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2018-2019 Regular Season

 
 

 Heavy metal: Lower levels end at WSC Silver/Gold tourneys
Junior Varsity, Sophomore, Freshman, Girl units all in action on a culminating Saturday · 01/26/2019

 

     

Huskie Freshman (left) and Girls (right) teams represented the Orange & Blue.

 
On Saturday, the IHSA regular season came to a close across the state. While most Varsity squads squared off in their respective conference tournaments, the Huskies' Varsity team had no conference bracket boards to pursue. However, the Orange & Blue did send their grapplers to the West Suburban Conference (Silver & Gold) championships that took place in the Chicagoland area. The Junior Varsity, Sophomore, and Freshman competitions were held at Hinsdale South, Hinsdale Central, and Lyons Township, respectively. In addition, the Girls wrestled in an invitational. Read about all tournaments below, and follow down to the tables to see full individual results. Don't forget to view event pics from all of Saturday's action on the OPRF Wrestling Instagram page.

In the Junior Varsity clash, the Huskies earned third place with 132.0 points. A tick ahead of OPRF was Lyons Township with 132.5 points. In the top spot was York. The Dukes settled with 142.5 points on the day. Twelve of the fourteen West Suburban Conference schools competed, with Addison Trail and Proviso West absent. In all, the Wrecking Crew entered fifteen high schoolers. Of them, three were crowned champions! Winning were Zavien Stewart (106), Spencer Abbott (195), and Fabian Gonzalez (285). Runners-up were David Deyro (126), Max Walton (132), and Cam Rigden (170). The lone third-place finisher was Johnny Valaika (182).

The Sophomore finals contained fourteen Huskie wrestlers. Three finished with personal titles: Sam Deyro (120), Stephon Carr (145), and Adrian Palmares (182). Two earned second: Matt Meyering (106), and Malcolm Gray (220). Zion Long (195) garnered third place as the Huskie squad also earned a third place team finish.

For Freshman, Jalen Dunson (120) and Jackson Hughes N'Cho Allepot-a (220) conquered the field. Amari Blanchard (106) and Allyn Johnson (195) secured runner-up finishes. Bryan Garcia (145) took home both a third place medal as well as the top tournament performer in falls with 4 pins in his victories. As a team, Frosh finished in fifth place in the rankings.

The OPRF Wrestling Girls unit also toed the line on Saturday. They traveled to Shepard High School for a multi-team invitational. The Huskies blazed to the team title! Seven OPRF girls competed and all placed. Tiffany White was champion, Aliyah Aldridge and Kennedi Dickens took second. Lila Stratman finished third. The other placers were Camila Neuman (4th), Amarii Badejo (5th), and Sadie Sheer (7th). Way to go, ladies! The girls' weights listed in the tables below are unofficial.

For some, the contestants on Saturday may have wrestled their match of the IHSA season. However, there are some important facts to know about the subtleties of February. Wrestlers of all levels may be called upon to fill in at the Lane Regional on Saturday or to compete in the Dual Team State Series, should Oak Park & River Forest qualify for it via a regional victory on Saturday at Lane.

Taking a peek at what will come after the IHSA season, the Frosh-Soph and Girls State Championships will take place. Its final event will culminate in Springfield, on March 9-10. Expect several Huskies to test their mettle against their peers on the way to Springfield.

 

 
 

WSC Championships | Junior Varsity | TW | IG

 Wrestler  Year  Weight  Place
 Zavien Stewart  Freshman  106  1st
 Owen Baker  Sophomore  106  4th
 Malakai Riley  Junior  120  DNP
 David Deyro  Senior  126  2nd
 Marcelo Acevedo  Sophomore  126  DNP
 Max Walton  Senior  132  2nd
 Ethan France  Sophomore  132  DNP
 Gil Galindo  Junior  145  DNP
 Kaius Floyd  Sophomore  152  DNP
 Evan Carter  Sophomore  160  DNP
 Cam Rigden  Senior  170  2nd
 Johnny Valaika  Junior  182  3rd
 Spencer Abbott  Junior  195  1st
 Fabian Gonzalez  Junior  285  1st
 Khalil Delaney  Junior  285  4th
 Team      3rd
 

WSC Championships | Sophomore | IG

 Wrestler  Year  Weight  Place
 Adam Raducha  Sophomore  99  4th
 Matt Meyering  Sophomore  106  2nd
 Ruben Hernandez  Sophomore  113  6th
 Sam Deyro  Sophomore  120  1st
 Max Cagnina  Sophomore  126  4th
 Holden Ranker  Sophomore  132  DNP
 Nyle Pascascio  Sophomore  138  4th
 Stephon Carr  Sophomore  145  1st
 Jaiden Brown  Sophomore  152  DNP
 Ethan Domenz  Sophomore  160  DNP
 Adrian Palmares  Sophomore  182  1st
 Zion Long  Sophomore  195  3rd
 Malcolm Gray  Sophomore  220  2nd
 Rigo Guzman  Sophomore  285  DNP
 Team      3rd
 
 
 

WSC Championships | Freshman | IG

 Wrestler  Year  Weight  Place
 Amari Blanchard  Freshman  106  2nd
 Reid Butterly  Freshman  106  DNP
 Tommy Sullivan  Freshman  113  4th
 Eric Jackson  Freshman  113  DNP
 Jalen Dunson  Freshman  120  1st
 Alex Todd  Freshman  126  DNP
 Dario Munoz  Freshman  132  DNP
 Alex Yu  Freshman  138  DNP
 Bryan Garcia  Freshman  145  3rd
 Lucas Plancon  Freshman  160  DNP
 Allyn Johnson  Freshman  195  2nd
 Jackson Hughes
 N'Cho Allepot-a
 Freshman  220  1st
 Team      5th
 

Shepard Invitational | Girls | IG

 Wrestler  Year  Weight  Place
 Camila Neuman  Freshman  106-111  4th
 Aliyah Aldridge  Freshman  111-117  2nd
 Sadie Sheer  Freshman  111-117  7th
 Tiffany White  Freshman  127  1st
 Amarii Badejo  Freshman  138  5th
 Lila Stratman  Senior  138  3rd
 Kennedi Dickens  Freshman  285  2nd
 Team      1st
 
 

 

 Storm on through: Huskies take Varsity, Girls titles; Freshman 7th
Despite the snow, tournament winners were awarded on Saturday; Jan. 27 is the Little Huskies event · 01/19/2019

 

      

The Huskies hosted three tournaments on Saturday.

 
The snowstorm this weekend affected many wrestling events across this state and quite a few more. Unfortunately, each of the three tournaments that were hosted by the Oak Park & River Forest High School community were affected. Despite several squads unable to attend, the three tournaments (Varsity, Freshman, and Girls) ended successfully for those in attendance. In a tournament that ended up as a round robin format, the Varsity team title was won by Team Orange & Blue. The Huskies earned 146.5 points, closely outpointing Christian Brothers (144.5) with Dakota (130.5), and Arrowhead (104.5) following next. Plainfield Central and OPRF-JV were the final two teams competing in Varsity. Jake Rundell (113), Josh Ogunsanya (126), Torry Early (138), Jaylan Pascascio (220), and Ashford Hollis (285) were the five bracket winners for the Huskies.

For the Freshman event, 13 schools attended. The top four finishers were Reavis (153.0 points), Morton (131.0), Rolling Meadows (111.0), and St. Rita (110.5). The Huskies earned a 7th place finish behind Evanston and Maine West who tied. Riverside-Brookfield, Notre Dame, Taft, Niles West, Christian Brothers, and Fenwick completed the team score scroll in descending order. Jalen Dunson (120) was the Huskies' lone victor at Freshman.

The Girls wrestling event was a great chance for female wrestlers to showcase their skills as girls wrestling becomes more and more popular on state and national levels. OPRF took home the gold here, as their 54.0 points edged the 52.0 points of Morton. The other six high schools that took part in the Girls competition (listed in descending order of finish) were Maine East, Taft, Niles West, Riverside-Brookfield, Evanston, and Maine West. Huskie Girl champions were Tiffany White (127), Lila Stratman (138), and Kennedi Dickens (285).

