The Huskies traveled south to Bloomington, Illinois (shout out to my
Fightin' Titans!), for the Class 3A Dual Team State Finals. OPRF
came into the day with a 26-1 record and a #1 ranking on the GEI
Illinois Matmen state rankings. It was a day to be excited. Nearly
all eyes were on the race for silver trophy, as OPRF was the
favorite. However, the duals still need to be wrestled, and the
Huskies breezed through the first two rounds.
Quarters and Semis
| After watching the first set of quarterfinals, the Huskies had an
11:00 am date with #16-ranked Conant. The dual began at 138
pounds. The semifinals and medal round, therefore, would begin with
145 and 152 pounds, respectively. The Huskies were flying right out
of the gate. Falls by Isiah White and Larry Early put OPRF up by a
dozen. Two more matches finished early with a technical fall by
Mathew Rundell (152) and a pin by Kamal Bey. At 170, Max Metzgar
battled Daniel Andress of Conant. It was a close affair, but Max
notched the 6-5 win in Huskie Style. Following was Allen Stallings
who made short work with a 53-second fall. The Huskies' lead
ballooned to 32-0. More fruits were falling from the trees with a
195-pound pin fall by Ben Bergen. Senior Malik Brumant stepped in at
220 pounds and dominated individual sectional qualifier Michael
Meier. At heavyweight, Adam Lemke-Bell added a sixth fall in the
third period. At the turnaround, the Huskies led by 47.
At 106 pounds, freshman PJ Ogunsanya displayed upperclassman poise
in a 13-1 major decision victory. Bobby Campos also scored a
dominating major at 113 pounds. Joe Robles, a senior, battled hard
but couldn't overtake Kyle Peisker of Conant. The Cougars scored 3
team points here. In what turned out to be the last contested bout,
Gabe Townsell scored an 8-point victory to push OPRF's team total to
59. At 132, Conant state medalist Bobby Alexander received a forfeit
victory. OPRF wins 59-9.
Quarters and Semis
Huskies had little time to prepare for round two, as the Orange &
Blue met Hononegah, winners of their quarterfinal versus
Libertyville. The dual set off with a bang, as Larry Early and
Fernie Silva wrestled in a rematch of the 145-pound 3A championship
bout. The winner was the same here, as Larry won a 6-2 decision. In
the next 5 bouts, Huskies played ping pong with the two varieties of
falls. 152: fall by Matthew Rundell. 160: tech fall by Kamal Bey.
170: tech fall by Davonte Mahomes. 182: fall by Allen Stallings.
195: tech fall by Andre Lee. Just like that, the Huskies led 30-0.
The next two bouts played to full time with Emonte Logan tallying a
15-6 major decision and Malik Brumant bumping up in a 6-4 victory.
Jay Renteria and Bobby Campos decided to revert course with two
second period falls, one apiece.
Joe Robles finished 1-1 on the day with a
strong win over Aaron Leppert. Freshman Jaime Hernandez managed
Hononegah's Drew Waterstreet in a major result. With two bouts
remaining, the Huskies were in front 56-0. Savonne Bennette joined
the fun with a pinfall victory at 132 pounds. Again, the Huskies
conceded a forfeit to end the dual, this one to Anthony Silva at 138
pounds. OPRF wins 62-6.
As many expected, OPRF
clashed with Marist in the final round of action. The Huskies
previously defeated the Redhawks 43-23 on December 7. Marist would
fare much better against the Huskies, but OPRF controlled the first
3 bouts. At 152 pounds, Matthew Rundell secured a 9-4 decision.
Kamal Bey next blanked Marist's Jakada Hull with an impressive
rideout. State champion Davonte Mahomes took down Redhawks' state
medalist Peter Andriotti (at 160) by a final tally of 5-3. Despite
the three losses, Marist did a nice job of limiting damage. Oak Park
led early, 9-0. At 182, Marist's Alex Benoit controlled Allen
Stallings for a late 8-0 major decision. Not daunted, Emonte Logan
scored a late takedown for his own major decision at 220. The score
was 19-4. Six bouts in and five winners for the Huskies.
