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Silver Six-pack · 2016-2017

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28 for 28 Stories: A 2016-2017 Season Primer

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In our lead-up to the big day, we will post 28 articles (one for each day -- although they may not be published each day) as a primer for this season. It is my intention (the webmaster speaking, here) to educate as many as I can about what I know and what I've learned so that you can have the richest experience of the 2016-2017 IHSA Wrestling season. 28 days = 4 weeks.
 

 

News and notes: Learn about Huskies little, big, and even bigger
Isaiah White, Jake Rundell, and Joe Chapman strike gold; NCAA Division I finals are in progress · 03/17/2017

     

 

The IHSA has entered its long hibernation for the next several months, but action continues in a number of places. Let's take a look at some past (and perhaps recent) events in the Huskie wrestling world.

 

 
Division and conquer | The NCAA championships are upon us! Slammin' Sammy Brooks is a quarterfinalist in the Division I Championships. Sam, an Iowa Hawkeye, is a redshirt senior this year. Just two weeks ago, Sam won the Big Ten title at 184 pounds. You will remember Sam as a two-time state champion with the Huskies. He graduated from OPRF in 2012. Stay tuned as the tournament unfolds.

--> Links | NCAA Division I Championships | NCAA Division II Championships | NCAA Division III Championships | TrackW

 
White's might | In the NCAA Division II Championships, Isaiah White bested all before boasting a national title! Isaiah, a Notre Dame (OH) wrestler, helped his team to a national championship as well. Isaiah controlled all of his bouts and finished with a record of 24-2 on the season. A true freshman, Isaiah graduated OPRF (2016) as the only three-time state champion in school history. Congratulations, Isaiah!
 

Isaiah White wins DII 165-pound title

 
Freshmen first | In the Freshman-Sophomore State Championships, Jake Rundell (101) and Joe Chapman (132) earned trips to the top of the podium! Both freshmen, Jake and Joe finished a perfect 5-0 to conclude Frosh-Soph State on Sunday, March 12. Also placing was Daemyen Middlebrooks (145); he took home the 8th place medal. Non-medalling Huskie state qualifiers were Danny Lingen (152), Jaylan Pascascio (220), Ashford Hollis (285), and Lila Stratman (136 -- Girls State). Look for great things among all of these wrestlers in years to come.

--> Links | Team Illinois | Frosh-Soph State Brackets/Results | Evanston Sectional Results | Springfield PCC Center

 

  

OPRF at Frosh-Soph State (click photos to enlarge)

 
Wrestlers tomorrow, today | On Saturday, March 11, the Little Huskies took their turn in the land of championships. Four individuals from the Little Huskie Wrestling Club toed the line in the final IKWF tournament. Jake Vilora (Senior - 130) earned the highest finish with a 3rd place medal. Raymond Hernandez (Senior - 122) also finished with all-state status as he took home a 7th place ribbon. Also participating at IKWF State were Vincent McDonald (Novice - 122 pounds), and Connor Nagela (Senior - 89).

--> Links | IKWF Home | IKWF State Home | IKWF State Brackets/Results | Central Chi Sectional Results | Rockford BMOHBC

 

 

Scroll down: New names, stories added to lengthening team history
The OPRF Wrestling Wall of Fame grows taller and fuller each passing season · 03/11/2017

  

Jaime Hernandez (left) and Tony Madrigal (right) notched 100 career wins during 2016-2017. (photos by Jamil Shhmart)

 

The Wall of Fame page is one of my favorite pages on this site. It is a good thing that a webpage has unlimited height. Each season, more and more names and numbers (oh, how I do love numbers) take their rightful place as memories frozen in time. This Wall of Fame takes no admission. Heck, there isn't even a dress code! All you need is working internet to enter and poke around.

Let's take a look at several noteworthy accomplishments for the 2016-2017 IHSA Wrestling season. At the bottom of this article lies the statistical truth about the team leaders in a variety of categories.

