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Stories: A 2016-2017 Season Primer (Still Helpful Today!)
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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may not be published each day) as a primer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.
Ain't no Lion: Huskies tame Lyons
OPRF blasts to a 34-0 lead, cruises to
3-0 in conference play · 12/08/2017
10 of 11 Huskie
wins earned bonus points on Friday night. (photos
by Jamil Shhmart)
Year in and year out, the Lyons Township Lyons hope to notch a win
versus the Oak Park & River Forest Huskies. On the flipside, OPRF
wishes to do the same against LT. These conference rivals have
fought battles (some would say wars) against one another. On Friday
night, the Huskies didn't need any luck or magic to best the Lions.
The Huskies came out and controlled the dual.
For the Varsity
Huskies (10-0, 3-0 conference), the 58-18 victory continued the
undefeated streak to begin the IHSA campaign. The dual began at 132
pounds, and there was an orange blaze from the get-go. OPRF scored
team points of 5-6-5-6-6-6 in the first half dozen bouts to earn a
sizeable lead. The Lions could not match the intensity or success of
their foes, but they did earn match victories at 182 pounds, 195,
and 220. In order, Huskie victories came from Eddie Bolivar (132),
Tony Madrigal, Eddie Ordonez, Joe Chapman, Jack Fisher, Daemyen
Middlebrooks (170), Ashford Hollis (285), Connor Nagela, Jake
Rundell, Josh Ogunsanya, and Nico Bolivar. Fighting with Huskie
Heart in losses were David Smith (182) and Talvin Gibson (220). OPRF
offered a forfeit at 195 pounds. The full
OPRF-LT box score is offered on Illinois Matmen (provided by
The win was the Huskies' 11th straight victory against West
Suburban-Silver Conference opponents.
Slate of the State: IHSA releases
its February class assignments
OPRF to visit Leyden (Regional) and
Larkin (Sectional); Huskies to host Dual Team Sectional · 12/07/2017
Every year around this time, the Illinois High School Association
posts its postseason assignments for its three classes of high
school wrestling: Class 3A, Class 2A, and Class 1A. As you can
gather from this article's title, the assignments are out!!
For the February 3 Regional, OPRF will once again drive out to
Leyden High School. At Leyden, this year's crop of teams includes
Addison Trail, Lane, Schurz, York, the host Eagles, Provisos East
and West, Willowbrook, and our Huskies. On the following weekend,
the Orange & Blue will compete at Larkin High School (Elgin) in the
Individual Sectional. As you know, the Individual State tournament
takes place on the subsequent weekend -- at the familiar home of the
State Farm Center in Champaign-Urbana.
201 N. Scoville will
host the four squad Dual Team Sectional on Tuesday night,
February 20. In order for the Huskies to participate in said event,
they will need to finish tops at the Leyden Regional.
Rollin', rollin', rollin' on the
River (Forest): Oak Park cruises to 9-0
The Huskies have outscored their
opponents 516-80 on the young season · 12/04/2017
coming up gold.
In case you were out shopping for the right holiday gifts this
season and missed it, the OPRF Huskies are out and about themselves,
dominating the competition who have crossed their paths. The Orange
& Blue Wrecking Crew are doing just as this moniker describes. With
victories over Downers Grove North, South Elgin, New Trier, Dakota,
Schaumburg, Proviso West, Lincoln-Way West, Lockport, and Granite
City, Oak Park & River Forest owns a 9-0 record on the season,
including a 2-0 record in conference. For Varsity results thus far,
This weekend will be another fun one to look
forward to; the Huskies will visit rival Lyons Township on Friday.
On Saturday, the Orange & Blue will play hosts while hoping to yet
again feast on the competition. That's right: the Huskies host a
Varsity quadrangular meet on Saturday.
In another bit of knowledge, none of the other six high schools
in the West Suburban Silver Conference are ranked in the top 25 (as
of this writing). That leaves OPRF as the only ranked team in
conference, according to IWCOA / GEI Wrestling Apparel. For more on
the current rankings, visit our
Money for something: We thank our
We acknowledge donations received thus far ·
The Huskies are back at it today and tomorrow.
