Leap year: OPRF
Wrestling looks to jump out of the gates this Feb.
On Saturday, Varsity toes the line at Glenbard
West; three weeks of individual competitions remain · 02/04/2016
dates are highlighted.
Well, well, well. Here we stand (or, perhaps, sit) in the ultimate
month of the Illinois High School Association Interscholastic
Wrestling Season. February...is here.
After (much longer than) four months of preparation, these Varsity
athletes will step on the postseason -- State Series -- stage in
hopes of maximizing their team and individual output. The Huskies
begin their Class 3A Dual Team Champion three-peat attempt this
Saturday, February 6, at Glenbard West High School (Glen Ellyn).
Nine teams will be in attendance. Below is our quick primer on what
you need to know to be ready for February action.
On Saturday, OPRF will compete alongside eight other squads at
the Hilltoppers' home of Glenbard West High School. Including
unofficial state rankings, these teams are: Addison Trail, #19 Glenbard West,
Leyden, Proviso East,
Proviso West, #1 OPRF, Schurz, #12 Wheaton North, and York. Only the
winning team who outpoints the others will win the Regional and
advance to the Dual Team State Series.
Team points are gained by wrestlers' place finish and manner of
advancement. Certainly, higher place-winners earn more points, and
winning matches by fall/forfeit/default/disqualification (+2 bonus),
technical fall (+1.5 bonus), or major (+1 bonus) results will
further help your school. Winning a match earns 2 points in the
championship bracket; a successful win earns 1 point in the
consolation bracket. This advancement bonus will be waved for all
medal round matches. Final team points are as follows: 14 points
(first place), 10 points (second place), 7 points (third place), and
4 points (fourth place).
Wrestler participation and
advancement (Glenbard West Regional)
Schools have the right to enter up to 14 wrestlers -- one for
each weight class. Since there are nine participating schools at
OPRF's Regional, at maximum there can be 9 wrestlers at one
particular weight class. The top three (3) wrestlers in each weight
class qualify for the Individual Sectional Tournament to be held
Friday-Saturday, February 12-13, at Conant High School (Hoffman
Wrestler participation and
advancement (Conant Individual Sectional)
Four Regional Tournaments merge to form an Individual Sectional.
The four (4) individual champions will receive a first round bye,
while the other eight wrestlers will wrestle in their preliminary
round matches. Of the 12 wresters, the top third (the four
place-winners) will punch their ticket to Champaign and the State
Finals. Getting into the place matches is vital. Although the
results of the 1st/3rd place bouts do not factor into qualification
for Individual State, they will affect beginning bracket location
under the newly remodeled Assembly Hall -- er, State Farm Center
(February 18-20). Team scores are not kept at this tournament and
are considered irrelevant.
Wrestler participation and
medals (U of I Individual State Finals)
Four is the magic number yet again, as four Individual Sectional
Tournaments join to create the State Finals bracket. The four
Individual Sectional champions will be seeded and placed in
corresponding locations on the bracket sheet. The other 12 wrestlers
(2nd/3rd/4th place Ind. Sectional finishers) will be scattered
mathematically in the pairings. No byes are provided for any of the
16 wrestlers. Only wrestlers who lose to an eventual semifinalist
will qualify for the consolation bracket; four wrestlers per weight
class will be one-and-done. The top 6 finishers will earn medals.
This three-day tournament includes full wrestlebacks with no
walkovers (in other words, previous decisions from the championship
bracket are ignored if two wrestlers meet again in the consolation
Regional costs $4.00 per session (2) or $6.00 for an all-day
pass. Individual Sectional costs $5.00 per session (3). State Final
costs $8.00 or $10.00 per session (5) / $40.00 or $50.00 per
Regional Sessions: 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM (Saturday). Individual
Sectional Sessions: 4:30 PM (Friday), 10:00 AM & 3:00 PM (Saturday).
Individual State Final Sessions: 1:00 PM (Thursday), 8:30 AM & 7:00
PM (Friday), 9:00 AM & 5:30 PM (Saturday).
Individual State Finals are broadcast on
(subscription options are available). The finals will be rebroadcast
Glenbard West H.S. address
670 Crescent Blvd, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Conant H.S. address
700 E. Cougar Trail, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
Dual team tournament
More information on the Dual Team State Series will come in a
few weeks. In the meantime, follow the Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew
in this February frenzy!
Dialed in: The Doris Davenport Show
& Sponsor Spotight
OPRF Wrestling appears on TDDS; thank you for supporting our
sponsors · 02/03/2016
On Sunday, Jan 31, OPRF-W visited "The Doris
Davenport Show" with Doug Wyman. |
DDS on FB
to all of our 2015-2016 OPRF Wrestling Sponsors! Enjoy
the Varsity picture below (click the image for a larger
picture). We invite you to visit the full Sponsors List
Sponsors page. Thank you for the support!