 

Club soda | Waiting for the two young men above is Jason Renteria. Jay welcomes Jaime and Tony to the OPRF Wrestling Century Club. Jaime and Tony are two wrestlers who have joined the Century Club this season. Jaime Hernandez, a senior, finished his career with a 115-34 record. In the past three seasons, Jaime earned three state medals (4th, 2nd, and 5th respectively). He committed to wrestle at the University of North Carolina in the upcoming school year. Tony, a junior, earned a 106-8 record in his first three years at OPRF. Tony has two state runner-up medals and hopes to ascend the ladder in 2017-2018. Jay completed his Huskie tenure with a 144-8 record. He medaled in all four years (2nd, 2nd, 1st, and 1st respectively). Jay is also the third Huskie to earn an undefeated season (Mike Powell Isaiah White), and Jay is the third Huskie to gain four IHSA state medals (Larry Early, Isaiah White). The Century Club now boasts 22 members.

 

     

Jaon Renteria, Jaime Hernandez, Anthony Madrigal (L to R)

 
The captain that steers the ship | Paul Collins has now completed his third IHSA season as Oak Park & River Forest Wrestling Head Coach. In his three opportunities, Coach Collins has guided the Huskies to a beautifully odd (or perhaps, oddly beautiful) 77-7 dual record. In this trio of campaigns, OPRF has won two state titles, three conference titles, and 21 individual state winners (6 champions). Read more about the OPRF Achievements on this site. Coach Collins and his staff are relentless preachers of discipline, growth, respect, and pride.
 
Medaling magic | Head Coach Paul Collins is an alumnus of OPRF, and several other alumni of the OPRF Wrestling program are taking their shots at national championship glory. This weekend, Isaiah White is battling the NCAA Division II Championships. He attends Notre Dame (Ohio). On March 5, Sam Brooks completed his second consecutive Big Ten championship as a member of the Iowa Hawkeyes. He shoots for All-American status in the NCAA Division I Championships on March 16-18. Both tournaments (and the NCAA Division III Championships) are hosted on TrackWrestling.
 
Double vision | Jason Renteria added to his banner year by embracing the top of the leader board for both takedowns (260) and falls (30 pins and techs combined). Last year, Peter Ogunsanya, a senior this season, also earned both titles. Congratulations to Jay on being the Takedown King and King Pin.
 

Jason Renteria

 
Pick six | The Huskies fell short in their bid for a fourth consecutive IHSA title, but they have won the last six West Suburban-Silver Conference titles. In addition, the Orange & Blue are victors of the six most recent Regional team titles. OPRF aims for lucky seven in 2017-2018.
 
Numbers game | Enough of the commentary; below are the 2016-2017 statistics leaders. Enjoy!
 

Statistics Leaders | Maneuvers

 Statistic Number  Wrestler Year
 Wins 41  Jason Renteria Sr.
 Losses  0  Joe Chapman Fr.
   0  Kylen Peace So.
 Takedowns 260  Jason Renteria Sr.
 Nearfalls-3 33  Jason Renteria Sr.
 Nearfalls-2 43  Anthony Madrigal Jr.
 Total Nearfalls 67  Anthony Madrigal Jr.
 Reversals 11  Anthony Madrigal Jr.
  11  Drew Matticks Sr.
 Escapes 62  Brian Holloway Sr.
 

Statistics Leaders | Victory Types

 Wins Number  Wrestler Year
 Falls 16  Jason Renteria Sr.
 Tech Falls 16  Anthony Madrigal Jr.
 Total Falls 30  Jason Renteria Sr.
 Majors 8  Brian Holloway Sr.
  8  Anthony Madrigal Jr.
 Decisions 13  Drew Matticks Sr.
 Forfeits 3  Nico Bolivar Fr.
 Defaults 3  Jaime Hernandez Sr.
 Disqual's    [None]  
 

 

Selection Saturday: Young Huskies advance to championships
Action continues in a pair of Sectional tournaments; Frosh-Soph and IKWF State's forthcoming · 03/04/2017

  

 

While the IHSA Season is in our rearview mirrors, wrestling continues! On Saturday, eight OPRF Huskies advanced to the IWCOA Freshman-Sophomore State Championships (also knowns as Frosh-Soph State). Qualifying from the Evanston Sectional are Jake Rundell (101 pounds), Joe Chapman (132), Daemyen Middlebrooks (145), Danny Lingen (152), Matthew Crawford (170), Jaylan Pascascio (220), Ashford Hollis (285), and Lila Stratman (136 -- Girls State).

Frosh-Soph State is available only to wrestlers who are freshman/sophomore students and who did not qualify for IHSA Individual State. Multiple wrestlers from the same school are allowed in the same weight class. It is worth noting that due to OPRF's participation in the IHSA Dual Team State Finals, Huskie wrestlers were able to skip the Regional tournament and begin at their respective Sectional. The Freshman-Sophomore State Championships will be wrestled on Saturday and Sunday, March 11-12, in Springfield.

