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28 for 28 Stories: A 2016-2017 Season Primer (Still Helpful Today!)

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In our lead-up to the big day, we will post 28 articles (one for each day -- although they may not be published each day) as a primer for this season.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).

OPRF is now 22-2 overall and 5-0 in conference.

Photos | York Dual | Sandburg Super Duals

Looking ahead | 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.

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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.

Check out the links below to learn more.

Cheesehead links | The Cheesehead Home | Team and wrestler preview (Matmen) | Full results on TrackW | Last year



Cheesehead Invitational Results | 106-145

 Wrestler  Year  Weight  Place
 Jake Rundell  Sophomore  106  1st
 Joshua Ogunsanya  Sophomore  113  4th
 Nico Bolivar  Sophomore  120  7th
 Clayton Smith  Sophomore  126  DNP
 Eddie Bolivar  Junior  132  5th
 Torry Early  Junior  138  9th
 Eddie Ordonez  Senior  145  5th

Cheesehead Invitational Results | 152-285

 Wrestler  Year  Weight  Place
 Joe Chapman  Sophomore  152  9th
 Jack Fisher  Senior  160  4th
 Sophomore  170  7th
 Jake Cagnina  Junior  182  8th
 Elijah Osit  Senior  195  16th
 Brian Ziech  Junior  220  17th
 Ashford Hollis  Junior  285  11th


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 Huskies!

Check out the links below to learn more.

Cheesehead links | The Cheesehead Home | Team and wrestler preview (Matmen) | Full results on TrackW | Last year



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 Instagram)

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 Simley 48-12.

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, Washington 18.

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.

Photos | Day One Pics | Day Two Pics

Direct links | The Clash XVI Home | Full results on TrackW | IL Teams | Tournament preview



New Year's Clash: OPRF duals in Minnesota
 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!

Direct links | The Clash XVI Home | Live results on TrackW | Tournament preview



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.

Earlier update | 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.

Photo finish | Photos from Day 1 and Day 2 are posted on the Huskie Wrestling Family's Facebook page --> direct links: Whitlach Day 1 and Whitlach Day 2.

For a complete bracket of this tournament, jump to ILWrestle's Whitlach bracket.

Feel the buzz | OPRF Wrestling was featured by the Wednesday Journal. Click to read Marty Farmer's article dated December 12: OPRF Wrestling buzz better than ever.

Varsity Results (V)
Wt.  Wrestler Pl.
106  J. Rundell 1st
113  Open  
120  J. Ogunsanya 1st
126  N. Bolivar 2nd
132  E. Bolivar 1st
138  T. Early 2nd
145  E. Ordonez 4th
152  J. Chapman 4th
160  J. Fisher 2nd
170  D. Middlebrooks 2nd
182  D. Smith 7th
195  E. Osit 3rd
220  T. Gibson DNP
285  A. Hollis DNP


Arming our country for our future: Huskies reunite on the gridiron
 OPRF Wrestling alumni Kenzo Murray and Andrew Borgdorff meet at the annual Army-Navy football game · 12/09/2017


Kenzo and Andrew. (enlarge

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


DeKalb, 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.

OPRF is now 12-1 overall and 3-0 in conference.



Ain't no Lion: Huskies tame Lyons Township 58-18
 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 Mainefan).

 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.

To view the full February grid, visit 2017-2018 Class 3A Assignments. From this page, you can click on the other two classes' information.



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


Huskies are 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, visit our Results page.

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 Rankings page.

To stay updated on our photos, please visit the Huskie Wrestling Family page on Facebook.



Money for something: We thank our sponsors
 We acknowledge donations received thus far · 12/01/2017


The Huskies are back at it today and tomorrow. First, Oak Park and River Forest hosts 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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Huskie gear is ready and waiting, designed to satisfy · 11/15/2017

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