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2015-2016 Regular Season


Dialed in: The Doris Davenport Show & Sponsor Spotight
OPRF Wrestling appears on TDDS; thank you for supporting our sponsors · 02/03/2016


On Sunday, Jan 31, OPRF-W visited "The Doris Davenport Show" with Doug Wyman. | DDS on FB


  Thank you to all of our 2015-2016 OPRF Wrestling Sponsors! Enjoy the Varsity picture below (click the image for a larger picture). We invite you to visit the full Sponsors List at our Sponsors page. Thank you for the support!   Marty Farmer, of the Wednesday Journal (, recently posted a well-done, thorough wrap-up of the Huskies regular season. Take a look at this postseason primer online article. Jump to "Leaders of the Pack."  




Saturday success: Huskies put their conference stamp on the year
Junior Varsity, Sophomore, and Freshman squads fare well; Varsity finishes as WSC-S co-champions · 01/30/2016


Junior Varsity poses after earning the title (left), as do the Freshman titlists (right).  | Enlarge JV | Enlarge Frosh

It's conference championship week! The Varsity squad has no conference tournament; the dual schedule determines the team champion (more on that later). However, the Junior Varsity, Sophomore, and Freshman groups did wrestle on Saturday. For many of these wrestlers, this maybe was their last match of the IHSA season. Other wrestlers housed at 201 N. Scoville, perhaps, wrestled their final bout in the weeks before. In the ultimate events for the lower levels, Huskies wrestled tough. As has become the norm for the Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew, there is much to get excited about in future seasons.

Junior Varsity | At the conference championships, OPRF stormed the competition. The Huskies finished with a stunning 7 individual champions: Torry Early (113), Eddie Bolivar (120), Kevin Davis (132), Jack Fisher (138), Brian Holloway (152), Darian Nichols (160), and Brandon Killingsworth (170). OPRF earned first place with 269 team points; Lyons Township (2nd) and Downers Grove South (3rd) rounded out the top three. The action took place at Hinsdale South High School. See pictures at the bottom of this article.

Sophomore | Our neighbors to the west, York, put on the 14-team Sophomore tournament. Oak Park & River Forest took one title (Eddie Ordonez at 132) while finishing 5th. Downers Grove North walked away with the first place trophy. Full Huskie results are listed in the table below. You can also visit TrackWrestling for full coverage: Sophomore (WSC) Invitational

Freshman | The youngsters also competed in their respective conference clash event....and won it! OPRF boasted four Freshman champions en route to the first place trophy for the first years. Congratulations!

Varsity(!) | The Varsity squad is in the news, however, as yesterday's Lyons Township 35-24 victory over Glenbard West cemented an OPRF West Suburban-Silver conference title! The Huskies, Lions, and Hilltoppers all finished the six-game regular season tilt with identical 5-1 records (previously, GW defeated OPRF and OPRF downed Lyons). GW, LT, and OPRF all are considered co-champions. Congratulations to these three teams!

Junior Varsity Results
 Wt.  Wrestler  Pl.
 106  Open  --
 113  T. Early  1st
 120  E. Bolivar  1st
 126  A. Munoz  2nd
 132  K. Davis  1st
 138  J. Fisher  1st
 145  D. Pedraza  3rd
 152  B. Holloway  1st
 160  D. Nichols  1st
 170  B. Killingsworth  1st
 182  C. Banks-Mitchell  3rd
 195  M. McDermott  5th
 220  S. Webster  4th
 285  D. Childs  3rd
Sophomore Results
 Wt.  Wrestler  Pl.
 106  D. Brodnax  3rd
 113  C. Johnson  3rd
 120  D. Deyro  7th
 126  D. Corrigan  6th
 132  E. Ordonez  1st
 138  P. Klein  8th
 145  I. Mohktar  4th
 152  Z. Wilmer  6th
 160  D. Smith  5th
 170  E. Kamaryt  7th
 182  E. Osit  3rd
 195  C. Brooks  3rd
 220  D. Colvin  2nd
 285  V. Claps  6th
Junior Varsity event pics | Junior Varsity | Championship photos ascend from 113 to 170.






News and notes: WSC tourneys (Sat), OPRF-W on the radio (Sun)
Also of note: OPRF senior Isaiah White commits to wrestle at Ohio State University · 01/29/2016


Conference championships (left), Doris Davenport Show (center), & Isaiah White (right) | Click to enlarge DDS poster

With just one week prior the start of the IHSA State Series (the individual and team high school playoff series), there are certainly events that should give your eyes (and ears) ample enjoyment. Let's take a look at some weekend highlights:

Lower level conference tournaments (Saturday) | You've got your pick of three exciting tournaments.... The Junior Varsity championships will be held at Hinsdale South High School in Darien. The Sophomore tourney will take place at York High School in Elmhurst. The Freshman medal-seekers travel to Lyons Township in LaGrange. Good luck, wrestlers!

OPRF Wrestling to appear on Doris Davenport Radio Show (Sunday) | Oak Park and River Forest High School wrestling head coach Paul Collins and several members of the two-time defending state champion Huskies will join award-winning Wednesday Journal sports editor Marty Farmer on the Doris Davenport Show Sunday, January 31 from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. on 1490 AM (WPNA). The show can also be streamed online at, type in 1490 AM Oak Park in the search field to listen to the show. More on the appearance: OakPark | DDS on FB.

Isaiah White commits to Ohio State (Extra! Extra!) | Oak Park & River Forest senior wrestler Isaiah White has recently made his post-high school decision. He will attend Ohio State University and will be a part of the Buckeyes wrestling squad. Isaiah is a three-time IHSA medalist and two-time IHSA champion. At the end of last season, Isaiah finished the year ranked #1 in the nation within his weight class. Jump to a recent news article about Isaiah's decision: FloW | TDW | IM. Congratulations, Isaiah!



Make room for the broom: OPRF sweeps Saturday tournaments
Freshman tops of 13 teams, Varsity bests 11 other squads in home tourneys · 01/23/2016


Huskies grappled their way to a pack of titles at home. (photos by Jonna Borgdorff)  | |

Let's begin with the Freshman warriors. If you haven't been paying attention to this lower level in recent years, you ought to. Year in and year out the grade 9 wrestlers are fierce, talented, and successful. At home on Saturday, the Freshman team outlasted a dozen opponents en route to the Oak Park & River Forest team trophy title.

The Huskies earned four 1st place, five 2nd, five 3rd, two 4th, three 5th, one 6th, three 7th, and one 8th place awards.

Congratulations, wrestlers, coaches, and managers!

The Varsity squad had no troubles in securing its championship trophy. Of the 13 Varsity wrestlers, the Huskies finished with eight 1st, one 2nd, two 3rd, two 4th, one 5th, one 6th, four 7th, and one 8th place medals.

All of the action was reported through TrackWrestling | Varsity Tourney on TW | Freshman Tourney on TW


Varsity Results (V)

 Wt.  Wrestler  Pl.
 106  P. Ogunsanya  1st
 113  R. Campos  1st
 120  J. Renteria  1st
 126  T. Madrigal  1st
 132  G. Townsell  1st
 138  J. Fisher  6th
 145  M. Ordonez  1st
 152  D. Matticks  2nd
 160  I. White  1st
 170  Open  
 182  D. Garner  4th
 195  K. McCoy  1st
 220  A. Stallings  1st
 285  C. Middlebrooks  1st
Varsity Results (JV)
 Wt.  Wrestler  Pl.
 106  D. Brodnax  DNP
 113  E. Bolivar  2nd
 120  T. Early  7th
 126  Open  
 132  E. Ordonez  3rd
 138  K. Davis  4th
 145  D. Pedraza  DNP
 152  B. Holloway  3rd
 160  D. Nichols  7th
 170  Open  
 182  E. Osit  7th
 195  M. McDermott  5th
 220  V. Claps  8th
 285  D. Childs  7th
Frosh Results (Orange)
 Wt.  Wrestler  Pl.
 W  A. Hirshman  3rd
 92  G. Hoerr  3rd
 99  A. Hirshman  3rd
 106  I. Howard  2nd
 113  G. Minich  7th
 120  M. Walton  5th
 126  D. Deyro  2nd
 132  T. Thurston  2nd
 138  J. Phelan  1st
 145  T. Mobley  3rd
 152  C. Rigden  8th
 160  J. Cagnina  1st
 170  M. Crawford  3rd
 182  G. Hann  2nd
 195  R. Schuler  1st
 220  J. Pascascio  5th
 285  A. Hollis  1st

Frosh Results (Blue)

 Wt.  Wrestler  Pl.
 W  M. Prudence  5th
 92  Open  
 99  Open  
 106  Open  
 113  C. Johnson  DNP
 120  Open  
 126  D. Corrigan  7th
 132  S. Kenny  7th
 138  N. Boyer  2nd
 145  P. Klein  DNP
 152  V. Schalich  4th
 160  C. Marx  4th
 160  T. Mendius  DNP
 170  L. Smart  DNP
 182  Open  
 195  Open  
 220  B. Reniva  6th
 285  Open  
Event pics (by Jonna Borgdorff) | Varsity and JV1 | Freshman | Earlier Rounds (Mixed Levels)











Pride versus pride: Huskies roar louder, upend Lyons 54-10
OPRF tallies 11 bout victories as they finish at 5-1 in conference; Huskie tournament on Sat · 01/22/2016


The Huskies downed a familiar foe in Lyons on Friday. (photos by Jonna Borgdorff)  |

Home cooking was as delicious as ever on Friday night. The Lyons Township Lyons came into OPRF's Field House sporting a flawless 4-0 conference record. The Huskies entered with a 4-1 tally. At the end of the night, both Lyons and OPRF need a Lions victory over the Hilltoppers of Glenbard West to claim a share of the WSC-Silver Conference crown. On January 29, LTHS and GW will face off in a pivotal dual.