 

 
 

OPRF Varsity Invitational Results | TrackWrestling

 Wrestler  Year  Weight  Place
 Connor Nagela  Sophomore  106  2nd
 Jake Rundell  Junior  113  1st
 Nico Bolivar  Junior  120  2nd
 Josh Ogunsanya  Junior  126  1st
 Eddie Bolivar  Senior  132  2nd
 Torry Early  Senior  138  1st
 Joe Chapman  Junior  152  2nd
 Cameron Rigden  Senior  170  6th
 Daemyen
 Middlebrooks
 Junior  182  5th
 Spencer Abbott  Junior  195  3rd
 Jaylan Pascascio  Senior  220  1st
 Ashford Hollis  Senior  285  1st
 

OPRF JV Invitational Results | TrackWrestling

 Wrestler  Year  Weight  Place
 Zavien Stewart  Sophomore  106  3rd
 Sam Deyro  Sophomore  120  5th
 David Deyro  Senior  126  4th
 Nyle Pascascio  Sophomore  138  5th
 Gil Galindo  Junior  145  6th
 Tory Mahler  Sophomore  160  3rd
 Adrian Palmares  Sophomore  182  4th
 Malcolm Gray  Sophomore  220  3rd
 Fabian Gonzalez  Junior  285  3rd
 
 
 

OPRF Frosh Invitational Results | TrackWrestling

 Wrestler  Year  Weight  Place
 Amari Blanchard  Freshman  106  2nd
 Reid Butterly  Freshman  106  4th
 Tommy Sullivan  Freshman  113  DNP
 Jalen Dunson  Freshman  120  1st
 Dario Munoz  Freshman  132  DNP
 Alex Yu  Freshman  138  DNP
 Xavier Godwin  Freshman  145  3rd
 Ezra Siegler  Freshman  152  4th
 Bryan Garcia  Freshman  152  DNP
 Lucas Plancon  Freshman  160  6th
 Ali Gamal  Freshman  170  DNP
 Allyn Johnson  Freshman  182  4th
 Jackson Hughes
 N'Cho Allepot-a
 Freshman  220  DNP
 

OPRF Girls Invitational Results | TrackWrestling

 Wrestler  Year  Weight  Place
 Camila Neuman  Freshman  106-111  3rd
 Aliyah Aldridge  Freshman  111-117  2nd
 Sadie Sheer  Freshman  111-117  5th
 Sofi Bosco  Freshman  122  2nd
 Tiffany White  Freshman  127  1st
 Lila Stratman  Senior  138  1st
 Amarii Badejo  Freshman  138  3rd
 Kennedi Dickens  Freshman  285  1st
 
 

 

Success in the red zone: OPRF topples Hinsdale C., WSC-Silver
Huskies secure eighth straight conference title; big home tri-tournament on Saturday · 01/17/2019

 
        

The Huskies secure eighth straight conference title in Hinsdale. (photos by Jamil Shhmart) 

 
With a combination of starters and reserves, the Oak Park & River Forest wrestling team continued their dominance of the 7-team West Suburban (Silver) Conference by a 49-30 result over the Red Devils of Hinsdale Central. This win is the 20th consecutive in conference, and the Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew have now earned at least a share of the conference championship since 2011-2012.

The OPRF-HC dual began at 113 pounds. In the first four bouts, the two units bounced 6-point wins. Jake Rundell (120) and Nico Bolivar (126) each earned pins. The Huskies entered no 132-pounder. Prior to the 138 bout, the score was tied at 12. Momentum was on OPRF's side at 138 (major decision by Eddie Bolivar) and at 145 (pin by Torry Early). Falls continued as the next six matchups were split again -- each side gaining three pinfalls. For the Huskies, Joe Chapman (160), Spencer Abbott (195), and Jaylan Pascascio (220) all earned this distinction. With two bouts to go, Huskies needed a win at 285 to guarantee a victory while holiding a 10-point lead, 40-30. Ashford Hollis did not disappoint, and his first period pin victory put this dual in the win column for the Collins Cadets. Zavien Stewart added another decision win for good measure at 106 pounds, winning 3-0. Non-winning Varsity wrestlers on the night were Connor Nagela (113), Stephon Carr (152), Cameron Ridgen (170), and Adrian Palmares (182).

The dual victory ends OPRF's regular season dual record at 23-3 and a perfect 6-0 in conference play. Up next is Saturday's tri-tournament: Varsity, Freshman, and Girls. This will take place at the very friendly confines of the OPRF Field House. If you brave the snow, be safe! More details about the day's events are listed below.

 

 

 Home again: Huskie invite highlights weekend, at Hinsdale C. Thu
Varsity ends its regular season this week, "The Biggest Little Tournament" returns to OPRFHS · 01/17/2019

 

   

In recent years, OPRF Wrestling's colors have been orange, blue, and silver.

 
Ladies and gentlemen, we are hustling through another IHSA chapter book. We haven't yet arrived at the climax, and we surely are continuing to develop our characters. This week marks the final week of the regular season for the Varsity Huskies. For the lower levels, they hold their conference championships one week from Saturday. Jump forward a Saturday further, and it will be the beginning of the IHSA State Series. In other words, the postseason is coming! Much more on this will be revealed as we approach February.

Alas, let's focus on this week. Tonight, the Huskies (all levels) travel to Hinsdale Central to take on the Red Devils with sights set on an undefeated West Suburban-Silver Conference title. On Saturday, Varsity and Freshman squads will hold simultaneous individual tournaments in what has become an annual tradition in the Huskie wrestling program (and within the OPRF Field House walls). Is it just me, or have we seen a lot of orange and blue on the walls of buildings surrounding wrestling events this year? Hey, I'm not complaining!

In an aside, InterMat Wrestling upgraded Oak Park & River Forest's wrestling team to the #20 squad in the country in its latest rankings, dated January 16. Poway, whom OPRF defeated last weekend, was listed as #22. Of Illinois programs, #5 Montini, #18 Chicago Mt. Carmel, and #39 Marmion also made the top 50 cut.

Remember, at Hinsdale Central on Thursday (all levels). At HOME on Saturday.

 
Huskie Invitational - Varsity Huskie Invitational - Freshman Huskie Invitational - Girls
View on TrackWrestling View on TrackWrestling View on TrackWrestling
Teams: Teams: Teams:
Arrowhead (WI), Christian Brothers (MO), Crystal Lake Central, Crystal Lake South, Dakota, Huntley, Minooka, OPRF-Varsity, OPRF-JV, Plainfield Central, Plainfield East, Urbana Christian Brothers (MO), Crown Point (IN), Evanston, Huntley, Loyola, Maine West, Morton, Niles West, Notre Dame, OPRF-Freshman, Reavis, Riverside-Brookfield, Rolling Meadows, St. Rita, Taft Arrowhead (WI), Christian Brothers (MO), Crown Point (IN), Crystal Lake Central, Crystal Lake South, Dakota, Evanston, Huntley, Loyola, Maine East, Maine West, Minooka, Morton, Niles West, OPRF-Girls, Plainfield Central, Plainfield East, Reavis, Riverside-Brookfield, Rolling Meadows, Taft
 

 

Day of champions: Huskies finish 1-3, host epic BTS event
Beat the Streets Chicago and OPRFHS combine forces on a majestic success · 01/12/2019

 
       

The BTS-OPRF event was 12+ hours of wrestling magic!

 
In a complete event, unlike any before it, Oak Park & River Forest's Field House contained a full day of activities for young, old, and everyone in between. TrackWrestling was there to record the results and to videotape the goings on throughout the day. About those Varsity squads, a simple glance at the national rankings of the five stellar units told you that it wouldn't be a walk in the park for any team. Each individual was going to scrap for every point while being guided by top notch coaches who traveled from far and wide for an opportunity at team growth, to make a difference, and -- let's face it -- to have fun.

After a meat-grinder of a day, the dust settled with Lake Highland Prep (FL) being the top finisher after securing an unblemished 4-0 dual record. The Huskies were able to show their mettle and defeated Poway (CA), a team ranked higher than OPRF on InterMat's national rankings, by a 33-28 tally. That was all that Team Orange & Blue could muster, however, as the Huskies followed that victory by losses to Bergen (NJ) 38-24, Lake Highland Prep (FL) 42-21, and Montini 40-24.

