Past the Panthers: OPRF defeats
Proviso West 58-9
A lineup featuring several "future faces" help push Huskies
to 2-0 in Silver · 12/05/2013
The Huskies have a reputation of being terrible hosts to the
competition. Don't get me wrong, the food offered at concession
stands is first rate. Also, the school works to accommodate the
opposition with what they need to prepare for the contest. When it
comes to the action on the mat, however, the Orange & Blue attack
and control -- control and attack -- in a way unbecoming of any good
dinner party hosts. Thursday night at OPRF featured the second
conference affair of the Huskies, and our home crew dominated by
winning all but 2 of 13 contested matches.
The Varsity lineup (now 6-0, 2-0) looked a little different than you
might expect, but in the end, it racked up 11 wins and 58 team
points in a 58-9 triumph over the hardworking Panthers of Proviso
OPRF's wins came from: Bobby Campos (113-FFT), Alex Madrigal
(120-Fall), Clayton Bertoletti (126-FFT), Jaime Hernandez
(132-Fall), Andrew Borgdorff (145-FFT), Rollian Sturkey (152-Dec),
Jack Newman (160-Maj), Max Metzgar (170-Dec), Andre Lee (195-Fall),
Emonte Logan (220-Fall), Adam Lemke-Bell (285-FFT).
The 106 weight class was a double forfeit, and two Huskies wrestled
hard without victory: Ryan Borgdorff (138-Fall) and Ben Bergen
| The Varsity unit treks to
Washington, IL, for a three round competition. This is not a
tournament and effectively works as a quad. At 10:00 AM, #1 OPRF
will battle #20 Granite City. The other two rounds (approx. 11:45
and 1:30) are yet to be determined. There is rumor that the Huskies
may take on #3 Marist in the final round.
Illinois Matmen will broadcast all three rounds of the day. If
you can't travel down, you may want to choose this option. (These
will be archived, by the way.) HOWEVER, there is a HOME JV QUAD on
Saturday. Mary Matticks is still looking for volunteers to provide
bake sale donations and to work the concession stand in shifts.
Please contact her if you can take some time to help out the Huskie
Wrestling Family. This is a great opportunity to raise some dough
for these phenomenal student-athletes.
A different kind of shoot: Get to
know the 2013-2014 Huskies
Photo magician Jonna Borgdorff shares the faces of Varsity
and Junior Varsity · 12/03/2013
Joe Robles, Malik Brumant, Max Metzgar, and
Alex Madrigal are four of this year's Huskies.
The 2013-2014 IHSA campaign is underway. In order to help you follow
these fine young student-athletes, we have assembled a photo gallery
of the current season wrestlers (Varsity and Junior Varsity). Nearly
all of these wrestlers' photos are present. Jump to the photo
gallery on the
Huskies take down New Trier,
Schaumburg, #1-A Dakota
OPRF more than doubles up #1-ranked Class A Dakota · 11/30/2013
At the New Trier Varsity quad, the Huskies (now 5-0, 1-0) finished
off a stellar first week with victories over New Trier (64-9),
Schaumburg (55-9), and downstate Dakota (47-21). For some
Mack Bolen posted on Illinois Matmen.
| Thursday at home vs. Proviso
One-two punch: Huskies open with
two convincing wins
Happy Thanksgiving to all! · 11/27/2013
#1 OPRF came out of the gate blazing, defeating Downers Grove
North (HM) and St. Rita (#9) on consecutive days. The Huskies
brought down DGN 45-18 before
dropping the Mustangs 56-11. OPRF's Varsity
squad (2-0, 1-0 in conference) next travels on Saturday, to a quad
at New Trier. Also in attendance will be Schaumburg and #1-A Dakota.
| Jonna Borgdorff has graciously taken and uploaded
several photos of the first two events. I'll just say it: I'm
thankful for Jonna! Jump to galleries:
A little help goes a long way
| It's no real secret: I maintain the website from
abroad. Sadly, I can't watch the action firsthand. If anybody can
send me results (just the Varsity winner plus team dual score), I
would do cartwheels -- if, of course, this were scientifically
possible for my nearly 34-aged body. I also compute the stats (I'll
receive the stat sheets eventually), but I'm sure you understand
that I want to turn around and update all of you as quickly as
possible. Many blessings and thank you's. I am also thankful to all
of you for visiting this site. This website means a lot to
me...because OPRF Wrestling and our Family mean a lot to me. Thank
you for stopping by every once in a while. Happy Thanksgiving.