Coming into this evening's affairs, Oak Park & River Forest (24-3, 5-1) had previously beaten the other two top-three ranked 3A squads. As the night unfolded, it became apparent that while the gap between #1 and #3 may not be large, the leap between the top three squads and #4 is substantial.

Of the fourteen bouts, LT took only three: 138, 160, and 182 pounds.

The meet began at 132 pounds. Gabe Townsell won with a fall after a smooth takedown. Jack Fisher put up a tussle, but lost via decision at 138. Michael Ordonez added another 6 at 145. At 152, Drew Matticks blanked his opponent for a major decision. At 160, Brian Holloway scored a takedown but couldn't score the win. Isaiah White bumped up to 170 pounds for a dominant pin victory. Deundre Garner hoped for a last second takedown, but fell 6-2 after a valiant effort. After 182 pounds, the Huskies led 22-10.

The remaining contests were all Huskies. Kendale McCoy scored a 9-2 victory before Allen Stallings (220) dispatched his opponent by a 16-5 score. At heavyweight, Christopher Middlebrooks calmly earned a 10-2 major. At the flip, PJ Ogunsanya muscled the fourth fall of the evening. Bobby Campos wasted no time (literally) in his 113-pound forfeit triumph. Jason Renteria remained undefeated thus far with yet another pin. Tony Madrigal, who is becoming a dynamo on top, put the finishing touches on the Orange & Blue win with a 5-0 no pressure tally.

Saturday is the "Biggest little tournament in the state." Come to OPRFHS to watch the Varsity and Freshman teams in action!

Event pics (by Jonna Borgdorff) | Varsity | JV, JV2, and Freshman






Week 09 Preview: Full weekend at OPRF High School
Huskies host Lyons on Thu., OPRF Tourney on Fri, Little Huskies Tourney on Sun. · 01/22/2016


We're approaching the final stretch of the regular season. The Varsity squad has only one week remaining: this weekend. Come Monday (you can bet that the Huskies will be in full helping force for Sunday's Little Huskies youth tournament), the Varsity group will have almost two weeks to ready themselves for the February 6 IHSA Regional at Glenbard West. Take a look now at this rundown of the weekend.

Friday | Our West Suburban-Silver rivals are coming to town. Lyons Township, the #4-ranked squad, won't be a walkover against the newly regained #1 Huskies. LT boasts eight ranked wrestlers. The Lions also come into the event with a perfect conference dual record. OPRF needs a team win to stay in the conference title hunt.

Saturday | The Huskie Den will be busy as the OPRF Field House will host the Varsity tournament. Alongside Varsity will be a Freshman tournament. Come out to the exciting, local action! Thank you to all who help make this event such a memorable day!

Sunday | An exciting day will settle into the Field House once again as youth wrestlers from the area come to test their mettle (and have fun!) for the annual Susan P. Collins Memorial Little Huskies Tournament. A big thank you to all of the planners, preparers, and workers for this year-in and year-out successful event.

Lower levels | All levels will be at OPRFHS on Friday night versus Lyons Township. As mentioned above, the Freshman will also compete in Saturday's contests.



Flying high: Huskies race into, out of Sandburg duals in full stride
#2 OPRF wins all three duals, defeat #1 Sandburg 34-27 to finish the day · 01/16/2016

Carl Sandburg has been a supremely powerful and talented squad for about the last decade or so. Great coaches, great technique, great results. In the second half of that decade, Oak Park & River Forest has tangled with the Eagles in a number of high intensity battles -- oh, and did we mention that at times, the state championship title was hanging in the balance?

On this day, there was no state championship bracket board on the line. However, without question, the results of today will impact a possible (and to some...expected) rematch with the Sandburg Eagles for all of the Class 3A marbles.

In the first two rounds, OPRF easily scampered past two Illinois opponents. Joliet West was no match for the Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew, as the Huskies notched a 59-13 victory. In the sandwich frame, OPRF blitzed #4 (2A) Crystal Lake Central 58-6. The big dual of the day was preparing to take place....

In setting up the Carl Sandburg side, the Eagles opened with another big-time dual. They faced #3 Marmion Academy. Marmion, you'll remember, gave Oak Park & River Forest nearly all it could handle at The Clash to end day one. The Cadets were unsuccessful with that attempt, but their gritty talent pushed them into the win column against Sandburg. In a winner-take-all final bout, Trace Carello (MA) outpointed John Prieto (CS) 3-2. The Eagles quickly shook off the loss with a convincing 69-3 win versus New Trier.

On to the main course....

The dual began at 182 pounds. #2 Patrick Brucki got things rolling for the host Eagles with a first period pin over Deundre Garner. 195 pounds was another short bout with CS's #6 wrestler, Cole Bateman, earning a similar result in less time. Kendale McCoy was Bateman's opponent. After two bouts, 2 minutes and 19 seconds of wrestling led to 12 team points for the Eagles.

At 220 pounds, Sandburg scored a forfeit victory; Jack Hart received the hand raise. Sources said that OPRF's normal starter, #2 Allen Stallings, was out of town investigating college opportunities for the weekend. After a triple of bouts, Sandburg led 18-0. Despite this, the dual was not over -- not by a long shot.

285 was a pivotal bout. An Eagle win would push them to a 21-point lead. With two heavyweights, anything can happen; spectators often need to catch their breath. The Huskies' Christopher Middlebrooks and Malik Scates (both Honorable Mentions) battled to a regulation time tie. In the ultimate tiebreaker (the third overtime session), Christopher scored the escape point to take the dual. The Huskies were on the board!

Back with the lightweights, #7 PJ Ogunsanya asserted his abilities in a 19-7 major win opposite Joey Domenick. At 113 pounds, #3 Bobby Campos faced #2 Louie Hayes (CS). It was close, but Hayes polished off a 2-0 minor decision. At this point, the team scoreboard read 21-7 in the Eagles favor.

The Huskies -- undaunted -- pocketed the next four out of five bouts. #1 Jay Renteria chiseled a 19-10 major win over #3 Kevin Stearns. At 126 pounds, #2 Tony Madrigal secured a third period pin over Benjamin Kirby for 6 team points. Next, the nationally-ranked Rudy Yates (#1 in Illinois) downed #4 Gabe Townsell by a 9-5 tally. At 138, #2 Jaime Hernandez scored another vital fall win (this one in the second period) over Anthony Cimino. 145 pounds turned into a barn burner, and #4 Mike Ordoņez was the beneficiary with an 11-10 win over Alex Hirschfield from CS. With Mikey's win, the Huskies stormed into the lead at 26-24.

With three bouts to go, #4 John Prieto (CS) looked for bonus points but was thwarted. At 152 pounds, Brian Holloway battled well and lost only by a 7-2 margin. It was 27-26 for the Eagles. At 160, #1 Isaiah White showed his big-dual colors (yes, of the "blorange" variety) with a dynamic tech fall win over #4 Ben Schneider. The Huskies led now by four with one last match to go. In order to win, Sandburg needed at least a major (would win on tie-breaker) in the 170-pound bout. It wasn't to be as #2 Rolliann Sturkey flipped the script against Sandburg's #4 Brian Krasowski; Rolliann finished off the team victory with his own 2-1 overtime win. The Huskies finished with 8 bout wins to the Eagles' 6.

Final score: OPRF 34, Sandburg 27.

View more | Sandburg Super Duals discussion (with box scores) | Event interview with Robert Campos (OPRF)



OPRF vs. Sandburg: The stuff of dreams and nightmares
The top two teams in Class 3A expected to face each other at 1 pm today · 01/16/2016


Here we go again (and we may go again in six weeks), as Oak Park & River Forest travels to Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park to take on the Eagles (& company). If you don't know the recent history of these two super-squads, leaf through our News & Multimedia - Archive section. Sources say that OPRF-CS will happen at approximately 1 pm.

Sandburg Super Duals Schedule
(posted by Illinois Matmen)

 Round 1 (10:00)
 Mat 1   #1 Sandburg vs. #3 Marmion
 Mat 2   #2 OPRF vs. Joliet West
 Mat 3   #10 Hononegah vs. New Trier
 Mat 4   South Elgin vs. #4 (2A) Crystal Lake Central
 Round 2 (approximately 12:00)
 Mat 1   #1 Sandburg vs. New Trier
 Mat 2   #2 OPRF vs. #4 (2A) Crystal Lake Central
 Mat 3   #10 Hononegah vs. Joliet West
 Mat 4   #3 Marmion vs. South Elgin
 Round 3 (approximately 1:30)
 Mat 1   #1 Sandburg vs. #2 OPRF
 Mat 2   #3 Marmion vs. #10 Hononegah
 Mat 3   Joliet West vs. South Elgin
 Mat 4   #4 (2A) Crystal Lake Central vs. New Trier
Stay tuned: Huskie Wrestling Family coverage/results

We are proud. We are relentless. We are Huskies. ~ Go Huskies!



