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Room for everyone: OPRF places all en route to Whitlach title
5 champions pace the Huskies; Renteria, Madrigal, White, Rundell, Bey reign · 12/20/2014

Orange & Blue Title Crew, at Whitlach. (View large.)

The season continues in spectacular fashion for the Huskies, who took the Hinsdale Central Whitlach tournament title on Saturday. OPRF won the tournament by 51 points. Teams second and third were Sandburg and Montini, respectively. Team Orange & Blue scored with 5 champions: Jason Renteria (113), Alex Madrigal (120), Isaiah White (152), Matthew Rundell (160), and Kamal Bey (170). A few bouts of note: Isaiah White defeated Juwan Edmond in a rematch from earlier in the season. Matthew Rundell downed #1 (AA) Luke Fortuna, 1-0.

Third-places were also five: Tony Madrigal (106), Jaime Hernandez (132), Bryce Scott (145), Max Metzgar (182), and Adam Lemke-Bell (285). Some notes here, as well. Tony Madrigal lost to Real Woods, of Montini, 4-3. A week ago, Tony defeated Woods. Will they meet again to establish bragging rights? OPRF and Montini will dual in January. Bryce Scott upended two honorable mention ranked wrestlers on his path. Max Metzgar defeated #11-ranked Chris Hiscock of Minooka, as well as #3 (AA) Ryan Pitra.

Three seventh-place victories were awarded to Kevin Davis (126), Savonne Bennette (138), and Ben Bergen (195). Zero wrestlers did not place at this tournament.

Way to go, Huskies!

For full results, visit completed bracket. | Event photos: Highlights 

Archived videos | Illinois Matmen (subscription, free after 72 hours)



"Maine Attractions": Frosh-Soph bunch, on Saturday. (View large.)

Even more Huskie helpings | For the third straight season, OPRF cleaned house at the Maine South Frosh-Soph Tournament on Saturday. 8 were crowned champions while two others received 4th place recognitions. Walking away with the bracket boards were Peter Ogunsanya (106), Jon Mitchell (113), Jack Fisher (120), Brian Holloway (145), Drew Matticks (152), Rolliann Sturkey (170), Deundre Garner (182), and Ethan Lemons (195). Finishing fourth were Daniel Pedraza (145) and Christopher Banks-Mitchell (160). Very fine jobs, gentlemen!


White's might: Huskies crown first Ironman champion
Isaiah White topples Vincenzo Joseph in OT; Huskies finish 3rd as a team · 12/13/2014

Isaiah White, pictured at the 2014 IHSA Individual State Finals.

As we see the program constructed, OPRF Wrestling is a very young entity. This season, the Huskies will travel to The Clash dual team tournament for only the third time. This weekend, Team Orange & Blue joined the Walsh Ironman for just the second visit. This is OPRF Wrestling 2.0: The National Years.

In the last several years, high school wrestling has evolved into a mix of local, semi-local, and long distance travel and competitions for many, especially those who are on the national radar of overall talent.

As the Huskies have upped their competition schedule, so have the competitors' quality (and number) risen. On this weekend, nationally top-ranked Isaiah White, a junior, became the first OPRF Huskie to claim a prestigious Walsh Ironman championship. Isaiah stopped recent national foe Vincenzo Joseph (PA) in overtime, 3-1.

The Huskies came without two regular starters. Larry Early (145) was replaced by Bryce Scott. At 220 pounds, Allen Stallings did not participate, and the weight slot was left open. Still, OPRF finished in 3rd place overall, with 8 tournament medalists (final placing was 1st - 8th for individuals). Placing were Anthony Madrigal (106, 3rd); Jason Renteria (113, 2nd); Alex Madrigal (120, 6th); Gabe Townsell (126, 8th); Isaiah White (152, 1st); Matthew Rundell (160, 5th); Kamal Bey (170, 2nd), and Ben Bergen (195, 8th).

Also participating were Jaime Hernandez (132, 3-2 record); Savonne Bennette (138, 2-2); Bryce Scott (145, 3-2); Max Metzgar (182, 1-2); and Adam Lemke-Bell (285, 0-2).

For full results, visit TrackWrestling's Ironman Tournament Coverage.



Silver half dollar: OPRF bests West to jump to 3-0 in WSC
Huskies coast to 23rd straight conference dual win; 3 WSC-Silver duals remain · 12/10/2014


Despite these faces, the Huskies were all smiles on Wednesday. (photos by Jonna Borgdorff)

The Huskies were seeing more red on Wednesday versus conference foe Proviso West, but OPRF battles and succeeds no matter which color the referee decides for the match. (For a mind-boggle, think color: Hinsdale Central-Proviso West and York-Glenbard West. Wrestle these two pairs side by side, and you've got yourself a very merry quad!)

More event photos: All Levels 

After the dual, Varsity wrestlers and coaches prepare for a trip to the Walsh Jesuit Arena in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, for the national juggernaut individual tournament named...The Ironman. This tournament takes place on Friday-Saturday, Dec. 12-13. Click below for more news.