At 285 pounds, Marist countered with a Jake Ford decision over Adam
Lemke-Bell. At 106, Jay Renteria was leading large but Marist's
Jimmy McAuliffe flexed his muscles and scored a fall victory. This
energized Marist and pushed the team score war to 19-13, in favor of
OPRF. The Redhawks continued to charge back with a 113-pound 4-0
victory by Nick Lukanich over Bobby Campos.
At 120, Gabe Townsell, just a sophomore, refused to
be caught in a rolling tide with a strong 6-1 decision over Andy
O'Brien. The Huskies now were up 22-16. In a tight match, Jaime
Hernandez tried his might but lost 3-2 to Mike Mullaney. 132 pounds
was the only overtime bout of the dual as state qualifiers SaVonne
Bennette and Ameen Hamdan (4th place) evened the bout at 1-1 prior
to the extra sessions. In double overtime, Hamdan scored the rideout
to give Marist a 22-22 tie with two bouts to end the season.
Despite the Redhawk run, OPRF looked in good shape with two state
champions still on the pine. The 138 match was another replay of the
3A state final, with Isiah White taking on Mario Leveille. Folks,
Isaiah came out blazing in this bout. He singlehandedly decided that
he would not be denied and charged to a near major decision by the
end of the second period. Leveille had no answers for Isaiah's
attack and found himself on his back twice, the second time was the
charm for Isaiah. Isiah brought OPRF's faithful to their feet with a
fall at 3:32. The Marist hope now rested only with a David Kasper
fall over Larry Early, the 145 Class 3A state champion, and then
hoping to win on criteria (bouts and bout results would be tied). Well,
Larry had other plans, and although having a little electricity in his veins,
Larry coolly ended all of the Redhawk fun with a 11-2 victory.
Ladies and gentlemen, the team trophy has returned to 201 N.
Scoville. OPRF wins 32-22.
1...2... | In the other classes, Dakota secured the Class 1A
championship, and Montini earned the Class 2A title.
The 2014 IHSA Class 3A Dual Team Champion Oak Park & River Forest
Huskies finish the 2013-2014 campaign with a record of 29-1 (the one
loss was to Apple Valley, Minnesota). The 29 wins is a school
record. The team title is the first championship trophy since 2009,
five seasons ago. This is the second title in OPRF history.
Nothing but money
Mahomes earned 2 more wins on Saturday, extending his wins record to
170. Furthermore, Davonte won the team Takedown King for the fourth
consecutive year. This has never been done in the history of OPRF
Wrestling. In fact, no other
wrestler has led the team for more than two years. 170 wins for the
170-pounder. Quite fitting.
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Blast off: Huskies dominate Notre
Dame, onward to Team State
40-27 victory propels OPRF to 3A quarters; host Conant
defeats Glenbard N. on criteria · 02/25/2014
Conant can-do: Huskies jettison Dons. |
Team Sectional, by Jonna Borgdorff
The result wasn't really in question as the Huskies took care of
what hopes to be their fourth-to-last opponent on the IHSA season.
OPRF looked strong, showcasing several who didn't wrestle in the
individual state series. Their 40-27 victory ups the season record
| The Huskies now make a growingly familiar trip to U.S.
Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, IL, to compete against seven other
qualifying squads in search of a 3A Dual Team title. OPRF will face
Conant, who some believed won their Dual Team Sectional semifinal in
a surprise result over the Glenbard North Panthers. The Huskies will
wrestle at 11 am on Saturday morning. With a win, the Huskies will
next wrestle at 2 pm and 6 pm.
Davonte Mahomes: New OPRF Win King
Title win was his 167th, tops in program history · 02/24/2014
Davonte Mahomes is the OPRF all-time wins
leader. (via FB/Jason Salley)
Not to be overlooked on Saturday, Davonte "Money" Mahomes (my
nickname) accomplished something unseen in Oak Park & River Forest
High School history: he won his 167th bout. The previous high was
166, set by Ellis Coleman, class of 2009. Davonte has wins of 34,
43, 46, and 44+ (freshman to senior, respectively). I write "plus"
because Davonte is involved in this week's dual team sectional and
state tournament. 4 possible wins could push his total to 171.
A look at the four men who have won at least 150 matches while
attending OPRF High School (* - 1 week remains):
State medals: 2
State medals: 3
State medals: 3
State medals: 3
| You can watch Davonte and his Varsity teammates this
Tuesday, February 25, at 6:00 pm. The venue will be Conant (Hoffman
Estates, IL), and the opponent will be Notre Dame-Niles. A victory
sends OPRF to Bloomington, IL, for the elite eight tournament on
Saturday, March 1.