First, Oak Park and River Foresthosts Proviso West tonight. Tomorrow is an away
event at Washington High School. For some it is a jaunt,
but the wrestling at Washington should be very good, and
not just in the Huskie duals.
While you prepare for
this weekend's action, we're thrilled to announce this
season's sponsorship list!! Below are the sponsorship
logos for 2017-2018 partners. 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!
Calming the Storm: OPRF dominates
South Elgin 77-6
The Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew roll to a 2-0
start to the season · 11/22/2017
their stuff on Wednesday in impressive fashion. (photos
by Jamil Shhmart)
Well, that was fun. Oak Park & River Forest posted the first 71 dual
team points in their home win over the South Elgin Storm. You know
about Twitter, so now why don't you take a jaunt to the
Facebook Huskie Wrestling Family page? Dual results are there
and photos (hopefully).
Happy Thanksgiving to all! Enjoy your
holiday but remember that Saturday holds an away quad at New Trier.
Thank you to all who came out to Skrine Chops after the meet!
Quicker note: the
page is...updated! We may update this page as the season progresses,
but the roster names and photos are ready so that you can get to
know your 2017-2018 Huskie wrestlers!
Throwing down(ers): Huskies topple
The Orange & Blue quadruple the Purple &
White to win first dual of the season · 11/21/2017
their stuff on Wednesday in impressive fashion. (photos
by Jamil Shhmart)
And we're off! (Wait, haven't I said that about five times before?)
The Huskies take down their conference opponent, the Trojans of
Downers Grove North, in a one-sided affair. The Collins Cadets took
11 of 14 bouts to run away with the Varsity dual. For a full recap
of Huskie wrestlers and results, visit
Wrestling's Twitter page.
Remember, the Huskies host South Elgin tonight! It will be Senior
Night (and Alumni Night).
Alumni Social (post event)
| For those interested, there will be an Alumni event at
Skrine Chops (7230 Madison Street, Forest Park) following the dual
versus South Elgin. Even if you cannot attend the dual, you are
welcome to join the drinks, food, and fun at Skrine Chops!
Tonight's the night: OPRF opens at
Downers Grove North
Huskies begin the season as the fourth-best
Class 3A team · 11/21/2017
blue met orange. On Tuesday, purple hosts. (photos by
Q: What do you get when you cross a Huskie and a Trojan?
A: A conference clash to begin the 2017-2018 season!
Welcome to the next step in the 2017-2018 journey. The Huskies
(all levels) jaunt to Downers Grove and tangle with the Trojans. We
hope you can come out to watch the Orange & Blue in action.
The first -- unofficial -- competition took place this past
Saturday in the intrasquad event at OPRF High School. A few photos
are above. The young men and women are now champing at the bit to
face a wrestler in an opposing singlet. Tonight they will get their
Quick note: the
page is updated with the names, but the Mug Book photos are in
process and will be updated by this weekend at the latest.
Orange & Blue Wrestling Crew: Preview this season's Varsity
Enjoy a glimpse at the Huskies who are expected to contribute
on the mat and in the room · 11/18/2017
Now, we are mere days away from the opening
competition bell (November 21 at Downers Grove North).
The Huskie Coaching Staff put together a rundown of the
Varsity lineup with predicted weights. If you are
anything like me, you will be thrilled to read about
these student athletes who will aid the squad in this
year (and some in future years). In all,
twenty-five wresters are mentioned. Nine of these are
2017-2018 seniors. The wheels are turning on this year's
roster and mug book pictures, and we'll get them to you
as fast as we can. For now, enjoy this read!
(Written commentary by Huskie
Connor Nagela: Connor is a freshman
at OPRF and is excited to be a part of the high school
program. Connor came up through the Little Huskies youth
program. He was an IKWF State Qualifier last year. Connor
should gain some valuable experience this year working with
our talented lightweights.
Jake Rundell: Jake is entering his
sophomore year after having a very good spring and summer.