With those results, the Scoville Scurriers now hold a 22-3 overall dual record. For full results, see below and visit BTS on TrackWrestling. To learn more about Beat the Streets Chicago, visit BTS Chicago online.

Event photos | Go to Huskie Wrestling on Facebook for photos.

Event article | Read an Illinois Matmen article, includes video from the event.

 

 
Duals Results
Guaranteed Places


1st Place - Lake Highland Prep
2nd Place
- Bergen Catholic
3rd Place
- Montini Catholic
4th Place
- Oak Park River Forest
5th Place
- Poway High School


Round 1

Oak Park River Forest defeated Poway High School 33-28.
Lake Highland Prep defeated Montini Catholic 31-30.
Bergen Catholic defeated null 0-0.

Round 2

Bergen Catholic defeated Oak Park River Forest 38-24.
Montini Catholic defeated Poway High School 31-24.
Lake Highland Prep defeated null 0-0.
Round 3

Lake Highland Prep defeated Oak Park River Forest 42-21.
Bergen Catholic defeated Poway High School 45-18.
Montini Catholic defeated null 0-0.

Round 4

Lake Highland Prep defeated Poway High School 44-21.
Bergen Catholic defeated Montini Catholic 43-18.
Oak Park River Forest defeated null 0-0.

Round 5

Montini Catholic defeated Oak Park River Forest 40-24.
Lake Highland Prep defeated Bergen Catholic 39-29.
Poway High School defeated null 0-0.
 

 

Silver streakin': OPRF continues to befuddle WSC, defeats York 44-28
Huskies earn fifth victory in the West Suburban Conference (Silver); Beat the Streets mega tourney is Saturday · 01/11/2019

 
     

The Huskies vaulted past the York Dukes on Friday night. (photos by Jamil Shhmart) 

 
After the Huskies scored a big interstate dual team tournament victory (last weekend at The Clash in Rochester, Minnesota), their dual caravan keeps churning downhill in preparation of a very big (and very local) dual team event on Saturday. On Friday night, OPRF (21-0, 5-0) continued on the path to gold in the WSC-Silver Conference. The Orange & Blue need only to outpoint the Hinsdale Central Red Devils on January 17 to claim an undefeated run through the conference in 2018-2019.

Oak Park & River Forest visited York, neighbors to the west, and conquered their Varsity squad by a tally of 44-28. York features a new head coach this year, Nicholas Metcalf. On this night anyway, OPRF spoiled his debut against the Huskies.

On Saturday (all day) is a BIG-TIME wrestling event in Oak Park at OPRFHS. It is the Beat the Streets event that has created a lot of buzz in the local wrestling community and across the country. Although the day's events begin with a kid's clinic at 8:30 am, the Huskies will battle five nationally ranked opponents starting at 11 am (listed in order of competition): #17 Poway (CA), #4 Bergen (NJ), #9 Lake Highland Prep (FL), and #5 Montini. OPRF is ranked #28 in InterMat's most recent rankings. The Montini Broncos are also in Illinois's Class 3A division, you'll remember.

Each team will have a staggered bye round on the day; the Huskies will rest after their LHP dual. So, the schedule has the Huskies wrestling at 11 am (vs. Poway), 1 pm (vs. Bergen), 3 pm (vs. Lake Highland Prep), 5 pm (bye), and 7:30 pm (vs. Montini). For more information, scroll down below. Don't forget to buy your multiple entry tickets and cheer on the Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew!

 

 
 
 
Beat the cold, Beat the Streets on Saturday | This weekend will be another big one. On Friday night, all levels visit York. On Saturday, Beat the Streets Chicago will hold its marquee event at the OPRF Fieldhouse! Duals will be held at 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm, and 7:30 pm; Montini (IL), Bergen Catholic (NJ), Poway (CA), and Lake Highland Prep (FL) will all join Oak Park & River Forest for an unforgettable day. There is even an exhibition show with OPRF alums Ellis Coleman and Kamal Bey at 7 PM. It's an all day affair, and from 8:30-11:00 am there is a youth clinic and exhibition led by Illinois wrestling legend Tony Ramos. Tickets are $10, so buy your Beat the Streets tickets today!

Beat the Streets audio preview | Listen up! Beat the Streets Chicago director Mike Powell speaks with David Mirikitani about the HUGE upcoming Beat the Streets event in Oak Park this coming Saturday. Jump to TrackWrestling and listen to the Mike Powell BTS phone interview!

Watch online | If you can't visit OPRF's Field House, follow results (free) or watch live & archived bouts (pay) at BTS on TrackWrestling.

Event preview | Read an event preview on OakPark.com.

 

 

Clash of the titan: OPRF wears the crown at Clash XVII
 Huskies steamroll the competition on Saturday; Rundell and Bolivar named all-tourney · 01/05/2019

 

Huskies pose after claiming Clash title. (photo via Clash website)

 
At The Clash XVII's dual team tournament, Oak Park & River Forest came to play. The Huskies, InterMat's #27-ranked team in the nation, lapped the competition on the event's second day. Team Orange & Blue stormed through the First Bracket on Saturday night, easily handling three out of state opponents: Waverly-Shell Rock (IA) 49-17, Vacaville (CA) 51-16, and Shakopee (MN) 51-17. Coincidently, the 2nd-4th place finishers were the Huskies' opponents in the same order, with the Iowans, Californians, and Minnesotans rounding out the top four.

It was a group effort, but several Huskies finished the weekend undefeated: Jake Rundell (5-0 at 113), Malakye Rodriguez (3-0 at 113/120), Nico Bolivar (5-0 at 120/126), Eddie Bolivar (5-0 at 132/138), and Ashford Hollis (6-0 at 285). Jake Rundell and Nico Bolivar were awarded All-Tournament recognition.

This is the second Clash tournament victory for OPRF, who also won the Minnesota tourney in the 2014-2015 season. You may remember that the Huskies claimed the top spot in the country at the end of that high school season.

Direct links | The Clash XVII Home | Live and archived results on TrackW | Photo Gallery (PostBulletin)

 

 

 
Beat the cold, Beat the Streets on Saturday | This weekend will be another big one. On Friday night, all levels visit York. On Saturday, Beat the Streets Chicago will hold its marquee event at the OPRF Fieldhouse! Duals will be held at 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm, and 7:30 pm; Montini (IL), Bergen Catholic (NJ), Poway (CA), and Lake Highland Prep (FL) will all join Oak Park & River Forest for an unforgettable day. There is even an exhibition show with OPRF alums Ellis Coleman and Kamal Bey at 7 PM. It's an all day affair, and from 8:30-11:00 am there is a youth clinic and exhibition led by Illinois wrestling legend Tony Ramos. Tickets are $10, so buy your Beat the Streets tickets today!

Beat the Streets audio preview | Listen up! Beat the Streets Chicago director Mike Powell speaks with David Mirikitani about the HUGE upcoming Beat the Streets event in Oak Park this coming Saturday. Jump to TrackWrestling and listen to the Mike Powell BTS phone interview!

Watch online | If you can't visit OPRF's Field House, follow results (free) or watch live & archived bouts (pay) at BTS on TrackWrestling.

 

 

Rockin' in Rochester: OPRF duels the field in The Clash XVII
 Huskies enter as one of the favorites this year, earn #1-seed in Bracket D · 01/02/2019

 

The Clash is a yearly staple in Rochester, Minnesota.

 
It's 2019, and it's time to live the dream! New year, new challenge.... The Huskies begin 2019 with two days of action in Rochester, Minnesota, in what has become a winter trek in recent years. On Jan 4-5, the Huskies compete in a 32-team dual team tournament, with 8 teams competing in each of 4 brackets on day one. The place of each school in day one's bracket will dictate day two's round robin format of 4 squads each. For example, all four bracket winners (A, B, C, D) will go head-to-head on Saturday; all four 2nd place schools will lock horns; all 3rd place, etc.

On day one this year, OPRF wrestles in the afternoon session (4 pm, 6 pm, 8 pm). Expect the Huskies to wrestle in the second session again on Saturday. Let's go, Huskies!

