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
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
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
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.
HUSKIE PRIDE ---
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.