Links | Team Illinois | Frosh-Soph State Brackets/Results | Evanston Sectional Results | Springfield PCC Center

The Little Huskies were also in action on Saturday, as four members of the squad earned their place at the Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation State Championships, also known as IKWF State. The quartet of qualifiers were Vincent McDonald (Novice - 122 pounds), Connor Nagela (Senior - 89), Raymond Hernandez (Senior - 122), and Jake Viloria (Senior - 130). The IKWF State Championships will take place on Thursday-Saturday, March 9-11, in Rockford.

Links | IKWF Home | IKWF State Home | IKWF State Brackets/Results | Central Chi Sectional Results | Rockford BMOHBC

 

 

IHSA Stats Saturday | In addition to the two tournaments above holding court on Saturday, we will be releasing the final statistics for the IHSA Season, including award-winners and other notables. Stay tuned!

 

 

A 'tini, tiny problem: Huskies fall to Broncos in state quarters
Montini ends OPRF's bid to become four-time defending state champions; Lockport triumphs · 02/25/2017

 

     

Oak Park & River Forest showed mettle but fell to Montini 29-26. (photos by Jonna Borgdorff) 

 

The 2016-2017 IHSA Wrestling season came to a close on Saturday night, and sadly for those supporting the Orange & Blue, the Huskies' campaign ended several hours earlier. Much like falling to Minooka (2009-2010) and Sandburg (2012-2013), OPRF fell in the quarterfinal round to a highly skilled opponent. Being that the semifinalists wrestle for all four team trophies, the Huskies could do nothing but begin to prepare for their offseason regimen. Oak Park & River Forest concludes the season with a record of 21-4 overall, 6-0 in conference.

Coming in, all knew the strength of a Montini lineup. It would be a back-and-forth affair, and the team that executed the most (or perhaps at the most opportune times) would advance. The dual started well for the Huskies. Jay Renteria opened the dual with a fall at 132 pounds. Jaime Hernandez followed with a decision victory to put the Huskies up 9-0. The Broncos countered with wins from Jacob Stiles (over Eddie Ordonez) and Will Lewan (over Jack Fisher). After four bouts, the Huskies led 9-7.

The 160-pound match was a pivotal bout with Montini's Matt Ortiz finding 6 points over our own Brian Holloway. At 170, Drew Matticks put the Huskies back in the "W" column with a decision. Tariq Thurman kept the needle moving in OPRF's direction with a major victory. At this point, the Huskies led 16-13. A Peter Christiansen tally (over Elijah Osit) knotted the team score until Christopher Middlebrooks won his 220-pound bout by major decision and Michael McNicholas succeeded by a slim margin (over Talvin Gibson). Heading into the 106, 113, 120, and 126-pound matches, the Huskies held a 20-19 lead.

Montini's lower weights tipped the dual into the Broncos' favor. Dylan Ragusin (106) toppled Nico Bolivar, Joe Melendez (113) survived in a triple overtime thriller versus Peter Ogunsanya, and Real Woods (120) earned a major decision versus Eddie Bolivar that sealed the Huskies' fate. At 126 pounds, Tony Madrigal was awarded a forfeit victory to cement the final team score: Montini 29, OPRF 26.

Montini was able to advance to the championship bout, but Lockport prevailed to take home the title trophy. In the third place dual, Lincoln-Way West defeated Deerfield.

After witnessing the team handshakes before shutting down my computer, I had a glimpse of satisfaction and joy. Despite the loss, I felt quite proud of our team, our program, and our family. How many high schools would give an arm or a leg (figuratively, of course!) to be in a position like the Huskies have found themselves for the past several years? It's a great honor to go toe-to-toe with the best high school wrestling teams in the state. A familiar adage lectures, "You win some; you lose some." On this day, the scoreboard said that we lost, but the Huskie Wrestling Family is a winning entity. There are no hesitations about this certainty.

 

Links | IHSA Wrestling | 3A Assignments | 3A Time Sked | Series Overview | Manual-Manager | Manual-Schools | Rankings

Dual Team Tournament | Class 3A Dual Team Bracket | Class 3A Team Rosters

Event pics | Team State (by Jonna Borgdorff) | Team State (by Jahmil Shhmart)

Dual Team Live/Archived Results | Visit the Dual Team State tournament on TW.

