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2019-2020 Regular Season

 
 

 Silver lining: Lower levels end at WSC tourneys
JV, Soph, Freshman wrestle in respective championships · 02/01/2020

 

 
On Saturday, three West Suburban Conference tournaments were held. All featured the Gold and Silver high schools. If you need a refresher, the Gold set includes Addison Trail, Downers Grove South, Hinsdale South, Leyden, Morton, Proviso East, and Willowbrook. Downers Grove North, Glenbard West, Hinsdale Central, Lyons Township, OPRF, Proviso West, and York comprise the Silver grouping.

The Junior Varsity, Sophomore, and Freshman competitions were held at Hinsdale South, Hinsdale Central, and Lyons Township, respectively. Junior Varsity results are on TrackWrestling; the others are unknown at this time.

At JV Conference, 11 Huskie wrestlers competed. Malakye Rodriguez (138) won his bracket; Malakai Riley (126) and Adrian Palmares (170) earned second place; and Izaiah Ramos (220) and Rigo Guzman (285) each finished in the third slot. For a full rundown of all JV finishes, see the table below.

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 Lyons Township 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 Lyons.

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 14-15. Expect several Huskies to test their mettle against their peers on the way to Springfield.

Brackets and Results | JV Conference on TrackW

 

 
 

WSC Championships | JV | 106-145 | TW

 Wrestler  Year  Weight  Place
 Amari Blanchard  Sophomore  120  5th
 Malakai Riley  Senior  126  2nd
 Marcello Acevedo  Junior  126  5th
 Malakye Rodriguez  Senior  138  1st
 Sean Carey  Junior  145  DNP
 

WSC Championships | JV | 152-285 | TW

 Wrestler  Year  Weight  Place
 Nyle Pascascio  Junior  160  4th
 Caprice Stevenson  Sophomore  160  DNP
 Adrian Palmares  Junior  170  2nd
 Zion Long  Junior  182  5th
 Izaiah Ramos  Junior  220  3rd
 Rigo Guzman  Junior  285  3rd
 
 

 

Senior salute: Huskies hustle past Dukes 44-24
OPRF Wrestling honors soon-to-be graduates; Girls host first dual · 01/28/2020

  

In the main event, Varsity and Girls grappled side by side. (photos by Jamil Shhmart)

 

History was made at OPRFHS on Tuesday night. The Huskies hosted their first girls dual meet, in a clash with Morton. The final score is not immediately known by my eyes or ears, but the accomplishment is immensely noteworthy. If you have not been aware, girls wrestling has been exploding on the scene in recent years. Oak Park & River Forest's girls competitors have grown in numbers, and being able to host a dual is a big achievement. Congratulations to the girls squad and to Fred Arkin and to the entire coaching staff!

Prior to the OPRF-Morton clash, OPRF and York began their competition. Junior Varsity 1, Junior Varsity 2, and Freshman all locked bodies before the Varsity Huskie-Duke dual began alongside the girls matchup.

The Varsity showdown worked as a traditional dual, as the 106-pound match was drawn to begin. In it, Cooper Lacey tussled with York's Sean Berger but left the mat a bit short. Zavien Stewart tied the team score with a 6-3 victory. At 120 pounds, York's Alex Gutierrez edged the Dukes back in front versus Jalen Dunson. Beginning at 126 pounds, however, Huskies made a big move with six consecutive bonus-point triumphs: Connor Nagela (major), Jake Rundell (fall), Nico Bolivar (technical fall), Malakye Rodriguez (technical fall), Josh Ogunsanya (fall), and Joe Chapman (forfeit). To complete the event, York earned fall victories at 170, 182, and 285. Huskies countered with a fall at 195 (Daemyen Middlebrooks) and a decision at 220 (Malcolm Gray). OPRF's Stephon Carr (170), John Valaika (182), and Fabian Gonzalez (285) all gave their best but were bested. With the win, OPRF upped their season dual record to 13-11, and they finished 5-1 in conference.

This year, Senior Night was moved until the end of the season. Wrestlers and managers -- accompanied by family or close friends -- were all recognized by the Oak Park & River Forest Wrestling Community. Paul Collins, OPRF Varsity Head Coach, spoke to the crowd in support of the amazing senior class.

Event photos | Go to Huskie Wrestling Family and scroll down to "Posts." (Varsity and Girls event albums are posted.)

That's all folks...? | Varsity concludes its regular season, but lower levels hold their West Suburban Conference championships on Saturday, February 1. Visit our Schedule page for more information.

 

 

  

Girls prepare (left), and Paul Collins speaks at Senior Night (right). (photos by BT) | Go large: 1 | 2

 

 

Dae-Dae Dynamite: Middlebrooks blasts into the OPRF Century Club
Senior earns his 100th at home on Saturday, piles on two more to win a championship in style · 01/25/2020

Daemyen Middlebrooks earns a victory at the 2019 IHSA Individual State Finals. (photo by Jamil Shhmart)

 

Daemyen Middlebrooks knew exactly where he stood in terms of his Varsity career win total. Nothing -- and nobody -- was going to stop him from reaching triple digits on Saturday. He opened his bracket with a fall victory, number 100 in his Huskie career. Daemyen earned another fall, plus a technical fall, to earn the 195-pound tournament title at home.

Daemyen is an impressive and dominant grappler who has performed very well on both the state and national scenes. He is a two-time state qualifier (170 pounds as a sophomore & 182 pounds as a junior). As a junior last year, Daemyen finished in 6th place. His first taste of Varsity came in his second year and OPRF when he compiled a 37-11 record. Last year, Daemyen tallied a 35-14 mark. So far this season, he boasts an impressive 30-2 standing. Daemyen is ranked on the national scene, in part because of his strong finish at this year's Doc B Invitational in California. Congratulations, Daemyen!

To view Daemyen's new slot on the Century Club, as well as a plethora of other notes and notables, visit the Wall of Fame page.

See Daemyen and his teammates at home on Tuesday, January 28, versus visiting York. It is the last home dual of the season, so join us!

 

 

Huskie home cooking: Varsity, Freshman, and Girls all place top two
Varsity earns the gold with 6 champions, Freshman & Girls earn silver with two champs apiece · 01/25/2020

  

Eight mats littered OPRF's Field House. (photos by BT)

 

What a day! Three tournaments were available for all to see on Saturday. Including the Junior Varsity entrants in the Varsity tourney, four Huskie squads were in action altogether. The staff and volunteers worked tirelessly and efficiently (thank you!) to ensure a maximum wrestling and spectating experience.

The Varsity edition finished first, and OPRF also earned first place in that challenge. As a team, Oak Park & River Forest gained 199.5 points. Second and third were Dakota (169.5) and Arrowhead, WI (128.0). The six Orange & Blue titlists were Jake Rundell (126 pounds), Nico Bolivar (132), Joshua Ogunsanya (145), Joe Chapman (152), Daemyen Middlebrooks (195), and Fabian Gonzalez (285). Four Junior Varsity wrestlers earned top-four finishes: Reid Butterly (126 - 4th), Izaiah Ramos (220 - 4th), and Rigo Guzman (285 - 3rd). As a unit, JV finished in 8th place.

The freshman team bested fifteen of the sixteen opponents, falling only to Huntley. Two freshman champions emerged in Cooper Lacey (99) and Will Kelly (106). Jalen Kiarie (170) took home runner-up status. A duo snagged 3rd place: Tej Menon (92) and Alan Cisneros (113). A trio secured 4th: Anthony Beacham (138), Faris Dispensa (152), and Tyler Lewis (160).

The girls also finished one spot out of first place as a team (to Morton), although their group outpointed nineteen others. Tiffany White (138) and Kennedi Dickens (285) each won their respective bracket. Bentley Hills (106) earned second place. Sofi Bosco (126) obtained third place, while three more finished in the top four: Camila Neuman (99), Chloe Smith (126), and Louise Calkins (138).

For full results, see below for links to each OPRF tournament on TrackWrestling.

TrackWrestling links | Varsity Invitational | Frosh Invitational | Girls Invitational

Event photos | Go to Huskie Wrestling Family and scroll down to "Posts." (Two sets of photos are posted.)

Final all-levels dual on Jan. 28 | OPRF welcomes York on Tuesday, January 28, for the dual finale of the regular season. It will be a special event, as seniors will be honored. Please consider joining us! Don't forget to visit our Schedule page for more upcoming action.