[UPDATE] After Day 1 | Final four! The Orange & Blue brought their wrecking balls north to Rochester, Minnesota, on Friday night. The Huskies toppled all three of their opponents to win Bracket D, where OPRF had been seeded #1 in that 8-team tournament. In succession, Oak Park & River Forest hurdled Rochester Mayo (MN) 63-12, Burlington (WI) 56-16, and Owatonna (MN) 37-34. On Saturday, OPRF will tangle with the three other bracket winners in a round robin format to determine overall tournament places one through four: vs. Waverly-Shell Rock (IA) at 4 pm, vs. Vacaville (CA) at 6 pm, and vs. Shakopee (MN) at 8 pm. Let's charge on, hustlin' Huskies!

Direct links | The Clash XVII Home | Live and archived results on TrackW

 

 

Ready Eddie: OPRF Wrestling Century Club welcomes Eddie Bolivar
132-pound senior surpassed 100 Varsity wins at the Powerade Tournament this weekend · 12/30/2018

 

Eddie, pictured in his Whitlach finals win, joins "the club." (photo by Jamil Shhmart)

 
Eddie Bolivar is looking to cap off his senior season in style. As a freshman, Eddie contributed and helped the Huskies to a 22-10 record. As a sophomore, he competed in the individual state series and earned a ticket to Champaign with a tally of 20-11. Last year, Eddie finished as a state runner-up in the 132-pound weight class and a 41-10 bout record. During the current campaign, Eddie's win-loss total sits at 19-1.

Altogether, Eddie sits at 102-32 and expects his win total to grow substantially before March. Congratulations, Eddie!

To view all of the OPRF Wrestling Century Club members, go to our Wall of Fame page.

 

 

Huskie powerful: OPRF finishes 2nd at 52-team Powerade tourney
The Orange & Blue place six wrestlers in the 2018 Powerade individual tournament in Canonsburg, PA · 12/28/2018

 

OPRF scores team silver. (photo via Powerade / Wrestling Report)

 
The OPRF Huskie Wrestling trip to Pennsylvania was a success. Although OPRF did not win the team gold this past weekend, they did finish second among all squads and gained some valuable experience as the season continues into January.

2018 Powerade | Tournament home | Live text results | Live video (subscription)

For a schedule of the rounds, click on the tournament home page above.

 

 
 

Powerade Invitational Results | 106-145

 Wrestler  Year  Weight  Place
 Connor Nagela  Sophomore  106  DNP
 Jake Rundell  Junior  113  3rd
 Nico Bolivar  Junior  120  5th
 Josh Ogunsanya  Junior  126  5th
 Eddie Bolivar  Senior  132  3rd
 Torry Early  Senior  138  DNP
 Open  --  145  --
 

Powerade Invitational Results | 152-285

 Wrestler  Year  Weight  Place
 Joe Chapman  Junior  152  DNP
 Jake Cagnina  Senior  160  DNP
 Open  --  170  --
 Daemyen
 Middlebrooks
 Junior  182  6th
 Brian Ziech  Senior  195  DNP
 Jaylan Pascascio  Senior  220  DNP
 Ashford Hollis  Senior  285  4th
 
 

 

Power up: Huskies hope to flex muscles in Pennsylvania
OPRF wrestles in the 2018 Powerade individual tournament in Canonsburg, PA · 12/28/2018

 

OPRF competes at Canon-McMillan HS (Pennsylvania).

 
...And we're back! Varsity continues its 2018-2019 season with a 52-team tournament in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, this Friday and Saturday. Multiple states are represented in the Powerade Wrestling Tournament, where the Orange & Blue attempt to be tops in the team competition. You can follow the results online (see below). Let's go, Huskies!

2018 Powerade | Tournament home | Live text results | Live video (subscription) | Tournament preview

For a schedule of the rounds, click on the tournament home page above.

 

 

Huskie Hurricane: OPRF spins webs of gold to earn Whitlach title
Rundell, Bolivar(s), Ogunsanya, Middlebrooks victorious; Early, Lingen, Chapman, Ziech finish top 3 · 12/15/2018

 

OPRF ran away with the Whitlach team title. (photo via OPRF W on Instagram) 

 
Up to now, the 2018-2019 IHSA Season has been perfect for the Huskies. After a Thursday win over Glenbard West, Oak Park & River Forest (14-0, 4-0) took part in the 24-team Rex Whitlach Invitational at Hinsdale Central High School. Entering only a dozen wrestlers, the numbers settled in OPRF's favor with a convincing win over the field. Jake Rundell (113), Nico Bolivar (120), Peter Ogunsanya (126), and Eddie Bolivar (132) swept four weights before Daemyen Middlebrooks (182) also topped his bracket. Joe Chapman (152) gained a runner-up finish. In all, 11 Huskies ended their day in the top four, and the Scoville Scurriers tallied 293.0 team points. DeKalb (239.5) and Sandburg (197.0) followed the Huskies.

To see the final brackets, jump to IL Wrestle's Whitlach final standings and results. For the team and individual champion photos, you may jump to Illinois Matmen's Whitlach article.

Pic-ing favorites | See Jamil Shhmart's photos at Rex Whitlach and at home versus Glenbard West.

Video games | Mick Torres posted the HC's final round video on YouTube. Jump to the medal round video on YouTube!

Power up | After a frenetic competition schedule, OPRF Varsity will now take a two week rest from interscholastic events. On December 28-29, the Huskies will test their mettle at the Powerade Invitational (Canonsburg, PA) against top national competition. For other OPRF Wrestling levels of competition, visit our Schedule page.

 

 
 

Whitlach Invitational Results | 106-145

 Wrestler  Year  Weight  Place
 Zavien Stewart  Sophomore  106  DNP
 Jake Rundell  Junior  113  1st
 Nico Bolivar  Junior  120  1st
 Josh Ogunsanya  Junior  126  1st
 Eddie Bolivar  Senior  132  1st
 Torry Early  Senior  138  3rd
 Open  --  145  --
 

Whitlach Invitational Results | 152-285

 Wrestler  Year  Weight  Place
 Joe Chapman  Junior  152  2nd
 Open  --  160  --
 Danny Lingen  Junior  170  3rd
 Daemyen
 Middlebrooks
 Junior  182  1st
 Brian Ziech  Senior  195  3rd
 Jaylan Pascascio  Senior  220  4th
 Ashford Hollis  Senior  285  4th
 
 

 

Home cooking: Huskies carve up the competition for 5 more W's
OPRF defeats Proviso West, Providence, Washington, DeKalb at home; O & B down Lyons away · 12/08/2018

 

 
More event dates, more successes. Oak Park & River Forest ballooned its dual record to a perfect 13-0, 3-0 in conference this past week. The Hustlin' Huskies out-grappled Proviso West (Thursday), Lyons Township (Friday), and three at home on Saturday: Providence, Washington, and DeKalb.

For a nice writeup of the OPRF quad, read Mike Clark's article on Illinois Matmen. The day was highlighted by Eddie Bolivar, state runner-up a year ago, who defeated defending 126-pound state champion Fabian Lopez (DeKalb). Altogether, a half-dozen Huskies finished this quad with a sterling 3-0 bout record.

Silver linings | OPRF has completed the first half of its West Suburban (Silver) Conference schedule. It has secured season wins over the DGN Trojans, PW Panthers, and LT Lyons. Upcoming are Glenbard West (H, Dec 13), York (A, Jan 11), and Hinsdale Central (A, Jan 17). The Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew will travel to the Red Devils' home gym next week for an individual tournament.

 

 

Spectacular sponsors: Meet those that contributed for 2018-2019
Huskie hugs to our weight sponsors and more for financial assistance that makes a difference · 12/06/2018

 

 

 
We are extremely proud to officially announce the current list of sponsors for the 2018-2019 OPRF IHSA Wrestling Season!! We honor these generous individuals and businesses for their warm support. Please consider them if you want or need any of their services and goods.

If you wish to make a donation and add your name or business to the list, please contact Patrick Woulfe (patrick.r.woulfe@gmail.com). For donations of any amount, you may also use the Huskie Wrestling Family, NFP donate button, located in the left sidebar on all pages, or near the top on the home page.

