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Armed and ready: Raising the bar near and far
2014-15 squad looking to equal, better last year's crop · 11/18/2014


Huskie Nation proudly and excitedly can raise a "number one" into the air: one week. One week. Seven short days. A mere 168 hours.

In just 10080 minutes, (y)our 2014-2015 Huskies will take the stage at 201 N. Scoville and begin their official journey in the season kickoff event. The Varsity Huskies are receiving all of the media attention (scroll down), but we all know that everyone has a part to play for the program. This Junior Varsity bunch will flat out bring it and push whichever 14 wrestlers Varsity sends out on the mat. The youngsters will also look to learn and live what it means to be Huskie Tough. The coaches will do their share, and of course the Huskie Wrestling Family -- the incredible legion -- will continue to be ever so magical. We've all already begun.

Stay tuned as we watch the clock, watch the sweat, and watch our pulse rates. Come March 1, we just may be able to raise up a "number one" for a different reason altogether.



We are officially on the clock: Wrestling season has begun!!
"A season to remember starts in November" · 11/10/2014


Now weeks after another Halloween holiday, many may choose to relax after heart-pumping scenes, sights, and activities. If you are one of these people, our advice is not to get too comfortable; the real show-stopping excitement will commence the week of Thanksgiving. At that time, you'll have your eyes and bellies stuffed with a cornucopia of takedowns, reversals, back points, and falls. All of these dishes will be garnished with Huskie Pride.

Seasonal seasonings | In this year, like in those of recent memory, we can expect healthy-sized helpings of talent, work ethic, determination, effort, coaching guidance, family support, and some good old fashioned getting-after-it.

Family focus | As November settles in, so will our telescopes for the 2014-2015 IHSA campaign. Without question, there is more to know, discuss, and live that can be written or read in a sitting (several, several sittings), but we will begin to provide you with the brush and watercolors so you can begin to paint the picture. Let's start at the top: Paul Collins will serve as the OPRF Wrestling head coach. This will be his first, as Mike Powell has moved to an assistant role. Collins has been with both the football and wrestling programs for years, and you can bet that the program's transition will be a seamless one.

The casual Illinois wrestling fan will begin with a discussion about hardware, so let's give that a few ticks on the clock. OPRF is returning as the 2013-2014 IHSA Class 3A dual team champions, going undefeated against teams in Illinois. If the Huskies reach the championship dual again, they'll have to win with 14 wrestlers each taking their spot on the stage. An early look at the makeup of those 14 is quite favorable. The Orange & Blue boast 8 returning State Qualifers, and 7 of them (half of a 14-wrestler dual lineup) earned top-6 medals in Champaign. Added to this mix are young guns -- Anthony Madrigal is a name you'll hear a lot about -- and veterans who will rise and stand tall at key moments. Truth be told, OPRF's JV roster would do quite well against several of the Varsity squads from this Land of Lincoln.

We would be remiss without mentioning the Huskie Wrestling Family community. You are the straw that stirs our drink, and we appreciate everything from attendance support, volunteering time, transporting goods and bodies, and stepping in to make the program and memories stronger and stronger. Thank you.

Find your highlighter | Monday, November 10, is the official beginning of the IHSA season. Teams across the state held their first wrestling practice. Tuesday, November 25, will be OPRF's first official meet as they host Downers Grove North. The Trojans are members of the West Suburban Silver Conference. Wednesday, November 26, will be a visit by the St. Rita Mustangs to OPRF. Varsity's final Week 1 event will be a quad (four team round robin dual meet) at New Trier High School in Winnetka.

Schedule a visit | The OPRF Wrestling website has been updated with the current year's schedule and other pages. Look to the left to view the side bar menu. You can also view the official OPRF schedule page at Free up your datebook to make these appearances!

Embracing the journey | It is a long, demanding, and rewarding season. Let's all embrace the next 3-and-a-half months as a wonderful opportunity for growth, for family, for fun, and for each other. Take care and prepare yourselves for the long haul, and many wonderful short ones.




Nearly one month away: IHSA wrestling practice debuts Nov. 10

2014-2015 IHSA Opponents

The 2014-2015 OPRF Huskies will, once again, wrestle a national schedule during the upcoming IHSA Wrestling Season. In a mere five weeks time, young athletes will take to the mat as they attempt to prepare for the competition that will come in November, December, January, and February. As you remember, last year's Huskies concluded their season with an IHSA 3A Dual Team Title Championship. Here, now, is an early look at the opponents for the upcoming season. Be aware that further changes may be made.

Direct Duals

Quads/Super Duals

 vs. Downers Grove North*  11/25  @ New Trier  11/29  @ Welsh Ironman (OH)  12/12-13
 vs. St. Rita  11/26  @ Washington  12/06  @ Hinsdale Central  12/19-20
 @ Hinsdale Central*  12/05  @ Sandburg  01/17  @ The Clash (MN)  01/02-03
 vs. Proviso West*  12/10    vs. Huskie Invitational  01/24
 vs. Glenbard West*  01/08    
 @ Marmion (w/ Montini)  01/10    
 @ York*  01/16    
 @ Lyons Township*  01/23  * - conference opponent  

For a look at all of the competitions (some information may change), visit (il8to18 OPRF home).



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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