 

 
 

OPRF Varsity Invitational Results | TrackWrestling

 Wrestler  Year  Weight  Place
 Zavien Stewart  Junior  106  2nd
 Jalen Dunson  Sophomore  113  3rd
 Connor Nagela  Junior  120  3rd
 Jake Rundell  Senior  126  1st
 Nico Bolivar  Senior  132  1st
 Malakye Rodriguez  Senior  138  2nd
 Joshua Ogunsanya  Senior  145  1st
 Joe Chapman  Senior  152  1st
 Stephon Carr  Junior  160  5th
 Adrian Palmares  Junior  170  6th
 Daemyen
 Middlebrooks
 Senior  195  1st
 Malcolm Gray  Junior  220  3rd
 Fabian Gonzalez  Senior  285  1st
 Team  199.5 pts  1st  of 8
 

OPRF JV Invitational Results | TrackWrestling

 Wrestler  Year  Weight  Place
 Amari Blanchard  Sophomore  120  6th
 Reid Butterly  Sophomore  126  4th
 Marcello Acevedo  Junior  132  7th
 Nyle Pascascio  Junior  160  DNP
 Zion Long  Junior  182  7th
 Allyn Johnson  Sophomore  195  8th
 Izaiah Ramos  Junior  220  4th
 Rigo Guzman  Junior  285  3rd
 Team  28.0 pts  8th  of 8
 
 
 

OPRF Frosh Invitational Results | TrackWrestling

 Wrestler  Year  Weight  Place
 Tej Menon  Freshman  92  3rd
 Cooper Lacey  Freshman  99  1st
 Will Kelly  Freshman  106  1st
 Alan Cisneros  Freshman  113  3rd
 Benny Bellmar  Freshman  126  6th
 Tal Kremer  Freshman  132  DNP
 Anthony Beacham  Freshman  138  4th
 Sion Clay  Freshman  138  DNP
 Vance Domenz  Freshman  138  DNP
 Faris Dispensa  Freshman  152  4th
 Mekhai Tate  Freshman  152  5th
 Jayden Pagan  Freshman  152  DNP
 Tyler Lewis  Freshman  160  4th
 Kole Sneed  Freshman  160  5th
 Gabe Katz  Freshman  160  DNP
 Jalen Kiarie  Freshman  170  2nd
 Tommy Dowse  Freshman  170  DNP
 Matthew Valentine  Freshman  285  6th
 Team  140.5 pts  2nd  of 17
 

OPRF Girls Invitational Results | TrackWrestling

 Wrestler  Year  Weight  Place
 Camila Neuman  Sophomore  99  4th
 Bentley Hills  Sophomore  106  2nd
 Keydy Peralta  Freshman  120  7th
 Sadie Sheer  Sophomore  120  DNP
 Sofi Bosco  Sophomore  126  3rd
 Chloe Smith  Sophomore  126  4th
 Maria Diaz  Sophomore  126  5th
 Tiffany White  Sophomore  138  1st
 Louise Calkins  Freshman  138  4th
 Cloe Guerra  Sophomore  145  6th
 Ashanti Baron-Bunch  Freshman  160  7th
 Kennedi Dickens  Sophomore  285  1st
 Team  81.0 pts  2nd  of 21
 
 

 

Wrestler's prepare for the tournament to commence. (photo by BT)

 

 

Tournament trifecta: OPRFHS to host three tourneys on Saturday
Varsity, Freshman, Girls, and Little Huskies squads will all be in action at home this weekend · 01/22/2020

     

Three-for-one...all for fun this Saturday at OPRFHS.

 

This past Saturday's event was so much fun, let's do it again! On Saturday, the "Hostin' Huskies" will be at it again. Three -- count 'em, three -- invitationals are on the docket for this weekend. OPRF's Varsity, Freshman, and Girls teams will be in action with a slew of other teams in and out of the area. To begin to get a feel for Saturday's action, you can jump to TrackWrestling and view teams that are currently listed. According to TrackWrestling, tournament teams are listed below:

Varsity Invitational | View on TrackW: Arrowhead (WI), Christian Brothers (MO), Crystal Lake Central, Dakota, Huntley, McHenry, OPRF JV, and OPRF.

Freshman Invitational | View on TrackW: Christian Brothers (MO), Dakota, Evanston, Fenwick, Huntley, Larkin, Maine West, Morton, Niles West, Notre Dame, OPRF, Reavis, Riverside-Brookfield, Rolling Meadows, St. Rita, and Taft.

Girls Invitational | View on TrackW: Coal City, Crystal Lake Central, Dakota, Dundee-Crown, Larkin, Evanston, Fenwick, Homewood-Flossmoor, Hope Academy, Huntley, Kaneland, Maine East, Maine West, McHenry, Minooka, Morton, Niles West, OPRF, Princeton, Reavis, Riverside-Brookfield, Rockford Christian, Rolling Meadows, Simeon, Taft, Trinity, Wauconda, and Willowbrook.

It will be an incredible day! Official OPRF team schedules list the start time at 8:00 AM, but confirm with your wrestler about the actual time for first whistle. We also would like to send a big THANK YOU to our entire crew of helpers and volunteers!

Little Huskie Tournament (Sunday) | The enjoyment doesn't stop! On Sunday, January 26, the Little Huskies Wrestling Club will run its annual Susan P. Collins youth tournament. If you have not attended a youth tournament before, I highly suggest you visit on Sunday. The atmosphere is electric, and the dynamic is much different than a typical high school event. We invite you, and we thank you if you are part of the helping hands team! Little or big...go Huskies!

For more about the Little Huskies Wrestling Club, jump to the LHWC website.

 

 

Train and gain: Beat the Streets Duals event a success
OPRF finishes 1-3 on the day; all seven visitors are ranked in the top 50 nationally · 01/18/2020

  

A youth clinic fed into the competition rounds inside OPRF's Field House. (photos by BT)

 

As the temperatures began to drop on Saturday, the interest and intrigue rose on what turned out to be a stellar morning, afternoon, and perhaps early evening of wrestling. Beat the Streets Chicago partnered with the Oak Park & River Forest Wrestling community to welcome coaches, wrestlers, fans, parents, and youths for a most memorable day of wrestling.

Weather had a hand in jostling travel plans for some teams, although determination and perhaps a bit of luck secured arrivals for all seven of the visiting high school squads. It was remarkable to see so many parents and fans of wrestlers come out to support their squad and a great day of wrestling all around. Entering the duals tussle were eight units, listed in order of current InterMat rankings: #3 Montini (IL), #6 Lake Highland Prep (FL), #7 Bergen Catholic (NJ), #14 Tuttle (OK), #24 Broken Arrow (OK), #25 Liberty (MO), #43 Fort Dodge (IA), and Oak Park & River Forest.

The Huskies began their Saturday quest against in-state rivals; OPRF grappled with Montini, the top-ranked Class 3A team in Illinois. The Orange & Blue wrestled well but fell to a highly talented bunch 55-9. The highlight, perhaps, was Jake Rundell avenging his 126-pound loss against Dylan Ragusin that occurred at the recent Doc B Invitational. Versus Broken Arrow, the Scoville Scurriers managed more victories but were also bested by a 40-24 tally. In the subsequent pairing, Team Blorange scrapped but could not overcome the power of Liberty's lineup. The final score of round #3 was 48-29. In the finale, the Huskies barked loudly and outmuscled Ford Dodge by a close 35-31 score. Fabian Gonzalez sealed the deal with a pinfall victory.

Victorious or not, a day of wrestling against top national competition serves to sharpen the skills -- individual and team -- as the IHSA State Series readies to begin in earnest on February 8. We have not yet reached the regular season finale (more on that below), but the February Frenzy will arrive in due time. As far as individual achievements on Saturday, a pair of Huskies won all four of their bouts: Jake Rundell (126 pounds) and Daemyen Middlebrooks (195). Another trio finished a strong 3-1 in their matchups: Nico Bolivar (132), Josh Ogunsanya (145), and Joe Chapman (152).

For a full recap of the results from all eight teams, visit the TrackWrestling link below.

Beat the Streets Chicago | BTSC website | BTS Brawl Duals brackets and results

 

 

Home again (and again) | The next Varsity event will take place at OPRF once again, as the annual Huskie Invitational will take place at home on Saturday, January 25. Beyond this high quality day of wrestling, York will come calling at OPRF in the Varsity finale on Tuesday, January 28. Keep an eye out for WSC-Conference championships in non-Varsity levels that will happen on the subsequent weekend after the York dual. For other OPRF Wrestling levels of competition this week, visit our Schedule page.