For a full list of the sponsors and contact information, visit our Sponsors page. Thank you, participating sponsors! We sincerely appreciate your generosity!

 

 

Presidential treatment: OPRF wins three more downstate
Huskies take all three at Washington, ready for two conference duals next weekend · 12/01/2018

 

 
Team Orange & Blue continued to win in the early-goings, pushing their record to 8-0. Wins over Granite City, Lincoln-Way West, and Lockport (!!). The Porters are a top-10 ranked squad in 3A, so it was a nice win for the Huskies. OPRF now sits with 8 wins against 0 defeats.

Upcoming, Oak Park and River Forest battles two conference foes on Thursday (Proviso West at OPRF) and on Friday (OPRF at Lyons Township) before hosting a quad on Saturday. On Saturday's event date a year ago, Providence Catholic, DeKalb, and Washington each visited the Huskie Den. It appears as though it will be the same this year. DeKalb has sneaked into a top 10 position in all of Class 3A, so expect that to be a fantastic dual versus the Huskies. In the other two, the Panthers are always tough, and Providence is also a Top-25 ranked unit. Where is there better to be on Saturday, I ask you?

 

 

Hawaii 5-0: Huskies surf their way to three more wins
OPRF earns a trio of comfortable victories at New Trier · 11/24/2018

 

 
Huskies keep on rolling! In the culmination of the first week of action, Oak Park & River Forest (5-0, 1-0) continued to flex its muscles against interscholastic competition. While competing at New Trier, OPRF topped the Schaumburg Saxons 58-12, Dakota Indians 56-12, and the host Trevians 75-6. Team Orange & Blue tallied wins in 12 of 14 bouts versus Schaumburg and Dakota. One forfeit was the lone blemish against New Trier.

Several Huskies went undefeated for the event: Malakye Rodriguez (113, 3-0), Matt Rundell (120, 3-0), Nico Bolivar (126, 2-0), Peter Ogunsanya (132, 3-0), Eddie Bolivar (138, 3-0), Torry Early (145, 3-0), Joe Chapman (160/170, 3-0), Daemyen Middlebrooks (182, 3-0), Cameron Rigden (195, 3-0), Jaylan Pascascio (220, 3-0), and Ashford "The Fall Guy" Hollis (285, 3-0). Zavien Stewart (106, 2-1), Stephon Carr (145. 0-2), and James Murphy (152/160, 2-1) also wrestled for the Wrecking Crew.

Next in line | Collins and his cadets head south to Washington High School on Saturday, December 1. The weather may be white...although we know the action will be white hot. Expect the Huskies to wrestle three more this Saturday. Let's go, Huskies!

 

 

A speck of wreck: OPRF dominate at home, win two to start season
Huskies upend Downers Grove North and Elgin South under the lights at 201 N. Scoville; Senior Night at OPRF · 11/22/2018

 
     
 
     

OPRF controlled Downers North (north) and Elgin South (south). (photos by Jamil Shhmart) 

 
It's back! Wrestling is a unique sport in which teams and individuals compete simultaneously. While the immediate focus is on the individual match, the team battle lies in the periphery. On opening weeks in recent years, the Huskies have been immaculate in both aspects. They continued the strong start out of the blocks this week, and they ordered up some scrumptious home cooking for the family and for the fans.

OPRF (2-0, 1-0 conference) bulldozed their way to a dynamite duo of victories at home this past Tuesday and Wednesday. On night one, the Huskies blitzed the Trojans of Downers Grove North, 65-9. On the second evening, Team Orange & Blue won a short dual by taking 5 of 7 contested bouts opposite the South Elgin Storm en route to a 61-15 triumph.

Downing Downers | What an explosion! Oak Park & River Forest flew out of the gates by earning 12 victories against 2 defeats (forfeit, decision). In the dozen victories, the Huskies were Connor Nagela (106), Malakye Rodriguez, Jake Rundell, Nico Bolivar, Josh Ogunsanya (132), Eddie Bolivar, Torry Early, James Murphy, Joe Chapman (160), Brian Ziech (195), Jaylan Pascascio, and Ashford Hollis (285). Cam Rigden, Wednesday's 182-pounder, and his opponent put on a show, with Cam falling 13-11. It was a terrific contest, and Cam gave it all he had. The 170-pound weight class was unfilled by the Huskies.

Weathering the Storm | Against South Elgin, exactly half of the individual matches were wrestled. In them, Huskie victors were Stephon Carr (152), Joe Chapman (160), Connor Nagela (106), Eddie Bolivar (138), and Torry Early (145). The latter three all earned their wins via fall. Jaylan Pascascio and David Deyro (220 and 132, respectively) summoned their Huskie Heart but were unable to corral a win. In addition to the action, seniors were also honored on this day, as well as OPRF Wrestling Alumni.

Congratulations, everyone, on two very successful days of events. It will be a long, fun season!

Photos | Downers Grove North Dual | South Elgin Dual | Scroll down; click on an event photo to begin.

 

 
   
 

Click each for a larger version. (photos by Jamil Shhmart)

 

 

Starting off strong: Orange & Blue begin true
OPRF wins its first two duals, both at home · 11/22/2018

 

 
The Huskies have begun their 2018-2019 season with victorious efforts! We will post more on this week's action later this weekend.

For now (and throughout the season) -- stay on top of OPRF Wrestling with the Huskie Wrestling Family Facebook Page. Jump now for recent photos, news, and more! We wish you all a happy holiday weekend!

 

 

Hour time: IHSA event season is nearly here
Huskies play host to DGN, South Elgin in first week of action · 11/19/2018

 
Week One Slate (Varsity)
 Tuesday, November 20  Wednesday, November 21  Saturday, November 24
 Downers Grove North @ OPRF (c)  South Elgin @ OPRF  OPRF @ New Trier (Quad)
 HOME - Field House  (6:00 PM)  HOME - Field House  (5:00 PM)  AWAY - Winnetka  (10:00 AM)
This is a conference dual against DGN. The Trojans have battled hard in the conference during the last several years, but the WSC-Silver is tough. They look to earn some early motivation for their first week and beyond.
South Elgin has locked horns with us on this night for the past few seasons. Great program, terrific coaches. It should be a fun night.

Don't forget to rub elbows with fellow alumni at the Field House and after!

In recent years, it has been Schaumburg and Dakota in addition to the host Trevians in this quad. It will be a great chance to see three duals inside a warm and dry building. Ahhh.
 

 

Reflections: Preview this season's Varsity lineup
Read about many of the Varsity contributors, as written by the coaches · 11/17/2018

 

         

 

Saturday, November 17 | Number 3 of 3

 
We are merely days away until the Oak Park & River Forest Huskies begin the first interscholastic chapter on the novel that is the 2018-2019 IHSA season. On Tuesday, November 20, the Orange & Blue begin their march by welcoming the Downers Grove North Trojans to town. The Huskie Coaching Staff put together a rundown of the Varsity lineup with predicted weights. If you are anything like me, you will be thrilled to read about these student athletes who will aid the squad in this year (and some in future years).  The wheels are turning on getting everything ready for you to be fully prepared for the season opener now only days away!
 

 

(Written commentary by Huskie Coaching Staff)

 

Connor Nagela: Connor is coming off a summer where he qualified in both Freestyle and Greco for the Cadet/Junior National Championships. Connor is a hard worker and has improved his technique tremendously over the past year. He has a background in jujitsu which he’s been able to use as a foundation and build into his wrestling. Connor will push those around him and compete for a spot at 106.

Malakye Rodriguez: Malakye is a junior and new to OPRF. Malakye’s year-round dedication and willingness to push himself puts him in a position to have a breakout season. Malakye is a big, strong and athletic young man which will present plenty of problems for his opponents. He will compete at 106 and 113. He is a great addition to the lineup.