IHSA Dual Series Bracket
Four more: Huskies add 4 state
titles to the history books
OPRF finishes with 10 medalists, a state record, en route to
unofficial team title · 02/22/2014
Of OPRF's 12 individual state qualifiers, a school and state record
10 earned a spot on the medal stand. On Saturday night, four of
these ten held Class 3A bracket boards as a state champion in their
respective weight: Isiah White (138), Larry Early (145), Kamal Bey
(152), and Davonte Mahomes (170). Taking second was Jason Renteria
In progress: Huskies shine on Day
1, win 11 of 12; send 5 to finals
11 into the quarters, SaVonne Bennette watches for now · 02/20/2014
On Thursday, all 10 individual sectional champions advanced to the
second round: quarterfinals. In addition, Emonte Logan, a sectionals
third place finisher, dispatched his opponent. Only SaVonne Bennette
did not earn victory. He lost a tough 1-0 decision to Matthew Conrad
(Barrington). SaVonne, a 132 pounder, must hope for Conrad to win
his next bout. If he does, SaVonne will advance to the consolation
bracket. Regardless of their result, none of the other 11 Huskies
will be eliminated after this coming round. These quarterfinals,
class 3A, will begin at 1:30 pm (approximately) on Friday afternoon.
Go Huskies! Keep up the Huskie style!
[Updated] In the
quarterfinals, OPRF won 8 bouts. Winners were Jason Renteria (106),
Isiah White (138), Larry Early (145), Matthew Rundell (152), Kamal
Bey (160), Davonte Mahomes (170), Andre Lee (195), and Emonte Logan
(220). Losing in tough bouts were Alex Madrigal (113), Gabe Townsell
(120), and Allen Stallings (182). Speaking of these three, Alex and
Gabe each won their first wrestleback bout. Despite a strong effort,
however, Allen lost. SaVonne Bennette did not qualify for a birth
into the consolation bracket.
In the semifinals, the Huskies won 5 of 8. Advancing to the sate
championship were our 106, 138, 145, 160, and 170 pounders.
Unfortunately, two overtime losses and a one point decision befell
our other three semifinalists. Each of these three is guaranteed a
After Day 2:
Jason Renteria (106), Isiah White (138), Larry Early (145),
Kamal Bey (160), Davonte Mahomes (170)
| Matthew Rundell (152), Andre Lee (195), Emonte Lee
In the hunt (need 1 win)
| Alex Madrigal (113), Gabe Townsell (120)
It's game time: Individual State
A Huskie dozen to compete in opening round Thursday · 02/20/2014
The association: IHSA. The season: winter. The sport: wrestling. The
month: February. The round: individual finals. The time: now....
OPRF qualifies in 12 (of 14) weight classes for the 16-wrestler
brackets on Thursday-Saturday at the State Farm Center in Champaign,
Illinois. The two open brackets will be 126 and 285 pounds. The
remaining 12 each will battle for a spot on the podium. The top 6 at
each weight will receive a medal. Go Huskies!!
You may be well on your way -- or preparing your
trip. If not (or, if you are!), here are some helpful links:
Dizzying dozen: Huskies unbeaten in
medal round, advance 12
OPRF takes home 10 championship and 2 consolation titles; 2
fall one win shy · 02/15/2014
Leyden lunge: Huskies excel at individual
Day 2, by Jonna Borgdorff
It was a "no contest" contest at the Individual Leyden Sectional
this past Friday and Saturday. The Huskies put a toll on their
opponents at an overall clip of 43-6 (nearly 88 % winning
percentage) en route to the unofficial sectional title. The Huskies
have punched 12 tickets to Champaign, most in school history. The
previous high was 11, set last year. Sadly, freshman Jaime Hernandez
and junior Adam Lemke-Bell did not qualify. They battled, folks,
pushing in true Huskie style, but they were unable to secure one of
the top four spots. Both will wrestle in the dual team series,
taking place the week after individual state, and both are eligible
to compete next season.
