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Orange and Blue Wrecking Crew · IHSA Class 3A State Champions: 2009, 2014, 2015 · Huskie Wrestling Family


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Silver Six-pack · 2014-2015

Nov 25 H W 58-6
Dec 05 A W 47-15
Dec 10 H W 24-3
Jan 08 H W 57-3
Jan 16 A W 56-7
Jan 23 A W 54-12

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Football frenzy: Huskie football rises to 6-0
Pipeline of Huskies continue to qualify, enter, contend · 10/02/2015


An archived view of the OPRF football field

2015 OPRF Varsity Football is off and running...and running...and running...and running...and running...and running. That's a perfect 6-0 in six contests to begin the IHSA fall season. On Friday night, October 2, the Orange & Blue Football Crew more than doubled the Dukes of York in a West Suburban (Silver) conference showdown.

Certainly, cheering for any Huskie squad is one thing that we all do; however, as is customary, the football squad features more than a few of the young men we hope to see lining the mat sidelines come November. Huskie senior, Allen Stallings, was recently featured as a candidate in Chicago Tribune's prep athlete of the month for August.

Next Friday night, the Huskies host a conference clash with Glenbard West, unbeaten through its first six  contests. After Friday night's tilt, the Huskies' final duo of contests includes Lyons (A) and Hinsdale Central (H). For an updated view on the football conference standings and schedules, visit the IHSA WSC-S page.

Come out, once again...for more Huskie Hoopla!



2015 OPRF Football (Varsity) Schedule/Results

  Date   Opponent   Result   Record   Reports
  08 / 28   vs. Lincoln-Way East   Win 14-13   1-0 (0-0)   Article | Box
  09 / 04   vs. Addison Trail ^   Win 35-7   2-0 (0-0)   Article | Box
  09 / 11   @ Morton ^   Win 42-12   3-0 (0-0)   Article | Box
  09 / 19   @ Proviso West *   Win 41-0   4-0 (1-0)   Article | Box
  09 / 26   vs. Downers Grove North *   Win 44-20   5-0 (2-0)   Article | Box
  10 / 02   @ York *   Win 21-6   6-0 (3-0)   Article | Box
  10 / 09   vs. Glenbard West *      
  10 / 16   @ Lyons Township *      
  10 / 23   vs. Hinsdale Central *      
  ^ - West Suburban (Gold) member school / * - West Suburban (Silver) member school


Bey chooses his way: Kamal Bey opts for OTC
Rising senior chooses Colorado Springs, Greco · 08/01/2015


Kamal Bey at Fargo 2015 | via InterMat (David Peterson) Link

Kamal Bey entered Oak Park & River Forest High School in the fall of 2012 for a highly unorthodox -- and yet very complete -- three year career as a Scoville Avenue'd Huskie. Kamal has enormous talent in all three disciplines (Folkstyle, Freestyle, and Greco-Roman) and has made a choice to follow his passion of a Greco-focused future. This summer, Kamal scored a national championship in the 170-pound weight class in Fargo, North Dakota.

Kamal ends his OPRF career with a Varsity record of 102-15. He was the 18th -- and most recent -- entrant into the Century Club list of Varsity wrestlers. Kamal also won an IHSA state title during his sophomore campaign but was prevented an opportunity to defend his hardware when was unable to participate in the IHSA State Series due to an injury.

A recent article was written about Kamal and his move: FloWrestling.

Good luck, Kamal, and we wish you the very best! Undoubtedly...once a Huskie, always a Huskie!



Pat McDonald, artist and Little Huskies coach, passes away
Friends and family will gather on Friday, July 31, at Ascension Church in Oak Park · 07/27/2015


Pat McDonald (far left) was a successful artist and dedicated Little Huskies wrestling coach.
His sculpture "Art Rings" was installed in July 2011 in Oak Park (at Harlem and Ontario).

The Huskie Wrestling Family -- and Art Appreciators -- mourn the loss of Pat McDonald, a hardworking and caring coach of the Little Huskies Wrestling Club (LHWC). The LHWC is the youth feeder program into the Oak Park & River Forest HS Wrestling Team. Originally from Minnesota, Pat moved and settled into the Chicago area and held an art studio in Oak Park. He was an acclaimed sculptor, and evidence of his work can be seen in Oak Park, at the southeast corner of Harlem and Ontario. Pat passed away on July 17, 2015. You can view an obituary on Sun Patriot.