Jake finished 3rd in both the Greco and Freestyle Junior
National Championships in Fargo, ND. Jake has a relentless
style of wrestling and is always looking to score from all
positions. We are excited for Jake to step into this
starting role. Jake is currently ranked #11 in the country
Josh Ogunsanya: Josh enters his sophomore year after
earning All-American honors this summer. Josh finished 4th
and 6th respectively in Greco and Freestyle Cadet National
Championships. Josh will be returning to the starting lineup
after missing the end of his freshman year due to injury.
Josh is a true student of the sport and is constantly
looking to improve his strength and skill. Josh is primed
for an exciting sophomore campaign and is looking to have a
full season of competition.
Nico Bolivar: Nico is our third sophomore looking to
start this season. Nico stepped into the starting lineup
last year and did not disappoint. He ended up qualifying for
the IHSA State Tournament as a freshman and beating some
very good wrestlers along the way. Nico has dedicated
himself this past offseason and is showing tremendous growth
as a wrestler.
Raymond Hernandez: Raymond is a freshman at OPRF. He
will look to crack the lineup at either 120 or 126. Raymond
finished 7th last year in the IKWF State Championships.
Since the summer, Raymond has fully embedded himself in the
Huskie Wrestling Family. He comes into high school with a
lot of ambition; it will be exciting to watch him grow over
the next four years.
Eddie Bolivar: Eddie begins his junior year hungry
for more. Eddie came up short of placing last year at the
IHSA State Championships, but it provided great experience
for him as a first year varsity starter. Eddie will compete
at both 126 and 132 for the Huskies this year. Eddie is
looking forward the start of the season and stepping into
his own as a leader in our program.
Torry Early: Torry is entering his
junior year after a successful summer. He earned
All-American honors at the Cadet Greco National
Championships this summer. Torry has grown, literally he’s
about three inches taller, but also with his training. Torry
is extremely knowledgeable in the sport of wrestling and is
disciplined with his game plans.
Anthony Madrigal: Anthony is a senior
who is committed to wrestle at Oklahoma University next
year. With that monumental decision out of the way, Anthony
can concentrate on improving himself as a wrestler and
leader in the program. Anthony is a two-time IHSA State
Runner-up and is looking to capture his first state
championship. Anthony has committed more time to being a
better teammate this offseason and season. His leadership
will help push the younger wrestlers around him and bring
them to a higher level of training. Anthony is currently
ranked #5 in the country by FloWrestling.
Joe Chapman: Joe enters his sophomore year and will
compete at both 145 and 152 this season. Joe has put in
countless hours since the end of last season. Joe’s
willingness to put in the extra work exemplifies the
ambition we preach in our program. Joe will continue
building his confidence through his work and will continue
to improve as a wrestler because of it.
Eddie Ordonez: Eddie is another senior we are looking
to as a leader. Eddie was one of three wrestlers from last
year’s team to come up one match short of qualifying for the
IHSA State Tournament. Eddie is looking to get the most out
of his senior year, and his work in the room is showing it.
Eddie is pushing himself harder than ever before, and his
efforts are rubbing off on those around him.
Kedrick Bryant: Kedrick enters his senior year bigger
and stronger than last year. Kedrick learned a lot during
his junior year when he sporadically filled in for others in
the varsity lineup. Kedrick is another great student with a
phenomenal work ethic. Kedrick’s been able to come a long
way in a short amount of time through his efforts in the
practice room and weight room. He is grateful for his
opportunities in our program and is making the most of them.
Jack Fisher: Jack’s junior year did not finish the
way he wanted. He made a decision in March that he would not
be outworked by anyone else. His determination to better
himself as a wrestler and leader is showing throughout the
program. Jack wrestles “Huskie Style” and is opening up his
offense in all facets of his game. Jack will be looked to as
a leader with a lot of younger middleweights around him.
Danny Lingen: Danny is a sophomore in our program and
a natural born leader. Danny is a vocal young man who pushes
himself in all his endeavors. Danny will look to push his
teammates and himself to get the most out of the time this
year. He is a part of a solid sophomore group from which we
are expecting big things moving forward.
