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Back to school: Huskies hope to learn, then burn the competition
IHSA Wrestling practices begin in just over six weeks on November 7 · 09/23/2016

     

 
It's been a long (or perhaps short?) summer, but the fall season is firmly here. The Oak Park & River Forest Football Huskies are enjoying a blemish-free 4-0 record on the year, and the thermometer has started its trek south for the winter.

In a mere 45 days from the time of this posting, the IHSA Wrestling season will be underway once again. The OPRF Huskies are three-time defending Illinois Class 3A champions, and they are poised at yet another strong run at both at the team and individual levels.

Paul Collins and his (Orange & Blue Wrecking) Crew continue to lay the groundwork to be prepared from day one. "In Relentless Pursuit" isn't just a three word tagline that looks good on t-shirts or posters; there is a village and Huskie Wrestling Family already working hard to create yet another amazingly successful season.

We hope you take the time to pencil in a few -- dozen! -- Huskie wrestling events this season. Below is the upcoming Varsity wrestling schedule, as accessed on September 23. Please note that dates, times, or opponents may change if necessary. For schedules of Junior Varsity 1, Junior Varsity 2, and Freshman squads, visit OPRF Wrestling on Athletics2000.com to view the competition slates of all levels.

We hope that you stay tuned to OPRFWrestling.com as we take another proud vault into the world of interscholastic high school athletics. Go Huskies!

 

 

 

For all intents and purposes: Two Huskies commit to universities
Jaime Hernandez chooses North Carolina, Jason Renteria elects Nebraska · 08/30/2016

  
Jaime Hernandez (left) and Jason Renteria (right) took to Twitter to announce their intentions.

 
Two current seniors have made their selections for where they will continue to learn and to wrestle in one year's time.

Jaime Hernandez, a two-time state place-winner (4th and 2nd), was the first to announce. On August 22, it was reported that Jaime elected to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Jaime told FloWrestling, "I made this decision because of the beautiful campus, the great academics, and the unbelievable coaching staff. I think the staff will help me reach my goals in both freestyle and folkstyle." For the entire FloWrestling article, click here. FloWrestling tagged Jaime as the #61 overall recruit of 2017.

Jason Renteria, a three-time state finalist (one-time champion), announced his decision one week later. On August 29, Jay revealed that he will attend the University of Nebraska. In his Twitter announcement, Jason wrote, "I will be taking my athletic talents and academics to the University of Nebraska." FloWrestling also reported this decision: click here. FloWrestling pegged Jason as the number #33 overall recruit in 2017.

Congratulations, gentlemen! Enjoy your senior seasons (and school years)!

 

 

A tournament of Olympic proportions: 14 go, 3 medal
Team USA scores 2 golds, 1 bronze at the 2016 Olympic Games · 08/22/2016

 
Fourteen wrestlers -- qualifiers among the masses who yearn to represent this country's red, white, and blue -- earned spots to participate in the 2016 Olympic Games this summer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

In the Men's Freestyle tournament, USA boasted six competitors: Daniel Dennis (57 kg), Frank Molinaro (65 kg), Jordan Burroughs (74 kg), J'den Cox (86 kg), Kyle Snyder (97 kg), and Tervel Dlagnev (125 kg). Snyder finished with a gold medal around his neck while Cox gathered a bronze.

In the Men's Greco-Roman challenge, four Americans took part: Jesse Thielke (59 kg), Andy Bisek (75 kg), Ben Provisor (85 kg), and Robby Smith (130 kg). None of these four medaled.

In the Women's Freestyle division, another quartet battled against the competition: Haley Augello (48 kg), Helen Maroulis (53 kg), Elena Pirozhkova (63 kg), and Adeline Gray (75 kg). Maroulis went undefeated to gain a gold medal at her weight class.

While no Huskies (former or current) wrestled in Rio on the 2016 Olympic stage, this tournament is a perfect opportunity to celebrate this great sport and this great nation. As you may remember, Olympic wrestling was in danger of being eliminated from the two weeks of competition; however, after some sporting body modifications and Olympic committee considerations, wrestling continues to have a place within the five-ringed marquee event.