Photos of his work can be viewed on his artist's website,, and his International Sculpture Center webpage, Pat McDonald on ISC. Family and friends are invited to attend the upcoming memorial services on Friday, July 31. The details are listed below. In lieu of flowers, interested individuals and families may make donations, also with information below.


    Pat McDonald Memorial

    Memorial gathering for friends and family
    Lunch and fellowship will be served.

    Date: Friday, July 31                 Time: 11A - 2P

    Location: Pine Room at Ascension Church | Map
                   601 Van Buren Street
                   Oak Park, IL 60304

    Donations: Memorial donations preferred in lieu of flowers.

    Donations can be made via Little Huskies Wrestling Club.
    Look for the PayPal link, mid-page.



Fargo fury: Cadet-Junior national championships are upon us
Pipeline of Huskies continue to qualify, enter, contend · 07/18/2015


As has been the yearly tradition, USA Wrestling takes its national championship tournaments (Greco and Freestyle) to Fargo, North Dakota, under the confines of the FargoDome. Six competitions will take place during the nine days of the tournament: Cadet Women Freestyle, Junior Women Freestyle, Cadet Greco, Cadet Freestyle, Junior Greco, and Junior Freestyle. This is not an open tournament; each state assigns rules and qualifications for its entrants.

As has become the norm, OPRF will send some wrestlers to compete in Fargo. Follow the wrestlers here (to be updated as the tournament continues):

 Competition  Wrestler  Weight  Finish  Coverage
 Cadet GR  Peter Ogunsanya  100  1st  Cadet GR on TW
   Jason Renteria  126  3rd  
   Brian Holloway  160  --  
   Christian Brooks  195  --  
   Chris Middlebrooks  285  7th  
 Junior GR  Gabe Townsell  126  1st  Junior GR on TW
   Kamal Bey  170  1st  
   Matthew Rundell  170  5th  
 Cadet FS  Peter Ogunsanya  100  4th  Cadet FS on TW
   Anthony Madrigal  126  2nd  
   Jason Renteria  126  6th  
   Jaime Hernandez  138  3rd  
   Drew Matticks  160  --  
   Chris Middlebrooks  285  --  
 Junior FS  Gabe Townsell  126  --  Junior FS on TW
   Larry Early  152  1st  
   Matthew Rundell  170  3rd  
   Deundre Garner  182  --  

Here are the unofficial lists of eligible qualifiers, per ILUSAW: Cadet Qualifiers | Junior Qualifers.

Follow --> | HOME | Sked | Flo | Cadet Women F | Junior Women F | Cadet GR | Cadet FS | Junior GR | Junior FS








Too cool for pool: HWF vacation raffle winner announced
Julia Sanders of Elmwood Park earns a getaway at Christmas Mountain Village Resort · 07/07/2015

Julia, can you see yourself here?? =)


-- The Winner Is Announced! --

Winner |  Julia Sanders of Elmwood Park, IL

Julia Sanders of Elmwood Park, IL won the raffle and a vacation valued at $1000 in a deluxe townhouse that sleeps 10 at Christmas Mountain Village in the Wisconsin Dells. Congratulations, Julia! We hope you and your guests have an unforgettable experience!

For more resort information on this raffle, see the below post, dated June 12.

Thank you to everyone involved in this raffle, especially to the participants who purchased tickets.



Ravishing raffle: 5 day vacation opportunity available
Fantastic resort at The Wisconsin Dells; tickets are $30 each or 4 for $200 · 06/12/2015

Christmas Mountain Village Resort



Prize |  5 Days At Christmas Mountain Village Resort In The Wisconsin Dells

For these dates only: Monday 7/27/15 to Friday 7/31/15 (This is the IHSA mandated no practice time.)

In a luxury, furnished 1700 sq ft, 3 bed/3 bath townhome that sleeps 10.

Tickets $30 each or 4 for $100. Only 200 to be sold!

Winner will be drawn June 27 or when all tickets are sold.