Watching on the Web | Some of you may have watched Dual Team State Finals duals on IHSA.tv.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ultimate tie-breaker: Team title up for grabs on Saturday
Eight Class 3A schools enter the quarterfinals with title aspirations; Bloomington hosts · 02/24/2017

 

Huskies' eyes are in the moment.

 

A late February trek down to Bloomington, Illinois, is not an uncommon event for Huskies and their fans. In the U.S. Cellular Coliseum, Oak Park & River Forest earned its first IHSA Dual Team State Title. This program achievement took place during the 2008-2009 season. Fast forward eight years, and the Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew is looking for its fourth consecutive dual title and fifth overall.

Aside from the Huskies, seven other squads are competing in the Class 3A bracket. As you might guess, Class 2A and Class 1A will also be wrestling as they conduct their own end of season tournaments. The format of each team competition is as follows: the top half of the bracket (the top two duals) will be wrestled simultaneously at 9:00 AM. Thereafter, the bottom half of the bracket (the bottom two duals) will be wrestled simultaneously on the same two mats at 11:00 AM (or as soon as the first two duals conclude). A crucial point to know is that the losers of each quarterfinal pairing are finished for the day. There are no consolation rounds until after the semifinals; the two semifinal losers will dual for the third place trophy. The semifinals will be wrestled at 2:00 PM, and the championship round will begin at 5:30 PM (per the online bracket but at 6:00 PM per the IHSA manual for managers).

Let's take a look at the Class 3A bracket (modified from IHSA.org)

 

 

As you see, the winners of Marmion/Lockport and Lincoln-Way West/Wheeling will quarrel in the semifinal round. The victors of Conant/Deerfield and Montini/OPRF will, too, lock horns in the semis.

If you are familiar with these squads, there certainly is a lot of history -- both in this season and in recent ones -- with and without the Huskies. As a fan of wrestling, competition, and chess play, you should be in for a very enjoyable day.

U.S. Cellular Coliseum address | 101 S. Madison Street, Bloomington, IL 61701

Links | IHSA Wrestling | 3A Assignments | 3A Time Sked | Series Overview | Manual-Manager | Manual-Schools | Rankings

Dual Team Tournament | Class 3A Dual Team Bracket | Class 3A Team Rosters

Prices | Dual Team State Final costs $7.00 per session (2).

Times | Dual Team State Sessions: 9:00 AM & 6:00 PM (Saturday). OPRF will wrestle their quarterfinal dual at 11:00 AM.

Dual Team Live/Archived Results | All IHSA Wrestling Dual Team Finals will be hosted on TrackWrestling. Dual Team State brackets will be hosted on TrackWrestling, as well. Visit the Dual Team State tournament on TW. If you do cannot arrive at the tournament, and you don't want to internet stream the event, you will be able to follow live on TrackWrestling.

Watching on the Web | For a paid subscription (feel free to browse the options to see if there is a fit for you), you can watch all Dual Team State Finals duals on IHSA.tv. If you bought a monthly pass prior to the Individual State Final, you will be fine for Saturday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Springtime is in Bloom(ington): Huskies vault Saints 35-21
With OPRF's defeat of St. Charles East, the Huskies head to IHSA Dual Team State Final · 02/21/2017

     

The Huskies came prepared, left hungry. (photos by Jamil Shhmart) 

 

The Huskies entered Tuesday night's action in Hoffman Estates with a mission. That mission was simple: advance. How can the squad move past St. Charles East and enter the 8-team state finals tournament this coming Saturday? Well, a mix of starters and reserves did the trick to the tune of a 35-21 conclusion.

At Conant High School, OPRF (21-3, 6-0) earned nine bout victories while the St. Charles East Fighting Saints took five. (St. Charles East is ranked #17 in Class 3A.) It was a nice win for the Huskies, but their eyes and minds are squarely devoted to Saturday's action. Remember that on Saturday, OPRF will wrestle at 11:00 AM (approximately). With a quarterfinal victory, OPRF will once again wrestle at 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM in the medal round.

For more on the Dual Team State Series, view the previous article below.