Keen on green: Huskies take short dual over York 23-9
York brought a six-pack of wrestlers to the Varsity dual; OPRF now 4-1 in conference · 01/15/2016


OPRF earned a home win versus Elmhurst. (photos by Jonna Borgdorff)  |

The neighboring York Dukes have had some highly talented, complete squads. On a Scoville night in Illinois, the Dukes simply didn't have enough to qualify for half of that. With only six Varsity wrestlers competing, it was a shoe in for the Huskies. However, seven double forfeits ensued, and the Orange & Blue earned a low-scoring 23-9 conference victory.

The Huskies won four out of the six contested bouts. Another bout victory was granted to the Huskies via forfeit.

Event pics (by Jonna Borgdorff) | Varsity | JV, JV2, and Freshman








Freshman force: Lower level growls past competition on Saturday
OPRF Freshman win all three at New Trier quad · 01/09/2016

OPRF Freshman at New Trier | Click to enlarge

Saturday's quad was a no contest for the young Huskies, as they won all three duals in convincing fashion. The Freshman downed New Trier 72-18, Joliet Central 62-9, and Lincoln-Way East 71-15. That's a combined score of 205-42 on the day. Great things are happening at all levels at OPRF High School! Congratulations, squad!


Add four to the score: Huskies sweep DCC Super Duals
Varsity glides through four duals; Jason Renteria makes Varsity debut · 01/09/2016

All of a sudden, these Huskies look cool, composed, and dare I say it -- proud. Proud to represent the Oak Park & River Forest High School Wrestling tradition. OPRF took all four of its contests in Novi, Michigan, beginning with the host Shamrocks. The Huskies scored a 37-24 victory (10-4 bout wins) over Detroit Central Catholic. Up next was Novi, Michigan. It was the Huskies early and often, and the Orange & Blue took this one with 58-6 scoreboard tally (13-1 bout wins). Of note in this dual was the Varsity debut of Jay Renteria, a two-time IHSA state individual finalist. He wrestled to a victory at 120 pounds.

In dual number three, the Huskies took on Portage, Indiana. OPRF took the first four bouts and scurried to a 46-13 victory (11-3 bout wins). To conclude the event, OPRF matched strengths versus the Bees of Brecksville, Ohio. OPRF went home happy as they capped off the afternoon with a 47-15 victory (11-3 bout wins).

Heading into next weekend's schedule, the Huskies of Oak Park & River Forest (19-3, 3-1) look to continue the pressure and success. On Friday, OPRF hosts York. On Saturday, the Huskies will travel to Sandburg (wink-wink) for a Super Duals event.



A royal victory: Huskies top Kingsmen in Indiana, win 48-8
OPRF blazes out of the gate in win over last year's state champs, shake off trio of losses · 01/08/2016

This felt like a statement dual. Certainly, the Huskies wanted to be prepared for a talented Kingsmen squad: Penn, IN, was last year's Indiana team state champions. Aside from that, OPRF wanted to wrestle Huskie Style wrestling for six minutes and for 14 bouts. If they didn't achieve that, they came close.

The Huskies only lost two bouts on the evening: 220 pounds and 152 pounds (the dual began at the 160-pound weight class).

Two-time defending state champion Isaiah White kicked off the action with a dominant first period pin. At 170, Rolliann Sturkey coolly handled his counterpart for a 17-2 tech fall tally. Dre Garner kept the party rolling with a nice 3-1 decision victory. At 195 pounds, Kendale McCoy added six team points with a late bout pin. After four bouts, OPRF had a 20-0 lead. At 220 pounds, Allen Stallings fell just short, and Penn was on the board with three team points.

The Huskies (15-3, 3-1) next went on a tear of eight straight contested victories. OPRF dominated with Christopher Middlebrooks (285, decision), PJ Ogunsanya (106, decision), Robert Campos (113, major), Eddie Bolivar (120, major), Tony Madrigal (126, decison), Gabe Townsell (132, tech), Jaime Hernandez (138, decision), and Michael Ordoņez (145, decision). Penn took the final bout of the evening, at 152 pounds, with a technical fall triumph over Drew Matticks.

For the Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew, tonight could serve as a very strong springboard into the latter stages of January and on to the state series. We'll see if the momentum carries over into Novi, Michigan, for the DCC Super Duals against other tough out-of-state competition.



No climbing that hill: Glenbard West doubles up OPRF 36-18
With an eye on the weekend, Huskies rest some starters; HM Glenbard West wins the WSC tilt · 01/07/2016

GW gym: Archive photo (2012)

Certainly, a loss is not what the Orange & Blue faithful had in mind as the Huskies came to take part in this particular West Suburban (Silver) conference matchup. With three travel days in three days -- and the potential of wrestling in six Varsity duals in those days -- OPRF set a roster with a mix of recent starters and non-recent starters. Certainly, we give the Hilltoppers of Glenbard West a tip of the hat. This conference foe came in as an Honorable Mention in the GEI Illinois Matmen state rankings.

The Huskies (14-3, 3-1 in conference) have now lost three in a row, dating back to last weekend's The Clash dual tournament in Rochester, Minnesota. Let's take a look at the Varsity action:

The dual began at 152 pounds. Jake Cagnina started things off for the Huskies, but he fell to his GW opponent. At 160, Brian Holloway halved the Hilltopper lead with a 15-8 triumph. Brandon Killingsworth next toed the line for OPRF, but he lost a major decision. At 182, Christopher Banks-Mitchell earned valuable experience in a technical fall loss. Max McDermott followed with a grinding match, but he was unable to secure the victory and lost 7-4. Kendale McCoy wrestled up at 220 pounds and won perhaps the most exciting match of the night. Kendale scored an overtime takedown for the win. The heavyweight tussle was another close battle, but Glenbard West's 285-pounder earned an extra-time 5-1 decision over Christopher Middlebrooks. At the halfway turn, the Hilltoppers led 21-6.

PJ Ogunsanya, a junior, earned back five team points with a 21-5 technical fall victory. At 113 pounds, GW state qualifer Charles Faber scored a close win over Torry Early. At 120, talented freshman Eddie Bolivar pitched a 4-0 shutout. OPRF's Taigue Thurston entered next at 126, but a 5-2 defeat was the result. This bout was the seventh bout in a GW-OPRF-GW-OPRF-GW-OPRF-GW back and forth run. The Hilltoppers finished the dual with a two-out-of-three run at 132 pounds (5-4 over Eddie Ordonez), 138 pounds (Jack Fisher wins 17-8), and 145 pounds (Kedrick Bryant loses by fall).

The loss snaps a win streak of 29 victories in the WSC-Silver win streak. It also breaks a string of 51 consecutive dual victories in Illinois. Despite the loss, the Huskies can tie for a conference victory. If so, it would mark a fifth consecutive West Suburban Silver Conference title (the previous four seasons ended with a 6-0 conference dual record).

What needs to be stressed is that this is an important Friday and Saturday, with battles against top out-of-state competitors. Hopefully, the Huskies will have their full arsenal prepared to toe the line in Indiana (Friday) and in Michigan (Saturday).



Week 07 Preview: More travel for the Huskies
OPRF continues conference slate; shifts east for battle · 01/07/2016


Last week, Oak Park & River Forest's Varsity headed west for The Clash national dual tournament. This week, the Travelin' Huskies make their reemergence as they will trek east to Indiana and then to Michigan. Before these two events is a West Suburban (Silver) Conference dual versus the Hilltoppers of Glenbard West.

Thursday | Glen Ellyn will host the Huskies in OPRF's fourth conference contest. This is an all levels event. The Hilltoppers are ranked as an Honorable Mention on the GEI Class 3A state rankings.

Friday | Penn, Indiana, will take their turn against the Huskies. Penn High School is located in Mishawaka, Indiana. This squad is no pushover; Penn won their Indiana state tournament one season ago.

Saturday | The Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew will mark a return trip (after a one-year absence) to the DCC Duals in Novi, Michigan. Detroit Catholic Central wrestles tough, and there will be several more higher profile squads in attendance. OPRF will wrestle three or four duals on the day.

Lower levels | Aside from Thursday night, the Freshman team has a competition at New Trier on Saturday. Junior Varsity (1/2) are not listed for any events this Friday or Saturday.



Third is the word: OPRF finishes third in the championship bracket
Huskies down Tuttle (OK), fall to Buchanan (CA) and St. Edward (OH) · 01/01/2015

Oak Park & River Forest High School's Wrestling Huskies finished the Clash with a 1-2 dual record in the final session. Still, there was much to be excited about. More will come in time, but for now you can review our Twitter page or the TrackWrestling results.

All in all, each competition is a preparation and learning experience to learn, adjust, and develop. There was a lot of growth -- and a bundle of successes -- at this tournament.

Review/follow all tournament action below.

Tournament links | Clash XIV | Twitter | Format (scroll down) | P.B. prev. | YouT prev. | TrackW | TrackC video ($10)



Day one fun: OPRF goes 3-0, wins bracket A
Early session capped by an intra-state victory over Marmion · 01/01/2015


OPRF prepares for dual #1 (left) at The Clash XIV. (photos by BT) | Click each to enlarge.