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December 13

Walsh Jesuit High School

Cuyahoga Falls, OH



Weekend in review: Huskies get big, no matter the size
All levels with big weekend successes; Freshman, JV, Varsity all winners · 12/06/2014


Spotlight on all: Freshman (center) are "thumbs up" while JV has opponents "backs down."

Saturday, December 6, brought many great successes across the literal Huskie Wrestling Family. Let's start in reverse, shall we? Er, what am I saying? With this program, there is no reverse! All systems go!

Fantastic Freshman | For the 6th year in a row, the OPRF Freshman squad dominated the tournament field at the Glenbrook South invite. They blazed to the hardware. They may not yet be long in the tooth, but they're doing great things. Keep an eye on this bunch.

Nothing Junior about it | OPRF High School hosted its own competition on Saturday where Junior Varsity 1 & 2 each had a shot at putting their stamp on home mats. Of the six competing groups, JV1 outperformed all others. JV2 finished 5th, but even more remarkable was their lack of a full lineup. Unquestionably, there is talent (and even some top Illinois talent) on the JV squads from top to bottom.

Wash-ing out the competition | The "Varsiteers" kept volunteering their dominant services, flying by Lincoln-Way Central (48-21), Carmel-IN (59-12), and host Washington (37-21). Washington is the #2 ranked Class 2A school. The Huskies grow their season record to an unblemished 9-0 mark.

Event photos (by Jonna Bordgorff): Junior Varsity Tournament 

Huskie Highlight | Jonna Bordorff singlehandedly reported the article information above. I put the pen to paper (er, keys to motion), but I would be lost without any and all help from the Huskie Wrestling Family (a page you MUST follow). My nearest and dearest, without question, is Jonna. I may be a little slow on the upload from time to time, but Jonna is never slow the click-and-quick. She encourages me on this website (#SiteIsMight), but really, the phenomenal photos and more are all due to her. My heart sings because of Jonna's contributions. A heartfelt Huskie THANK YOU, Jonna! And news: OPRF senior wrestler Andrew Borgdorff (right) has been officially confirmed to be attending the Naval Academy! We all celebrate with you and your family, Jonna!

As great as she is, Jonna may not be around forever. I urge YOU to step up...and step in!



Throwing our weight around: Huskies upend Hinsdale Central 47-15
HC-OPRF split two ranked bouts; Huskies climb to 2-0 in conference · 12/05/2014


The Huskies won 10 of 11 contested matches. (photos by Jonna Borgdorff)

In the first action of December, the Varsity Huskies (6-0, 2-0) made an impression in Hinsdale. OPRF stifled the Red Devils to only one contested win on the evening. The first of fourteen Varsity bouts was a big one, as two top-3 ranked wrestlers (Class 3A) walked to the scorer's table. At 152 pounds, Isaiah White (#1) and HC's Juwan Edmond (#3) clashed. Isaiah took down Edmond 4-3, and perhaps any hope of a Red Devil rally was squashed.

The other high ranking matchup came when OPRF's heavyweight Adam Lemke-Bell (#9) pushed Matt Allen (#3) to the brink in a double overtime loss for the Huskies. In his final season before playing football at Northwestern University, Adam is battling every time out in hopes of standing on a medal stand in Champaign.

Beginning with 160 pounds, the Huskies blazed to four consecutive victories before giving Hinsdale a forfeit at 220 pounds. Jack Newman (160), Rollian Sturkey, Max Metzgar, and Ben Bergen (195) claimed those victories. After the 285 bout, Peter  Ogunsanya and Bobby Campos won in tech fall fashion, at 106 and 113 pounds respectively. Neither squad offered a wrestler at 120 pounds before the Huskies reeled off another three wins: Alex Madrigal (126), Gabe Townsell, and SaVonne Bennette (138). Each of these resulted in a technical fall victory, making a 5-for-5 string of consecutive OPRF technical's (contested bouts). The night came to a close with a Huskie forfeit to Andrew D'Aprile of Hinsdale Central (145 pounds)



Friday action: Isaiah White (L) and Adam Lemke-Bell (R)

Box score on Illinois Matmen: OPRF-HC (by Mainefan)

More event photos: Junior Varsity 1, 2, and Freshman | Varsity 



Don't skirt the shirt: Buy your Huskie wear today
Huskie gear is here · 12/15/2013

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Keep your eyes out for 2014-2015 gear! | The information below is posted for the 2013-2014 campaign. Attend home events for OPRF Wrestling gear, or contact Jonna Borgdorff with questions:



Support the Huskie Wrestling Family! Available at home events or by email order, you can wear OPRF gear to show your support for the #1 ranked OPRF Huskie Wrestling team.

Costs | The sweatshirt is $45. The t-shirt is $25. Shirts are available at home wrestling events. If you'd rather have them shipped to you, there is an $8 shipping fee. SIZES available: M - 2XL

Payment and shipping | Shirts are available at home wrestling events. If you want them shipped to you, there is an $8 shipping fee.

Contact | Jonna Borgdorff will handle shipping orders. Her email is: She can accept checks. Unfortunately, credit cards cannot be accepted at this time.


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