 

 

Summit sensations: Huskies flatten Hilltoppers 54-9
OPRF zooms to a 30-0 lead; Malakye Rodriguez provides a spark for the visitors · 01/16/2020

     

Huskies earned victories in 12 of 14 bouts. (photos by BT)

 

As is customary on the top of the hill, Glenbard West hosted a trio of duals prior to the Varsity main event. The Hilltoppers and Huskies traded wins in the opening rounds, but it was all Orange & Blue in the finale. Oak Park & River Forest (11-8, 4-1) came out as an energetic unit on Thursday night. Not only did OPRF earn victories early, but the first five bouts ended up in bonus point fashion for the visitors. On the night, the Huskies earned a dozen triumphs while giving up only two to the other side. Wins at 170 & 182 pounds provided the Hilltoppers' nine team points on the evening.

Beginning at 126 pounds, the Huskies were relentless: Jake Rundell, Nico Bolivar, Malakye Rodriguez, Josh Ogunsanya, Joe Chapman, and Stephon Carr took care of business. Adrian Palmares (170) and John Valaika (182) gave their best but were bested. The Huskie onslaught continued with tallies by Daemyen Middlebrooks, Malcolm Gray, Fabian Gonzalez, Zavien Stewart, Jalen Dunson, and Connor Nagela. OPRF performed quite well against an Honorable Mention Class 3A group.

 

Stephon Carr. Stephon started with a lead, lost it, but stormed back. Better than that, he simply could not be stopped in the third period to the tune of a 13-2 final two minutes.

Connor Nagela. Connor was a buzzsaw in his bout, the ultimate matchup of the night. He was a takedown machine that controlled the contest for all six minutes.
 

On January 18, OPRF's Field House again hosts the BIG Beat the Streets wresting event! Come out for it! (Details below.)

Big BIG day of wrestling (Jan. 18) | Beat the Streets Brawl and Youth Clinic will bring amazing action to the Chicagoland (specifically, Oak Park) area. At 9 AM, a youth clinic will be spearheaded by 2019 US Open Champ and 2019 World Cup Bronze Medalist Kyven Gadson. At 10 AM, high school action will begin that will feature eight very strong high schools from around the country: Bergen Catholic (NJ), Lake Highland Prep (FL), Montini Catholic (IL), Oak Park & River Forest (IL), Liberty (MO), Fort Dodge (IA), Tuttle (OK) and Broken Arrow (OK). Four duals per team are on the schedule, with rounds beginning at 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM, and 4:00 PM. For more information and to buy tickets, visit the Chicago Beat the Streets BTS Brawl Event page (Jan. 18 @ OPRF). For more information, see the previous article below.

 

 

Super Saturday: OPRF to host duals event with top visiting talent
Eight total high schools to be in play on Saturday; Beat the Streets returns to the Field House as well · 01/14/2020

       

Come on Saturday to support both of these great organizations!

 

On Saturday, Oak Park & River Forest High School will welcome so many into the Huskie Field House. There will be wrestlers, there will be coaches, there will be fans. None of this sounds too particular, but the Saturday's details are of particular note.

Let's run through the specifics: there will be eight high schools competing in duals on Saturday. Of the eight, six are from out-of-state. Bergen Catholic (NJ), Lake Highland Prep (FL), Montini Catholic (IL), Liberty (MO), Fort Dodge (IA), Tuttle (OK), and Broken Arrow (OK) will join host OPRF. Four rounds of wrestling are scheduled, with the sessions scheduled to begin at 10:00, 12:00, 2:00, and 4:00. For those interested, TrackWrestling lists the Huskies' first three opponents as Montini, Liberty (MO), and Broken Arrow (OK).

In addition to the Varsity duals, Beat the Streets Chicago is sponsoring a youth clinic from 9 AM - 12 PM. For more information on what Beat the Streets Chicago plans to do on Saturday, visit these links:

Beat the Streets Links | BTS Chicago Home | BTS Brawl 2020 Event | BTS Brawl 2019 Video (@ OPRF) | BTS 2018 Video

Come on Saturday! If you absolutely cannot come, you can follow the action on TrackWrestling. Go to BTS Brawl 2020 on TrackWrestling. Go Huskies!

 

 

OPRF Wrestling Parents Night Returns on Monday, Jan. 13
Visit at Oak Park Brewing Company (155 S. Oak Park Ave) at 7 PM · 01/12/2020

         

Come out for some fun and Huskie Wrestling Family Community!

 

Attention, parents and guardians! We would like to cordially invite you to the OPRF Wrestling Parents' Night this coming Monday night, December 9, located at Oak Park Brewing Company & Hamburger Mary's (155 S. Oak Park Ave, Oak Park). The event begins at 7 PM. This is a chance to chat with the OPRF Wrestling coaching staff while enjoying tasty food/drinks that OPBC has to offer. Welcome!

 

 

Central Bark Drive: Huskies cruise past Red Devils 38-29
Step-ins step up for OPRF; Huskies return on a winning note after Doc B · 01/10/2020

  

The Huskies went "old school" in their matchup with the Red Devils. (photos by BT)

 

OPRF Basketball pushed the Wrestling Huskies into 1 West Gym for tonight's West Suburban (Silver) Conference clash versus Hinsdale Central. It was a relatively fast evening up to the Varsity dual, as JV1, JV2, and the Freshman matchups went relatively quickly. At 7 PM, the host Huskies prepared their fourteen to shake hands and go to battle on the Varsity mat. A few Huskie starters were out, but their replacements performed admirably in their stead.

Oak Park & River Forest (10-8, 3-1) stormed out of the gate with four wins in the first five bouts. At 152, Joshua Ogunsanya earned a tech fall to earn five team points for the Orange & Blue. Joe Chapman repeated the feat at 160 before HC's Ron Kruse was too strong for Adrian Palmares. John Valaika scrambled to an exciting 8-7 victory at 182-pounds, and Daemyen Middlebrooks made short work of his adversary with a fall win in 0:23. After the 195-pound match, OPRF led 19-6. A tough loss at 220 by Malcolm Gray gave Hinsdale Central more hope. At 285 pounds, pure adrenaline hit the Huskie faithful as Rigo Guzman stunned his opponent with a cradle pin! 25-9 was the current team score, in favor of OPRF.

The Red Devils were not finished, however, as they earned victories in three of the next four contests (106, 120, and 126). In this trio, Zavien Stewart, Connor Nagela, and Reid Butterly wrestled for the Huskies (in order). At 113 pounds, Jalen Dunson was a flash of lightning and earned a solid 12-6 decision tally. After 11 of the 14 challenges, Oak Park & River Forest sported a 34-23 advantage. At 132, Jake Rundell snaked around his rival for a pin. Nico Bolivar majored his challenger 16-3 to seal the dual at 138 pounds. A pinfall by Red Devil Josh Keating ended the night, but Holden Ranker put up a good Huskie showing in his own right in the 145-pound tussle. Final score: OPRF 38, Hinsdale Central 29.

 

Rigo Guzman. Rigo continued to fight off takedown attempts by his opponent until he earned one himself. Wanting more, he forced a cradle, and forced a pin to everyone's jubilation.

Joe Chapman. Joe's power grew throughout the bout. He earned two points in the first period, five points in the second, and ten points in the third to cap off an impressive win.
 

The Varsity squad does not have a competition on January 11, but they return to action away at Glenbard West on Thursday, January 16. For other OPRF Wrestling levels of competition this week, visit our Schedule page.

On January 18, OPRF's Field House again hosts the BIG Beat the Streets wresting event! Come out for it! (Details below.)

Big BIG day of wrestling (Jan. 18) | Beat the Streets Brawl and Youth Clinic will bring amazing action to the Chicagoland (specifically, Oak Park) area. At 9 AM, a youth clinic will be spearheaded by 2019 US Open Champ and 2019 World Cup Bronze Medalist Kyven Gadson. At 10 AM, high school action will begin that will feature eight very strong high schools from around the country: Bergen Catholic (NJ), Lake Highland Prep (FL), Montini Catholic (IL), Oak Park & River Forest (IL), Liberty (MO), Fort Dodge (IA), Tuttle (OK) and Broken Arrow (OK). The dual lineups are yet-to-be-determined, but it is a day not to be missed. For more information and to buy tickets, visit the Chicago Beat the Streets BTS Brawl Event page (Jan. 18 @ OPRF).

 

 

Learning how to draw: IHSA completes winter bracket drawing
Regional winners now know their path in the Class 1A, 2A, and 3A Dual Team State Series · 01/08/2020

 

It's over a month away, but inquiring minds now have answers as to the IHSA Dual Team State Series matchups. You'll remember that there are two routes for state titles in the state of Illinois: individual titles and team titles. The Individual State Series will conclude on Saturday, February 22. Should Oak Park & River Forest win the Lyons Regional on February 8, they will be one of sixteen remaining schools in the Class 3A run to the title. By virtue of the winter bracket drawing results, a Huskie win would pit OPRF against the winner of the Stagg Regional in the Dual Team Sectional. The winner of that dual would advance directly to the quarterfinals of the Class 3A State Tournament.

