pat Larkin (152), and Tom Schofield (285) as returning sectional qualifiers. Silzer also traveled to Champaign but did not earn a top-6 placing. Dan Manzella, St. Rita head coach, also wishes to put up a battle against the formidable Huskies. After the dual, an alumni gathering will be held at Skrine Chops, 7230 Madison, Forest Park. Fun and family for all.

Junior Varsity, JV2, and Freshman at 6:00 pm | Varsity at 7:30 pm --> Alumni Gathering @ Skrine Chops at 9:00 pm

Turkey Trot, Thursday at St. Giles | If you are planning to trot on Thanksgiving, you may see several wrestlers taking part in the morning hike. Whatever you do, create some stomach room for your own holiday dinner plans!

Varsity, Saturday vs. Schaumburg & Dakota at New Trier | This quad will match up each team versus the others in a round robin format. The Saxons and host Trevians are unranked in Illinois preseason news, but they each have a few returning sectional qualifiers. Michael Lynch (106) and state qualifier Alec McKenna (126) for New Trier; and state qualifiers Hazen Rice (106) and Tyler Alanis (220), plus sectional qualifiers Logan Gruszka (138), Tony Vezzetti (152), and Mike Bruno (182) for Schaumburg. Dakota-OPRF is the marquee matchup. Dakota is the reigning 1A team state champion, and they have a mighty talented squad. The Indians boast 9 returning sectional qualifiers with 8 earning 1A individual medals at Assembly Hall. Every Indian wrestler is a gamer, including Fighting Illini recruit Carver James. 10:00 am start.

Junior Varsity, Saturday at Glenbard North | These kids are GOOD. 9:00 am tournament.

Freshman/Sophomore, Saturday at Thornwood | Another talented crop of athletes. 9:30 am tournament.

 

 

2014 | OPRF | Wrestler Preview | Huskies | 2015

 

Tony Madrigal: Tony is a freshman with plenty of credentials coming into OPRF. Among other accolades, Tony was an All-American this past summer at the Cadet Freestyle National Championships after placing 6th at 106 lbs. Tony is a great competitor and the more he continues to trust himself, the further he will grow.
PJ Ogunsanya: Peter, or as we call him, PJ, is in his second year at OPRF and he will be battling Tony for the 106 lbs spot all year long. PJ put in a great off-season, earning All-American honors at the FILA Cadet Nationals placing 2nd/Greco and 3rd/Freestyle respectfully. PJ continued his winning ways securing All-American status at the Cadet Freestyle/Greco National Championships. PJ was a member of our 21-man roster from the 2014 State Championship.