Links to the action | Here are a number of 2016 Olympic Wrestling links: USA Wrestling Results (Wikipedia) | Overall Wrestling Results (Wikipedia) | Team USA Wrestling (TeamUSA.org)

 
Country Athlete Classification Weight Result
USA Daniel Dennis Men's Freestyle 57 kg DNP
USA Frank Molinaro Men's Freestyle 65 kg DNP
USA Jordan Burroughs Men's Freestyle 74 kg DNP
USA J'den Cox Men's Freestyle 86 kg Bronze - 3rd
USA Kyle Snyder Men's Freestyle 97 kg Gold - 1st
USA Tervel Dlagnev Men's Freestyle 125 kg DNP
USA Jesse Thielke Men's Greco-Roman 59 kg DNP
USA Andy Bisek Men's Greco-Roman 75 kg DNP
USA Ben Provisor Men's Greco-Roman 85 kg DNP
USA Robby Smith Men's Greco-Roman 130 kg DNP
USA Haley Augello Women's Freestyle 48 kg DNP
USA Helen Maroulis Women's Freestyle 53 kg Gold - 1st
USA Elena Pirozhkova Women's Freestyle 63 kg DNP
USA Adeline Gray Women's Freestyle 75 kg DNP
 

 

Fargo farewell: Huskies engage in national battles
Eleven current or future Huskies participate, earn five combined AA's · 07/23/2016

 
Well, the Fargo Cadet/Junior National Championships have com and gone, and the Huskies again had several wrestlers in the fold at the Fargodome in Fargo, North Dakota. In all, eleven wrestlers represented the Orange & Blue in the Cadet and Junior divisions. Team Illinois nearly swept the points race, as the Land of Lincoln glided to victories in the Cadet Greco-Roman, Cadet Freestyle, and Junior Greco-Roman tournaments. In the Junior Freestyle championships, Illinois finished in 3rd place.

OPRF earned five All-America's, headlined by Gabe Townsell's double-AA performance. Michael Ordoñez, Jaime Hernandez, and incoming freshman Joshua Ogunsanya also medaled. Here are the results of those upon the podium: Joshua Ogunsanya (Cadet Freestyle, 94 pounds, 4th place), Gabe Townsell (Junior Greco-Roman, 126 pounds, 2nd place; Junior Freestyle, 132 pounds, 4th place), Michael Ordoñez (Junior Greco-Roman, 152 pounds, 7th place), and Jaime Hernandez (Junior Freestyle, 138 pounds, 8th place). Other participants did not place at their respective event: Eddie Bolivar (Cadet Greco-Roman, 120 pounds; Cadet Freestyle, 120 pounds), Torry Early (Cadet Greco-Roman, 120 pounds; Cadet Freestyle, 126 pounds), Jack Fisher (Cadet Greco-Roman, 145 pounds), Ashford Hollis (Cadet Greco-Roman, 285 pounds), Elijah Osit (Cadet Freestyle, 195 pounds), Brian Holloway (Junior Greco-Roman, 160 pounds), and Drew Matticks (Junior Greco-Roman, 170 pounds). Additionally, Joshua Ogunsanya participated in the Cadet Greco-Roman, 94 pounds national tournament.

What a great experience for these many wrestlers it has been. Gabe Townsell and Michael Ordoñez have now graduated, but expect the others to toe the line during the upcoming IHSA season. Congratulations to all!

Links to the action | Here are a number of Fargo links: USAW Fargo Home | 2016 Event Schedule | IL Women's Qualifiers | IL Cadet Qualifiers | IL Junior Qualifiers | TW Cadet Women | TW Junior Women | TW Cadet Greco | TW Cadet Freestyle | TW Junior Greco | TW Junior Freestyle | Watch all bouts with paid subscription (FloPro) | Keep in mind Twitter, wrestling website previews, etc.