Oak Park & River Forest High School is aiming for a second consecutive Clash National Wrestling Duals championship. brought you the live results via our Twitter page.

In round one, the Huskies battled John Marshall HS, of Rochester. It was a 55-13 victory for the Huskies. OPRF took 11 of 14 bouts. Huskie winners were Dre Garner (182), Allen Stallings (220), Peter Ogunsanya (106), Eddie Bolivar (113), Robert Campos (120), Tony Madrigal (126), Eddie Ordonez (132), Jack Fisher (138), Drew Matticks (152), and Brian Holloway (160).

In round two, OPRF defeated Anoka (Minnesota) 45-15. Again, the Orange & Blue earned 11 bout victories. Raising their hands were Kendale McCoy (195), Allen Stallings (220), Peter Ogunsanya (106), Eddie Bolivar (113), Robert Campos (120), Gabe Townsell (132), Jaime Hernandez (138), Michael Ordonez (145), Isaiah White (160), Rolliann Sturkey (170), and Dre Garner (182).

In round three (the Bracket A championship), the Scoville Soldiers met Marmion Academy, the #3 team in Illinois per Illinois Matmen's GEI rankings. Marmion came ready to give it their all. This round felt like a state series dual. From the get-go, the dual turned into a war. The Cadets started fast, scoring a trio of minor decisions. OPRF countered with three wins of their own with Eddie Bolivar (113), Robert Campos (120), and Tony Madrigal (126). The Huskies earned a few bonus points here and led 12-9.

The next four bouts were split among the teams, with Marmion winning the extra bonus point. Jaime Hernandez (138) and Mikey Ordonez (145) had big wins for the Huskies. With four contests remaining, OPRF had a 18-16 advantage. In the crunch time, Isaiah White was a cool customer in an 11-5 win. At 170, Rolliann Sturkey took home an overtime takedown. The Huskies now led 24-16. With two matches to go, the Cadets were still in the dual. Dre Garner (182) won an 8-5 decision to seal the deal! To end the scoring, Marmion earned a fall victory. Final score: OPRF 27, Marmion 22.

For day two, OPRF will enter into a round-robin bracket with St. Edward (OH), Tuttle (OK), and Buchanan (CA). The winner of the round-robin wins the tournament. These duals will take place at 4pm/6pm/8pm.

Review/follow all tournament action below.

Tournament links | Clash XIV | Twitter | Format (scroll down) | P.B. prev. | YouT prev. | TrackW | TrackC video ($10)



Clash course: Huskies to defend national dual title this weekend
OPRF puts unblemished dual record on the line at The Clash XIV; Fri-Sat mark Rochester, MN, event · 12/30/2015


Image via event website | visit

Since 2012-2013, OPRF has taken the westward trip to Rochester, Minnesota, for a 32-team dual team tournament. In last year's campaign, the Huskies took home the Championship Bracket's trophy after a 6-0 dual win record.

In this event's preparation, all 32 teams have been seeded (from #1-32) and placed into four brackets (Brackets A-D). Based on the results of these 8-team brackets, the final day's action will pit groups of four teams in a round robin style. After day one, all first place teams will meet on Saturday in a round robin pool; all second place teams will meet in a round robin pool...etc. After each round robin collection of duals, these teams will be ranked and given a final placing (out of 32) for the tournament. In the event of a round robin tie of records (perhaps two or three teams have tied with a 2-1 record, say), there is a tiebreaking system adopted by tournament administrators. Of note, Oak Park & River Forest has earned this year's tournament's #1 overall seed.

A "Minny" and more feel | This is a national tournament, but several of the nation's top teams won't attend due to other plans or to an inability to attend this tournament (per local high school state rules). Still, The Clash boasts a perennial collection of highly ranked squads from across the USA. In addition to Minnesota and Illinois, several other states will be represented: California, North Dakota, Oregon, Arizona, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, and Utah. For a full list of entrants, go to The Clash website.

Say a "prairie" for us | Illinois will offer Dakota, Glenbard North, Lincoln-Way Central, Marmion, Washington, and OPRF in this Clash's field.

Rank and file | InterMat has several Clash squads in its recent top 50 list: #7 Buchanan (CA), #8 OPRF, #9 St. Edward (OH), #11 St. Michael-Albertville (MN), #13 Tuttle (OK), #19 Marmion, #26 Apple Valley (MN), #29 Washington, and #41 Park Hill (MO). In recent ranking news, InterMat has moved Sandburg ahead of OPRF due to the Eagles' Rex Whitlach tournament team victory. Illinois Matmen also has moved OPRF to the #2 Class AAA slot. For more on Illinois and national rankings, go to our Rankings page.

Tournament links | Clash XIV | Format (scroll down) | P.B. prev. | YouTube prev. | TrackW | TrackCast video ($10)



Friday's brackets (via | Saturday's action will be 4-team round robins



Huskie strong: OPRF finishes runner-up at Hinsdale tourney
Huskies earn three bracket boards as 11 place; Sandburg and Lyons 1st and 3rd, respectively · 12/19/2015



The 2015 Rex Whitlach individual tournament is complete. The Huskies did well, finishing in second place behind Carl Sandburg. Yes, that Carl Sandburg. Both OPRF and CS are ranked in the top tier of Illinois and national rankings. Sandburg finished with 5 champions and a final team score of 319.5 points. The Huskies scored 3 champs and 240 team points. While wrestling hard, the Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew missed a few 2015-2016 starters from the lineup, including Gabe Townsell and Jaime Hernandez. As the calendar turns, OPRF will visit Minnesota to defend their 2014-2015 Clash dual team tournament championship. The Huskies hope to be at full strength for the Rochester, Minnesota, event on January 1-2.

As for the Whitlach, final Huskie results included a trio of champions: Anthony Madrigal (126), Rolliann Sturkey (170), and Allen Stallings (220). OPRF finished with 11 place-winners.

Individual results | 1st place: Anthony Madrigal (126), Rolliann Sturkey (170), Allen Stallings (220) | 2nd place: PJ Ogunsanya (106), Christopher Middlebrooks (285) | 3rd place: Robert Campos (120), Michael Ordonez (145) | 4th place: None | 5th place: Eddie Bolivar (113), Jack Fisher (138) | 6th place: Drew Matticks (152) | 7th place: Kendale McCoy (195) | 8th place: None | Did not place: Eddie Ordonez (132), Darian Nichols (160), Christopher Banks-Mitchell (182).

Links | Whitlach Home | HC Location | Time Schedule (Below) | 2015 Teams | 2015 Brackets | 2014 Results




left to right: PJ Ogunsanya, Eddie Bolivar, Robert Campos | via Twitter (click each to enlarge)



left to right: Tony Madrigal, Jack Fisher, Michael Ordoņez | via Twitter (click each to enlarge)



left to right: Drew Matticks, Rolliann Sturkey, Allen Stallings | via Twitter (click each to enlarge)


* Note: Photos for Kendale McCoy and Christopher Middlebrooks are not available at this time.



Week 04 Preview: The Huskies are back in town
OPRF visits Hinsdale C. on Fri/Sat; rival Sandburg is in the mix · 12/18/2015


The OPRF Huskies are back for Illinois competition this weekend after an Ohio jaunt. Hinsdale (Central) hosts the 50th annual Rex Whitlach team tournament. With a large field of teams, this tournament is a two-day affair. Around two dozen Varsity squads are scheduled to attend, including Brother Rice, Timberland, Sandburg, Glenbard West, West Aurora, Downers Grove North, Belleville West, Lyons Township, Geneseo, DeKalb, Downers Grove South, Stevenson, New Trier, Rolling Meadows, Fenton, Lemont, Minooka, Bradley, Hinsdale South, Maine South, and the host Red Devils. With the Huskies, that's 22 right there. The HC Junior Varsity team has also been a perennial entrant. After research, I also see that Homewood-Flossmoor and Rockford East are competing. Timberland is from Missouri.

After day one | The Huskie competitors are PJ Ogunsanya (106), Eddie Bolivar (113), Robert Campos (120), Tony Madrigal (126), Eddie Ordonez (132), Jack Fisher (138), Michael Ordonez (145), Drew Matticks (152), Darian Nichols (160), Rolliann Sturkey (170), Christopher Banks-Mitchell (182), Kendale McCoy (195), Allen Stallings (220), and Christopher Middlebrooks (285). Advancing in the championship bracket were Ogunsanya, Bolivar, Campos, Madrigal, Fisher, M. Ordonez, Matticks, Sturkey, Stallings, and Middlebrooks. E. Ordonez, Nichols, Banks-Mitchell, and McCoy moved to the consolation bracket and are still alive, except for Nichols. The Huskies begin day two in third place -- behind Lyons Township and Carl Sandburg -- and with 13 wrestlers remaining, 10 of whom are in the quarterfinals.

Click on the "2015 Brackets" link below to follow the brackets.