As for Tuesday night's action, the Orange & Blue enjoyed the first two victories of the dual, opening at 182 pounds, with Tariq Thurman and Elijah Osit's triple overtime thriller at 195. Another victory came at heavyweight with a decision by Christopher Middlebrooks. Nico Bolivar and Peter Ogunsanya had back-to-back major wins at 113 and 120. At 132, Tony Madrigal earned a technical fall. A bit later, Jaime Hernandez, Jack Fisher, and Brian Holloway took three in a row from 145-160. Also wrestling for the Huskies were Talvin Gibson (220), Jake Rundell (106), Eddie Bolivar (126), Torry Early (138), and Darian Nichols (170).

The win paired the Huskies with Montini in Saturday's quarterfinal round.

U.S. Cellular Coliseum address | 101 S. Madison Street, Bloomington, IL 61701

Links | IHSA Wrestling | 3A Assignments | 3A Time Sked | Series Overview | Manual-Manager | Manual-Schools | Rankings

Bracket | Class 3A Dual Team Tournament

Event pics (by Jamil Shhmart) | Dual Team Sectional at Conant

Dual Team Live/Archived Results | All IHSA Wrestling Dual Team Sectionals will be hosted on TrackWrestling. Visit the Conant Dual Team Sectional tournament on TW. Dual Team State brackets will be hosted on TrackWrestling, as well. Visit the Dual Team State tournament on TW.

Watching on the Web | At this time, it doesn't appear that the OPRF-St. Charles East Dual Team Sectional dual will be broadcasted online, but the IHSA will broadcast the Dual Team State finals on Saturday. A secondary option to traveling to Bloomington is to follow the action on your computer or tablet. For a paid subscription (feel free to browse the options to see if there is a fit for you), you can watch all Dual State Finals duals on IHSA.tv. If you bought a monthly pass prior to the Individual State Final, you will be fine for Saturday.

 

 


The HWF enjoys the view. (photo by Jamil Shhmart) 

 

 

Re-shot rush: OPRF is reloaded and refocused on team title
Huskies to compete at Conant H.S. on Tuesday, will advance to Bloomington with a win · 02/21/2017

Could the Huskies be Bloomington bound? (photo by BT)

 

Tonight begins the "second" second season in the Illinois High School Association Wrestling State Series. On Tuesday night, each of three classes (Classes 1A/2A/3A) will hold eight duals to determine the final eight schools who will participate in the Dual Team State Quarterfinals on Saturday, February 25, at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Illinois. These eight duals are considered Dual Team Sectionals.

The eight teams advancing to Saturday's final bracket will wrestle with a purpose: the top four finishers will earn a state trophy. In Saturday's tournament, a first round (quarterfinal round) win is vital. The four dual winners become semifinalists and are guaranteed two more duals. These four will earn state medals, although the places will be wrestled out. For the teams who lose their first Saturday dual, their season officially comes to a close.

Oak Park & River Forest is the three-time defending Class 3A champions. If you've been around the message boards (sometimes, it's better to be away), the chatter has been that this year is wide open in the Class 3A team title race. The top five teams, according to Illinois Matmen/Go Earn It rankings are Lockport, OPRF, Marmion, Mt. Carmel, and Montini (respectively). All five are in the Dual State Series. Other Regional winners in the top ten include #6 Lincoln-Way West, #7 Deerfield, and #9 Sandburg.

Adding layers of intrigue are dual results from this year's IHSA campaign. Lockport is undefeated as a team and beat Mt. Carmel, Lincoln-Way West, and Sandburg. OPRF downed Lincoln-Way West, Deerfield, and Marmion. Marmion outlasted Mt. Carmel and Sandburg. Mt. Carmel controlled both Montini and Lincoln-Way West. Montini owns a victory over Marmion. Lincoln-Way West proved victorious over Sandburg and Deerfield. Have you wrapped your minds around all of this?

Remember that OPRF's three losses are all against out-of-state opponents at The Clash national duals tournament.

Team participation and advancement (Dual Team State Series) | 16 schools in each of three classes have advanced to their respective Dual Team Sectional. These sixteen advanced by way of winning their Regional tournament on February 6. On Tuesday night, each participating squad will only wrestle one dual. The 8 winners will advance to Saturday's eight-team final tournament in Bloomington, Illinois.

Team seeding | Teams are not seeded at any point during the Dual Team State Series. Matchups are determined through a lottery; however, teams facing off in the Dual Team Sectional come from the same Individual Sectional pool. In other words, two of the four Regional team winners in any particular Sectional will wrestle on Tuesday. The other two Regional victors will also dual. At Saturday's final team tournament, two teams from each Sectional will be represented.