Welcome to the mean '13: IHSA
opener tonight at DGN
The never-ending journey re-begins · 11/26/2013
The day has finally arrived. Shine your shoes, press your clothes,
and bring out that jacket that you've been waiting for just the
occasion. OPRF Wrestling (all levels) kicks off the season at the
home of West Suburban Conference foe Downers Grove North. DGN's
brains of the brawn is head coach Chris McGrath (another friend of
the show). The #1 ranked Huskies visit the HM ranked Trojans in the
conference opener for both teams.
Time to dominate
| The first round of action begins tonight at 6:00 pm.
All levels will compete.
Did you know?
| Downers Grove North has only had two state champions,
the last in 1964. They have the longest drought in the current West
Suburban Conference (Silver and Gold). A close second is Glenbard
West. The Hilltoppers' only individual title came in 1966.
Keep Huskie fever high
| Wednesday (Nov. 27) is a home dual against #9 St. Rita.
Keep an eye out for a Huskie Family gathering afterwards. On
Saturday (Nov. 30), Varsity travels to a quad at New Trier (HM
Schaumburg and #1-A Dakota) while Junior Varsity will wrestle a
tournament at Glenbard North. The Freshman will visit Proviso East
for another tournament. If you haven't seen that Dakota team, they
have some very talented wrestlers.
Three seasons ago, head coach Mike Powell told wrestlers and family,
"When you're done wrestling Oak Park for six minutes, you'll have a
tough time holding up your head." This push is one of the Huskies'
goals, for sure, but Mike Powell has a fresh perspective to his
The college years: Keep an eye out
for Huskies at the next level
As years push on, OPRF sends more and more in the post-high
school ranks · 11/24/2013
Yes, our attention is on the IHSA season and the current edition of
the "Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew", but you need to take note of
several Huskies that have chosen to wrestle during their college or
university years. My Huskie hunch is that this list is incomplete.
If you know of any additions,
please send them our way.
St. John's (MN)
157 / 165
Rochester (MN) CTC
Serving our community: Washington,
IL, relief trip this Sunday
Areas of downstate Washington in ruins after recent
tornadoes; Huskie family to pitch in · 11/22/2013
On Sunday, November 17, a serious tornado outbreak savaged areas of
Devastatingly, parts of Washington, Illinois, were erased.
Washington is the home of Bryan Medlin, the outstanding wrestling
head coach of the
Washington Panthers. He is truly a great individual, and simply
put: his community is in need. As it turns out, OPRF will be making
two trips to Washington this fall. The first trip will take place
this Sunday, November 24, when members of the Huskie Family (maybe
even you) will go and bring supplies and materials to help the area.
On December 7, OPRF had previously scheduled a visit to wrestle a
quad at Washington. (RELATED:
Football team raises Washington spirits.)
Let me stress that this is the real deal. I (Brian) have never seen
this scale of devastation in person, and I can't begin to imagine
the emotions and difficulties that so many are currently facing. If
you can, please donate your time, money, or essential supplies for
this cause of humanity.
Mike Powell wrote an email to the OPRF wrestling community (dated
Nov. 20) about this Sunday's efforts in Washington. Here are some
excerpts: (What can I do to
Washington has suffered catastrophe this
week. In the small town, over 400 houses have been lost and many
others are unlivable. Coach Bryan Medlin, head coach of the
wrestling team, described the aftermath to me. It reminded me of
something in a Hollywood movie- Armageddon. Over half the Washington
wrestling team's houses are completely destroyed or unlivable. With
winter settling in, they will not have a chance to rebuild until the
spring. Many of them have recovered almost nothing. They are staying
in friendsí houses, at churches or at the firehouse.
The Huskie Wrestling family is heading
down on Sunday (Coach Doc's idea) to help
however we can. We are doing this in lieu of the community clean
up. We will be gone all day. We leave at
7 AM, and will return around
6 PM. We ask that ALL wrestlers
sacrifice a day and make the trip. We welcome anyone else who wants
Built for destruction: Individual
talent sky high
Strong talent up and down could lead to many more ups than
downs · 11/19/2013
Straight from the coaches' mouth
The Huskies have geared up. This fall has been a fantastic prep
for this season's campaign. The attitude of this team has been
outstanding. They have been focused, self-driven, and hard working.