Ronnie is a sophomore who received some varsity experience
last year. Ronnie looks to build off his freshman year and
his solid wrestling foundation. Ronnie’s commitment in the
offseason helped prepare him for this upcoming season.
Ronnie will compete for the spot at 160.
Cameron Bates: Cameron is a senior and one of the
best leaders in our program. His selflessness is second to
none. Cameron always looks to help the younger wrestlers
around him. He is the consummate team player. Cameron had a
lot of success on the lower levels last year. He will look
to finish out his career at OPRF as a leader and be
championed for his efforts in the room.
Jake Cagnina: Jake went all in for the offseason and
was able to see some return on his investment by earning
All-American honors this summer. Jake took 8th place in the
Cadet Freestyle National Championships. Jake heads into his
junior year with a renewed focus. He was able to wrestle 30
varsity matches as a sophomore; he built off that and had a
tremendous offseason. Jake looks to hold down the varsity
spot at 170 while improving his efforts in the room.
Daemyen Middlebrooks: Daemyen is another sophomore
who came up through the Little Huskies WC and is a
dual-sport athlete. Daemyen is a football player and
wrestler at OPRF. Daemyen is an explosive athlete who has
built up his strength and endurance to better himself as an
all around athlete. Daemyen has a new level of focus headed
into this season.
Ibrahim Mohktar: Ibrahim is a senior in our program.
Ibrahim is an unbelievable young man who looks for
challenges and embraces the obstacles in his way. Ibrahim
will look to compete at 170 this season. He is an
inspirational young man; his perseverance as a student
athlete is unmatched.
David Smith: David is a senior and is excited for his
senior campaign. David began his wrestling journey three
years ago as a freshman backup. David has worked his way
into having an opportunity to represent the Huskies in the
varsity lineup. David pushes himself and those around him on
a daily basis. He is an ambitious student and wrestler. He’s
worked tirelessly in all areas while stepping up as a
Elijah Osit: Elijah has gotten the most out of his
experience at OPRF. After moving into Oak Park going into
his sophomore year, Elijah has transformed himself into a
strong, confident young man. Elijah’s junior season had many
ups and downs. With his best efforts, he will look to
continue his progress as a man and wrestler. Elijah has set
himself up to be the leader we know he can be.
Brian Ziech: Brian is a junior who transferred from
Fenwick High School. He was a sectional qualifier for the
Friars and will be looking to break into the lineup at 195
or 220. Brian is a big strong young man and will be working
on refining his technique to improve as a wrestler. We are
excited to add another experienced big guy to the room. He
brings a lot of positive energy and coachability.
Talvin enters his senior year after starting on the
offensive line for the OPRF football team. Talvin gained a
lot of experience his junior year and wants to get the most
out of his senior year. Talvin’s toughness allows him to
wear his opponents down. It’ll be crucial for Talvin to
improve on his technique in order to get to the next level.
He will be pushed by the younger guys, and we know he will
respond the right way.
Jaylan is in his third year with the wrestling program. As a
sophomore, Jaylan had a lot of success on the lower levels.
Jaylan competes hard on a daily basis. He is a young man of
few words, but his level of toughness and tenacity shown in
his wrestling speak volumes.
Ashford Hollis: Ashford is a junior coming off
All-Conference honors as a defensive lineman for the OPRF
football team. Ashford has come on strong since last season
and built himself into a legitimate heavyweight. His
strength and conditioning have improved over the course of
the past half year. Ashford looks to build off a very
impressive football season and solidify the top weight of
Max McDermott: Max is a senior in our program. Max
has had an interesting career at OPRF to say the least. He’s
battled through many things and is working his way to
becoming a self-sufficient young man. Max will help push the
other upper weights in the program, and he is good to have
in the room on a daily basis. We are excited to have him
back with us full time.