 

 

North Dakota dreams: Fargo Nationals are here yet again
Competitors from all over the country vie for Cadet, Junior supremacy this weekend · 07/15/2016

     

 
The summer is rolling, and wrestlers from all over the USA hope to be rolling during the ASICS Vaughan Cadet/Junior National Championships. These annual tournaments will be held in Fargo, North Dakota. This year's event schedule spans from July 16-23. Jump to the official USA Wrestling Fargo Nationals event site.

Huskies in the hunt | As we have been announcing every year, Fargo sports a litter of Huskies competing against representatives of other states. Stay tuned to the action during this extremely exciting week.

Links to the action | Here are a number of Fargo links: USAW Fargo Home | 2016 Event Schedule | IL Women's Qualifiers | IL Cadet Qualifiers | IL Junior Qualifiers | TW Cadet Women | TW Junior Women | TW Cadet Greco | TW Cadet Freestyle | TW Junior Greco | TW Junior Freestyle | Watch all bouts with paid subscription (FloPro) | Keep in mind Twitter, wrestling website previews, etc.

 

 

Spring has sprung: Plenty to see, say in the coming months
As you turn the calendar, the subtitle remains: "Wrestling season" · 04/26/2016

        

Four different competition months of Illinois-USA Wrestling

 

We've all heard that wrestling is a 12-month sport. It doesn't have to be; for many, they come out in November to tie the laces and toe the line. Several, however, elect to add a few "wrestling miles" to the odometer of their athletic shoes' underside. Trainings and competitions have been held and will continue to be held throughout the spring and summer. Where, you ask? Well, a little bit of here, there, and everywhere.

We'll update this as time goes on. Who knows, you're likely to see a number of Huskies in the mix!

For a jackpot of information on these events and USA Wrestling in the state of Illinois, visit ILUSAW.

 
 Dates and Location Event  Medalists (C / J) ~ '15-'16 Huskies Follow
April 23-24
Lockport HS
Greco-Roman State Championships Cadet 120 |  Eddie Bolivar  | 2nd
Cadet 126 |  Torry Early  | 4th
Cadet 145 |  Jack Fisher  | 4th
Cadet 195 |  Elijah Osit  | 4th
Junior 113 |  Peter Ogunsanya  | 2nd
Junior 152 |  Michael Ordoñez  | 1st
Junior 160 |  Brian Holloway  | 3rd
Junior 170 |  Drew Matticks  | 2nd
Junior 220 |  Christopher Middlebrooks  | 3rd
TrackWrestling
April 30-May 1
Glenbard North HS
Freestyle State Championships Cadet 100 |  Joshua Ogunsanya**  | 1st
Cadet 120 |  Eddie Bolivar  | 1st
Junior 113 |  Peter Ogunsanya  | 2nd
Junior 132 |  Gabe Townsell  | 1st
Junior 145 |  Jaime Hernandez  | 1st
Junior 195 |  Rolliann Sturkey  | 1st
TrackWrestling
May 7
Andrew HS
Girls Freestyle State Championships None TrackWrestling
May 20-22
Rochester, MN
Northern Plains Regional None TrackWrestling
GR

TrackWrestling
FS

May 21
Kalamazoo, MI
Central Regional None TrackWrestling
GR

TrackWrestling
FS

June 4
Sycamore HS
2nd Chance National Team Qualifier GR:

Cadet 126 |  Torry Early  | 1st
Cadet 145 |  Jack Fisher  | 1st
Cadet 145 |  Eddie Ordoñez  | 1st

Cadet 285 |  Ashford Hollis  | 1st
Junior 152 |  Kedrick Bryant  | 3rd
Junior 160 Challenge |  Brian Holloway  | 1st

FS:

Cadet 195 |  Elijah Osit  | 1st

TrackWrestling
GR & FS
June 8-12
 Indianapolis, IN
Schoolboy National Duals Team Illinois GR  | 5th

