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2018-2019 Regular Season


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
 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 ( 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 it today!

Direct Duals

Quads / Super Duals

 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 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 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.


@ 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, 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

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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