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Schedule at-a-glance: Preview
Varsity dates and opponents
The Orange & Blue add The Cheesehead, delete The Ironman for
2017-2018 · 11/14/2017
Thank you for your patience as we churn and churn in preparation of
the competition calendar for 2017-2018. "Competition calendar," did
I say? Oh, yes. Here is an overview of the events with commentary
and team/event websites. If anything needs correction, please
You'll notice a few things when scanning below. First, the Huskies
will host a quad on December 9. No need to hold in your
excitement; no need to miss the event either. Also, OPRF traded The
Ironman tournament for The Cheesehead. Both are individual
invitationals. Other than these tidbits, most everything looks the
same as last year.
Enjoy, and mark your calendars!
Quads / Super Duals
@ Downers Grove North* 11/21
@ New Trier 11/25
@ Hinsdale Central 12/15-12/16
vs. South Elgin
@ Washington 12/02
@ The Clash (MN)
vs. Proviso West* 12/01
vs. Quad 12/09
@ The Cheesehead (WI) 12/05-12/06
@ Lyons Township*
@ Sandburg 01/13
vs. Huskie Invitational
@ Glenbard West* 12/14
@ TBD (IHSA Regional) 02/03
vs. York* 01/11
@ TBD (IHSA State Series)
vs. Hinsdale Central* 01/18
* - conference opponent
(Written commentary by Brian
Tideman, webmaster) | Any updates or fixes with team
@ Downers Grove
North (Tue, Nov. 21) | Conference Dual
Since 2012-2013, the
Huskies have opened their competition
schedule against the intraconference foes
Downers Grove North. Every year, it seems,
the Trojans push to be considered in the top
half contenders of the WSC-Silver. If you
want to see the fresh faces on the year as
they happen, Downers Grove is the place to
Last year, the Huskies
defeated South Elgin 78-0. This year, the
Storm would love to return the favor, but
they'll first aim to earn some bout
victories and go from there. After this
event (the night before Thanksgiving), there
has traditionally been reunions,
conversation, and fun. Keep your ears open.
It's been New Trier,
Dakota, and Schaumburg for the last few
years; expect the same. Dakota has been a
Class 1A powerhouse within the last several
years. Some of their wrestlers have been
flat out dynamite. Come and see for yourself
how they fare against a trio of 3A squads.
If you can remember the
last time that Proviso West defeated OPRF in
a dual, you deserve a prize. Don't sleep on
some of the Panthers; there are a number of
talented athletes that walk the halls in
Hillside. Finding 14 Varsity starters has
been a problem for the Cats.
Last year, the Huskies
defeated Washington in the "Dubtown
Throwdown" event. This is not a one-on-one
dual, but you very well may see the Huskies
take on these Panthers. If so, expect
camaraderie -- along with competition -- to
take center stage.
What can we
say about LT? The Lions and supremely
coached -- hint, hint -- had dreams and
nightmares against us (or is it the other
way around?). Whether it's close or a
distant victory for one side, an OPRF-LT
matchup is always a bona fide marquee
The Huskies added this
home date to their schedule, and I'm not
quite sure who will make the trek to 201 N.
Scoville. That adds to the excitement,
though, doesn't it? There is no excuse not
to come out to OPRF on December 9; we've
brought the party to you!
In Illinois high school
athletics, the football Hilltoppers are
synonymous with football winners. Of late,
Glenbard West's wrestling squad has taken
some steps forward. They are always tough
against non-conference opponents, but they,
like the Trojans, stride to perform
consistently in conference.
@ Hinsdale Central / Whitlach
Individual Tournament (Fri-Sat, Dec 15-16)
The Orange & Blue
Wrecking Crew dominated last year's Whitlach
tournament, besting 23 other schools to win
the crown. Will it be the same this year?
This is a dandy of a tournament. If you have
time, come out for Friday and/or Saturday.
@ MINNESOTA / Clash Dual Team
Tournament (Fri-Sat, Dec 29-30)
If you like tournaments,
and you like duals, this is your heaven.
Rochester, Minnesota, hosts a 32-team dual
team tournament that holds a nice mix of
intrastate and interstate talent. OPRF's
best finish here was in the 2014-2015 season
when the Huskies won the tournament title en
route to an undefeated dual slate, a Class
3A team title, and an end-of-season number 1
national ranking. Now, that's a season.