Here is a rundown of the "Sweet Sixteen" Class 3A squads, along with some details. To see a list of all of the regional and sectional assignments, visit the IHSA Class 3A wrestling assignments page. The order below is based upon the winter drawing information.

The Dual Team Sectional (February 25) and Dual Team State (February 29) slots are listed below as regional team winners. The Dual Team Sectional is only one dual, and those are listed in parentheses along with the location of that dual on February 25.

Top Half (9:00 AM; #1 vs. #2 / #3 vs. #4)
Quarterfinal Slot #1 (Stevenson Regional vs. Prospect Regional @ Glenbrook North)
Quarterfinal Slot #2 (Huntley Regional vs. Grant Regional @ Glenbrook North)
Quarterfinal Slot #3 (Niles West Regional vs. Willowbrook Regional @ South Elgin)
Quarterfinal Slot #4 (Granite City Regional vs. Lockport Regional @ TBA)

Bottom Half (11:00 AM; #5 vs. #6 / #7 vs. #8)
Quarterfinal Slot #5 (DeKalb Regional vs. Lake Park Regional @ South Elgin)
Quarterfinal Slot #6 (Lyons Township Regional vs. Stagg Regional @ Sandburg)
Quarterfinal Slot #7 (Marmion Regional vs. Reavis Regional @ Sandburg)
Quarterfinal Slot #8 (Moline Regional vs. Plainfield North Regional @ TBA)

For a full bracket of the above information, visit TakeDownTwo's 3A Sectional/State Bracket on Illinois Matmen.

 

 

West side story: Rundell, Middlebrooks, and co. finish 11th at Doc B
Jake Rundell (126) and Daemyen Middlebrooks (195) finish as runners-up at prestigious tournament · 01/04/2020

via Doc B on FB | go

 

The Doc B Wrestling Invitational is, without a doubt, one of the highest profile tournaments in the country. It melds a large group of California schools with a blend of other schools from around the country. In all, 101 schools were represented by at least one wrestler. Some weight classes boasted upwards of 40-50 wrestlers in all. As a team, OPRF compiled 80 points en route to an 11th place finish out of all 101 squads.

Oak Park & River Forest had a very good showing as a team. A number of wrestlers performed well, but they fell a win or two shy of a medal bout. Josh Ogunsanya (145), Daemyen Middlebrooks (195), and Jake Rundell (126) all wrestled on the second day. Try as he might, Josh was not able to advance past his opponent and missed out on a place-winner bout. Daemyen motored in his first match on Saturday. He won the semifinal matchup to advance to the finals. In the finals, Daemyen brought the Huskie fight but fell short, 8-5, to Guillermo Escobedo of Los Altos (CA). It was a great tournament for Daemyen: he upended the #9, #1, and #5 seeds before meeting #6 in the title round. Daemyen himself was seeded #8. Jake was seeded #3, and he earned three falls in his first three contests. He strong-armed two non-seeds before also pinning the #6 seed. Versus #2-seed Maximo Renteria of Buchanan (CA), Jake outpointed and outlasted his opponent; trailing 3-2, Renteria had to default due to injury. In the final round, Jake went head-to-head with Dylan Ragusin of Montini. In this all-Illinois clash, it was as tight as nails. Ragusin scored a late takedown in the first period and rode out Jake. He escaped in the second before Jake escaped in the third to make it 3-1. A takedown of his own tied the bout, but Ragusin squirmed away for a one point lead. Despite Jake's pressure, the score remained 4-3. These two could meet again in the IHSA State Series, and you can bet that Jake will prepare to flip the result.

Despite the losses, Daemyen and Jake wrestled a terrific tournament. Congratulations!

Doc B results | FloArena

Back in the local saddle again | All levels compete on Friday, January 10, at home versus Hinsdale Central. On Saturday, Varsity does not have a scheduled event. For other OPRF Wrestling levels of competition this week, visit our Schedule page. See you on Friday, everyone!

 

 
 

Doc B Invitational Results | 106-145

 Wrestler  Year  Weight  Place
 Zavien Stewart  Junior  106  DNP
 Jalen Dunson  Sophomore  113  DNP
 Connor Nagela  Junior  120  DNP
 Jake Rundell  Senior  126  2nd
 Nico Bolivar  Senior  132  DNP
 Holden Ranker  Junior  138  DNP
 Josh Ogunsanya  Senior  152  2nd
 

Doc B Invitational Results | 152-285

 Wrestler  Year  Weight  Place
 Joe Chapman  Senior  152  DNP
 Stephon Carr  Junior  160  DNP
 Open  --  170  --
 Danny Lingen  Senior  182  DNP
 Daemyen
 Middlebrooks
 Senior  195  2nd
 Malcolm Gray  Junior  220  DNP
 Fabian Gonzalez  Senior  285  DNP
 
 

 

Doctor, doctor, give me the news...: Doc B tourney this Fri & Sat
Huskies to take on a strong field in California; preview below · 01/02/2020

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In a cross-country clash, the Oak Park & River Forest Huskies send their Varsity squad to Clovis, CA, to battle scores of others in the 2020 Doc B Wrestling Invitational. The website announces that 18 states are represented in this year's tussle. You can view and count the number of teams via the Doc B's homepage's scrolling marquee. The tournament is a two-day affair, and action begins at 11:30 AM Central Time. For a full schedule, visit Doc B's schedule page.

You can follow the action through Doc B on FloArena. If you wish to follow more closely, a paid subscription will allow you to watch on FloWrestling.

A thorough Doc B preview has been found. View the 2020 Doc B preview here.

Good luck, Huskies!

 

 

Flavor of Flavin: Huskies finish 4th of 32 teams in DeKalb
A strong Friday vaults OPRF to the top bracket; Saturday's competition a bit too strong · 12/28/2019

  

Eight mats hosted a total of 96 duals in the DeKalb field house. (photos by BT)

 

The Huskies made a holiday jaunt out to DeKalb on Friday and Saturday to take part in a 32-team dual team tournament. On Day 1, OPRF leapt past Glenbard East and Oswego. These two victories set the stage for a test against Lemont, the #1-ranked Class 2A team in the state. The bad news for the Indians of Lemont is that they would face the Huskies of Oak Park & River Forest. In the OPRF-Lemont dual, 13 bouts were not enough to decide the team winner. The ultimate match was held at 145 pounds, where Josh Ogunsanya butted heads with Kyle Schickel. With the team score in favor of the Huskies by a 31-29 tally, it was a winner-take-all scramble at 145 pounds. To add to the intrigue, Kyle Schickel had just taken first at the Rex Whitlach tournament. Josh Ogunsanya was runner-up at 152 pounds at the same tournament. In the end of their tussle, Josh outlasted his opponent to deliver OPRF the team win. It was excitement at its finest!

On Saturday, Oak Park & River Forest faced DeKalb, Mukwonago (WI), and Brownsburg (IN). All four of these squads wrestled in a round robin format to decide the rank of the top four high schools in the 2019 Flavin. All three opponents brought formidable units to the tournament. In the first team matchup on Saturday, OPRF took on the host in DeKalb. The Barbs secured 8 wins to the Huskies' 6, and they defeated OPRF 40-25. In the sandwich dual, OPRF and Mukwonago evenly split the bouts. Unfortunately, these Indians' bonus victories pushed them over the top; Mukwonago won 38-30. The finale was also a tight contest, but the Huskies again mustered only 6 victories; Brownsburg outlasted Oak Park & River Forest 42-32.

In the final standings, OPRF finished 4th out of the 32 teams in the tourney. It was a great showing for the Scoville Scurriers, despite the tough end of the tournament. Well done, Huskies!

For a full view of the results, visit the 2019 Flavin on TrackWrestling.

Next week is the California road trip for Varsity. They will be at the Doc B Wrestling Invitational. For other OPRF Wrestling levels of competition, visit our Schedule page. Let's look forward to more great wrestling! Happy New Year, everyone!

 

 

Way to go, Joe: Chapman is latest to join OPRF Century Club
Senior wrestler helps OPRF to a perfect 3-0 record in DeKalb's Day 1 · 12/27/2019

Joe Chapman stands tall during the 2019 IHSA Dual Team Sectional. (photo by Jamil Shhmart)

 

Participating in the DeKalb Flavin team tournament this weekend, Joe Chapman scored his 100th Huskie victory on Varsity. His culminating win took place against Oswego in the second of three rounds on Friday.

Joe, a two-time state medalist, arrived at the 2019-2020 season needing 15 wins for this mark. He went 2-0 as a freshman, 32-12 as a sophomore, 40-11 as a junior, and 15-2 as a senior thus far. After Day 1 of the Flavin tournament, Joe has a career record of 100-25. His career achievements include a Frosh-Soph state championship concluding the 2016-2017 season.