Jason Renteria (Baby Jay): Jay is a tenacious young man with a chip on his shoulder after coming up short of his goals in 2014, finishing second in the state at 106 lbs. Jay put in a tremendous off-season by building his strength and technique on and off the mat. Jay won the Pre-Season National Tournament at Northern Iowa University in the weeks leading up to the season; this is a great indication of what this young man can do when he is focused.
Bobby Campos: Bobby enters his third year at OPRF knowing he will have to battle throughout the year to earn the varsity spot. Bobby is a great teammate and made critical contributions to the success of our team in the dual tournament during the 2014 campaign.
Alex Madrigal: Alex is one of our many seniors this year and we expect great things from him. We are looking forward to seeing him develop, both individually and as a team leader, in his final season for the Huskies. Alex is another one of our seven returning All-State wrestlers; he finished 5th at 113 lbs in 2014. Alex has committed to wrestling at Old Dominion University and we are very proud of him. Alex has transformed himself over the past year; he is an inspiration for our team and coaches.
Gabe Townsell: Gabe begins his third year as a varsity starter this year after qualifying for state is first two years with the Huskies. In 2014, he placed 4th in the state at 120lbs. Gabe’s off-season was limited to due to an injury, but he is healthy and focused for the regular season. His quickness and strength are rarely matched when he’s on the mat. Off the mat, Gabe is a stellar student who is making the most out of himself as a student-athlete. Gabe’s work ethic will continue to guide him on and off the mat as a successful young man.
Jaime Hernandez: Jaime enters his second season with the Huskies showing tremendous growth from last March. Jaime missed only two or three workouts all spring, summer and fall while also competing at the Cadet Freestyle National Championships. He achieved 2nd place at 132lbs. Jaime is one our most improved wrestlers and he has set very lofty goals for himself this year. If the last eight months are any indication of his commitment, we are certain Jaime will not fall short this year.
Savonne Bennette: Savonne enters his senior campaign as a second year starter. After coming off a season where he qualified for state and was a .500 wrestler, Savonne went to work this off-season. Savonne has built himself into, pound for pound, one of the strongest wrestlers on the team. Savonne knows that with more consistency he can accomplish great feats this year. Savonne will be another senior we will count on to lead this team in what could be a great year for him individually and team wise.
Chris Helm: Chris is a senior with many talents; the skateboarding drummer brings another dynamic to our team. He is a very unconventional wrestler with tremendous athletic abilities. If Chris commits himself to wrestling his hardest, he will surprise some people this season. Chris dedicated himself to making 138 lbs and will challenge Savonne this season for the starting position.
Larry Early III: Larry continues to get the most out of his experience at OPRF. After winning a state championship at 145lbs in 2014, Larry committed to wrestling at the University of Minnesota. Larry is a three-year varsity starter and a three-year All-State wrestler. Larry has done it all as an individual, but this year will be a test for him as a team leader. Larry showed total commitment this fall by missing no workouts. It is crucial to our team’s success that he continues to show such leadership.
Bryce Scott: Bryce is another senior who will be a big contributor to the team this season. Bryce will fluctuate between the 145/152lbs weight classes. Bryce showed his greatest commitment to wrestling during the off-season this past summer and fall, and has taken a couple of younger wrestlers under his wing. With a renewed dedication, Bryce has made gains on and off the mat. He will battle Larry throughout the season and will someone we will utilize often in dual meet situations.
Walter Isaiah White IV: Isaiah is one of the most talented wrestlers in the country and over the past couple of weeks he has been matching his talent with his efforts on the mat. After a sophomore State Championship high school season and a summer in which he won the Junior Freestyle National Championship, Isaiah looks to drive himself harder to be the best in the country. When Isaiah is motivated, he is tough to beat.
Andrew Borgdorff: Andrew is a senior who looks to outwork everyone on a daily basis. While aspiring to be a future Navy Seal, Andrew’s work ethic helps him showcase his leadership with actions and not words. Andrew is a guy his teammates look to for guidance in wrestling and academics. He will be a vital part of this team’s success, particularly in the form of guidance for some of the younger wrestlers for our future teams.
Drew Matticks: Drew is a sophomore who is always looking to improve. Drew is a young man who works his hardest day in and day out without fail; and because of his tireless effort, we expect this will be a breakout year for Drew. He may not get too many varsity matches, but when he does, we expect he will do us proud.