Most importantly, there has been outstanding "buy in."
You'll notice a ton of names from years past and a couple of
newbies in this year's potential lineup. We fully expect this team
to be top notch. Our senior class, while small, is composed of great
kids with great leadership potential. We believe our JV 1 team could
be a top 25 team in the state. Furthermore, our freshmen squad is
stacked with former Little Huskie standouts. It's going to be a
Below are OPRF Huskies that have prepared their bodies and minds
for this season's journey known as IHSA Wrestling.
Jay Renteria comes in as a heralded
little guy. Jay won everything as a youth wrestler: Vegas,
3x IKWF, Super 32, Tulsa. Jay is a throwback. He's a tough
guy; conjures memories of the Dardanes. Recently, he beat
three top 20 guys on his way to a third place finish at the
Mikey Pace is a quality kid and wrestler. A junior,
Mikey has put in his strongest off-season yet and will be
competitive at any level this year. He will be a quality
back up and will see some varsity action.
PJ Ogunsanya is a freshman stud. PJ is too small too
wrestle effectively right now at 106, but he deserves a mention
here. As he grows, PJ will become well known on the local
and national high school circuit. He will dominate on the
lower levels this year and could potentially fill in a few
times at 106.
Round of 8 returner, Bobby Campos, is
looking to battle onto the stand this year. Bobby had a
tremendous freshman year, garnering all-tournament team at
the Clash to go along with a great state series run. Bob has
an enormous amount of potential and is making strides. He
has had a good fall and will be a consistent top guy for the
Somewhere between 113 and 120 is junior Alex Madrigal.
Alex has renewed his commitment to wrestling and has put
together an outstanding preseason. Whichever weight Alex
lands, he will push the starter. Alex has made huge gains
this fall and will be a contributor this year.
Gabe Townsell qualified for state
last year. As good a student as he is a wrestler, Gabe
arrived on the national scene this summer when he went
undefeated at the duals and finished 1 and 2 in Fargo. Gabe
is amongst the strongest and most explosive young athletes
in the country.
Joe Robles, a senior, has been a fantastic leader this
fall. He is taking his role as a senior seriously. Joe is wrestling well. He has taken it to several top guys
this fall. Joe is the type of kid who wakes up on Sundays,
types a ten pager, and then puts in 5 miles of roadwork. Joe
may wrestle off at 126, but he will certify at 120. Joe is
poised to have a fantastic senior year.
Freshman Jaime Hernandez comes into
high school with 2 IKWF titles. Jaime is a grinder. He's got
great leg attacks and finishes. We have watched him improve
dramatically this fall. This speaks to Jaime's very strong
work ethic. Make note of his name: he will be winning a lot
of matches over the next four seasons.
Junior SaVonne Bennette just wrestled
the tournament of his life in Vegas. He knows he is the
probable starter here and has taken his mental game up a
notch. SaVonne had a fantastic spring and summer. This will
be SaVonne's first varsity year, but we fully expect he will
be on the floor in Champaign come February.
Chris Hinton has the potential to push SaVonne at
this weight. Chris has some huge wins under his belt. If he
can stay focused and disciplined through his senior season,
he will be a major contributor to the squad.
Sophomore Isaiah White was 3rd in
Champaign last year. That was his last loss. He has won
everything he's wrestled in since: the duals, Fargo, and the
Freak Show (defeating the #1 ranked kid in the country). A
year more mature, Isaiah will be looking to stand atop the
podium this year in Champaign.
Junior Bryce Scott had a great off-season and is
ready to have a fantastic year. Bryce has looked very good
this fall and upped his level of commitment and "buy in."
Larry Early is a top 20 junior in the
country. He's been 3rd and 2nd in Champaign. Larry was a win
away from the USAW triple crown this year. Larry has
steadily improved throughout high school. Larry is a very
well rounded wrestler. He expects to take final step up the
podium this year.
This is our deepest weight. We have 4
legitimate wrestlers that are good enough to be competing in
Champaign this year.