To view Joe's placement on the Century Club, as well as a whole lot more history notes and numbers, visit the Wall of Fame page. Currently in 2019-2020, Daemyen Middlebrooks (87) is also making a run for his membership card.

Follow all the Varsity Huskies at DeKalb this Saturday. OPRF's final round begins at 3:30 PM. They will wrestle three duals to determine the top four team places at the tournament. Go Huskies!

 

 

Full throttle: Rundell jets through opponents, joins Club 100
Jake dominates his opponents in Hinsdale, affixes his name among 100-bout winners · 12/22/2019

Jake Rundell ousts an adversary at the 2019 IHSA Dual Team State Finals. (photo by Jamil Shhmart)

 

At the Rex Whitlach Invitational, Jake Rundell secured his place at the top rung of Varsity victors for Oak Park & River Forest Huskie Wrestling by gaining his 100th victory. In fact, his 13-0 record puts him at 102 wins in his Varsity career. Jacob joins his brother Matthew as Century Club members and as IHSA state champions to boot. Matt (OPRF Class of 2015) finished with a 156-25 record. Enough about that, this post is about Jake!

Jake is the starting 126-pounder for the Huskies, and he has been stellar in his Varsity career. He boasts a career 94% winning percentage at the time of this writing: 3-1 as a freshman, 46-2 as a sophomore, 40-3 as a junior, and 13-0 so far as a senior. He won the 2017-2018 IHSA Class 3A individual title at 106 pounds and is looking for more hardware this season. He has been a force on the national Greco and Freestyle scene as well. Jake is 102-6 thus far on the Varsity level and joins as the 26th member of the quickly-growing Century Club. Congratulations, Jake!

To view Jake's placement on the Century Club, as well as a whole lot more history notes and numbers, visit the Wall of Fame page. Currently in 2019-2020, Joe Chapman (98), and Daemyen Middlebrooks (86) are nearing the finish line.

Follow all the Varsity Huskies at DeKalb this Friday and Saturday!

 

 

Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew: Huskies race past all at Whitlach
Rundell, Lingen, and Middlebrooks perch highest with Bolivar, Ogunsanya, and Chapman a step below · 12/21/2019

 

Huskies and Family earn top dogs at Rex Whitlach invitational. (photo via Illinois Matmen) | enlarge

 
Oak Park & River Forest stormed the competition at Hinsdale Central and prevailed in the 32-team invitational. All wrestlers earned points for the Huskies, as all entrants wrestled on the final day of the two day tournament. Jake Rundell (126), Danny LIngen (182), and Daemyen Middlebrooks (195) each won their brackets. Nico Bolivar (138), Josh Ogunsanya (152), and Joe Chapman (160) each finished as runner-up. Connor Nagela (120) finished 7th while Fabian Gonzalez (285) finished 8th. Zavien Stewart (106), Jalen Dunson (113), Stephon Carr (170), and Malcolm Gray (220) each wrestled well but did not advance into the medal round.

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 photo page.

Video games | Semifinal and final matches were streamed online and can be viewed on demand via the links at Illinois Matmen Whitlach's video page. 4K quality finals matches can also be found on Illinois Matmen, courtesy of Nima Ghavari.

Dual threat | After the holiday break, Huskie Varsity travels to DeKalb on Friday and Saturday for a dual team tournament in which they will wrestle three teams on each day. A dual team tournament is one in which teams face off against each other in a traditional dual format, and the results of these duals affect final placing in the tournament altogether. For other OPRF Wrestling levels of competition, visit our Schedule page.

100 more | Along with his bracket gift (and accompanying t-shirt), Jake Rundell earned his 100th Varsity win at the Whitlach tournament. More info to come about this feat, but a Huskie congratulations to Jake in the meantime!

 

 
 

Whitlach Invitational Results | 106-145

 Wrestler  Year  Weight  Place
 Zavien Stewart  Junior  106  DNP
 Jalen Dunson  Sophomore  113  DNP
 Connor Nagela  Junior  120  7th
 Jake Rundell  Senior  126  1st
 Open  --  132  --
 Nico Bolivar  Senior  138  2nd
 Open  --  145  --
 

Whitlach Invitational Results | 152-285

 Wrestler  Year  Weight  Place
 Josh Ogunsanya  Senior  152  2nd
 Joe Chapman  Senior  160  2nd
 Stephon Carr  Junior  170  DNP
 Danny Lingen  Senior  182  1st
 Daemyen
 Middlebrooks
 Senior  195  1st
 Malcolm Gray  Junior  220  DNP
 Fabian Gonzalez  Senior  285  8th
 
 

 

Close call: Huskies down Panthers, go 1-2 at duals
OPRF loses by two, wins by four, finishes against nationally-ranked DCC · 12/14/2019

 
     

Huskies shake hands in duals 1, 2, 3. (photos by BT)

 

the warm confines of the Oak Park & River Forest Field House provided a slew of fun, quality duals and matches. In attendance were six total squads: OPRF, Washington, Providence, DeKalb, Crown Point (IN), and Detroit Catholic Central (MI). In succession, the Huskies battled Crown Point, Washington, and DCC.

The first team to toe the line versus the home unit was Crown Point. The dual commenced at 160 pounds, with a calm Joe Chapman win. Adrian Palmares had a strong win at 182, Daemyen Middlebrooks dispatched his opponent, Fabian Gonzalez ended the match before it began with a 0:20 fall. Jake Rundell earned a technical fall, and Nico Bolivar and Josh Ogunsanya earned victories but couldn't push the Huskies past the finish line. Nico stepped up big, knocking off the #5 nationally-ranked (InterMat) Jesse Mendez in a 6-3 decision. Final score: Crown Point 33, OPRF 31.

In the second dual, the Huskies locked paws with the Panthers of Washington. A fearsome force, Washington has won back-to-back-to-back-to-back Class 2A Dual Team titles. OPRF, you'll remember, is in Class 3A. Against the Panthers, the Huskies earned some big-time wins. In order, victories went to Daemyen Middlebrooks (195), Malcolm Gray (220), Fabian Gonzalez (285), Jalen Dunson (113), Jake Rundell (126), Nico Bolivar (138), Joshua Ogunsanya (152), and Joe Chapman (160). Jalen and Malcolm each wrestled smashingly: Jalen earned a takedown and near fall points in the last five seconds of the contest to scrape out a 7-6 win; Malcolm showed his Huskie heart and snatched an overtime victory against his opponent. Final score: OPRF 32, Washington 28.

Anyone who followed national rankings knew that Oak Park & River Forest faced a heavy challenge versus Detroit Central Catholic. The Shamrocks entered action as InterMat's #5-ranked high school team in the country. They didn't disappoint, but the Huskies put up a fight and scrapped for five successes: Daemyen Middlebrooks, Jake Rundell, Nico Bolivar, Joshua Ogunsanya, and Joe Chapman (in order of dual). Final score: DCC 51, OPRF 20.

Despite the two losses, it was a successful day for OPRF (7-7, 2-1). Big gains were made, and it is another positive step towards February.

Journey to a Tourney | This week, Team Orange & Blue will be on display at Hinsdale Central High School in an individual tournament. This invitational, named Rex Whitlach, will feature a number of top 25 teams in 3A: #5 Sandburg, #7 Barrington, #9 Minooka, #11 OPRF, #12 Lincoln-Way West, #15 Stevenson, #18 Lyons Township, and #19 West Aurora. For a list of all teams and other details (including a tournament schedule), visit IL Wrestle's Hinsdale Tournament information document.

Full schedule details are in the document, but know that Friday's action begins at 5:00 PM with the preliminary round. On Saturday, championship quarterfinals and consolation second round both begin at 9:00 AM. Medal round matches (1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th) are scheduled for 4:00 PM.

It will be a very exciting tournament! With a strong team field, we will need all the support we can get. Come out and support the Huskies!

 

Nico Bolivar. Nico was 3-0 on the day. He upended three quality opponents including a top-ranked wrestler in the country. The senior is focused and ready to roll.

Jalen Dunson. Jalen refused to give up in his 113-pound match against Washington. Trailing by four in the final seconds, he muscled his adversary to the mat for a dual-altering win.
 

 

Lions roar, but Huskies bite: OPRF leaps past LT 40-30
Four pinfalls in succession are key in Oak Park-River Forest win · 12/12/2019

 
     

Oak Park & River Forest kicked off their 2019-2020 home slate. (photos by BT)

 

If you are a young, new, or converted OPRF Wrestling fan, you may not know about the storied history between Oak Park & River Forest and Lyons Township. There have been some close duals, some not-so-close duals, and some epic duals. On this Thursday night, the Huskies withstood a strong push by the Lions to take eight of the fourteen bouts and the overall victory.

