Spring has sprung: Plenty to see,
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
Dates and Location
Medalists ~ '15-'16 Huskies
Cadet 120 | Eddie
Cadet 126 | Torry
Cadet 145 | Jack
Cadet 195 | Elijah
Junior 113 | Peter
Junior 152 | Michael
Junior 160 | Brian
Junior 170 | Drew
Junior 220 | Christopher
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
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
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)
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 '97, 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
(video and story) | Chicago
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!
Don't skirt the shirt: Buy your
Huskie wear today
Huskie gear is here · 12/15/2013
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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.