Team Illinois FS  | 2nd

TrackWrestling
GR

TrackWrestling
FS

June 14-18
York, PA
Cadet National Duals Team Illinois GR  | 3rd

Participants:
100 |  Joshua Ogunsanya**
120 / 126 |  Eddie Bolivar

Team Illinois FS  | 1st

Participants:
100 |  Joshua Ogunsanya**
120 |  Eddie Bolivar

TrackWrestling
GR

TrackWrestling
FS

June 21-25
Tulsa, OK
Junior National Duals Team Illinois GR  | 2nd

Participants:
126 |  Anthony Madrigal
132 |  Gabe Townsell
170 |  Drew Matticks

Team Illinois FS  | 2nd

Participants:
126 / 132 |  Anthony Madrigal
132 |  Gabe Townsell
138 |  Jaime Hernandez

TrackWrestling
GR

TrackWrestling
FS

July 6-8
Wisconsin Dells, WI
Asics Kids FS/GR Nationals None TrackWrestling
GR

TrackWrestling
FS

July 16-23
Fargo, ND
Girls/Cadet/Junior Nationals Team Illinois Cadet GR  | 1st

Participants:
94 |  Joshua Ogunsanya**
120 |  Eddie Bolivar
120 |  Torry Early
145 |  Jack Fisher
285 |  Ashford Hollis

Team Illinois Cadet FS  | 1st

Participants:
94 |  Joshua Ogunsanya**  | 4th
120 |  Eddie Bolivar
126 |  Torry Early
195 |  Elijah Osit

Team Illinois Junior GR  | 1st

Participants:
126 |  Gabe Townsell  | 2nd
152 |  Michael Ordoñez  | 7th
160 |  Brian Holloway
170 |  Drew Matticks

Team Illinois Junior FS  | 3rd

Participants:
132 |  Gabe Townsell  | 4th
138 |  Jaime Hernandez  | 8th

TrackWrestling
C GR

TrackWrestling
C FS

 TrackWrestling
J GR

TrackWrestling
J FS

 

** - wrestler is an incoming high-schooler

 

 

Huskies hurdling the competition: More news from the spring
Four more run up the score · 05/10/2016

  
Almighty alumni: Brad Bolen (left photo, right) and Kamal Bey (red) win their national tourneys. (Photos from links below)

 
Results for the Huskie Wrestling Family continue to grow. Here is a peek at some of those tallies. In addition, don't forget to follow the ILUSAW competition place-winners in the below article.
 
Bolen reigns again | Brad Bolen, OPRF class of 2007, secured his second consecutive Senior National Judo title at 73 kg. It is his fourth career Senior National Judo championship. He competed the tournament with 4 straight victories -- 2 by ippon (instant win), 1 by yuko (minor score), and 1 by submission. Brad rode his talented throws and finished with a choke submission victory. The tournament took place on April 9 in Irving, Texas. Congratulations, Brad! Jump to an article featuring Brad Bolen.

Road to Rio | Ellis Coleman, a 2009 OPRF graduate and 2012 Greco-Roman Olympian, competed and placed in the 2016 Olympic Team Trials. These trials were held in Iowa City, Iowa, on April 9 and 10. Ellis finished in 4th place in the 66 kg Greco-Roman division. Despite not earning a repeat trip to the global event, Ellis wrestled very well and represented in pure Huskie Style! Congratulations, Ellis! Jump to full tournament results on TW.

Kamal being Kamal | Kamal Bey, the would-be OPRF senior who decided to pursue his development at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado (Revisit: Kamal Bey Leaving OPRF for OTC), continues to shine as he ascends in the national Greco-Roman scene. On April 28, Kamal won the best-of-3 match series to earn the UWW Junior 74 kg / 163 lbs title. The championship series featured Kamal and Jesse Porter of NYAC/NMU. With the victory, the teenager will represent the United States at the 2016 UWW Junior World Championships. This tournament will be held in Macon, France, on August 30-September 4. Congratulations, Kamal! Jump to full tournament results on TW. | USA Wrestling article

 
Going to Town(sell) | Gabriel Townsell will be going to a new town this fall -- Stanford, California -- to continue his on-the-mat career. Like Kamal Bey, Gabe participated in the UWW Junior Greco-Roman World Team Championships. Gabe finished in 3rd place, completing his impressive tournament with a 10-5 decision over Isaac Jimenez (Air Force). Earlier in April -- on April 1-2 -- Gabe finished 4th nationally at the Cliff Keen Folkstyle Nationals (Junior Division, 132 pounds). Congratulations, Gabe!
 