Farmer, of the Wednesday Journal (OakPark.com),
recently posted a well-done, thorough wrap-up of the
Huskies regular season. Take a look at this postseason
primer online article.
Jump to "Leaders of the Pack."
Huskies put their conference stamp on the year
Junior Varsity, Sophomore, and Freshman squads
fare well; Varsity finishes as WSC-S co-champions · 01/30/2016
It's conference championship week! The Varsity squad has no
conference tournament; the dual schedule determines the team
champion (more on that later). However, the Junior Varsity,
Sophomore, and Freshman groups did wrestle on Saturday. For many of
these wrestlers, this maybe was their last match of the IHSA season.
Other wrestlers housed at 201 N. Scoville, perhaps, wrestled their
final bout in the weeks before. In the ultimate events for the lower
levels, Huskies wrestled tough. As has become the norm for the
Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew, there is much to get excited about in
Junior Varsity |
At the conference championships, OPRF stormed the competition. The
Huskies finished with a stunning 7 individual champions: Torry Early
(113), Eddie Bolivar (120), Kevin Davis (132), Jack Fisher (138),
Brian Holloway (152), Darian Nichols (160), and Brandon
Killingsworth (170). OPRF earned first place with 269 team points;
Lyons Township (2nd) and Downers Grove South (3rd) rounded out the
top three. The action
took place at Hinsdale South High School. See pictures at the bottom
of this article.
Our neighbors to the west, York, put on the 14-team Sophomore
tournament. Oak Park & River Forest took one title (Eddie Ordonez at
132) while finishing 5th. Downers Grove North walked away with the
first place trophy. Full Huskie results are listed in the table
below. You can also visit TrackWrestling for full coverage:
Sophomore (WSC) Invitational
The youngsters also competed in their respective conference clash
event....and won it! OPRF boasted four Freshman champions en route
to the first place trophy for the first years. Congratulations!
The Varsity squad is in the news, however, as yesterday's Lyons
Township 35-24 victory over Glenbard West cemented an OPRF West
Suburban-Silver conference title! The Huskies, Lions, and
Hilltoppers all finished the six-game regular season tilt with
identical 5-1 records (previously, GW defeated OPRF and OPRF downed
Lyons). GW, LT, and OPRF all are considered co-champions.
Congratulations to these three teams!
Junior Varsity Results
Junior Varsity event pics |
Junior Varsity |
Championship photos ascend from 113 to 170.
News and notes: WSC tourneys (Sat),
OPRF-W on the radio (Sun)
Also of note: OPRF senior Isaiah White commits to wrestle at
Ohio State University · 01/29/2016
With just one week prior the start of the IHSA State Series (the
individual and team high school playoff series), there are certainly
events that should give your eyes (and ears) ample enjoyment. Let's
take a look at some weekend highlights:
Lower level conference tournaments (Saturday) |
You've got your pick of three exciting tournaments.... The Junior
Varsity championships will be held at Hinsdale South High School in
Darien. The Sophomore tourney will take place at York High School in
Elmhurst. The Freshman medal-seekers travel to Lyons Township in
LaGrange. Good luck, wrestlers!
OPRF Wrestling to appear on Doris
Davenport Radio Show (Sunday) |
Oak Park and River Forest High School wrestling head coach Paul
Collins and several members of the two-time defending state champion
Huskies will join award-winning Wednesday Journal sports editor
Marty Farmer on the Doris Davenport Show Sunday, January 31
from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. on 1490 AM (WPNA). The show can
also be streamed online at
type in 1490 AM Oak Park in the search field to listen to the show.
More on the appearance:
DDS on FB.
Isaiah White commits to Ohio State
(Extra! Extra!) |
Oak Park & River Forest senior wrestler Isaiah White has recently
made his post-high school decision. He will attend Ohio State
University and will be a part of the Buckeyes wrestling squad.
Isaiah is a three-time IHSA medalist and two-time IHSA champion. At
the end of last season, Isaiah finished the year ranked #1 in the
nation within his weight class. Jump to a recent news article about
IM. Congratulations, Isaiah!
Make room for the broom:
OPRF sweeps Saturday tournaments
Freshman tops of 13 teams, Varsity bests 11
other squads in home tourneys · 01/23/2016
their way to a pack of titles at home. (photos by Jonna Borgdorff)
Let's begin with the Freshman warriors. If you haven't been paying
attention to this lower level in recent years, you ought to. Year in
and year out the grade 9 wrestlers are fierce, talented, and
successful. At home on Saturday, the Freshman team outlasted a dozen
opponents en route to the Oak Park & River Forest team trophy title.
The Huskies earned four 1st place, five 2nd, five 3rd, two 4th,
three 5th, one 6th, three 7th, and one 8th place awards.
Congratulations, wrestlers, coaches, and managers!