Need not be present to win. Get tickets from your favorite wrestler or message our Facebook page!

For more resort information:



And the award goes to...: A look at the final Varsity numbers
2014-15 statistics shine in championship style; fresh faces at Pin King and Takedown King · 04/08/2015

Gabe Townsell (left) and Jay Renteria (right) earned Wall etchings.

Numbers don't lie -- and here, we'll hit you with some Huskie Truth! Below are the individual category leaders from the 2014-2015 Varsity squad. To view the statistics in its entirety, jump to the 2014-15 statistics page.


Statistics Leaders | Maneuvers

 Statistic Number  Wrestler Year
 Wins  40  Alex Madrigal Sr.
 Losses  0  Drew Matticks So.
   0  Matt McDermott Fr.
   0  Isaiah White Jr.
 Takedowns  216  Gabe Townsell Jr.
 Nearfalls-3  45  Matthew Rundell Sr.
 Nearfalls-2 30  Alex Madrigal Sr.
 Total Nearfalls 77  Matthew Rundell Sr.
 Reversals 13  Jason Renteria So.
 Escapes 66  Max Metzgar Sr.

Statistics Leaders | Victory Types

 Wins by Number  Wrestler Year
 Falls 17  Ben Bergen Sr..
  17  Matthew Rundell Sr.
 Tech Falls 12  Jason Renteria So.
 Total Falls 25  Jason Renteria So.
 Majors 11  Jaime Hernandez So.
  11  Alex Madrigal Sr.
  11  Gabe Townsell Jr.
 Decisions 20  Savonne Bennette Sr.
 Forfeits 5  Ben Bergen Sr.
 Defaults 2  Jaime Hernandez So.
 Disqual's 1  Ben Bergen Sr.


And the people have spoken: Fred Arkin elected to D200 board
Fred Arkin, a longtime wrestling coach and '74 OPRF graduate, to serve on D200 Board of Education · 04/07/2015


Click image (above) or camera (right) to learn more about Fred Arkin. 

Fred Arkin, a longtime member of the Oak Park & River Forest Huskie Wrestling Family, has been elected as an upcoming member of the Oak Park & River Forest District 200 Board of Education.

In Tuesday's local election, Fred received nearly 25% of the votes (24.99% in 45 of 46 reporting precincts) to be one of the three victors in the race to a D200 seat. To read more about Tuesday's voting results, visit the story on

Congratuations, Fred! We wish you good luck on your four-year term!



One of our own: OPRF wrestling coach is running for D200 board
Fred Arkin, a longtime wrestling coach and '74 OPRF graduate, is running for D200 Board of Education · 03/24/2015


Click image (above) or camera (right) to learn more about Fred Arkin. 

Fred Arkin, a longtime member of the Oak Park & River Forest Huskie Wrestling Family, is running to become an upcoming member of the Oak Park & River Forest District 200 Board of Education.

If you have not learned much about Fred Arkin, you may click the above flyer to read more about him and what he intends to bring to the D200 Board of Education. If you support Fred Arkin, he encourages you to vote early and spread the word about his candidacy. If you also wish to obtain yard signs, campaign buttons, or other materials, you can email him at

Certainly, we respect whomever you may support on your ballot, but Fred would appreciate your careful consideration.

Early voting | Oak Park --> Oak Park Village Hall | River Forest --> Elmwood Park Village Hall

Happy voting!



Now we're Cook-ing: County board recognizes state champions
#1 Huskies are honored, humbled by county recognition · 03/11/2015


Huskies and company are seriously all smiles. (photos by Eric Davis; click to enlarge pics)

What an honor! The entire Cook County (or, at least, the esteemed county board) took time to honor the state champion Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew. Toni Preckwinkle, President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, was among those on hand for this special engagement. Thank you to all who were a part of this festive occasion. Congratulations, Huskies!