@ WISCONSIN / Cheesehead
Individual Tournament (Fri-Sat, Jan 05-06)
The Huskies waved a magic
wand and replaced The Ironman tournament
with this one. While The Ironman has
national buzz, this is another 32-team
tournament with regional appeal. Wisconsin,
as you'd imagine, is represented here much
like Minnesota is represented at The Clash.
This year will be OPRF's inaugural at The
Cheesehead (Kaukauna, WI).
Our (mostly) North Avenue
neighbors have sputtered recently, at least
in terms of conference standing. The Dukes
are hoping for a return to the form of the
1990's and 2000's when it was not surprising
to see a York team progress well in the IHSA
We gave "ink" to Lyons
Township, but Sandburg is another beast of
an opponent. Wars were waged between the
Eagles and Huskies. This is a "Super Duals"
event, so expect many teams to arrive.
However, due to the logistics of competing
against all others, the Huskies will lock
horns with only a select few.
Central (Thu, Jan 18) | Conference Dual
Understanding Hinsdale Central's
wrestling squad is mired in intrigue. About
a half decade or so ago, the Red Devils were
putting their place on the Illinois map.
They've had some struggles recently, but
they very well may be righting the ship to
put the Illinois population on notice.
I think the expression
is, "The toughest little tournament in the
country." I wrote these words two years ago
in my similar preview, and I'll leave them
here. What is fantastic about this
tournament is that it brings in squads from
all over. It's a really unique collection of
talent and styles. You want to be here.
@ IHSA State Series: Regional,
Sectional, Individual, and Dual Team (Sat, Feb 03-24)
sectional, and team sectional (for team
qualifiers) sites are yet to be determined.
You can be assured, though, that when it
comes to February, all Class 3A schools do
not look forward to locking arms with the
Orange & Blue. The Huskies will be prepared
to wrestle six grueling minutes (eight and a
half minutes if need be) to get the job
done. The state series culminates in in
Bloomington, Illinois (shout out to the
Fightin' Titans!), at the US Cellular
Let's dance: The IHSA season has
The Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew is back in
action! · 11/06/2017
Hello, everyone! Welcome to another grand season of IHSA and OPRF
On Monday, November 6, the Huskies (instructors and
pupils) began their quest in what will be a terrific journey within
the halls at 201 N. Scoville, among a number of other secondary
schools in the Chicago area, and inside a few interstate facilities.
Here at OPRFWrestling.com, we will get you ready for the first
whistle -- Tuesday, November 21, at Downers Grove North -- with
loads of information about this year's crop of student athletes.
Prior to the DGN WSC (Silver) Conference tilt, expect to see
2017-2018 coaches, rosters, previews (schedule and wrestler),
wrestler photos, and rankings (likely to be released by then). We
have already updated our
Schedule page. As the season progresses, we will update wrestler
statistics on the Varsity level, as well as dual and tournament
results for Varsity.
As I write this, be aware that I am one person. While a (large,
devoted) team works tirelessly and selflessly to make OPRF and
Little Huskie Wrestling the very best they can be, I alone type
these words on this computer, to be uploaded later. If you have any
news to share, any clarifications to point out, or even if you just
want to say, "Hey, cool site!", please
I appreciate any and everything I get.
I am thrilled to be a part of this website, of this team, of this
greater community, of this sport, and of this time in history. Let's
all share a terrific season together, just as we have for years and
years and years before.
In relentless pursuit and Huskie pride.
| This Monday, November 13, there
is an OPRF Wrestling Parents' Night at
Brewing Company. Come out and support the team/establishment!
Prep for prep: IHSA practices begin
on Monday, Nov. 6
High schools across Illinois ready for the
official kickoff to wrestling season · 11/02/2017
As the leaves change color and the cold winds begin to blow,
Illinois High School Association Wrestling hustles back to the Land
of Lincoln. It was just over nine months ago (in late February) when
the IHSA Wrestling Season concluded for the Huskies and for all of
the high school teams in the state. Monday marks the beginning of a
new chapter, a new journey, a new thrill ride. Some will argue that
these "new" adventures have already begun for some (or for all). In
the Oak Park and River Forest community, pursuit is relentless and
family is omnipresent. It takes a village, and all of us in the
Huskie wrestling program are honored and moved that we have and have
had scores and hundreds (and thousands) of unique, passionate, and
dedicated individuals to make "Those things that are best" even
Which season do you like best? Winter? Spring? Summer?