Rounds and times | For OPRF, Tuesday's dual versus St. Charles East will take place at 6:00 PM. Tuesday's action will take place at Conant High School in Hoffman Estates. On Saturday morning, two quarterfinal duals take place at 9:00 AM. The remaining two quarterfinal duals will take place at 11:00 AM. The winner of the OPRF-St. Charles East dual is in the bottom half of the bracket and will wrestle at 11:00 AM (approximately). State semifinals take place at 2:00 PM. The losers in the semifinal round will wrestle for third place. The winners will wrestle for the championship. The final medal round begins at 6:00 PM. The top four dual teams (all four squads advancing to the semifinals) are guaranteed a state trophy.

Prices | Dual Team Sectional costs $5.00. Dual Team State costs $7.00 per session (2). The sessions are set to begin at 9:00 AM (quarterfinals and semifinals) & 6:00 PM (medal round).

Thank you for coming out and supporting the Huskies thus far. If you can, please consider joining us at Conant and/or in Bloomington! Go Huskies!

Conant H.S. address | 700 E. Cougar Trail, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169

U.S. Cellular Coliseum address | 101 S. Madison Street, Bloomington, IL 61701

Links | IHSA Wrestling | 3A Assignments | 3A Time Sked | Series Overview | Manual-Manager | Manual-Schools | Rankings

Bracket | Class 3A Dual Team Tournament

Dual Team Live/Archived Results | All IHSA Wrestling Dual Team Sectionals will be hosted on TrackWrestling. Visit the Conant Dual Team Sectional tournament on TW. Dual Team State brackets will be hosted on TrackWrestling, as well. Visit the Dual Team State tournament on TW.

Watching on the Web | At this time, it doesn't appear that the OPRF-St. Charles East Dual Team Sectional dual will be broadcast online, but the IHSA will broadcast the Dual Team State finals on Saturday. A secondary option to traveling to Bloomington is to follow the action on your computer or tablet. For a paid subscription (feel free to browse the options to see if there is a fit for you), you can watch all Dual State Finals duals on IHSA.tv. If you bought a monthly pass prior to the Individual State Final, you will be fine for Saturday.

 

 

Hey, Jay: OPRF finishes with one title, five medals at state finals
 Jason Renteria (132) earns his second title; Huskies also earn 2nd, 3rd, and two 5th place medals · 02/18/2017

Jay Renteria reacts to his win. (photo by Jamil Shhmart) 

 
With one week to go (don't go anywhere, folks), the curtain fell on the 2016-2017 IHSA Individual State Finals. For the vast many and many, Saturday's closing marked their exit from the IHSA season. Only the few Regional champions (from Saturday, February 4) will have the opportunity to wrestle this upcoming week for team glory.

Team Orange & Blue sent ten young men to Champaign-Urbana. Half of these headed back to Chicagoland with ribbon and medal around their necks. The highest finish went to Jay Renteria. The now four-time finalist and two-time state champion outlasted Lockport's Abdullah Assaf 16-10 in the title bout. Tony Madrigal, also in the finals, lost his final match to season rival Real Woods, Montini, by a razor thin 1-0 score. Drew Matticks lost to the #1-ranked 170-pounder before taking care of his final matches en route to a 3rd place finish. Jaime Hernandez and Brian Holloway were bumped twice but stayed the course to end with a 5th place medal of their own.

Let's take a look at the final Huskie finishes:

Nico Bolivar (DNP - 106), Peter Ogunsanya (DNP - 113), Eddie Bolivar (DNP - 120), Anthony Madrigal (2nd - 126), Jason Renteria (1st - 132), Jaime Hernandez (5th - 138), Brian Holloway (5th - 160), Drew Matticks (3rd - 170), Tariq Thurman (DNP - 182), and Christopher Middlebrooks (DNP - 220).

Win, lose, or draw (spoiler alert, we don't have any of these any more), the Huskie Wrestling Family came out to support these ten wrestlers and this one program.  We love having you, and we look forward to teaming with you to finish 16-17 on a very memorable week.