 

News and notes: White's might, Bey's gold, Sam's finish, Brad's fab
Huskies continue to represent the Orange & Blue; more Huskie happenings from the mat world · 04/05/2016

  

Brad Bolen (left) and Kamal Bey (right) continue to muscle the competition. (right photo by Anne Sachs, Tech-Fall.com)

 

Even though the IHSA season is complete (and our bellies are stuffed), there is always news to report. In this edition, we look at four wrestlers who have finished their OPRF Wrestling careers.

Golden kid | If Kamal Bey still resided in the Oak Park & River Forest High School region, he would be a senior celebrating his team's championship 3A-trifecta. As it stands, Kamal has grander personal goals in mind. On March 20, Kamal secured a gold medal at the Black Diamond Junior Greco-Roman Cup in Dorog, Hungary. Kamal wrestled at 74 kg/163 lbs. We all take note of the Greco-Roman successes of Peter Kowalczuk and Ellis Coleman. Add Kamal Bey's name to the country's elite. Jump to the article: TeamUSA.org | A look back: Kamal wins 2015 Jr. Greco Nationals (video)

NCAA hardware | Sam Brooks, OPRF '12, wrestled in the 2016 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships and finished atop the medal stand. The Iowa Hawkeye finished with his first All-America status: 8th place at 184 pounds. He will prepare to ascend the ranks next season. Also wrestling -- but not placing -- were Joe Ariola (184, Buffalo) and Michael Woulfe (197, Navy). Both of these wrestlers have eligibility remaining, as well. A tremendous trio, if I ever did know one!

Bolen is rollin' | Brad Bolen, a judo guru, continues his successful athletic career. Brad, OPRF '07, competes with the Jason Morris Judo Center in Scotia, New York. The former Huskie was named USJA's "Most Outstanding Athlete" for 2015. Below is a recent article about Brad's goings-on. In addition to the article, you can view Brad's TeamUSA.org bio or several video clips on YouTube (2014 Senior National Finals).

Merrick, NY -
Jason Morris Judo Center athletes Brad Bolen (27) and Hannah Martin (27) both recently received United States Judo Association's (USJA) "Most Outstanding Athlete" of the year award for 2015. Bolen was named for the men winning his 3rd US National title, taking 5th at the Uruguay and El Salvador World Cups, and taking 7th at the Pan Am Games along with making his 5th World Team. Martin was the best on the women's side taking Gold at the Ocean States, 5th at the China Grand Prix, 5th in the Chile, Portugal and African World Cups, 5th at the Pan Am Games, 7th at the Mongolia Grand Prix and making her third World team. "They have put together pretty remarkable careers here." commented their coach and 4x Olympian, Jason Morris, speaking of Bolen and Martin. Morris who retired after his last Olympic appearance in Sydney has also been a multiple USJA award winner for "Most Outstanding Male Competitor" during his playing days. This serves as the first time Bolen and Martin have received this honor.

Flavor of the month | Isaiah White, now three-time IHSA State champion, was rewarded with the Tribune/WGN-9 Athlete of the Month (two links). Isaiah finished with his second consecutive undefeated wrestling season. His 157 career wins are third all-time in OPRF history. Jump to the articles: WGN-TV (video and story) | Chicago Tribune: Article --- Photo Gallery

 

 

 

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

 

             

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

We invite you to visit the full Sponsors List at our Sponsors page. You can also view it by using the left menu bar and selecting "SHOW YOUR SUPPORT - Sponsors". If you wish to add your name to the list, further details are available on the Sponsors page. Thank you again, sponsors!

 

 
                   
 
                   
 
    
 
    
 
         
 

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

  
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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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