Jake Rundell: As a sophomore, Jake won the IHSA State Championship at 106 lbs. Over the summer, Jake finished 5th at the Cadet Freestyle National Championships and 3rd in the Cadet Greco National Championships. Jake has continued to work tirelessly this fall to best prepare himself for the upcoming season. After a phenomenal sophomore campaign we expect Jake to be a leader and push the other lightweights. Expect Jake to take the call at both 113 and 120.
Nico Bolivar: Nico is another talented junior in this year’s lineup. Nico finished last season one match short of the podium at the IHSA State Championships. He went on to win the Illinois Cadet Freestyle State Championship. At the Cadet Freestyle National Championships, Nico again came up one match short of earning All-American honors. Nico competes hard and is continuing to build himself as a young man and wrestler. Nico is prepared to wrestle at 126, if needed.
Josh Ogunsanya: Josh is another one of our talented juniors. He is a stellar student and his dedication along with his effort are shown in the room on a daily basis. Josh came up a little short at the end of last season individually, but he stepped up big time during the Dual Team Championships. Since then, Josh has trained, added some weight and solidified himself as one of the best guys at his weight class. Josh is doing everything in his power to prepare for the competition season. It will be exciting to watch him continue to grow this year.
David Deyro: David is a senior who will provide depth for two weight classes. David has committed himself over the recent summer and fall to becoming a better wrestler and leader. David has a lot of natural abilities and a tireless work ethic. Although he is not the most vocal leader, he provides a lot of energy for his teammates and the overall environment of the room. Both '26 pounders may also see '32 on occasion.
Eddie Bolivar: As a senior and returning IHSA State Finalist, Eddie will be relied upon as a leader within the program. Eddie isn't the most outspoken leader, but he competes hard to win wrestling matches. This was on display last year at the state tournament, and we only expect that attitude to continue. Eddie will be surrounded by other talented wrestlers providing an opportunity for him to truly step into a leadership role. Eddie will be attending Indiana University next year, and we know he’s excited to stamp his legacy on the OPRF program.
Max Walton: As a junior, Max was able to step into the Varsity lineup on many occasions and compete hard for the Huskies. At the end of last season, Max found himself with an opportunity to compete at the Regionals. He battled hard and earned a trip to the Sectional tournament. As his senior campaign begins, Max will be looked upon as a leader on and off the mat. Max has plenty of years of experience and this will benefit the younger wrestlers around him. Like Eddie, Max could be inserted at 138 as well.

Torry Early: Torry showed a lot of toughness at the end of last season. After having an ill-timed injury, Torry could not compete at the Regional tournament. He was able to keep a positive mindset and help the team finish 2nd in the IHSA Dual Team State Championships. Entering his senior year, Torry is looking to have a complete season. He is poised to have a great season both individually and as a senior leader in the program. Torry is a valuable asset at both 138 and 145 pounds.

James Murphy: James is a sophomore at OPRF and came up through the Little Huskies. In his second year at the high school level, we expect James to mature and develop into a student and wrestler who can be counted on regularly. James has the skill set necessary to elevate himself in all aspects of his life; if he can buy into the Huskie Style way of living, we know he will come out on the other side a well-prepared man. We look forward to watching James grow throughout his journey this year.
Clayton Smith: Clayton is a junior in our program. Clayton is one of the most reliable wrestlers in the program and rarely misses a workout or community event. His tireless efforts in the classroom and gym have put him firmly in a leadership role. Clayton sets high expectations for himself, and as he continues to develop his work ethic we have no doubt he will achieve the goals he’s set for himself.
Joe Chapman: Joe earned All-State honors as a sophomore with a 6th place finish at the IHSA State Championships. Joe threw himself into the offseason training, thereby improving his technique and strength. Joe looks to improve on his finish from last year while competing at the same weight this year. Joe’s ability to wear down his opponents sets up opportunities for him to put big points on the board.
Jake Cagnina: Jake made a decision to come down a weight class from last year and is showing great promise. Jake and his steadfast approach to workouts places him as one of the top leaders in our program. Jake feels stronger, quicker and more aggressive heading into this season. Jake is coming into his own as a wrestler and embodies the core ideas behind Huskie Style wrestling.
Danny Lingen: Danny is a junior and battles every day on and off the mat to improve his strength, conditioning, and technique. Danny continues to show his Huskie Style nature by setting a pace his partner must match in order to keep up. Danny was able to get some Varsity experience last year and we expect he continue to build himself into a dominant wrestler at the upper weights. He’s put in a great offseason and will compete for spots at 170 and 182.
Cameron Rigden: Cameron “Brad” Rigden is a senior in our program. Cam has shown more commitment this summer and preseason. Cam does have a lot going on -- work, Student Council, and trips to New Zealand -- and his ability to stay on top of everything is remarkable. Cam has bought into the idea of focusing his energy on what is important to him and shedding unnecessary distractions. His senior year will provide Cam with the opportunity to show his dedication and leadership within our program. Cameron may also taste 182 if asked.
Daemyen Middlebrooks: “Dae Dae” is a junior coming off a very successful football season where he earned All-Conference honors as a defensive starter for the Huskies. As a sophomore, Daemyen qualified for the IHSA State Tournament but came up short of earning a spot on the stand. After an offseason of lifting and growing, Daemyen is ready to build off a successful fall and cement himself as one of the better upperweights in the state. Daemyen is an explosive wrestler and can score top points at 182 or 195.
Brian Ziech: Brian will step into the 195 spot this year as a senior. Brian had a slower start to his season last year after a knee injury. He did help the team earn a 2nd place finish last year, and we look for him to do big things individually this year as well. Brian’s strength and agility will benefit at a weight where many others only showcase one of these two characteristics.
Jaylen Pascascio: Jaylen enters this year, his senior campaign, as his first full year of Varsity wrestling. As a junior, Jaylen was able to compete with success in a few Varsity matches. Jaylen is starting to come into his own as an athlete, and the overall timing couldn’t be better. With three seniors at the back end of our lineup we feel very confident in the upper weights.
Fabian Gonzalez: Fabian is a junior and is only in his second year of wrestling, but his attitude and effort match those of his mentor, Ashford Hollis. Fabian was also a starter at left tackle for the Huskie football team this past season. He provides a great partner for Ashford and a very solid presence for our JV team. We look for Fabian to continue pushing himself while improving his technique. He will compete in both JV and Varsity matches as we groom him to be the next great HWT in the long line of OPRF history.
Ashford Hollis: Ashford is coming off a phenomenal football season where he earned All-Conference honors and was named WSC Defensive Lineman of the Year! Ashford is a great leader in the program and is looking forward to finishing his high school athletic career on a high note. Last season Ashford earned 29 pins, but came up short of qualifying for the IHSA State Tournament. After adding some “good” weight and strength, Ashford will be a force to be reckoned with at the HWT level.
 

 

 

Schedule at-a-glance: Preview Varsity dates and opponents
The Orange & Blue flip the Cheesehead for the Powerade, host two quads in 2018-2019 · 11/13/2018

 

  

 

Tuesday, November 13 | Number 2 of 3

 
Home is where the heart is. For the 2018-2019 season, home is where the Huskie Heart is. In fact, Oak Park & River Forest Wrestling will host four duals, two quadrangular meets, and one individual tournament. Not including the IHSA State Series, the Huskies will participate in four tournaments (one of which, The Clash, is a dual team tournament).

Here is an overview of the events with commentary and team/event websites. If anything needs correction, please contact us.

Is your calendar (paper or electronic) already marked up with the below dates and events? There's no need to delay...do it today!

 
Direct Duals

Quads / Super Duals

Tournaments
 vs. Downers Grove North*  11/20  @ New Trier  11/24  @ Hinsdale Central  12/14-12/15
 vs. South Elgin  11/21  @ Washington  12/01  @ Powerade (PA)  12/28-12/29
 vs. Proviso West*  12/06  vs. Quad  12/08  @ The Clash (MN)  01/04-01/05
 @ Lyons Township*  12/07  vs. Quad  01/12  vs. Huskie Invitational  01/19
 vs. Glenbard West*  12/13    @ TBD (IHSA State Series)  02/02-02/23
 @ York*  01/11    
 @ Hinsdale Central*  01/17  * - conference opponent  
 

(Written commentary by Brian Tideman, webmaster) | Any updates or fixes with team emails, contact us.

 
vs. Downers Grove North (Tue, Nov. 20)  |  Conference Dual
Since 2012-2013, the Huskies have opened their competition schedule against conference foes Downers Grove North. Every year, it seems, the Trojans push to be considered in the top half contenders of the WSC-Silver. New and new look faces will be among the Huskie elite. Opening night...conference dual...at home...what could be better?