Links | Whitlach Home | HC Location | Time Schedule (Below) | 2015 Teams | 2015 Brackets | 2014 Results


| Rex Whitlach Time Schedule |

Friday, December 18, 2015

4:30 PM – Championship Prelims (6 mats)
6:00 PM – Championship First Round (6 mats)
8:00 PM – Consolation 1st Round (6 mats)

Saturday, December 19, 2015

9:00 AM – Championship Quarterfinals & Consolation 2nd Round (simultaneously on 6 mats)
11:00 AM – Consolation 3rd Round (6 mats)
12:15 PM – BREAK
1:00 PM – Championship Semi-Finals & Consolation 4th Round (simultaneously on 6 mats)
3:00 PM – Semi-Final Wrestlebacks (6 mats)
4:00 PM – 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th Place Matches (4 mats)

Lower levels | The Junior Varsity group has two events on the Saturday, December 19, schedule: one invitational at Maine South and one quad meet at Libertyville. Both are slated for a 9:00 am start. The Freshman are headed to Libertyville as well.


Iron men: OPRF finishes 11th at national tourney
Gabe Townsell (132) and Jaime Hernandez (138) place · 12/12/2015



The Walsh Ironman has completed for the 2015-2016 season. In OPRF's first season tournament, the Huskies finished tied for 11th out of 95 (remember that some teams only sent one or a handful of wrestlers). It wasn't a bad showing for a dozen wrestlers (two weight classes were open) as they prepare for the stretch run including the Rex Whitlach individual tournament (next week) and The Clash dual team tournament (Jan 1-2).

The final individual results are: PJ Ogunsanya (106, 1-2 record), Robert Campos (113, 3-2), Eddie Bolivar (120. 2-2), Vacant (126), Gabe Townsell (132, 4-2 -- 4th Place), Jaime Hernandez (138, 3-3 -- 6th Place), Michael Ordoņez (145, 3-2), Drew Matticks (152, 0-2), Brian Holloway (160, 1-2), Rolliann Sturkey (170, 3-2), Chris Yen (182, 0-2), Elijah Osit (195, 0-2), vacant (220), and Christopher Middlebrooks (285, 2-2).

Links | Ironman Home | Tournament Schedule | On TrackWrestling | IM Preview (by Mack Bolen) | FloW video (paid)


2015-2016 Walsh Ironman Team Results (December 11-12, 2015)  |  95 Teams

Rank Points  Team   Rank Points  Team
1st 171.0  Wyoming Seminary   7th 77.5  Malvern Prep
2nd 146.0  Blair Academy   8th 77.0  Delta
3rd 126.5  Graham   9th 73.0  Marmion Academy
4th 118.5  Montini Catholic   10th 61.0  Reynolds
5th 99.0  St. Edward   11th (T) 58.0  Oak Park & River Forest
6th 84.0  Belle Vernon   11th (T) 58.0  Brunswick


Freshman champions at Conant! | Enlarge

Freshman force | The Freshman squad dominated the Conant individual tournament on December 12. The first year Huskies exploded to the tune of 9 out of 20 finalists in the blocked weight competition. OPRF boasted 6 champions. Here are the final places: Gage Hoerr (6th), Isaiah Howard (2nd), Garret Minich (3rd), Max Walton (1st), David Deyro (6th), Josh Czuba (Default), Thaigue Thurston (1st), Joseph Phelan (1st), Trey Mobley (3rd), Jake Cagnina (1st), Cam Rigden (6th), Jaylen Cook (7th), Seth Davis (7th), Michael Crawford (5th), Tom Mendius (5th), Greg Hann (2nd), Ryan Schuler (2nd), Jaylan Pascascio (1st), Ben Reniva (3rd), Ashford Hollis (1st).


Iron clad: OPRF to test mettle this weekend in Ohio
Scores of teams will enter wrestlers at Walsh Ironman (Cuyahoga Falls, OH) · 12/10/2015



The Walsh Ironman is perhaps the premier individual tournament in the country. It is a national event (no question about that), and over 80 teams are expected to send at least one wrestler to the event. Last season, the Huskies finished third in team points, and they scored their first ever individual champion: Isaiah White (a junior last season). A senior this year, Isaiah will not compete in Cuyahoga Falls. Look for Isaiah to do big things when he returns to the lineup.

This weekend's Orange & Blue Travelin' Crew is scheduled to consist of a near-full lineup (via the Ironaman website): PJ Ogunsanya (106), Robert Campos (113), Eddie Bolivar (120), Tony Madrigal (126), Gabe Townsell (132), Jaime Hernandez (138), Michael Ordoņez (145), Drew Matticks (152), Brian Holloway (160), Rolliann Sturkey (170), Chris Yen (182), Max McDermott (195), and Christopher Middlebrooks (285).

Links | Ironman Home | Tournament Schedule | On TrackWrestling | IM Preview (by Mack Bolen) | FloW video (paid)


Update | The weigh-in lineup has two changes. Here is the official list of OPRF wrestlers in the Ironman: PJ Ogunsanya (106), Robert Campos (113), Eddie Bolivar (120), Vacant (126), Gabe Townsell (132), Jaime Hernandez (138), Michael Ordoņez (145), Drew Matticks (152), Brian Holloway (160), Rolliann Sturkey (170), Chris Yen (182), Elijah Osit (195), vacant (220), and Christopher Middlebrooks (285).


Huskies lap Panthers: OPRF defeats Proviso West 58-9
Junior Varsity and Freshman also triumphant; Huskies add 3rd conference victory · 12/09/2015


There were a handful of competitive bouts on the Varsity level. (photos by Jonna Borgdorff)  |

If you're not familiar with the Panthers of Proviso West, they are a wrestling squad that hails from west suburban Hillside. More than than that, they have a difficult time attracting the number of wrestlers that we have been fortunate to gain, for example. Proviso West, while often boasting some very talented individuals, simply doesn't have the numbers to compete with most Varsity (and lower level) lineups.

On Wednesday, OPRF (10-0, 3-0) wrestled only a handful of Varsity wrestlers en route to a 58-9 victory. On the Varsity level, the competing Huskies were Torry Early (120 - lost 9-7), Eddie Ordonez (132 - won 5-2), Kedrick Bryant (145 - won via pin), Max McDermott (195 - lost 4-3), and Kendale McCoy (220 - won 3-2).

Lower levels | Once again, the Junior Varsity and Freshman duals ended in OPRF tallies.

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





Wash-ing the competion: Huskies soak 3 more opponents at duals
OPRF's #7, 8, and 9 victories come via #6 Deerfield, Lincoln-Way C., and #1-2A Washington · 12/05/2015

Freshman champions at Glenbrook South! | Enlarge

OPRF (9-0, 2-0) comfortably earned a trio of dual wins at the Washington Super Duals this past Saturday. The Orange & Blue downed a solid Deerfield squad, 47-13, before scoring a triumph over Lincoln-Way Central, 53-15. In the third clash, the Huskies overcame the nationally-ranked host Panthers of Washington (currently InterMat's #22 US squad), 45-21.

Freshman | Also on this day, the Freshman squad dominated the 8-team Glenbrook South dual team tournament. They took home the first place title! OPRF defeated Leyden in the championship (final score was 45-42). Championship match winners were Henry Niermann, Thaigue Thurston, Joe Phelan, Cam Rigden, Jake Cagnina, Matt Crawford, Ryan Schuler, and Ashford Hollis. Certainly, their teammates also were heavy contributors in the dual team tournament effort and victory. Congratulations, wrestlers, coaches, and managers!



A devil of a good time: OPRF coasts by Hinsdale Central 54-9
Junior Varsity and Freshman also notch wins; Huskies rise to 2-0 in conference · 12/04/2015


The Huskies earned a dozen victories in the Varsity dual. (photos by Jonna Borgdorff)  |

Over the past several years, Hinsdale Central has been a pesky opponent to the Huskies. Each time -- with the exception of one -- the Huskies have swatted the Red Devils away. For this season's meeting, the peskiness was absent. OPRF (6-0, 2-0) tallied a dozen victories in this West Suburban (Silver) matchup.

The Varsity dual commenced at 182 pounds. Rolliann Sturkey earned a 16-5 major decision. At 195, sophomore Max McDermott -- who is still getting his feet wet on the Varsity level -- couldn't muster a win. Allen Stallings took home the 220-pound battle via a pin. At heavyweight, Chris Middlebrooks went toe-to-toe with the #1-ranked 285-pounder, Matt Allen, but lost in three full periods. At the turn, the Huskies led 10-9.

The Orange & Blue then poured it on, scorching the Red Devils for 44 consecutive team points to end the dual.

At 106, PJ Ogunsanya won in technical fall fashion. At 113, senior Robert Campos raised his hand without a contest. Eddie Bolivar, a talented freshman, kept the party rolling at 120. Tony Madrigal scored a 126-pound pin before Gabe Townsell earned five team points via technical fall. At 138 pounds, Jaime Hernandez dominated in a 19-6 major victory. Mike Ordonez, a returning IHSA state qualifier, also earned a major. At 152 pounds, Drew Matticks shook up the state rankings with an overtime 2-0 tally over HC's #5-ranked Ameen Hamdan.

In the 160-pound match, junior Darian Nichols earned a successful 6-2 Varsity debut. To cap off the evening, Chris Yen earned a 10-4 decision. In all, OPRF took 12 match victories to Hinsdale Central's 2.

Lower levels | Both Junior Varsity and Freshman contests also tilted in the Huskies' favor. Be sure to look at all of the event pics (links below).