The Varsity squad had no troubles in securing its championship
trophy. Of the 13 Varsity wrestlers, the Huskies finished with eight
1st, one 2nd, two 3rd, two 4th, one 5th, one 6th, four 7th, and one
8th place medals.
Pride versus pride:
Huskies roar louder, upend Lyons 54-10
OPRF tallies 11 bout victories as they finish
at 5-1 in conference; Huskie tournament on Sat · 01/22/2016
downed a familiar foe in Lyons on Friday. (photos by Jonna Borgdorff)
Home cooking was as delicious as ever on Friday night. The Lyons
Township Lyons came into OPRF's Field House sporting a flawless 4-0
conference record. The Huskies entered with a 4-1 tally. At the end
of the night, both Lyons and OPRF need a Lions victory over the
Hilltoppers of Glenbard West to claim a share of the WSC-Silver
Conference crown. On January 29, LTHS and GW will face off in a
Coming into this evening's affairs, Oak Park & River
Forest (24-3, 5-1) had previously beaten the other two top-three
ranked 3A squads. As the night unfolded, it became apparent that
while the gap between #1 and #3 may not be large, the leap between
the top three squads and #4 is substantial.
Of the fourteen bouts, LT took only three: 138, 160, and 182
The meet began at 132 pounds. Gabe Townsell won with a fall after
a smooth takedown. Jack Fisher put up a tussle, but lost via
decision at 138. Michael Ordonez added another 6 at 145. At 152,
Drew Matticks blanked his opponent for a major decision. At 160,
Brian Holloway scored a takedown but couldn't score the win. Isaiah
White bumped up to 170 pounds for a dominant pin victory. Deundre
Garner hoped for a last second takedown, but fell 6-2 after a
valiant effort. After 182 pounds, the Huskies led 22-10.
The remaining contests were all Huskies. Kendale McCoy scored a
9-2 victory before Allen Stallings (220) dispatched his opponent by
a 16-5 score. At heavyweight, Christopher Middlebrooks calmly earned
a 10-2 major. At the flip, PJ Ogunsanya muscled the fourth fall of
the evening. Bobby Campos wasted no time (literally) in his
113-pound forfeit triumph. Jason Renteria remained undefeated thus
far with yet another pin. Tony Madrigal, who is becoming a dynamo on
top, put the finishing touches on the Orange & Blue win with a 5-0
no pressure tally.
Saturday is the "Biggest little tournament in the state." Come to
OPRFHS to watch the Varsity and Freshman teams in action!
Week 09 Preview: Full weekend at
OPRF High School
Huskies host Lyons on Thu., OPRF Tourney on Fri, Little
Huskies Tourney on Sun. ·
We're approaching the final stretch of the regular season. The
Varsity squad has only one week remaining: this weekend. Come Monday
(you can bet that the Huskies will be in full helping force for
Sunday's Little Huskies youth tournament), the Varsity group will
have almost two weeks to ready themselves for the February 6 IHSA
Regional at Glenbard West. Take a look now at this rundown of the
Our West Suburban-Silver rivals are coming to town. Lyons Township,
the #4-ranked squad, won't be a walkover against the newly regained
#1 Huskies. LT boasts eight ranked wrestlers. The Lions also come
into the event with a perfect conference dual record. OPRF needs a
team win to stay in the conference title hunt.
The Huskie Den will be busy as the OPRF Field House will host the
Varsity tournament. Alongside Varsity will be a Freshman tournament.
Come out to the exciting, local action! Thank you to all who help
make this event such a memorable day!
An exciting day will settle into the Field House once again as youth
wrestlers from the area come to test their mettle (and have fun!)
for the annual Susan P. Collins Memorial Little Huskies Tournament.
A big thank you to all of the planners, preparers, and
workers for this year-in and year-out successful event.
Lower levels |
All levels will be at OPRFHS on Friday night versus Lyons Township.
As mentioned above, the Freshman will also compete in Saturday's
Special sponsors: Announcing this
season's sponsors list
A Huskie heartfelt thank you to all of the sponsors; full
list is on the Sponsors page · 11/22/2015
With the first competition right around the corner
(Tuesday, Nov 24, 6:00 pm @ Downers Grove North), we're
thrilled to announce this season's sponsorship list!!
Below are the sponsorship logos for all Platinum, Gold,
and Silver Levels. For more information about each
business or association, you can click directly onto the
logo to jump to the official website. Thank you to all
of our sponsors for their kind support! To the viewers,
please consider these businesses and associations if you
have a need or desire to do so.
We invite you to visit
the full Sponsors List at our
Sponsors page. You can also view it by using the
left menu bar and selecting "SHOW YOUR SUPPORT -
Sponsors". If you wish to add your name to the list,
further details are available on the Sponsors page.
Thank you again, sponsors!
Don't skirt the shirt: Buy your
Huskie wear today
Huskie gear is here · 12/15/2013
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