The dual began at 160 pounds. Lyons started off well with technical fall and decision wins out of the gate. Danny Lingen (182) brought some points to the home side with a tough-earned decision of his own. A see saw battle at 195 saw-ed in LT's favor for a fall. Beginning at 220 pounds, the Huskies scooted to four consecutive pins: Daemyen Middlebrooks, Fabian Gonzalez (285), Cooper Lacey (106), and Zavien Stewart (113). Enhancing the impact, all four falls occurred in the first period. LT boomeranged back at 120 pounds, taking three of four at that juncture. For the Huskies, Nico Bolivar hustled to a 7-1 victory over talented Jack Villarreal in that span. OPRF finished strong, with Josh Ogunsanya (152) and Joe Chapman (160) tallying technical fall triumphs. The final score: OPRF 40, LT 30. Varsity wrestlers in the lineup not mentioned above are Jalen Dunson (120), Malakai Riley (126), Holden Ranker (138), Stephon Carr (160), Thor Mahler (170), and John Valaika (195).

Saturday Duals | OPRF went 1-2 on the day. Including LT and the 12/14 event, OPRF's Varsity record is 6-5 (2-1). More to come about Saturday's Super Duals later.

 

Cooper Lacey. This talented freshman dominated his 106-pound opponent for 6 team points. Cooper's motor continues to run, and his progress is one to follow.  

Zavien Stewart. A strong win at 113 followed the momentum at 106. Zavien powered into his match and gained a first period takedown and fall victory for the Huskies.
 

 

Home debut on Thursday: Huskies to grapple Lyons Township
'Tis the season for thanking; thank you to our 2019-2020 sponsors for your amazing support · 12/11/2019

 
 

All levels will host the Lyons Township Lyons this Thursday, December 12. Action is slated to begin in the OPRFHS Field House at 6 PM. LT comes in as a ranked squad, so the evening should be full of some high quality matches. We hope you join us! And, don't forget, there is a Varsity home duals event this Saturday as well.

With the the first home event of the season nearly upon us (finally!), it is a perfect time to acknowledge our generous sponsors for the current year. For a complete list of sponsors and information, please visit our Sponsors page. You can always go straight to the Sponsors page by way of the menu to the left (<--). Go to "SHOW YOUR SUPPORT - Sponsors" to see the page in its full detail. Also to the left on all pages are the weight class, post season party, and parent's night sponsors attached with direct links.

 

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Thank you to the 2019-2020 Sponsors! Visitors, please browse and consider these businesses and organizations. We appreciate their support in sponsoring the Oak Park & River Forest Huskie Wrestling Family! A heartfelt Huskie "Thank you" to all of generous individuals, businesses, and organizations! And -- to YOU -- thank you for visiting our site!

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). If you wish to make a personal donation, you may also use the OPRFHS Web Store link, located in the left sidebar on all pages, or near the top on the home page.

Thank you, participating sponsors! We sincerely appreciate your generosity!

 

 

Warriors in Washington: Huskies battle to 2-1 finish
OPRF downs Granite City, Lincoln-Way West; Lockport too strong · 12/07/2019

 
     

Quality wrestling was on display in Washington. (photos by BT)

 

First and foremost, let us send a great shout out to all of the Huskie faithful who made the trip to Washington, IL, to support Team Orange & Blue in person. It was wonderful to see so many Huskie Wrestling Family members who made the trek. They weren't disappointed in the effort that the Huskies put forth.

Oak Park & River Forest wrestled three of the seven other teams that were involved in the Varsity event. OPRF hustled to a 52-24 victory over Granite City in the first dual. It was a close dual, but in the end #7 Lockport outpointed the Huskies 45-31. To conclude the afternoon, OPRF outmuscled #11 Lincoln-Way West 35-32. The Scoville Scurriers brought a great deal of heart to the mat on Saturday, and they performed very well despite only toeing 12 of 14 on the line. Undefeated wrestlers on the day were Jake Rundell (126), Josh Ogunsanya (152), Joe Chapman (160/170), Danny Lingen (182/195), Daemyen Middlebrooks (195/220), and Fabian Gonzales (285). Other contributing grapplers were Cooper Lacey (106), Zavien Stewart (113), Jalen Dunson (120), Ethan France (132), Thor Mahler (170), Stephon Carr (170), Adrian Palmares (182), and Malcolm Gray (220).

It was a positive step forward, and the Huskies look to take more strides against conference rival Lyons Township this Thursday night. The OPRF-LT dual (all levels) will take place at home at the OPRF Field House. Action begins at 6 PM. Also at OPRF is this coming Saturday's Varsity multi-dual event hosted by the Huskies. The OPRFHS schedule lists the start time at 8 AM, so settle in early. Come on out and show up in full force to support the Huskies!

For other levels this week, visit our schedule page.

 

Daemyen Middlebrooks. Daemyen exhibited Huskie fight in his second bout. He trailed by 7 points early before tallying 15 in a row. Daemyen punctuated his comeback with a pin.

Malcolm Gray. In his first bout, Malcolm tossed his opponent for a four-point move but was denied a would-be pin by the boundary lines. Still, it was a big-time Huskie power moment.
 

 

Hear ye, hear ye: OPRF Wrestling Parents Night on Monday, Dec. 9
Meet, greet OPRF Wrestling coaches at Oak Park Brewing Company (155 S. Oak Park Ave) at 7 PM · 12/06/2019

         

Come out for some fun and Huskie Wrestling Family Community!

 

Attention, parents! We would like to cordially invite you to the OPRF Wrestling Parents' Night this coming Monday night, December 9, located at Oak Park Brewing Company & Hamburger Mary's (155 S. Oak Park Ave, Oak Park). The event begins at 7 PM. This is a chance to chat with the OPRF Wrestling coaching staff while enjoying tasty food/drinks that OPBC has to offer. Welcome!

 

 

Josh is posh: Ogunsanya thrills into the Century Club
Josh's three early wins cement his place among the legends · 12/01/2019

Joshua Ogunsanya tallies a victory at the 2019 IHSA Individual Finals. (photo by Jamil Shhmart)

 

With all of the excitement of the first week, you may not have noticed that Joshua Ogunsanya joined the OPRF Century Club by notching his 100th victory in his Varsity career. He joins fellow senior Nico Bolivar (104-27 at present) as members on this prestigious list. As of this moment, Josh holds a 100-17 record at Oak Park & River Forest. Digging into his season records thus far, Josh was 15-3 as a freshman, 45-5 as a sophomore, and 37-9 as a junior.

We will see how this year unfolds for Josh as he pursues Champaign and beyond. Congratulations, Joshua!

To view Joshua's placement on the Century Club, as well as a whole lot more history notes and numbers, visit the Wall of Fame page. (I'll tell anyone who listens; the Wall of Fame page is my favorite page on this entire site.)

Currently in 2019-2020, Jake Rundell (92), Joe Chapman (88), and Daemyen Middlebrooks (75) are not far behind.

 

 

Splittsville in McHenry: Huskies go 1-1 at duals
OPRF defeats Providence, falls to Aurora Christian · 11/30/2019

 
  

The Huskies prepare for their day's competition. (photo by BT)

 

After coming out of the Thanksgiving break, Oak Park & River Forest traveled northwest to attend the goings-on at McHenry (East) High School. Here, the Huskies (1-2, 0-1) fought and scrapped to a .500 finish on the day.

The blind weight draw chose 170 pounds as the starting bout of the day. Against the Celtics, OPRF sent out a lineup that included Stephon Carr, Adrian Palmares, John Valaika, Daemyen Middlebrooks, Fabian Gonzalez, Cooper Lacey, Connor Nagela, Jalen Dunson, Jake Rundell, Nico Bolivar, Holden Ranker, Joshua Ogunsanya, and Joe Chapman. In the dual, the Huskies earned bonus points from Valaika (major), Middlebrooks (tech), Nagela (forfeit), Dunson (forfeit), Rundell (fall), Bolivar (fall), Ogunsanya (fall), and Chapman (fall). The Aurora Christian dual was much closer. The same lineup of Huskies (sans Carr) took to the mat in this second dual, albeit a few in a different spot. Victories for OPRF were had at 195 (Valaika), 220 (Middlebrooks), 285 (Gonzalez). 132 (Rundell), 152 (Ogunsanya), and 170 (Chapman). The dual was a nail-biter, as Chapman almost completed the comeback.

Final scores on the day: OPRF 45, Providence 25 | Aurora Christian 33, OPRF 32.