Matt Rundell looked very good at the Freak Show where
he finished 2nd. Matt was a state finalist two years ago and looks like his old self.
At the tourney, he beat several top guys. Matt
is a true Huskie-style wrestler, grinding his opponents
down. He has had a great fall and is fully prepared to have
a fantastic junior campaign.
Zach Brinner has improved in each of his three years
of wrestling. He is a neutral dynamo who can score on
anyone. Zach missed the Freak Show due to an injury, or we
likely would have witnessed his game at another level. Once
back on the mat, he has a chance to be a major contributor.
Max Metzgar won the sophomore conference last year
and went on to place 4th in the frosh-soph state series. Max
has a huge skill set and an enormous upside. His junior year
will a good one, for sure. Max is also a fantastic student.
Andrew Borgdorff is another stellar junior. Like
Rundell, Andrew wrestles at a high pace and wears out a lot
of opponents. Andrew reminds us of Michael Woulfe, famous OP
alum now wrestling at Navy. Andrew is on track to be a
valedictorian (no pressure, dude).
Kamal Bey was 5th at a man's weight
at last year's state tournament. He went on the place 2nd
and 3rd in Fargo, losing only to the #1 kid in the country.
This sophomore plans on pushing up the podium this year. He
is as pure a physical athlete as anyone you will see. If you
want to see wrestling at its most entertaining level, come see
Kamal; this kid is special.
Junior Ben Avis had a great spring. Ben posses a
tremendous attitude, has improved tremendously, and will
have a year filled with many successes. Ben will provide
significant depth at 160. Ben is also a tremendous student.
Davonte Mahomes looks to finish his
career with a bang. Davonte comes off a fantastic off-season
during which he was ten seconds away from the triple crown.
Having been 3rd twice, Davonte will have his eyes on the
prize this year. He has a goal of leading this team to a 3-0
record in Bloomington, and he possesses the qualities to do so.
Davonte recently committed to wrestle at Michigan.
Nate Godwin had a successful sophomore year and will
provide very solid back up to Davonte. Nate is very gifted
and performed well at the Huskie invite last season. He
followed that with a sophomore conference title. Nate is a
We are not quite sure where guys
will end up this year. There are 4 guys that can fill these
Junior Ben Bergen had a great off-season. Ben is a
hard nosed wrestler who competes with everything he has. He
is an absolute hammer on top. Ben is a full size 182 and
will definitely see action there. Ben is another honor
Andre Lee had an All-Conference year in football as a
senior captain while earning Defensive Lineman of the Year
in the conference. With his focus now shifting to wrestling,
he also has the potential to be a top guy in the state. Dre
is only in his fourth year of wrestling and has grown leaps
and bounds in each year. Expect him to go toe to toe with
the country's best this season.
Senior Will Osborne is coming off a very good junior
year where won the JV conference in dominant fashion. Will
has some big wins in his three years of wrestling and should
see significant time in the varsity lineup.
Malik Stallings had a great freshman year,
culminating in a state tournament appearance. Malik killed
it as a sophomore starter on the football team this season.
He has enormous potential and we think he will be on the
stand in Champaign this year.
Similar to the weights below, we are deep at
220. Senior Malik Brumant is coming off a 20 win
season. Malik has a huge heart and often breaks his
opponents with his relentless pace. He had a great spring
and summer and will be a major factor here for the Huskies.
Malik will battle it out with with senior Emonte Logan.
Emonte missed last year due to an injury, but he was back on
the football field playing "a man's game", also earning
All-Conference honors. We are expecting Emonte's leadership
as a captain on the football team to transfer over to the
wrestling room. Emonte is the X-factor in our lineup. If he
can stay healthy, he will be a force. Emonte is regularly
compared to LaQuan Hightower, and not just because of his
square body. Emonte has unique spirit that will boost our
room this year.
Adam Lemke-Bell got tossed around
last year as a second year athlete. What would break the
spirit of many young men strengthened Adam. He put in 3-4
extra workouts per week last spring, gained 30 lbs and went
on a tear. Adam won the FILA Cadet nationals and went on to
place in both styles at Fargo. This is not your typical 3rd
year wrestler. Adam is another fantastic student.
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.