Downers Grove North Wrestling

vs. South Elgin (Wed, Nov. 21)
Is that a Storm coming through? South Elgin moves south to lock hands with OPRF in a pre-Thanksgiving throwdown. After this event (the night before Thanksgiving), there has traditionally been reunions, conversation, and fun. Keep your ears open and perhaps your stomachs, as well, for the food to be enjoyed.

South Elgin Wrestling

@ New Trier / Quad (Sat, Nov 24)
It's been New Trier, Dakota, and Schaumburg for the last few years; expect the same. Dakota has been a Class 1A powerhouse within the last several years. A year ago, the Orange & Blue breezed by this trio, but nothing will be taken lightly. This day's event should be a showcase of what the Huskies have on store for the season.

New Trier Wrestling  |  Schaumburg Wrestling   |  Dakota Wrestling 

@ Washington / Quad (Sat, Dec 01)
Washington is affectionately known as "Oak Park South" to some, and OPRF split the two 2017-2018 duals versus the Panthers. A year prior, the Huskies downed Washington in the "Dubtown Throwdown" event. If you can make the time and travel, this has the potential to be a really fun quad / super dual event.

Washington Wrestling

vs. Proviso West (Thu, Dec 06)  |  Conference Dual
Panthers times two: Proviso West comes to town in a battle of cats and dogs. PW hasn't earned a dual victory in some time, but they always boast a number of pure athletes and courageous wrestlers. On this night, come early. If you arrive late, you may miss the bulk of the action.

Proviso West Wrestling

@ Lyons Township (Fri, Dec 07)  |  Conference Dual

LT...yes, this LT. In my mind, no other high school has the rivalry and history with the Huskies than do the Lions. I write this with my mind on all LT-OPRF matchups across the interscholastic sports spectrum. What LT-OPRF has recently become on the mat is debatable, but this matchup is as can't miss as any.

Lyons Township Wrestling

vs. OPRF / Quad (Sat, Dec 08)
The Huskies added this home date to their schedule, and I'm not quite sure who will make the trek to 201 N. Scoville. Last year's invitees were DeKalb, Providence, and the aforementioned Washington Panthers. We shall see if they remain the same or get changed up. Is there anything better than wrestling...at home?

OPRF Wrestling

vs. Glenbard West (Thu, Dec 13)  |  Conference Dual
If you were in the football stands in Glen Ellyn on October 13, you witnessed an exciting ending to a gridiron game. Two months later (to the day), the Hilltoppers will want some revenge. Surely, there will at least be some spillover from the football squad to the wrestling unit. There could be a great amount of competitive bouts here.

Glenbard West Wrestling

@ Hinsdale Central / Whitlach Individual Tournament (Fri-Sat, Dec 14-15)
The Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew dominated last year's Whitlach tournament (and the one previous), besting 23 other schools (again) to win the crown. Will it be the same this year? This is a fun, local tournament. Come for a day; heck, come for both!

Hinsdale Central Wrestling

@ PENNSYLVANIA / Powerade Individual Tournament (Fri-Sat, Dec 28-29)
After a one-year stint in Wisconsin at the Cheesehead, OPRF looked for a greater national competition event and scheduled the Powerade Wrestling Tournament. Self-billed as the "2nd best tournament in the USA," the Powerade features 52 squads. As you would expect, the majority of high schools represented are from Pennsylvania. In addition, teams listed are from New Jersey, Ohio, West Virginia, New York, and Maryland. The Huskies are the lone Land of Lincoln representative that will be visiting Canonsburg, PA.

Powerade

@ MINNESOTA / Clash Dual Team Tournament (Fri-Sat, Jan 04-05)
If you like tournaments, and you like duals, this is your heaven. Rochester, Minnesota, hosts a 32-team dual team tournament that holds a nice mix of intrastate and interstate talent. OPRF's best finish here was in the 2014-2015 season when the Huskies won the tournament title en route to an undefeated dual slate, a Class 3A team title, and an end-of-season number 1 national ranking. Now, that's a season. The Huskies are always at or near the top in this tourney, and they expect nothing less against a national level of competition.

The Clash

@ York (Fri, Jan 11)  |  Conference Dual
Our (mostly) North Avenue neighbors have struggled to regain the form of yesteryears, at least in terms of conference and state standing. The Dukes are hoping for a return to the form of the 1990's and 2000's when it was not surprising to see a York team progress well in the IHSA State Series.

York Wrestling

vs. OPRF / Quad (Sat, Jan 12)
More action in the Huskie Den! I'm not sure which teams we will welcome here on this day, so stay tuned and be ready for...well, anything!

OPRF Wrestling

@ Hinsdale Central (Thu, Jan 17)  |  Conference Dual
The Red Devils continue to attempt to strike fear in their adversaries, but their success has been inconsistent in recent years. They always seem to have some top-notch wrestlers, so expect some tough wrestling contests. This will be the second time the Huskies travel to Hinsdale on the season.

Hinsdale Central Wrestling

vs. OPRF / Individual Tournament (Sat, Jan 19)
I think the tried and true expression is, "This is the toughest little tournament in the country." I wrote these words before in my similar preview, and I'll leave them here. What is fantastic about this tournament is that it brings in squads from all over, and strong squads at that. It's a really unique collection of talent and styles. You want to be here.

OPRF Wrestling

@ IHSA State Series: Regional, Sectional, Individual, and Dual Team (Sat, Feb 02-23)
OPRF's regional, sectional, and team sectional (for team qualifiers) sites are yet to be determined. You can be assured, though, that when it comes to February, all Class 3A schools do not look forward to locking arms (paws) with the Orange & Blue. The Huskies will be prepared to wrestle six grueling minutes (eight and a half minutes if need be) to get the job done. The state series culminates in in Bloomington, Illinois (yet another shout out to the Fightin' Titans!), at the US Cellular Coliseum.

IHSA State Series

 

 

 

Huskie History 101: Earn high marks on the class from the past
Take a stroll through the Huskie halls and gear up for the NEW history that will become lore · 11/09/2018

 

 

Friday, November 9 | Number 1 of 3

 
While the weather begins to get cold outside, we would like to keep your mind nice and warm with what you need to feel comfortable (and champing at the bit) about the 2018-2019 season. We will reveal a three part series of stories to allow you to hit the ground running when the Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew line up against conference rival Downers Grove North on November 21. Unveiled will be History Lesson (Nov 9), Schedule Preview (Nov 13), Team Outlook (Nov 17). On to part one...

Starting from the beginning, Oak Park High School officially merged with River Forest residents around 1949. Read the history of OPRFHS, according to Wikipedia, here. According to the 2010 U.S. census, Oak Park enjoyed 51,878 residents. In the same census, River Forest consisted of 11,172 residents. The Huskies have "sported" a number of very successful athletic teams throughout the decades, and wrestling has been very strong for OPRF in the recent several years (and then some). While the "new wave" Huskies have had opposing teams pulling their hair out in frustration, the 1987-1988 squad was the first to make it to the IHSA Dual Team championship contest, falling to Providence. Norm Parker was the head coach at that time. Niall Collins was the head coach during my years as an OPRF student; Mike Powell succeeded him in 2003-2004.

Mikey Powerful | The Huskie wrestling program was firing on all cylinders with Mike Powell as the top dog. He led the Scoville Scurriers to seven conference titles in eleven years, while also catching a championship-clinching Sam Brooks in his arms for the school's first wrestling team title (in 2008-2009). During his tenure, Powell averaged 11.5 individual sectional qualifiers, 6.5 individual state qualifiers, and more than 3 individual state medal winners per year. Six team state appearances were managed, with the Huskies winning their second team title in 2013-2014.

Collins' Cadets | In the subsequent season, Paul Collins followed in the next chapter of Huskie Wrestling head coaches. In his first at the helm, Collins coached OPRF to perhaps their finest season to date: a 28-0 dual team record AND a consensus #1 national ranking. You read that right: the Huskies were national champions. In 2018-2019, Collins begins his fifth as the principal brain of the the braun. So far, his results have included an average of 13.5 individual sectional qualifiers, 10.5 individual state qualifiers, and 6 individual state medal winners. Furthermore, his groups have triumphed in conference, regionals, and team sectionals in each of his years, while also capturing two more team state titles. To see a glance of recent IHSA team accolades, jump to our Achievements page.