This week | All levels visit Proviso West on Thursday (6:00 PM), and Varsity visits Washington for more duals early Saturday morning. That day of events is scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM. For other levels this week, visit our schedule page.

 

John Valaika. John began his season with two wins, one controlled major and one forfeit. He looked very strong and will be one to keep an eye on.

Fabian Gonzalez. Fabian dropped his Aurora Christian opponent right onto his back and garnered a first minute pin in a beautiful sequence.
 

 

Opening night blues: Huskies fall to Trojans 49-30
DGN storms to a 28-0 lead, stops OPRF's conference victory streak at 20 · 11/27/2019

 
        

The Huskies opened the season in Downers Grove. (photos by BT)

 

Oak Park & River Forest had high hopes to open the season. Downers Grove North felt the same. The evening began in a warm, energetic applause created by both groups of student athletes as they anticipated the first whistle of the season. The Freshman, Junior Varsity 1, and Junior Varsity 2 levels were up first on three mats. There were a number of high quality bouts, and there were a fair amount of shortened bouts too. Give the Trojans credit; they competed and did very well at all levels.

As Varsity took their stage under the spotlight (literally), the Huskies looked to keep another West Suburban (Silver) Conference opponent at bay. The Trojans were looking to...well, lay it all on the mat and come what may. The dual began at the 285-pound heavyweight class. OPRF's Fabian Gonzalez began the action versus Josh Reames of Downers North. Fabian started strong but was caught, and the Trojans earned the first 6 points of the dual with a fall victory. From 106-120, Huskies Cooper Lacey, Owen Baker, and Jalen Dunson had their flashes, but their Downers Grove North opponents were too strong and earned pins as well. At 126, Connor Nagela showed a strong effort but was bested by state place-winner Brad Rosen of DGN. After 5 bouts, Downers Grove North led 28-0.

Needing to make a comeback, senior Jake Rundell began the Huskie charge. OPRF gained falls at 132 (Jake Rundell), 145 (Nico Bolivar), 152 (Josh Ogunsanya), and 160 (Joe Chapman). Within that stretch, DGN earned a forfeit victory (138 pounds). Through 160 pounds, the Huskies had trimmed the score down to 34-24. Unfortunately, Oak Park & River Forest acquired only one win in the final four bouts (Daemyen Middlebrooks' forfeit tally at 195 pounds): Stephen Carr, Adrian Palmares, and Malcolm Gray all gave it their best efforts but came up short. Final score: DGN 49, OPRF 30. The Huskies had won 20 consecutive duals versus West Suburban (Silver) opponents before

The Huskies (0-1 overall, 0-1 in conference) will use this experience as a learning opportunity to grow, undoubtedly. They will have more opportunity to test their mettle once again this Saturday, at McHenry High School (East Campus). If you made it out, we thank you. Everyone have a wonderful holiday week!

 

Joshua Ogunsanya. Within seconds, Josh blazed to a takedown and was relentless in securing a fall victory in only 53 seconds. OPRF needed energy, and Josh answered the call.

Jake Rundell. Already leading 10-4, Jake threw in a headlock to bring his opponent to the mat and to his back. The headlock resulted in a fall.
 

 

Ready to wreck: OPRF opens at Downers Grove North tonight
All levels will be in action versus the Trojans; action begins at 6 PM · 11/26/2019

     

 

The Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew will be out in full force (with you?) tonight as the Huskies officially open their competition schedule for the 2019-2020 season. Schedule for tonight: Freshman, Junior Varsity 1, & Junior Varsity 2 (@ 6 PM); Varsity (@ 7 PM approx.). Come out to see the fresh and familiar faces that represent 201 N. Scoville!

Here's this week's schedule of activities:

 
Date Event(s)
 Tuesday, November 26  OPRF @ Downers Grove North (6 PM)
 Wednesday, November 27  HWF Clinic & Festival @ OPRF (5 PM)
   Girls @ Homewood Flossmoor (4 PM)
   Alumni Social @ Lantern Haus-FP (7:30 PM)
 Thursday, November 28  Turkey Trot 5K @ St. Giles (8:30 AM)
 Saturday, November 30  Varsity @ McHenry (East) (9 AM)
   Junior Varsity 1 @ Glenbard North (9 AM)
   Frosh-Soph @ Maine South (9 AM)
 
This year, the Huskies will not have a dual on the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving. However, there will be a home Huskie Family clinic that will run from 5-7 PM. The Alumni Night Social at the Lantern Haus in Forest Park (2nd Floor) from 7:30-10:30 PM. We hope to see you at a number of our events this week! Huskie POWER!
 

 

Leaf-ing their mark: Huskies tidy the community on Sunday
You may find OPRF wrestlers in your area this Sunday · 11/23/2019

 

Saturday morning brought with it the annual wrestle-offs for the first week of the season. Sunday morning and early afternoon bring with them an opportunity to impact the Oak Park & River Forest community. Huskie wrestlers will be out, helping to rake leaves and perhaps do other neighborly things. If you see wrestlers about, greet them with a Huskie hello! It looks to be a beautiful day!

And don't forget about Tuesday's kickoff dual at Downers Grove North! Huskie power!

 

 

What's up, Doc?
OPRF to visit California

 
This season, the Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew will be heading west to participate in the prestigious Doc Buchanan Wrestling Invitational (January 3-4, 2020).

The Huskies are still looking for financial support for this incredible opportunity. If you wish to contribute, please visit the official OPRF Wrestling Web Store (-->).

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Schedule at-a-glance: Preview Varsity dates and opponents
The Orange & Blue exchange the Powerade and Clash for the Flavin and Doc B · 11/22/2019

 

  

 
We are inching (or is it, leaping?) towards the kickoff event for the Oak Park & River Forest Huskies.

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
 @ Downers Grove North*  11/26  @ McHenry  11/30  @ Hinsdale Central  12/20-12/21
 @ Proviso West*  12/05  @ Washington  12/07  @ DeKalb  12/27-12/28
 vs. Lyons Township*  12/12  vs. Quad  12/14  @ The Doc Buchanan (CA)  01/03-01/04
 vs. York*  01/09  vs. Quad  01/18  vs. Huskie Invitational  01/25
 vs. Hinsdale Central*  01/10    @ TBD (IHSA State Series)  02/08-02/29
 @ Glenbard West*  01/16    
   * - conference opponent  
 

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

 
@ Downers Grove North (Tue, Nov. 26)  |  Conference Dual
Since 2012-2013, the Huskies have opened their competition schedule against conference foes Downers Grove North. How will this year's edition go for the Huskies and for the host Trojans?

Downers Grove North Wrestling

@ McHenry / Quad (Sat, Nov 30)
This is a new quad meet on the Huskies' schedule, replacing the New Trier visit. While still a jaunt of its own, it will be an exciting new experience for OPRF and its fans.

McHenry Wrestling

@ Proviso West (Thu, Dec 05)  |  Conference Dual
Proviso West should bring a number of talented wrestlers to the mat, but history tells us that their Varsity roster is often thin.

Proviso West Wrestling

@ Washington / Quad (Sat, Dec 07)
While the Huskies may not, in fact, wrestle the defending 4-time Class 2A Dual Team Champions (Washington), you can bet that there will be no shortage of charged bouts in and around Huskie duals.

Washington Wrestling

vs. Lyons Township (Thu, Dec 12)  |  Conference Dual

The Lions have been thorns in OPRF's side time and again, but the pendulum has swung back towards the Huskies in recent years. You can bet LT will want to put on a great showing on the road.

Lyons Township Wrestling

vs. OPRF / Quad (Sat, Dec 14)
Washington wrestled OPRF at this event last year. Will it happen again? What else? Regardless of all of the specifics, three sequential home duals are not to be missed.

OPRF Wrestling

@ Hinsdale Central / Whitlach Individual Tournament (Fri-Sat, Dec 20-21)
The Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew dominated last year's Whitlach tournament [and the one previous (and the one previous)], besting 23 other schools [again (again)) to win the crown. Will it be the same this year? This is a fun, local tournament. Come and see a whole slew of squads performing at their best.

Hinsdale Central Wrestling

@ DeKalb / Don Flavin Individual Tournament (Fri-Sat, Dec 27-28)
This should be a dandy of a local tournament. The host Barbs return a number of starters on Varsity, and they are expected to be in the top tier of Class 3A squads. The Huskies make their first appearance at this tournament, so you should join in this shiny new gift.

DeKalb Wrestling

@ CALIFORNIA / Doc Buchanan Individual Tournament (Fri-Sat, Jan 03-04)
If you're reading this from California, do we have an ideal tournament for you! The Huskies will fly to Buchanan High School in Clovis, CA, to battle against a plethora of tough competitors. Among these foes is Montini, Illinois Class 3A champions from February 2019.