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Team in full: Huskies dismantle field en route to 3A championship
OPRF grounds Sandburg 39-16 in the title dual; Huskies likely to finish season as US #1 · 02/28/2015


The Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew. (photo by Jonna Borgdorff) | Go large

Your Oak Park & River Forest Huskies have just made history. There are many, many slices of history pie. The first piece: OPRF has won their Illinois class championship for the second consecutive year. This hasn't happened in the history of our program. In fact, this title is only the third dual title in our school's history. The second piece: OPRF has finished with the second undefeated season (a dual record of 28-0) in history. The other undefeated season was in 2008-2009 (28-0 record). Still hungry? The third piece: OPRF is ranked the #1 Varsity squad in the entire United States of America. With Saturday's performance, that is unlikely to change. Other states have wrapped up or will wrap up their high school wrestling seasons very soon, so the final rankings may take some time. Certainly, we have a fourth piece, fifth piece -- even sixth and seventh pieces of history pie to enjoy. Stay tuned as slowly (but relentlessly) makes its way through the dessert table line.

Onto Saturday's action: the Huskies, as noted above, came in as the #1-ranked and odds-on favorite to repeat as Illinois Class 3A Dual Team Champions. In the morning session, OPRF took care of Marmion Acadamy in a "repeat defeat" affair. On January 10, the Huskies secured a 49-14 victory over the Crusaders. In about the same ending, OPRF took Saturday's quarterfinal by a tally of 46-18. The quarterfinal win guaranteed a team trophy for the Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew.

In the semifinals, we had a new face to battle. Lockport entered the fray, and the Huskies calmly sent a message that this year was not the Porters'. OPRF met the half-century mark in a 51-21 triumph. It's always refreshing to meet a different opponent in the postseason, and we congratulate Lockport on a 4th place finish (Glenbard North defeated the Porters for 3rd).

Finally came the championship match. OPRF-Sandburg. Sandburg-OPRF. These two have had some battles -- nay, wars -- over the past several years. In this confrontation, Huskie trickery and wit wasn't needed. Good ol' fashioned muscle, talent, and sweat was all that was needed by the OPRF squad. Head coach Paul Collins watched on as 10 of his 14 earned victories to notch a 39-16 title victory. It was wonderful to see Kamal Bey and Adam Lemke-Bell back this week. Both toed the line and took the win versus a Sandburg Eagle.

Congratulations, Huskies! Furthermore, congratulations to the entire Huskie Wrestling Family!! Why stop there?? It has been a privilege to hear and read about stories from OPRF alumni and supporters who have been brought back into wrestling because of the 2014-2015 Huskie program. It's fantastic to have your eyes and ears. Thank you to everyone how has helped us in even the smallest ways. No act is too small. A heartfelt thanks to all.

More to come | We will round out our coverage of Saturday and the season in the next several days plus. Stay tuned, as links are added, pictures are posted, stories are expanded, and gratitude is effused. In the meantime, view our Twitter account for links to articles, videos, and pictures of the culmination of the IHSA Wrestling season. While you're at it, visit our HWF page on Facebook, as well.

Visit Also visit Huskie Wrestling Family on Facebook.

Oh, and don't forget to celebrate a little.












(photos by Jonna Borgdorff) 





Don't skirt the shirt: Buy your Huskie wear today
Huskie gear is here · 12/15/2013

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Keep your eyes out for 2014-2015 gear! | The information below is posted for the 2013-2014 campaign. Attend home events for OPRF Wrestling gear, or contact Jonna Borgdorff with questions:



Support the Huskie Wrestling Family! Available at home events or by email order, you can wear OPRF gear to show your support for the #1 ranked OPRF Huskie Wrestling team.

Costs | The sweatshirt is $45. The t-shirt is $25. Shirts are available at home wrestling events. If you'd rather have them shipped to you, there is an $8 shipping fee. SIZES available: M - 2XL

Payment and shipping | Shirts are available at home wrestling events. If you want them shipped to you, there is an $8 shipping fee.

Contact | Jonna Borgdorff will handle shipping orders. Her email is: She can accept checks. Unfortunately, credit cards cannot be accepted at this time.


Being a Huskie in China
I am happy to be in Qingdao, Shandong, China, but I am unable to experience one of my most treasured gifts -- being there in the flesh to witness what I call "The Orange and Blue Wrecking Crew." I need your help for pictures, results (matchups, dual scores!), newsworthy items, video finds, anecdotes -- whatever you can send. Please consider spending a few seconds or minutes of your day to email me information. Yes, somebody else may send me the same info, but it's better that I receive two notices than zero.

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