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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may not be published each day) as a primer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.
Week in (p)review: Huskies win a
quartet of duals
OPRF approaches conference title, also bests
three at Sandburg · 01/16/2018
The Huskies take
down York (left) and three more at Sandburg. (photos
by Jamil Shhmart)
On Thursday, January 11, the Huskies made quick work of the visiting
York Dukes. The conference victory pushed OPRF to 5-0 in West
Suburban (Silver) Conference play; the final score was 75-6. Several
in the orange and blue singlet produced six-point wins for their
club: Jake Rundell (113), Josh Ogunsanya (120), Eddie Bolivar (132),
Torry Early (138), Eddie Ordonez (145), Joe Chapman (152), Danny
Lingen (160), Jake Cagnina (182), Brian Ziech (195), Jaylan
Pascascio (220), and Ashford Hollis (285).
This past Saturday,
OPRF made friends with Marmion, Crystal Lake Central, and Hononegah
while at the Sandburg Super Duals. The Huskies scored wins over all
three: 42-27, 57-12, and 57-12 respectively. On the day, Oak Park
and River Forest featured six 3-0 grapplers: Josh Ogunsanya (120),
Torry Early (138), Eddie Ordonez (145), Joe Chapman (152), Danny
Lingen (160), Daemyen Middlebrooks (170).
| The Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew are in action again on
Thursday and Saturday. On January 18, the Huskies host Hinsdale
Central with a chance to finish the conference slate unbeaten at
6-0. On January 20, the Huskies again play host to a one-day
tournament. The Huskie Invitational always showcases some tough
teams and wrestlers in the area (and sometimes not). On Sunday,
January 21, do not forget that the Little Huskies take over
the OPRF Field House for the annual Susan P. Collins Memorial
Tournament. This youth wrestling event will be an exciting kind of
busy, and the entire OPRF and LH Wrestling Families anticipate a
huge success for all participating and working the event.
Second to one: OPRF claims silver
medal at Cheesehead tourney
Montini runs away with the team title,
but the Huskies best all others; Jake Rundell wins his bracket · 01/06/2018
Coming into this tournament, the Huskies knew that the Montini
Broncos were a part of the field. Yes, these are the same Montini
Broncos who bucked the competition at The Clash just one week ago.
Yes, these are the same Montini Broncos who are ranked top ten
nationally. (If you don't recall, Montini is also an Illinois
school.) OPRF also knows that it wrestles Huskie tough and will
leave everything out on the mat. Well, the Huskies did very well for
themselves as they laid claim to the runner-up position. Keep in
mind that this was a 32-team tournament.
Looking at the
scoreboard, Montini earned first place with 806 points. In second
was OPRF with 481. Finishers 3-5 included Apple Valley-MN (440),
Southeast Polk-IA (436), and Kasson-Mantorville-MN (421). All others
failed to reach the 400 point plateau.
Jake Rundell was the lone champion for the Orange & Blue.
Congratulations, Jake! His one-point victory kept him undefeated at
106 pounds on the season. Also finishing in the top five were Josh
Ogunsanya (113, 4th), Eddie Bolivar (132, 5th), Eddie Ordonez (145,
5th), and Jack Fisher (160, 4th). Full team results are below.
While the final places may be telling, they also may not. The
tournament format is a little funky. Brian Ziech (220) finished with
a 4-1 record, but somehow he also finished with a 17th place
designation. All of that aside, the Huskies had a successful weekend
competing against quality opponents to better sharpen their skills
for the rest of the season including the IHSA State Series.
Cheese, please: Huskies to take on
Cheesehead this weekend
OPRF wrestles in a 32-team individual
tournament on Friday and Saturday · 01/03/2018
After completing a dual team tournament in Minnesota, the Huskies
will jaunt to Wisconsin for another out of state competition. As
luck would have it, the Cheesehead is slated to feature 32 high
schools -- the same number as The Clash had recruited. The
difference is that the Cheesehead is an individual tournament in
place of a dual team derby.
While OPRF had participated in
Wisconsin tournaments before (think West Allis), I believe this is
the inaugural Cheesehead Invitational for for Orange & Blue. It
appears that the place of each weight will be wrestled out, similar
to the Granite City Holiday Tournament in which the Huskies
participated several years ago.
Friday and Saturday's tournament will take place in Kaukauna, WI,
at Kaukauna High School. Wrestling starts at 5:15 pm on Friday and
at 8:30 am on Saturday.
[UPDATE] After Day 1
| The Huskies have started strong
and showed a few new faces in the fearsome fourteen. Clayton Smith
(126) and Brian Ziech (220) are making their Varsity season debuts.
After Day 1, OPRF sits in third place. The top four high schools are
Montini (195.5 pts), Southeast Polk (160.0), OPRF (140.0), Kasson-Mantorville
(135.0). Tied for fifth position are Kaukauna and Simley (119.5).