Fall? How about Wrestling Season? (Wink, wink.)
Let's take a brief look back. Coming into 2016-2017, the OPRF
Huskies had won three consecutive Class 3A Dual Team Championships.
In 2017 February, the Orange & Blue reached the final day of
competition but fell in the Class 3A Dual Team State Quarterfinals.
For the 2016-2017 season at a glance, visit our corresponding
The Scoville Scurriers come into 2017-2018 with new faces
stepping up, both in leadership and in levels. You can be assured
that the wrestlers and coaches will be "Huskie hungry" to impose
their dominance each and every time they toe the line in
anticipation of the primary whistle. It will also be a season of
growth, where young men and women develop in areas outside of the
statistics of wins and losses. It will be the Orange & Blue Wrecking
Crew as actors in unison to pursue relentlessly and to embody what
it means to live Huskie proud.
We're only a few short days to the
beginning of the 2017-2018 IHSA Wrestling Season. Like a rubber band
cocked back in preparation for flight, so too will be this year's
crop of athletes...in mere days.
We hope that you preview our
upcoming season's Schedule. Clear your calendar; support us at home
and on the road; enjoy the moments, the stories, the individual
efforts, the team successes....
If you're looking for reading
material, may we suggest you take a look at last year's
for 28" series? In it, the Webmaster (charming guy, that one)
offers 28 stories that help you understand a variety of facts and
topics about Oak Park & River Forest's wrestling program or about
high school wrestling in general. We want you to be as prepared as
you can to maximize your enjoyment of the upcoming season. If you
haven't clicked on the page, please do. It's comprehensive,
informative, and dare I say quite helpful. Despite the year turning,
nearly all of the articles continue to apply today.
You may be
asking yourself, "Okay, but when do we get the good stuff about the
season?" Well, we'll get you ready for the site with previews,
roster updates, and more. As the rosters are finalized (remember
that wrestlers report for IHSA practice this coming Monday), we will
begin to pen those exciting trailers or lead-ins to what will
undoubtedly be yet another great season to remember.
As we sign
off for now, let us leave you with a phrase that I used in my "28
for 28" series last year. In the first post in the series, I wrote a
sentence that resonates with me. I hope it resonates with you, too.
"There is nothing more true...than the
Orange & Blue."
We'll see you again soon -- and you'll see us for a thrilling and
fulfilling 2017-2018 season. Go Huskies!
The winds of fall: The IHSA season
is weeks away
Huskies and fans sense the beginning of yet
another season · 10/03/2017
photos by BT
It has been a long end of the summer and now beginning to fall. All
around Chicagoland (and all around the world), school life has begun
to take hold on families, students, and staff members alike. We all
know the sequence well: as the summer closes, school and high school
football arise. As football's regular season exhausts, high school
wrestling is waiting directly offstage.
We are six -- SIX -- weeks
into the IHSA football season, and Team Orange & Blue sports a
4-2 record. Let's support them as they aspire to enter and to do
damage in the playoffs. OPRF's final regular season gridiron battle
will take place on October 20. The official IHSA Wrestling season is
allowed to begin on November 6, just two weeks and change after Week
If you haven't yet planned your winter sport work exit routine
on Friday nights or perhaps where you'll stop for a coffee en route
to a Saturday wrestling quad or tournament, don't worry. I have good
news for you; you have time. As of this writing, there are almost 5
full weeks of anticipation until grapplers can roll around at 201 N.
Scoville as official entrants in the 2017-2018 IHSA Wrestling
Season. After November 6, the first contest will take place at
Downers Grove North on Tuesday night, November 21.
The wheels of
wrestling are turning!
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