Matthew Rundell: Matthew is looking forward to his final season in which he will make his final attempt to reach the top of the podium in Champaign. After finishing 2nd as a freshman and 3rd as a junior, Matthew has worked diligently to advance himself as a wrestler in the gym and weight room. Matthew is a terror on top with a multitude of turns from the position. In his fourth year in the program, Matt’s experience will be very helpful for some of the younger guys at his weight. We fully expect Matt to have a tremendous year on the mat and as a leader of this team.
Rollian Sturkey: Rollian is a sophomore coming off a football season where he was a starter on the varsity team. As he works himself into wrestling shape, Rollian will compete for our team in a variety of weight classes. He is a supreme athlete and is very difficult to score on when he stays the course. We look forward to watching Rollian grow this year as he competes for a starting position.
Jack Newman: Jack is a senior who will alternate between 160lbs. and 152lbs. this season. Throughout his four years in our program, Jack has bounced around different weight classes. His perseverance and “old school” toughness has served us well, as he willingly goes wherever he is needed. This year will be a true showcase of Jack’s commitment to the program as he looks to accomplish big things in his final year at OPRF.
Ben Avis: Ben is another senior who will be helping lead our team this year, and we are very lucky to have him. Ben’s unflagging work ethic has allowed him to get absolutely all he could out of our football and wrestling programs. Ben will be pushing his teammates on a daily basis while modeling what it means to be a Huskie wrestler.
Kamal Bey: Kamal continues to dazzle people with his uncanny athleticism and ability to be the most likable guy in the room. He also happens to be one of our three returning state champions. Kamal enters his junior year as a two-time All-State wrestler, placing 5th at 152lbs. as a freshman and 1st at 160lbs. this past season. If Kamal can maintain a positive attitude and focus, he will continue to grow as a wrestler and person.
Max Metzgar: Max is another senior who will battle for the Huskies in a few different weight classes. Max will compete at 170 or 182lbs. throughout the year. This will be Max’s first year as a starter, but he is no stranger to the success OPRF has had. Max was on the state championship team last year and is excited about the opportunity to compete for starting positions. We expect Max to get the most out of his senior season.
Noah Hauser: Noah is a young man who constantly works on his wrestling. Noah is a “gym rat” who’s always looking for extra workouts and put in even more time in the preseason. Noah will push Max and Kamal at 170lbs. in his final year with the Huskies. Noah has come a long way from his freshman year and we only see him continuing to ascend through his senior year.
Deundre Garner: Dre, or “Baby Dre” as we call him, is a sophomore coming into his own in the program. He will vie for the starting position at 182lbs. as the season moves forward. Dre is a young man with talent, and when he commits to the program will see even more growth.
Ben Bergen: Ben “The Hammer” Bergen is a senior in his first year as a full-time varsity starter. Ben competed at 182lbs last year and was on the state championship team. This off-season Ben committed himself to getting stronger. He has earned the nickname due to his strength and how it has affected his ability on the mat. Ben’s transformation has been wonderful to witness; he is carrying himself more confidently now and when that confidence transitions to the mat Ben will reap the benefits of all his work.
Ethan Lemons: This young man is a sophomore who will learn from the aforementioned senior in and outside of the room. Ethan has put on thirty pounds since last year and is a future “big guy” in the OPRF program. We are very excited about his future. Ethan put some time in the off-season and it will be good for him to learn what “Huskie Style” really means this year in the varsity room.
Allen Stallings IV: Allen enters his junior year as another three-year starter and two-time state qualifier. Last year Allen came up just short of placing in the IHSA State Tournament at 182lbs. But he has bulked up this year and has his eyes set on the podium in Champaign. Allen is another football player who is working his way back into shape, but this summer he was an All-American at the Cadet Greco National Championships finishing 2nd at 220lbs. Allen looks to continue the proud legacy of the “Oak Park Big Guys” and solidify himself as a wrestler we will talk about in years to come.
Adam Lemke-Bell: In years past, when considering the weight limit for heavyweight, and then considering Adam, it was clear the two were not close. But after two years as a varsity starter, Adam is now a full 6’5” and 275lbs and ready to showcase his newfound strength. In only his fourth year of wrestling, Adam looks to end his short career on a very high note. After finishing the season short of his goals in 2014, Adam has been very motivated to return to the mat for his senior season. The future Northwestern Wildcat football player knows what it takes to get to Champaign this year. Adam is another senior we will look to for guiding the younger guys on the team; with his positive personality and willingness to help others we believe his leadership will help bring the team together.
 