Jason Renteria ended a flawless season against state opponents. His only two losses took place at the mega-tournament Ironman in December to out of state opponents. Jay earned his 40th victory of the season in the title bout. As we mentioned above, Jason's first two OPRF years concluded with individual state title losses. He rebounded last year and this, and he will walk out of the halls at OPRF with two 1st place and two 2nd place finishes. Quite impressive. Jay has committed to continue his wrestling career at Nebraska in the fall.

 

 

Anthony Madrigal (126) wrestled in the title bout. (photo by Jamil Shhmart) 

 
Anthony Madrigal, a team leader as a junior, participated in his second Individual State Final. Like teammate Jay Renteria, Tony's first two trips led him to the championship bout but no further. Tony is a top-5 wrestler in the country, and his opponent is at the level just the same. Real Woods of Montini scored this latest tally, but Woods is a junior as well. More stories will be told in Tony's high school career, and he'll prepare to have one of his last end up on the top of the podium.
 

 
  

  

Drew Matticks (170), Jaime Hernandez (138), and Brian Holloway (160).  (photos by Jamil Shhmart) 

 
The Huskies notched an additional three place-winners on Saturday night.

Drew Matticks spent several years in the Little Huskies Wrestling Club. Last season, Drew's number in the OPRF Varsity lineup was called to a 23-17 season record. Drew had a successful campaign despite falling one win short of reaching the Individual State Final. In this year's final tourney, Drew made sure that no doubt crept in about his place among the Class 3A 170-pounders. Not only did he place, but the senior finished as the consolation champion. Drew hopes to attend Navy after graduation.

Jaime Hernandez, a senior, showed his individual brilliance during his four seasons at OPRF. In his final three, Jaime earned a state medal. This year's hardware was a 5th place designation. Jaime's first (contested) bout this year was a memorable match with Anthony Cheloni of Marmion. Jaime hopes to make up for lost time with an extended run in the IHSA Dual Team Series. Jaime aspires to continue his success (is also a national Freestyle force) when he attends the University of North Carolina.

Brian Holloway also participated in the Little Huskies Wrestling Club. Unlike Drew, Brian's turn in the Varsity rotation came only during his senior season. A solid, strong, and slightly unorthodox wrestler, Brian's postseason consisted of wins over all opponents (save one) not named Devin Donovan of Wheaton North. I'm sure that Brian hopes to soon forget Donovan's name, but he certainly won't forget his freshly minted medal. Brian is one of several seniors who will ready the squad this week.

 

 
The Huskies have now earned at least one individual bracket board in six straight IHSA campaigns (including this year). Rob Sherrill, webcast announcer during this week's tournament, stated that the record for consecutive seasons with one state champion was 17 (currently, by Montini). I think it's at 18 after Saturday. Who knows, perhaps we'll see the Orange & Blue up there in a little more than a decade.

Much more to come about this tournament and about the Dual Team Series (refocus) beginning on Tuesday night.

In the meantime, catch your breath, get some rest, and be ready to follow the highly competitive team tournament this week. Sixteen Class 3A teams remain: the final four will leave Bloomington's U.S. Cellular Coliseum with a team state trophy. Remember, team scores were not kept at the Individual State Final (just like at the Individual Sectional).

By the way, OPRF duals St. Charles East at Conant High School (Hoffman Estates) on Tuesday night beginning at 6 pm. Just sayin'. --> IHSA Class 3A Dual Team Bracket

Huskie Pride...4 Life!

 

 
Links | IHSA Wrestling | 3A Assignments | 3A Time Sked | Series Overview | Manual-Manager | Manual-Schools | Rankings

Links #2 | Individual State Brackets | IHSA.tv (subscription required) | Day 1 Recap | Qtrs Recap | Semis Recap

Event pics (by Jamil Shhmart) | Huskie Wrestling Family on Facebook  (First, click directly on a picture in the album. Next, click on the left or right arrows to view all of the photos. The "album" link may not work for you.)

 
 

Individual State Bout Results | 106-132

 Wrestler r16 r8 r4 r2    
 Nico Bolivar L          
 Peter Ogunsanya W L W* L*    
 Eddie Bolivar W L L*      
 Anthony Madrigal W W W L    
 Jason Renteria W W W W    
 

Individual State Bout Results | 138-285

 Wrestler r16 r8 r4 r2    
 Jaime Hernandez W L W* W* L* W*
 Brian Holloway W L W* W* L* W*
 Drew Matticks W W L W* W*  
 Tariq Thurman L          
 Chris Middlebrooks L          
 
 

* - Wrestleback match

 


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