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






Week 02 Preview: Three #1 teams under the same roof
Friday is a WSC-S collision with Hinsdale C; IL's #1 Class 1A/2A/3A at Washington · 12/04/2015


Friday, Dec 04 Saturday, Dec 05
  vs. Hinsdale Central, 6:00 pm
  [All Levels]
  201 N. Scoville Ave
  Oak Park, IL 60302
  @ Washington, 10:00 am
  115 Bondurant St
  Washington, IL 61571
    vs. Home Quad, 9:00 am
  [Junior Varsity 1 & 2]
    @ Glenbrook South, 9:00 am
Friday | Our second conference clash of the season pits OPRF with the visiting Red Devils. HC is unranked as a team but brings these ranked wrestlers: 152-Ameen Hamdan (#5), 220-Nico Ivanisevic (#8), 285-Matt Allen (#1).

Saturday | Varsity travels to Washington (2A) for a day of duals. Also scheduled to appear are Dakota (1A), Deerfield, Lincoln-Way Central, Granite City, and Minooka. It is likely that we will only wrestle three duals. Of course, take note that we wrestled Dakota one week ago.



Here are the rankings, via Illinois Matmen/GEI Wresting Apparel (3A-T, 3A-I, 2A-T, 2A-I, 1A-T, 1A-I | OPRF):

Dakota (#1-1A) | 120-Alec Henze (#1), 126-Colin Barker (#9), 145-Greg Krulas (#1), 152-Jared Packer (#1), 160-Nathan Olsen (#2), 170-Andrew Wenger (#2), 220-Maverick McPeek (#9)

Deerfield (#6) | 106-Dylan Utterback (#5), 113-Holden Heller (#8), 120-Kyle Clough (#10), 126-Nick Kupets (HM), 138-Kenny Kerstein (HM), 145-Andrew Mehrholz (#3), 170-Sage Heller (#6)

Lincoln-Way Central (HM) | 113-Austin Rudsinski (HM), 120-Joe Brauer (HM), 126-Vinnie Piunti (#9), 220-Jake Dudeck (#5), 285-Bryan Ditchman (#3)

Granite City | 145-Wilyonde Bell (HM), 285-Matt Wylie (HM)

Minooka | 170-Carson Oughton (#3)

Washington (#1-2A) | 106-Trey Keeley (#1), 113-Dack Punke (#1), 120-Tyler Delaware (HM), 126-Blaize Punke (#5), 138-Tanner Coleman (#3), 145-Ethan Reel (#2), 152-Caleb Miller (#10), 160-Ryder Punke (#3), 170-Randy Meneweather (#1), 182-Jacob Warner (#1), 220-Adam Robison (#11)



Triple threat: Huskies notch three more at New Trier
OPRF concludes day with victory over Class 1A #1 Dakota · 11/28/2015

On Saturday, the Huskies kept rolling right along. In Winnetka, the Huskies defeated the host Trevians, Schaumburg, and Dakota. Three more Varsity team tallies upped the season record to 5-0 (1-0 in conference). OPRF now has won 47 consecutive duals, extending the school record.

Like the team's successes, many Huskies have begun the season on an undefeated streak. Starting 5-0 are: PJ Ogunsanya, Robert Campos, Tony Madrigal, Gabe Townsell, Jack Fisher, Jaime Hernandez, Allen Stallings, and Chris Middlebrooks. Starting 4-1 are: Eddie Bolivar, Michael Ordoņez, Drew Matticks, and Rolliann Sturkey.

Junior Varsity | The JV squad earned second place at the 16-team Glenbard North tournament on Saturday. Way to wrestle Huskie Style!



Hot to trot: OPRF Wrestling runs around town on Thanksgiving
Team health and happiness were on full display this Thanksgiving Day  · 11/26/2015


Robert Campos (#542) earned bragging rights.

In what has become an annual tradition for the OPRF Wrestling Huskies, the athletes (and whoever else chose to toe the line!) ran in the local Turkey Trot Thanksgiving Day Run. Robert Campos, a senior, was all smiles after finishing first.

From all of us involved with the Huskie Wrestling Family, we sincerely wish each and all of you a delightful, memorable, and safe Thanksgiving holiday.



Hornets stung: OPRF breezes past Harvard 60-6
Huskies earn a "mean thirteen" group of wins; OPRF seniors honored · 11/25/2015


Fireworks came early and often against the host Trojans. (photos by Jonna Borgdorff)  |

The Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew stormed out of the gates again Wednesday night. Tonight's victim: the Harvard Hornets. OPRF (2-0, 1-0) had all systems go and finished with a stellar 13-1 bout record on the evening..

The dual began at 160 pounds. Here's a rundown of the winners and weights: Drew Matticks (160), Chris Yen (170), Rolliann Sturkey (182), Allen Stallings (220), Christopher Middlebrooks (285), PJ Ogunsanya (106), Eddie Bolivar (113), Robert Campos (120), Anthony Madrigal (126), Gabe Townsell (132), Jack Fisher (138), Jaime Hernandez (145), and Michael Ordoņez (152). At 195 pounds, Elijah Osit battled hard but lost via pinfall.

The 60-6 dual victory marked the second consecutive (also in consecutive nights) big victory for the "Big" Huskies. On Tuesday, OPRF bounced DGN 60-3.

The evening also featured a Seniors' Night ceremony. Kamal Bey, an OPRF senior who over the summer announced a move to the Olympic Training Center, was among those who joined the festivities. Scroll below to view our photos from this warm Huskie-hearted delight. After the Harvard dual, Huskie Wrestling Family alumni and friends enjoyed relaxation...on the town!

There will be a break in competition on Thursday and Friday, but the whistles will once again blow this coming Saturday.

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!

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




2015-2016 Senior Night Photos

(Photos by Jonna Borgdorff)



One and won: OPRF crushes Downers North 60-3
Huskies take 13 bouts, blaze to 27th consecutive conference victory · 11/24/2015


Fireworks came early and often against the host Trojans. (photos by Jonna Borgdorff)  |

Huskie Nation experienced high anticipation leading up to tonight's premiere event of the 2015-2016 IHSA Wrestling season. Last year's #1 ranked (national) and #1 earned (Illinois) squad came out in full force against West Suburban (Silver) Conference foe Downers Grove North. From the first whistle, the Huskies dominated the 14-bout dual against the Trojans. DGN managed only one match victory, and this victory was won by only one match point. In the other individual contests, Varsity feasted on a delicious baker's dozen triumphs.

The dual began at 182 pounds. Returning state qualifier Rolliann Sturkey seized his opportunity in a major way by scoring a 12-4 four-team-point decision. A newly minted Huskie, Elijah Osit, was the second to toe the line. It was a valiant debut, but Elijah fell 5-4. Starting with the 220 pound match, the dual was an Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew express train of dominance.

Defensive football guru Allen Stallings scored another bonus point victory, 18-7. At heavyweight, Christopher Middlebrooks dispatched his opponent by fall -- the first pin of what will be many on this campaign. PJ Ogunsanya, a national calibur junior, kept the party rolling with a 13-6 decision over his 106-pound rival. Heralded freshman Eddie Bolivar scored another strong victory, a 16-4 tally, before senior team leader Bobby Campos nabbed the 120-pound bout by default. Halfway home, your OPRF Huskies led 27-3.

Anthony Madrigal controlled his opponent en route to a major decision win. Stanford signee Gabe Townsell flung his weight around (132 pounds) while earning a technical fall victory. At 138, Jack Fisher delivered a pinfall victory over his matched Trojan opponent. State medalist Jaime Hernandez barely worked a sweat in another technical fall win before Michael Ordonez (Indiana signee) earned a 10-point victory at 152 pounds. Drew Matticks, a junior, took his first Varsity win of the 2015-2016 season in strong, mat-slapping fashion prior to a dynamite concluding match: Chris Yen, a 170-pound senior, engaged in a tightly battled bout for (Huskie) pride. In a thrilling fashion, Chris earned a two-point overtime decision, thus ending the Huskies' 60-3 muscling of Downers Grove North. OPRF begins the season at 1-0, 1-0 in conference.

Wednesday: at home versus Harvard.

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





Week 01 Preview: Returning state/national champions are back
The 2015-2016 edition of Huskie Pride will explode on the scene this Tuesday · 11/24/2015


Tuesday, Nov 24 Wednesday, Nov 25 Saturday, Nov 28
  @ Downers Grove North, 6:00 pm
  [All Levels]
  4436 Main St
  Downers Grove, IL 60515
  vs. Harvard, 6:00 pm
  [All Levels]
  201 N. Scoville Ave
  Oak Park, IL 60302
  @ New Trier, 10:00 am
  385 Winnetka Ave
  Winnetka, IL 60093
      @ Glenbard North, 9:00 am
  [Junior Varsity 1 & 2]
      @ Maine South, 9:00 am
Tuesday | The 2015-2016 Oak Park & River Forest Huskies will begin their season on the road at conference challengers Downers Grove North. All levels will compete. Come out to be there from Day 1!!

Wednesday | The Huskies host the Harvard Hornets. Again, all levels will compete. Why miss this opportunity to see a read hot team in action...and to buy some Huskie Wrestling Gear!!

Thursday | Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!