The Doc Buchanan

vs. Hinsdale Central (Fri, Jan 10)  |  Conference Dual
Unlike their hosted tournament, this event will take place at OPRF this year. There have been some nice battles in the past with the Red Devils, and the head-to-head results at this year's Whitlach Tournament will also help set the stage for the dual.

Hinsdale Central Wrestling

@ Glenbard West (Thu, Dec 16)  |  Conference Dual
The final conference opponent this year goes to...the Glenbard West Hilltoppers. Unfortunately, this year's edition isn't at home. That being said, it's a pretty drive to Glen Ellyn. Hopefully, OPRF will be looking for a clean sweep in conference at this time.

Glenbard West Wrestling

vs. OPRF / Quad (Sat, Jan 18)
More high quality wrestling at the friendly confines! A year ago, this date brought the ultra-exciting Beat the Streets event here to Oak Park. Whatever's on tap this year, you should be here for it.

OPRF Wrestling

vs. OPRF / Individual Tournament (Sat, Jan 25)
Varsity and Freshman in the same building. Last year, weather threw a monkey wrench into the intended machine that is the Huskie Invitational. This is a well respected tourney, and it is likely that you will see some out of state competitors.

OPRF Wrestling

vs. York (Tue, Jan 28)  |  Conference Dual
Here are close neighbors making a visit in West Suburban-Silver Conference clash. The Dukes are developing in year two under a new head coach. What will this dual bring?

York Wrestling

@ IHSA State Series: Regional, Sectional, Individual, and Dual Team (Sat, Feb 08-29)
It is often said that the regular season is simply preparation for the second season, and the Orange & Blue will be ready to push itself (collectively and individually) into high gear for the final month. The assignments are yet to be posted, but the Huskies will have their eyes fixed upon success in Champaign and in Blomington.

IHSA State Series

 

 

 

One week countdown to '19-'20: OPRF visits DGN on Tues (11/26)
Looking back to spring forward · 11/19/2019

 

It was yet another season to remember.

 
We now stand ever so close to the IHSA Wrestling kickoff week. Let's take a look back at last year's results to gain some focus (and steam) for this upcoming season. Here are monthly summaries of the Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew from 2018-2019.
 
 Month Summary
2018 November
The Huskies began the season at home, downing WSC-Silver foe Downers Grove North (65-09). Also at home, OPRF outwrestled South Elgin the following night. In the first multi-team event of the season, the Huskies visited New Trier High School to face the Trevians, the Schaumburg Saxons, and the Dakota Indians. The Scoville Squad had no problems advancing their dual team record to 5-0 in Winnetka. Dual record in November: (5-0). Tournament results: None.
2018 December
In the crisp December air, Oak Park & River Forest made the long jaunt to Washington, IL, to combat three more teams in a super duals event. OPRF swept their duals, triumphant over Lincoln-Way West, Lockport, and Granite City. Of note, the Porters were ranked #6 in Class 3A (according to GEI Rankings). Conference rivals Proviso West and Lyons Township were no match for the Huskies, and OPRF powered through three more at home: Providence, DeKalb, and Washington (ranked #1 in 2A). In the two-day Hinsdale Central tournament, the Orange & Blue earned top spot. Jake Rundell, Nico Bolivar, Josh Ogunsanya, and Eddie Bolivar were champions. At the Powerade tournament in Pennsylvania, OPRF finished as runner-up with six place-winners. Dual record in December (9-0). Tournament results: 1st (of 24) and 2nd (of 52).
2019 January
After the calendar turned, Oak Park & River Forest wrestled under the lights in Rochester, MN, at the Clash dual team tournament. The Huskies won the tournament with a 6-0 dual record. Out-of-state challengers Waverly-Shell Rock, IA, and Shakopee, MN, were both ranked in the top 50 nationally by InterMat. OPRF dispatched York next before finished with a 1-3 record at the home Beat the Streets super event on January 12. The Huskies defeated Poway, CA, 33-28 before stumbling against Bergen, NJ, Lake Highland Prep, FL, and Montini. OPRF completed a perfect conference dual record against the Red Devils of Hinsdale Central before completing the month's schedule at home for the Huskie Invitational. Weather conditions impacted the small field, and OPRF earned the team plaque. Team champions were Jake Rundell, Josh Ogunsanya, Torry Early, Jaylan Pascascio, and Ashford Hollis. Dual record in January (9-3). Tournament results: 1st (of 32) and 1st (of 6).
2019 February
The IHSA Wrestling postseason committee assigned the Huskies to the Lane Regional. Thirteen wrestlers advanced to the Individual Sectional, and all placed in the top four. Those earning Regional bracket boards were Jake Rundell, Nico Bolivar, Josh Ogunsanya, Eddie Bolivar, Torry Early, Joe Chapman, Jake Cagnina, Danny Lingen, Daemyen Middlebrooks, Brian Ziech, Jaylan Pascascio, and Ashford Hollis. OPRF advanced to the Dual Team Sectional as Lane Regional champions. In the Conant Individual Sectional, team scores were inconsequential. Sectional champs were Jake Rundell, Josh Ogunsanya, Eddie Bolivar, Joe Chapman, and Ashford Hollis. At Individual State, Eddie Bolivar earned a Class 3A 132-pound title! Other medalists were Nico Bolivar, Josh Ogunsanya, Daemyen Middlebrooks, and Ashford Hollis. Jake Rundell was unable to participate in Champaign. At the DeKalb Dual Team Sectional, Glenbard North pushed the Huskies but fell 33-31. At Team State, OPRF skipped past Lockport and Marmion to reach the championship dual. There, the Montini Broncos stymied the Huskies for a second time in the season. Oak Park & River Forest completed a 2nd place team run! Dual record in February (3-1). Tournament results: 1st (of 9), and 2nd (of Class 3A).
Statistics Summary
OPRF dual record: 26-4, 6-0 in conference. 40+ victories: Eddie Bolivar, Nico Bolivar, Joe Chapman, Torry Early, Ashford Hollis, and Jake Rundell. 30-39 victories: Daemyen Middlebrooks, Josh Ogunsanya, and Jaylan Pascascio. King Pin: Ashford Hollis & Jake Rundell. Takedown King: Jake Rundell. New members to the Century Club: Eddie Bolivar & Nico Bolivar.
 
--> For a full look at 2018-2019 (and other seasons, perhaps), visit our History Archive or News & Multimedia Archive.
 

 

It's official: Let them wrestle!
IHSA season begins today · 11/11/2019

         

It won't be long until we meet again.

 

...And we're almost back! The 2019-2020 IHSA Wrestling Season is upon us!

Monday, November 11, is the designated start date by the Illinois High School Association. The first week of interscholastic contests will be allowed to take place beginning on Monday, November 25. The Oak Park & River Forest Huskies will open their competition slate versus the Downers Grove North Trojans in Downers Grove on Tuesday, November 26.

We most certainly will have more information about the 2019-2020 edition of your Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew as the days unfold. In the meantime, please keep your homes warm during these chilly times. See you very soon!

 

 

Trick-And-Treat: October's end launches November's beginning
October 31's weather may be harsh, but November 11 brings a calm to the area · 10/30/2019

          

-- Let it shine! --

 

...And we're almost back! Let the weather forecasters explain what will fall alongside candy into bags and baskets. Let us illuminate about the majesty that will soon be the 2019-2020 IHSA Wrestling Season!

On November 11, the Illinois High School Association begins a new chapter in its wrestling history. On this date, official preparation for the first interscholastic competition will commence!

In order to get everyone up to speed, in the coming days we will look back at some of the 2019 spring/summer/fall results. We will also begin to prepare you for the upcoming season.

2019-2020 season schedule & more | To the left, you will find links to the 2019-2020 OPRF Wrestling schedule (all levels) and more. Pardon our dust; keep in mind that we will update the pages as the season begins and information is confirmed. Also, please note that the schedules were taken from il.8to18.com/oprf. We will make every effort to adjust changes as soon as possible, but also consult your coach or student directly with questions you may have.

Season firsts | The first day of the IHSA Wrestling season is Monday, November 11. The first OPRF Wrestling competition is Tuesday, November 26, at Downers Grove North High School (Downers Grove, IL). All levels are scheduled to compete, and action begins at approximately 6:00 PM.

I want to know about how to join / get my student to join wrestling | If you have not yet contacted a current OPRFHS Wrestling coach, please contact one as soon as possible for more details. As the site webmaster, I do not have specific details about the steps that are needed. It is best for you to contact a coach directly.

 

 

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