The need for
seed | Each of the four 3A
sectional champs (Leyden was one of four 3A individual sectionals)
will be seeded for the state tournament. In 3A, each state bracket
will have 16 wrestlers, the top 6 will earn medals. The seeding will
determine the corresponding pairings. At state, the first round
match will be a sectional 1st place versus a sectional 4th place.
Also, there will be a sectional 2nd place pitted against a sectional
3rd place. Each 4 player pod will have one wrestler from each
sectional. Winning the first round match is critical, because only
losers of the 4 semifinalists will advance to the consolation
bracket. If you lose in the first round, you have a 50/50 shot of
seeing another match.
| The individual state final will be held on three days,
Feb. 20-22. The State Farm Center, in Champaign-Urbana, will host
the action for all three classes (1A, 2A, and 3A). This venue was
previously named Assembly Hall. If you cannot watch the tournament
in person, it will be followed on
TrackWrestling, and later, there will be programs aired on
cable. These programs will be tape delayed.
Day one fun: 11 in the semis,
Huskies go 13-3 in matches
Action re-ups Saturday at 10:00 am; medal round at 3:00 pm · 02/14/2014
Leyden High School is the familiar scene for our 2014 IHSA
Individual Sectional. As you know, 14 qualifers in 14 weihts took
the mats on Friday night. Jaime Hernandez (126) was the only
wrestler to go 2-0 on the night, winning two close 1 point matches.
He and 10 other semifinalists must either win their semifinal bout
or win the following match, should they lose. If they do either,
they will punch a ticket to Champaign and the individual state
SaVonne Bennette (132), Emonte Logan (220), and Adam Lemke-Bell
(285) are in the consolation bracket. They must win three bouts in a
row to wrestle in the newly named State Farm Center at the campus of
U of I.
The sessions are 10:00 am ($5) and 2:00 pm ($5), finals at 3:00 pm.
Note that the top 4 wrestlers advance to state, so the consolation
race is to make it INTO the 3rd place match. The result of that
match only affects bracket placement next week in Champaign.
Family portrait: Glenbard East
Assembly line: 14 in, 14 out --
OPRF wins Glenbard E. regional
All entrants advance to Leyden sectional; Huskies are
officially in the team title hunt · 02/08/2014
February is here. On the first day of postseason performances, the
Huskies put up a showing for the ages. 12 wrestlers in the finals,
11 champions. 2 wrestlers who remedied tough losses by securing 3rd
place honors. They also took the team title in a landslide. Only the
top 3 advanced, and OPRF managed to send a full team to the Leyden
Individual Sectional (read below for more).
Next week |
The Huskies travel to Leyden High School (Franklin Park) to face
place-winners from four Regionals: Glenbard East, Schaumburg, South
Elgin, and Notre Dame (Niles). The Individual Sectional will occur
on Friday and Saturday, Feb 14 and 15. The top 4 finishers in each
weight class will advance to individual state, in Champaign. Hot off
official Leyden sectional brackets have been released.
Postseason is now: Regionals
kick-off Saturday, Feb 8
Varsity starts February push at Glenbard East; top 3
wrestlers advance · 02/07/2014
It has been a great season thus far, and it will soon become
greater. Tomorrow, Saturday, the Huskies will put 14 entrants on the
mat that will each begin their road to Champaign. The Glenbard East
(Lombard) Regional showcases 9 local squads. The top third of these
nine entrants will advance to next week's Individual Sectional at
Leyden High School. These will take place on Friday, February 14,
and Saturday, February 15.
As we mentioned, the nine schools are: Addison Trail, York, Leyden,
Glenbard West, Glenbard East, Proviso East, OPRF, Willowbrook, and
Wheaton North. For more on the IHSA postseason,
IHSA.org. The first round is set for 9:00 am, with session two
slated for 2:00 pm. This is the championship and third place
matches. Be aware that that 2:00 time is a best guess estimate.
Timing wrestling can be difficult with bout uncertainties such as
extra stoppage, overtime matches, etc. Spectator admission is $4.00
per session, or $6.00 all day pass (savings of $2).
In addition to the individual
drama, the top tournament scoring team will advance to the 16 team
dual team tournament. OPRF has reached this tournament in the last
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Huskie wear today
Huskie gear is here · 12/15/2013
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email order, you can wear OPRF gear to show your support for the #1
ranked OPRF Huskie Wrestling team.
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.
| Jonna Borgdorff will handle shipping orders. Her email
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.