Saturday | Three events are on the slate. Varsity visits New Trier (Winnetka). In this quad, the highlight dual is OPRF vs. defending class 1A state champion Dakota. Junior Varsity attends Glenbard North (Carol Stream) for a tournament. The Freshman squad travels northwest to Maine South (Park Ridge) for a day's affair.



Varsity lineup for the season kickoff vs. DGN!

Sponsor Weight Wrestler Year
 Marion Street Cheese Market  106  PJ Ogunsanya  Jr.
 Kleinman Family  113  Eddie Bolivar / Robert Campos  Fr. / Sr.
 Social Haven Marketing  120  Eddie Bolivar / Robert Campos  Fr. / Sr.  126  Anthony Madrigal  So.
 Everett Wealth Solutions  132  Gabe Townsell  Sr.
 The Dailey Method  138  Jaime Hernandez / Jack Fisher  Jr. / So.
 Synergy Homecare  145  Michael Ordonez / Jaime Hernandez  Sr. / Jr.
 O'Connor Nakos  152  Drew Matticks / Michael Ordonez  Jr. / Sr.
 Community Bank of Oak Park  160  Drew Matticks  Jr.
 West Cook YMCA  170  Chris Yen / Rolliann Sturkey  Sr. / Jr.
 Get Down Lounge  182  Rolliann Sturkey  Jr.
 Carnival Grocery  195  Elijah Osit  So.
 Beacom Lawncare, LLC  220  Allen Stallings  Sr.
 Currie Motors  285  Christopher Middlebrooks  Jr.


Special sponsors: Announcing this season's sponsors list
A Huskie heartfelt thank you to all of the sponsors; full list is on the Sponsors page · 11/22/2015



With the first competition right around the corner (Tuesday, Nov 24, 6:00 pm @ Downers Grove North), we're thrilled to announce this season's sponsorship list!! Below are the sponsorship logos for all Platinum, Gold, and Silver Levels. For more information about each business or association, you can click directly onto the logo to jump to the official website. Thank you to all of our sponsors for their kind support! To the viewers, please consider these businesses and associations if you have a need or desire to do so.

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Wrestler Preview: Varsity roster at-a-glance
The 2015-2016 squad is complete, ready to compete · 11/19/2015




(Written commentary by Huskie Coaching Staff)


PJ Ogunsanya: PJ is coming off a great summer where he was a Cadet Greco National Champion! He also placed 4th in Freestyle. PJ is a junior who has worked his weight up to be a solid 106 pounder. As PJ continues to push himself in the practice room, we know he will reach his goals on the mat.

Robert Campos: Robert is entering his senior year with a lot of confidence. After being a state qualifier his freshman year, Robert has been an over-qualified JV wrestler. Last year in the Team Dual semifinals, Robert major decisioned the 3rd place finisher at state the week before. Robert put in a great offseason and preseason; we will lean heavily on Robert to provide senior leadership.

Eddie Bolivar: Eddie is a freshman at OPRF and will compete in our room every day. We expect Eddie to learn a lot this year as he transitions from IKWF, where he placed 3rd at 101 lbs., into the high school grind. Eddie has already acclimated himself with the program, putting in a tremendous preseason in the weight room and wrestling room.

Jason Renteria: Jason begins his junior year excited to get things rolling. The two-time State and Ironman finalist has big goals for this upcoming season. Jason earned All-American status in both Greco and Freestyle National Championships. Jason is a grinder and his efforts in the practice room are improving steadily. Being a junior, Jason will be expected to help guide some of the younger guys on the team.

Anthony Madrigal: Anthony comes into his sophomore year after having a very good summer. Anthony was the National Runner-Up at the Cadet Freestyle National Championships this July. Anthony is looking forward to his second year in the varsity lineup and has big goals for this season. Anthony is an exceptional technician with a tremendous amount of athleticism; his effort in the room continues to build as he matures. We are excited for Anthony's sophomore year.

Gabe Townsell: Coming off a summer where he won his second Greco National Championship, Gabe is poised for a big senior year. Gabe pushes himself to be a better wrestler on a daily basis. Gabe is a vocal leader with a work ethic to back it up in the classroom, practice room, and weight room. As a senior, Gabe will continue to push himself and his teammates to get the most out of themselves. Next year, Gabe will be attending Stanford University. The Huskie Wrestling Family is very proud of Gabe and his commitment to being a true student-athlete.

Jaime Hernandez: After earning All-State honors as a sophomore, Jamie went right back to work and earned 3rd place at the Cadet Freestyle Championships. When Jaime wrestles with confidence he's one of the best in the country. His overall effort showcases the desire he possesses for growth in and out of the room. Jaime enters his junior year with aspirations for this season. His tireless work and commitment to being a student of the sport put him in a position to be a leader.

Michael Ordonez: Michael is a newcomer to the Huskie Wrestling Family. He is a senior transfer from York High School where he was a state qualifier. Michael is looking for success in his final year of high school and the more he continues to buy into Huskie Style wrestling, those successes will come. Michael signed a letter of intent to wrestle at Indiana University. This is great for Michael and his family!

Isaiah White: Two-time state champion Isaiah White is looking to be the first 3-time IHSA State Champion in OPRF History. More importantly, Isaiah will be pushed to be a leader in his final year in the program. Isaiah is showing more maturity as we enter the season; Isaiah prides himself on being a great teammate.

Drew Matticks: Drew Matticks is a junior with a lot of wrestling experience. Drew will get a lot of experience in his first year of varsity competition. After competing in the Cadet Freestyle Championships and being involved with other national level competitions, Drew is preparing himself to be a major player in our program.

Brian Holloway: Brian is another junior who will be in the mix this year. Brian is a very athletic young man, and he is very hard to score on. He pushes his teammates to wrestle harder in the room. We look forward to watching Brian continue to grow with more varsity experience this year.

Rolliann Sturkey: Rolliann is a junior and returning state qualifier. After bumping up two weight classes, Rolliann showed his toughness and athleticism by beating many of his much larger opponents. Rolliann is also a starting safety on the football team, and he will be coming of a very successful season. As he works himself back into wrestling shape, we expect Rolliann will step in and make a push to get on the stand in Champaign.

Chris Yen: As a senior, Chris will be one of the most influential leaders in our program. Chris made a decision last spring to put everything on the line and push himself harder than ever before. The result is a young man poised to finish his career as one of the most respected workers in our program. Chris is also a talented chef, and he earned an academic scholarship to Johnson & Wales University. We are extremely proud of the young man Chris has become.

Deundre Garner: Deundre will be competing at 182 this year as a junior. "Baby Dre", as we call him, is looking for a breakout year. This will be Dre's first year of varsity competition, but he is coming off his best off-season over the past three years. Dre is a tough young man and is looking forward to success this season.

Christian Brooks: Christian is a second year wrestler. He put in a tireless effort over the spring and summer where he participated in the Cadet Greco National Championships. Christian constantly asks questions and looks to improve his wrestling. Christian will get a lot of experience as a varsity wrestler this year.


Kendale McCoy: Kendale is another one of our seniors this season. Kendale made a commitment to working his way down to 195 in order to challenge for a varsity position. Kendale enters his final season in his best shape ever. Kendale worked on conditioning and strength training all summer. This fall he split time with the marching band, where he was the drum section leader. Kendale looks forward to pushing the younger wrestlers around him.

Max McDermott: Max is in his sophomore year, but he is no stranger to the wrestling program. Max did get minimal varsity experience as a freshman last year, earning his first varsity win. Max will continue to mature and look to battle for the starting spot at 195. 

Elijah Osit: Elijah is a sophomore transfer from California. He is a big, athletic young man. Elijah worked hard throughout the summer and preseason workouts. Elijah is adjusting to life in the OPRF Wrestling program very well. Elijah puts in extra time after practices and shows a true love for the sport.

Allen Stallings: Allen is a senior coming off a football season where he was awarded the WSC Defensive Lineman of the year. Allen is a talented two-sport athlete. He has qualified for state in his first three years of high school. He's come close to placing the past two years. Last year he had to default due to injury, so Allen is looking forward to a big senior year. Allen is our "tough guy" who matches his toughness with his ambition to be a winner. We look forward to Allen leading this team and stamping himself as another great OPRF "Big Guy".

Christopher Middlebrooks: Christopher starts his junior year as the Heavyweight. Christopher is coming off a spring and summer where he earned All-American status at two national tournaments. He is a competitive young man with very good defense. Christopher worked extremely hard this fall and is excited about pushing himself to improve in and out of the wrestling room.



Schedule at-a-glance: Preview Varsity dates and opponents
With only a few tinkers to the slate, the Huskies continue to wrestle a national schedule · 11/12/2015



It's that time! My heart beats quickly even now as I write these words. As you finalize your car pools, bus rides, hotel rooms, and perhaps even plane tickets, take a look at an overview of OPRF Varsity Wrestling dates and opponents this season.

Changes from a year ago: the Huskies added an additional dual date. This date will be the Penn, Indiana, dual on January 8th. Replacing St. Rita (from week one) is Harvard High School. It will be new head coach J.D. Oliva's debut competition with the Hornets. (You may remember J.D. Oliva from Video Infinity -- the production company which has produced several of OPRF's end-of-season highlight videos.) Returning to the schedule is the Detroit Central Catholic (Novi, MI) Super Duals event. The Marmion-Montini triangular date has been removed for 2015-2016.