You can follow the action by way of TrackWrestling below. Go
The cold hard truth: Huskies finish
strong at The Clash
OPRF goes 3-0 to win 2nd Bracket,
avenges loss over Washington · 12/30/2017
OPRF earns a 5th
place finish. (view on
With Saturday's temperatures reaching a frigid -4 degrees Fahrenheit
(as a high), the RCTC Regional Sports Center served as a heat
shelter for wrestlers, staff, and fans. Inside the field house --
and outside of the cold -- the Huskies strutted their stuff on Day
2. Against three other Day 1 runner-ups, OPRF went undefeated and
completed the tournament with a 5-1 dual record. In the
afternoon/evening session, the Orange & Blue bounced Anoka (MN)
33-23, Simley (MN) 48-12, and Washington (IL) 43-18. OPRF's fifth
win of the tournament was particularly satisfying as the Panthers
had beaten the Huskies earlier this season (at OPRF High School).
Let's take a closer look at these three duals.
In what turned out
to be the closest of OPRF's three wins on Saturday, the Huskies
downed Anoka 33-23. In this matchup, the Tornadoes started strong.
They took four of the first five bouts. Undaunted, OPRF stormed back
by earning six of the next seven battles. The last two contests were
split one team apiece. OPRF earned 8 bout victories to Anoka's 6. In
the dual, two big bouts stand out. At 132 pounds, Eddie Bolivar
earned a gritty 5-2 victory for three team points. The match of the
dual took place two weights later, as Eddie Ordonez earned a
heart-stopping tally in sudden victory fashion. Eddie's overtime
takedown pushed the Huskies to a 23-20 lead with three bouts to go;
a reverse fortune would have flipped an identical score to the
Tornadoes. As it turned out, Anoka needed a tech fall or fall in the
last match to win. Daemyen Middlebrooks (170) had other ideas and
dominated in a tech fall win for the victorious Huskies.
Against Simley, there was little need for worry. This dual began
at 195 pounds, and the Spartans took a short-lived one point lead
after the second bout of the dual. The Huskies hustled to five
straight wins to push the team score to 29-6. Simley only managed
two more bout victories in the matchup (at 132 and 160). The Orange
& Blue Wrecking Crew lived up to this moniker by way of 11 bout wins
to Simley's 3. A number of Huskies scored high bonus point
victories. Ashford Hollis scored a pin at 285, and a number of
Huskies also earned tech fall honors: Connor Nagela (106), Jake
Rundell (113), Nico Bolivar (126), Torry Early (138), and Daemyen
Middlebrooks (170). After the final whistle, OPRF had quadrupled up
If I may be so candid, I was licking my chops in anticipation of
the dual against Washington. It was due to be a great dual with the
Huskies wanting to avenge a loss and the Panthers aspiring to go 2-0
versus Collins's Cadets. At 220 and 285, the Panthers and Huskies
traded falls. A dozen bouts would decide this dual. After a
Washington decision at 106, Jake Rundell, Josh Ogunsanya, Nico
Bolivar, and Eddie Bolivar all earned hand-raises. Josh's match was
razor close, as he and Christian Goin pushed the match into
overtime. It was a late point against Josh that took it there, but
in double overtime Josh saw himself down (in points and position)
but reversed his fortunes in a 7-4 victory. Josh added two near fall
points for good measure. A bit later, Joe Chapman and Jack Fisher
each earned minor wins to push the lead to 31-15. At 170, Daemyen
Middlebrooks put the contest out reach, and Elijah Osit -- who
didn't wrestle in the previous Washington tilt -- concluded the dual
with a forfeit win. The Huskies headed home happy: OPRF 43,
On Day 2, Jake Rundell, Josh Ogunsanya, Nico Bolivar, Joe
Chapman, Daemyen Middlebrooks, and Elijah Osit all finished a
perfect 3-0. Eddie Bolivar, Eddie Ordonez, and Ashford Hollis all
concluded their tournament with a 2-1 day. For the two day
tournament, Jake Rundell and Josh Ogunsanya each tallied a 6-0
record, followed closely by Elijah Osit at 5-1. Finishing 4-1 was
Nico Bolivar and Joe Chapman. Sitting at 4-2 were Eddie Bolivar,
Eddie Ordonez, and Daemyen Middlebrooks.
While the Huskies enjoy a Happy New Year (you too!), they will
prepare for action at the Cheesehead Invitational (Kaukauana, WI) in
one week's time on January 5-6.
New Year's Clash: OPRF duals in
Huskies butt heads in interstate affair · 12/29/2017
The Clash is a
yearly staple in Rochester, Minnesota.
What better way than to ring in the new year than with one of the
best dual tournaments in the country? The Huskies conclude 2017 with
two days of action in Rochester, Minnesota, in what has become a
winter trek in recent years. This is a 32-team tournament, with 8
teams competing in each of 4 brackets on day one. The place of each
school in day one's bracket will dictate day two's round robin
format of 4 squads each. For example, all four bracket winners (A,
B, C, D) will go head-to-head on Saturday; all four 2nd place
schools will lock horns; all 3rd place, etc.