Brack-tastic | We've touted some of the team results above, but now let's speak about some individual achievements. Terry Isaacson was the first (and second) Huskie wrestler to earn an Illinois individual state championship. He topped the podium in 1958-1959 and one year later in 1959-1960. In all, there have been four more multiple state champions: Tim Obrochta (1982-1984), Nick Dardanes (2008-2010), Sam Brooks (2009-2010 and 2011-2012), and Isaiah White (three: 2013-2016). OPRF has earned at least one individual state champion in each of the last seven seasons. As for medaling, only a trio of Huskies have earned all-state recognition in each of their four high school years: Larry Early, Isaiah White, and Jason Renteria.

Recording for fun | The OPRF Wrestling Wall of Fame page is filled with a plethora of Huskie History. (Did I mention it's my favorite page on this site, as well?) One neat stat is that the wrestling record for consecutive dual victories is 55 -- from January 9, 2014 through January 1, 2016. More, you ask for? The most wins in a season is Ellis Coleman (52 in 2008-2009), the most wins in a career is Davonte Mahomes (170 from 2010-2014), and the highest winning percentage is Isaiah White (96% from 2012-2016).

What goes around comes around | Honing back onto 2018-2019, OPRF returns ten wrestlers from its postseason starting array of fourteen. All three state medalists from a year ago will toe the line as Huskies this year: Eddie Bolivar (Sr.), Joe Chapman (Jr.), and defending state champion Jake Rundell (Jr.). Other regional returnees are new seniors Max Walton, Taigue Thurston, Jake Cagnina, and Ashford Hollis; as well as juniors Josh Ogunsanya, Nico Bolivar, and Daemyen Middlbrooks. Our team roster is still in the process of being updated, but know that seniors Torry Early and Brian Ziech also contributed strongly on the Varsity team from a year ago. Danny Lingen, a junior, was spectacular in his sophomore action. Sophomore Connor Nagela filled in nicely, and another sophomore, Ray Hernandez, scored the top spot at the Illinois Frosh-Soph state championships in March. Certainly, there are more names to mention, and we will do so as we near November 21. Below is a chunk of fun data to observe.

 
OPRF Wrestling History
Cumulative Results
 Century Club Members 22
 Individual State Qualifiers 165
 Individual State Champions 24
 Dual Team State Appearances 11
 Dual Team State Titles 4
 

 

 

Wild Onion Tied House kicks off OPRF Wrestling Parent Nights
Parents need fun, too; Come to begin (or to continue) the journey together · 11/06/2018

 
At times, it is a wonderful idea to stop and swap stories and laughs. Parents are welcome to come out for food, drinks, and merry conversation on Thursday, November 15.

This year's first Parents Night will take place on Thursday, November 15, at 7:00 pm. The location is Wild Onion Tied House - 1111 South Boulevard, Oak Park, IL, 60302. We look forward to seeing you there! Thank you for your support, and we are excited to share an unforgettable season together!

 

 

Celebrate(!): The IHSA Wrestling season is here!
Monday, November 6, is day one; Parents' day one is November 15 · 11/05/2018

 

 
It's here! I know you are thrilled to know that the first whistle has blown on the new IHSA Wrestling season! Student athletes began their months-long quest for ultimate Huskie Pride this past Monday. Coaches were there in full swing to mold their vision for another incredibly successful and satisfying campaign.

Treats we have in store | Here at OPRFWrestling.com, we strive to prepare your eyes and ears for the season in unique and fulfilling ways. In the upcoming days, we will set the table on the season with three major articles. These debut in the shadow of the opening interscholastic event on November 21 (versus Downers Grove North). Below is the release schedule of these postings:

 

Mon, Nov 5

Fri, Nov 9 Tues, Nov 13 Sat, Nov 17 Tues, Nov 20
IHSA Season Begins History Lesson Schedule Preview Team Outlook vs. DGN (all levels)
 
See you back here soon! (And don't forget about Wednesday's dual versus South Elgin -- and alumni event to follow!)
 

 

Shadows from the past: Trio of ex-students dominate in 2018 
Days away from the IHSA, Coleman, Bey, and Bolen continuing to show "more on the floor" · 11/01/2018

 
Happy Halloween, everyone! We all hope you and yours enjoyed a safe and fun-filled Wednesday. The Illinois High School Association's interscholastic wrestling season is now hours away from kicking off, and here are some news and notes about former OPRF wrestlers. Certainly these three (and hundreds if not thousands of others) are all cheering for the Orange & Blue to enjoy a wonderful preparation time for the 2018-2019 season.

On the alumni trail | Three former OPRF Huskie wrestlers are continuing to compete. Both Ellis Coleman and Kamal Bay are representing Team USA at the World Wrestling Championships (Greco-Roman), in Budapest, Hungary. Coleman was an Olympian in 2012, and Bey is a former Jr World Champion. They are competing at 67 kg and 77 kg, respectively. Both wrestlers competed for state championship-winning teams at OPRF and have won numerous medals in international competition. Additionally, Brad Bolen won his 6th USA Judo Sr National title back in May of this year, at 73 kg. The 2010 Pan Am champion still trains at the Jason Morris Judo Center (JMJC) in Glenville, NY. Way to go, Huskies!

Despite the fact that these athletes -- and many more -- no longer traverse the halls at 201 N. Scoville, one can always point to the adage: "Once a Huskie, always a Huskie." Thank you to all of you who are still devoted to Huskie-dom regardless of where you are on your life's journey. Furthermore, a warm thank you to any and all who have contributed to us over the years! Certainly in time, efforts, or with finances.

The season is coming! Will you be ready? Yeah!

Technical difficulties | In a quick aside, I've updated the main logo on the top left corner of this site. This is a yearly tradition. You should now see the OPRF shield (the same as the logo on the OPRF football field). If not, please jump to here, and then choose "refresh" in that window. It should do the trick. Huskie Pride!!!

 

 

Approaching the kickoff: Wrestlers, footballers ready selves 
Huskie Wrestling begins on November 5, Huskie Football continues this weekend · 10/29/2018

 
   
 
One week from today, on November 5, a lot will have happened. The Oak Park & River Forest Huskies will have completed their IHSA Class 8A second round playoff game. OPRF will also have concluded its initial preparations to begin the IHSA Wrestling season, officially to begin on the 5th. Oh, and don't forget all of that spooky deliciousness that will pass from hand to hand (and finally to mouth) due to all of the Halloween festivities.... Let's take a moment to talk about the Orange & Blue Football Crew first, shall we?

Huskie heart | OPRF Football Head Coach John Hoerster overcame a cardiac episode this summer to continue to lead a savvy, talented squad of Huskies into this season. It has been a successful and fun season. After finishing the regular season with a 7-2 record, Team Orange & Blue dumped New Trier in the first round of the IHSA Playoffs just this past Friday night. This upcoming weekend, OPRF will travel to Chicago's Brother Rice High School to decide the next representative in the Quarterfinal Round (game details to be announced). Let's all wish both squads a good game. Let's also shout these three words: "Go, Huskies, Go!"

Mat madness | Are we...almost there? OPRF Wrestling Head Coach Paul Collins and his sage coaching staff are eager to get the wheels started on another IHSA Wrestling season! I can hardly believe it! I must pinch myself to ensure I'm not dreaming! Yes, Monday, November 5, is the date that the Illinois High School Association circled to begin the frenzy of grappling within (and sometimes without) the Land of Lincoln. The Huskies come off of a 2nd place team trophy effort in the Dual Team State tournament a season ago. Follow this site as our leaves turn colors and set the table for the 2018-2019 season. Within the next several days, we'll have updated schedules pages and more...on this site for your viewing pleasure. In the meantime, you can peruse the team event schedule on il.8to18.com.

Stay tuned for an exciting FINISH to the football season (I'm thinking Thanksgiving weekend would be an optimal time to end) as well as a breathtaking REBIRTH of the Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew -- known more formally as the Oak Park & River Forest Wrestling Huskies.

 

 

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