As for the returning dates, the Huskies look to go a perfect 6-0 in conference play. At present, OPRF boasts 26 consecutive West Suburban Conference (Silver) victories. Class 1A power Dakota lurks at New Trier on November 28. Washington High School (friends of the show) is perhaps the cream of the crop in Class 2A. We will take a trip down to Washington on December 5. Some big-time national tournaments are in our sights: the Walsh Ironman individual tournament in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and the Clash dual team tournament in Rochester, Minnesota (shout out to Pannekoeken Restaurant!). The Orange & Blue won the Clash XIII competition a year ago.

Not listed on here are the IHSA playoff rounds. The Regionals begin on Saturday, February 6. Three weeks later, on February 27, three state champions will be crowned. The coronations will take place in Bloomington, Illinois, once again.

Please enjoy both parts of this schedule at-a-glance preview. In relentless pursuit and Huskie pride!!!


Direct Duals

Quads / Super Duals

 @ Downers Grove North*  11/24  @ New Trier  11/28  @ Walsh Ironman (OH)  12/11-12/12
 vs. Harvard  11/25  @ Washington  12/05  @ Hinsdale Central  12/18-12/19
 vs. Hinsdale Central*  12/04  @ Detroit Central Catholic, MI  01/09  @ The Clash (MN)  01/01-01/02
 @ Proviso West*  12/09  @ Sandburg  01/16  vs. Huskie Invitational  01/23
 @ Glenbard West*  01/07    
 @ Penn, IN  01/08    
 vs. York*  01/15    
 vs. Lyons Township*  01/22  * - conference opponent  

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



(Written commentary by Brian Tideman, webmaster)

@ Downers Grove North (Tue, Nov. 24)  |  Conference Dual
Opening night pits the Trojans versus the Huskies in a WSC-S conference showdown. DGN comes in as a perennial "middle-of-the-pack" finisher in conference standings, behind strong squads in Lyons Township and Hinsdale Central.

Downers Grove North Wrestling

vs. Harvard (Wed, Nov. 25)
A new opponent for the Huskies comes in the Hornets of Harvard. This Class 1A team will make the trek north. It will be interesting to see how the proceedings unfold with a new head coach at Harvard's helm.

Harvard Wrestling

@ New Trier / Quad (Sat, Nov 28)
New Trier, Dakota, and Schaumburg. While New Trier and Schaumburg are expected to have their moments, Class 1A powerhouse Dakota will the be highlight matchup. Dakota-OPRF will be a battle of two defending state champions (Class 1A, 3A respectively).

New Trier Wrestling  |  Dakota Wrestling

vs. Hinsdale Central (Fri, Dec 04)  |  Conference Dual
In the past several years, the Red Devils have been the second-place conference rival to the Huskies (Lyons would be the first). Their team has been serviceable to quite good during this time. My early prediction is that there will be a number of high excitement matches.

Hinsdale Central Wrestling

@ Washington / Quad (Sat, Dec 05)
If you follow offseason wrestling, you may be well aware of the talents that Washington head coach Bryan Medlin brings to the table -- er, mat. With Montini sliding up to Class 3A, many wrestling observers have Washington as the #1 Class 2A team in this state. This is a tough lineup, folks. There will be other schools at this event, so OPRF will be in action for more early December fun.

Washington Wrestling

vs. Proviso West (Wed, Dec 09)  |  Conference Dual
For years and years, Proviso West has never been a threat in the conference. They have had some great athletes (some have done quite well on the individual stage), but a solid (full!) team has been hard to come by. If past results are any indication, this may be the shortest dual of the season (measured in minutes).

Proviso West Wrestling

@ OHIO / Ironman Individual Tournament (Fri-Sat, Dec 11-12)
This tournament is a national tournament -- and perhaps the national tournament -- of high caliber. What's interesting here is that not only do high schools send full lineup cards to Cuyahoga Falls, OH, but many programs only send a handful of wrestlers to compete against a loaded field. Last year, Isaiah White took home the first tournament title for OPRF. You can be sure that the Huskies will look to add a few more bracket boards and titles to their accomplishments.


@ Hinsdale Central / Whitlach Individual Tournament (Fri-Sat, Dec 18-19)
"Out of the frying pan and into the fire...." A speedy turnaround pits Varsity in another high profile tournament. This is a local affair, but it is on par with the best tournaments in Illinois. The Huskies have done quite well here, winning all three chapters since OPRF first entered the fray in 2012-2013. Around twenty-four squads will toe the line in this two day battle.

Hinsdale Central Wrestling

@ MINNESOTA / Clash Dual Team Tournament (Fri-Sat, Jan 01-02)
Many, but not all, of the nation's premier teams will trek to Rochester, Minnesota, to enter a multiple-bracketed tournament to determine a sole winner. The Huskies return to this 32 team dual team tournament as returning champs. Illinois will be well-represented here, with five additional representatives: Dakota, Glenbard North, Lincoln-Way Central, Marmion Academy, and Washington. If you enjoy selection shows, there will be one for the premier teams in this tournament. In order to spread out the team talent in early rounds, the rankings committee will pre-sort teams. OPRF looks to be seeded at or near the top.

The Clash

@ Glenbard West (Thu, Jan 07)  |  Conference Dual
Figuring out the Hilltoppers of recent has been a little perplexing. Their gridiron talent lends itself to more than a few terrifying grapplers. Is Glenbard West a rising power, or have they plateaued? An improvement in the links strengthens the chain, so let's hope that Glenbard West continues to march up that hill.

Glenbard West Wrestling

@ Penn, IN (Fri, Jan 08)
Nobody called, "No short stops!" OPRF will jaunt to Michigan for the DCC duals (see below), but on the way they will have a competitive layover at Penn High School in Mishawaka, Indiana. The Kingsmen will host the Huskies in OPRF's lone visit to the Hoosier state. Penn did quite well in the Indiana state championships from 2014-2015: they took home the team title.

Penn Wrestling

@ Detroit Catholic Central, MI / Dual Team Super Duals (Sat, Jan 09)
This is the fourth and final out-of-state date for the Orange & Blue. The Huskies will return to this event after a one-year hiatus. Some local and non-local squads have traditionally been present. You may remember an OPRF victory over Montini two years ago at these Super Duals. If you've got the time, come out to beautiful (but perhaps white) Michigan!

Detroit Catholic Central Wrestling

vs. York (Fri, Jan 15)  |  Conference Dual
OPRF and York have had some battles over the years. In my student years, I remember witnessing a time when the Dukes picked up a flurry of falls over our Orange & Blue Crew. In recent action, York has been an above average squad among Illinois schools but a sub-.500 finisher in the conference.

York Wrestling

@ Sandburg / Dual Team Tournament (Sat, Jan 16)
Is Sandburg our first and foremost rival? Fans, parents, and coaches could tell tales of clashes between both of these blue-colored teams. Perhaps the better question is...will OPRF and Sandburg meet? Also lurking in the grass is Marmion Academy. Some individuals have OPRF, Sandburg, and Marmion as the #1-3 teams in Class 3A (in some order). This event could showcase a preview of a medal round match at Dual Team State.

Carl Sandburg Wrestling

vs. Lyons Township (Fri, Jan 22)  |  Conference Dual

If you remember tales between Sandburg and OPRF, surely you're acquainted with lore between the Huskies and the Lions. LT has had young, talented wrestlers for some time. Well, these wrestlers are rising. Lyons may be primed to take a big step forward in their season accomplishments.

Lyons Township Wrestling

vs. OPRF / Individual Tournament (Sat, Jan 23)
I think the expression is, "The toughest little tournament in the country." That's the aim of the Huskie coaching staff. With Oak Park as a destination of programs near and far, talent is stuffed to the brim for this dandy. Lyons, Arrowhead (WI), Marmion, and Fort Zumwalt West (MO) are a few that have visited in recent seasons. The roads may be covered in white just as the action will be white hot inside 201 N. Scoville.

OPRF Wrestling

@ IHSA State Series: Regional, Sectional, Individual, and Dual Team (Sat, Feb 06-27)
OPRF's regional, sectional, and team sectional (for team qualifiers) sites are yet to be determined. In the past many years, the Huskies have had mountains of success in the state series. Once again, the Huskies will have the right to offer fourteen competitors (one in each of the fourteen IHSA weight classes) for playoff advancement. The state series culminates in in Bloomington, Illinois (shout out to the Fightin' Titans!), at the US Cellular Coliseum.

IHSA State Series



It's go time: The IHSA Wrestling Season has finally arrived!
Huskie Pride and Pursuit, once again, will be on full display through February  · 11/09/2015




It's here!!

After more than eight months of waiting (not just waiting, of course), the wrestling season is finally upon us! Monday, November 9, is the first official day of the IHSA wrestling campaign. In two weeks, schools can compete in their first interscholastic competitions. For the Huskies, their first "game date" is on Tuesday, November 24, when they visit Downers Grove North. The Trojans are a conference opponent, if you're not familiar with the West Suburban Silver Conference.

Stay tuned to as we lay the informational groundwork for another unforgettable season. Much more to come in short order.

"Orange & Blue...Orange & Blue...Orange & Blue...WRECKING CREW!"



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