On day one, the
Huskies wrestle in the morning session (9 am, 11 am, 1 pm). Note
that while this tournament had 32 entrants, this year's Clash XVI
will only feature 29 high schools. According to the preview below,
there will be a 5-team 7th bracket and no 8th bracket this year
(these two brackets are day two brackets).
[UPDATE] After Day 1
| The Huskies dispatched the first
two opponents but could not topple a third in the 8-team Bracket A
tournament Friday morning and early afternoon. In the first dual of
the day for the Orange & Blue, OPRF downed Frazee (MN) by a 37-24
tally. The Huskies cruised in their second challenge and defeated
Ellsworth (WI) by a 42-18 score. In Friday's third and final
competition for Oak Park & River Forest, the Huskies met
#8-nationally ranked St. Edward (OH). The Eagles powered their way
to a 52-12 victory against the Huskies. OPRF managed only two wins
versus St. Edward: pins from Jake Rundell (113) and Josh Ogunsanya
(120). Full Huskie results are located in the TrackWrestling link
below, but note that Jake Rundell and Josh Ogunanya each went 3-0 on
the day. Eddie Bolivar, Eddie Ordonez, and Elijah Osit also finished
with a plus .500 record at 2-1.
[UPDATE] Day 2 Preview
| On Saturday, the Huskies battle
three new high schools for final placing in the tournament. By way
of their second place finish in Bracket A, OPRF will wrestle in the
final day's 2nd Bracket. This day, remember, features a round robin
style competition. Depending on the results of the duals, the
Huskies will finish the tournament anywhere from 5th-8th place. The
final day's duals will come on Saturday at 4 pm, 6 pm, and 8 pm. The
opposing high schools, in order, will be Anoka (MN), Simley (MN),
and Washington (IL). You may remember that Washington and OPRF
tangled in a close dual earlier this season, which the Panthers won.
The rematch, and the two lead-in duals on Saturday, will be exciting
to say the least. Go Huskies!
A view from above: OPRF aces
competition at Whitlach
Huskies (266.5 pts) outpace runners-up
by nearly 100 points · 12/16/2017
If you haven't heard much about the Rex Whitlach Tournament (also
knows as the Hinsdale Central Tournament), you may be surprised to
know that it's a dandy of an Illinois tourney. Twenty-four squads
came and performed on the Red Devils' campus. Of the twenty-four,
the Huskies finished number one.
OPRF earned 266.5 team points en
route to the gold trophy. Second through fifth were DeKalb (170.5),
Providence (145.5), Sandburg (143), and Minooka (140). The Orange &
Blue garnered 3 first place results, 4 second place, 1 third place,
2 fourth place, and 1 seventh place. The trio of champions included
Jake Rundell (106), Josh Ogunsanya (120), and Eddie Bolivar (132).
Runners-up were Nico Bolivar (126), Torry Early (138), Jack Fisher
(160), and Daemyen Middlebrooks (170). The lone consolation champ
was Elijah Osit (195). Full results are below. Note that the Huskies
did not field a 113-pound grappler, nor did they enter Tony Madrigal
who is a top-ranked lower weight. With these, OPRF certainly would
have amassed several more team points.
| After locking horns with Glenbard West earlier in the week, the
Huskies continued their western travels at Hinsdale Central. Despite
missing a 113-pound wrestler in the Varsity tourney, on Friday night the Huskies
have vaulted to the number one position at the Hinsdale Central Whitlach Tournament this weekend. DeKalb and Providence Catholic are
second and third, five and eight points behind, respectively. You
may remember these two high schools as they visited Scoville
Avenue's campus just one week ago.
The men and women of the United States Armed Forces are unique,
determined, and courageous individuals. On Saturday afternoon, two
of this breed met shoulder to shoulder in Philadelphia to take in
the on-field action. Kenzo Murray (Army), a 2017 OPRF graduate, and
Andrew Borgdorff (Navy), a 2015 OPRF graduate, posed for the picture
above. You may also remember former Huskie wrestler Michael Woulfe,
a 2012 OPRF graduate, as a
Navy Midshipmen grappler in recent years.
Our thanks go out to
these young people and to many others.
Huskies hunt, but Panthers pounce:
OPRF goes 2-1 at home quad
In a war of state bests, Washington
downs OPRF 37-31 to break the Huskies' season win streak · 12/09/2017
Providence, and Washington filled 1 West Gym. (photos
by Jamil Shhmart)
Saturday brought a great day of wrestling, but sadly it brought the
Huskies first loss on the season. The Orange & Blue dispatched of
#11 DeKalb and HM Providence, but the Washington Panthers sunk their
teeth into the Huskies. Washington is ranked #1 in Class 2A. In a
tight affair, the visiting Orange & Black earned a 37-31 victory.
This dual was a repeat result from a year ago when the visiting
Huskies earned the W in "Dubtown." While Oak Park & River Forest
would love a chance to avenge this defeat, the two teams will not
meet in the State Series. However, both squads will enter
The Clash dual
team tournament on December 29-30. They may face off again.
now 12-1 overall and 3-0 in conference.
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!
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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