 

Think globally, act locally: Huskie community cleanup Sun.
11/22/2014

 
 

 

On Sunday, November 23, OPRF Wrestlers will fundraise and work to cleanup the community.

You may see these hardworking student-athletes do their thing!

 
 

 

Armed and ready: Raising the bar near and far
2014-15 squad looking to equal, better last year's crop · 11/18/2014

 

 
Huskie Nation proudly and excitedly can raise a "number one" into the air: one week. One week. Seven short days. A mere 168 hours.

In just 10080 minutes, (y)our 2014-2015 Huskies will take the stage at 201 N. Scoville and begin their official journey in the season kickoff event. The Varsity Huskies are receiving all of the media attention (scroll down), but we all know that everyone has a part to play for the program. This Junior Varsity bunch will flat out bring it and push whichever 14 wrestlers Varsity sends out on the mat. The youngsters will also look to learn and live what it means to be Huskie Tough. The coaches will do their share, and of course the Huskie Wrestling Family -- the incredible legion -- will continue to be ever so magical. We've all already begun.

Stay tuned as we watch the clock, watch the sweat, and watch our pulse rates. Come March 1, we just may be able to raise up a "number one" for a different reason altogether.

 

 

We are officially on the clock: Wrestling season has begun!!
"A season to remember starts in November" · 11/10/2014

     

Now weeks after another Halloween holiday, many may choose to relax after heart-pumping scenes, sights, and activities. If you are one of these people, our advice is not to get too comfortable; the real show-stopping excitement will commence the week of Thanksgiving. At that time, you'll have your eyes and bellies stuffed with a cornucopia of takedowns, reversals, back points, and falls. All of these dishes will be garnished with Huskie Pride.

Seasonal seasonings | In this year, like in those of recent memory, we can expect healthy-sized helpings of talent, work ethic, determination, effort, coaching guidance, family support, and some good old fashioned getting-after-it.

Family focus | As November settles in, so will our telescopes for the 2014-2015 IHSA campaign. Without question, there is more to know, discuss, and live that can be written or read in a sitting (several, several sittings), but we will begin to provide you with the brush and watercolors so you can begin to paint the picture. Let's start at the top: Paul Collins will serve as the OPRF Wrestling head coach. This will be his first, as Mike Powell has moved to an assistant role. Collins has been with both the football and wrestling programs for years, and you can bet that the program's transition will be a seamless one.

The casual Illinois wrestling fan will begin with a discussion about hardware, so let's give that a few ticks on the clock. OPRF is returning as the 2013-2014 IHSA Class 3A dual team champions, going undefeated against teams in Illinois. If the Huskies reach the championship dual again, they'll have to win with 14 wrestlers each taking their spot on the stage. An early look at the makeup of those 14 is quite favorable. The Orange & Blue boast 8 returning State Qualifers, and 7 of them (half of a 14-wrestler dual lineup) earned top-6 medals in Champaign. Added to this mix are young guns -- Anthony Madrigal is a name you'll hear a lot about -- and veterans who will rise and stand tall at key moments. Truth be told, OPRF's JV roster would do quite well against several of the Varsity squads from this Land of Lincoln.

We would be remiss without mentioning the Huskie Wrestling Family community. You are the straw that stirs our drink, and we appreciate everything from attendance support, volunteering time, transporting goods and bodies, and stepping in to make the program and memories stronger and stronger. Thank you.

Find your highlighter | Monday, November 10, is the official beginning of the IHSA season. Teams across the state held their first wrestling practice. Tuesday, November 25, will be OPRF's first official meet as they host Downers Grove North. The Trojans are members of the West Suburban Silver Conference. Wednesday, November 26, will be a visit by the St. Rita Mustangs to OPRF. Varsity's final Week 1 event will be a quad (four team round robin dual meet) at New Trier High School in Winnetka.

Schedule a visit | The OPRF Wrestling website has been updated with the current year's schedule and other pages. Look to the left to view the side bar menu. You can also view the official OPRF schedule page at il.8to18.om/oprf. Free up your datebook to make these appearances!

Embracing the journey | It is a long, demanding, and rewarding season. Let's all embrace the next 3-and-a-half months as a wonderful opportunity for growth, for family, for fun, and for each other. Take care and prepare yourselves for the long haul, and many wonderful short ones.

--- HUSKIE PRIDE ---

 

 

Nearly one month away: IHSA wrestling practice debuts Nov. 10
10/07/2014

2014-2015 IHSA Opponents

The 2014-2015 OPRF Huskies will, once again, wrestle a national schedule during the upcoming IHSA Wrestling Season. In a mere five weeks time, young athletes will take to the mat as they attempt to prepare for the competition that will come in November, December, January, and February. As you remember, last year's Huskies concluded their season with an IHSA 3A Dual Team Title Championship. Here, now, is an early look at the opponents for the upcoming season. Be aware that further changes may be made.

 
Direct Duals

Quads/Super Duals

Tournaments
 vs. Downers Grove North*  11/25  @ New Trier  11/29  @ Welsh Ironman (OH)  12/12-13
 vs. St. Rita  11/26  @ Washington  12/06  @ Hinsdale Central  12/19-20
 @ Hinsdale Central*  12/05  @ Marmion (w/ Montini)  01/10  @ The Clash (MN)  01/02-03
 vs. Proviso West*  12/10  @ Sandburg  01/17  vs. Huskie Invitational  01/24
 vs. Glenbard West*  01/08    
 @ York*  01/16    
 @ Lyons Township*  01/23  * - conference opponent  
 

For a look at all of the competitions (some information may change), visit il8to18.com (il8to18 OPRF home).

 

 

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