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28 for 28 Stories: A 2016-2017 Season Primer

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In our lead-up to the big day, we will post 28 articles (one for each day -- although they may not be published each day) as a primer for this season.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


That's 100: Jaime Hernandez earns spot in OPRF's Century Club
The star senior is 4-0 in his young season and becomes the 21st member of this exclusive group · 01/15/2017


Jaime Hernandez (photo by Jonna Borgdorff)

With Jaime Hernandez's three victories at Saturday's Sandburg Super Duals event, Jamie reached 100 Varsity wins in the Orange & Blue. Coming into this season, Jaime had compiled a career record of 96-31. Now, he sits at a mark of 100-31 and at the table of the OPRF Wrestling Century Club. Congratulations, Jaime!

In Jaime's first three seasons, he finished with these win-loss totals: 32-13 (freshman), 34-10 (sophomore), and 30-8 (junior). In his first year, Jaime was a sectional qualifier but did not qualify for the individual state tournament. As a sophomore, Jaime earned 4th place (132 pounds) before ending as a state runner-up (138 pounds) a year ago. This season, Jaime is currently slotted as the #2-ranked 138 pound wrestler in Class 3A, by GEI-Illinois Matmen. After graduating OPRFHS, Jaime has committed to wrestle while attending the University of North Carolina.

Welcoming Jaime to this elite group is fellow senior teammate Jay Renteria. Jay earned his place in the Century Club near the end of his junior campaign.

If you are thinking about who might be the next to follow Jaime, the closest Varsity wrestler is Tony Madrigal. After the Sandburg Duals, Tony has a career mark of 92 tallies.

To view all members of this program's Century Club, please visit our Wall of Fame page.



Morning drama: OPRF squeezes past Marmion, takes trio at Sandburg
Huskies-Cadets was the marquee matchup, OPRF wins 28-24 in a barnburner · 01/14/2017


The Huskies, not their opponents, exited Orland Park flying high.

Team Orange & Blue has had its rivalries in recent years. Sandburg, without question, is a prime rival of the Huskies. However, while hosting its Super Duals, the Eagles did not square off against OPRF. Some may argue that Marmion has had the more recent rivalry with our beloved Huskies. The Cadets and Huskies met for the 3A championship trophy this past February. If a spectator had any car trouble en route to Orland Park, perhaps this fan missed what turned out to be a highly entertaining dual. #2 OPRF began its "super" day against #3 Marmion.

The morning session began at 170 pounds. Nate Jimenez (MRM) calmed the Huskie crowd with a 7-3 opening win over Drew Matticks. [MRM 3-0] At 182 pounds, Tariq Thurman returned the favor with a 5-0 victory over Austin Esposito. [TIED 3-3] The Huskies took the next two, but they were only decisions: Elijah Osit (195) over Tyler Surges at a 9-4 clip and Talvin Gibson (220) over John Bazukas by a 4-1 score. [OPRF 9-3] At 285, Calvin McDonald scored a bonus-point fall to knot the score again. [TIED 9-9] The Huskies added two more decisions: Jake Rundell (106) dispatched Michael Jaffe 4-1 and Nico Bolivar (113) blanked Jacob Tinajero 4-0. {OPRF 15-9]

A PJ Ogunsanya fall -- over Ryan Fleck at 120 pounds -- extended the Huskies lead to 12. [OPRF 21-9] With Tony Madrigal out sick, Eddie Bolivar was flexed to 126 pounds but fell to Trevor Chumbley 5-0. [OPRF 21-12] At 132, it was more of the same for Jay Renteria as he nearly earned a tech fall against Sean McKenna (20-7). [OPRF 25-12] Next came the bout of the dual and perhaps of the day. At 138 pounds, Jaime Hernandez faced his first opponent of the season. He locked horns against Anthony Chelony, the #2 ranked 138-pounder in the state. It was a back-and-forth affair, and Jaime stormed back to tie the bout at the end of regulations. A takedown in extra time gave Jaime (and perhaps the Huskies) the victory. [OPRF 28-12] From there, Marmion swept the final three bouts at 145, 152, and 160. Jake Polka (MRM) only mustered a 2-0 decision against Jack Fisher, thus sealing the deal in favor of the Huskies. At 152, Brad Gross (MRM) won via pinfall, and in the last bout, Peter Ferraro (MRM) gritted out a 11-7 win over Brian Holloway. [OPRF 28-24]

In the other two duals, the Huskies defeated #2 (2A) Crystal Lake Central 56-12 and #22 Hononegah 47-12.



Bark is worse than bite: Huskies upend Lions 52-14
OPRF earns 11 of 14 bout victories, improve to 5-0 in conference · 01/13/2017


The Huskies left their opponents looking blue. (photos by Jonna Borgdorff)  |

The Oak Park & River Forest Huskies continued their strong march against West Suburban (Silver) Conference opponents on Friday night with a 52-14 victory over the Lyons Township Lyons. At home, the Huskies secured 11 victories in all. Of these 11, Jaime Hernandez (138) and Jack Fisher (145) made their in-season debuts.

The dual began at 220 pounds. Talvin Gibson scored a 4-2 victory for the Orange & Blue. After an LT pin at 285, OPRF (16-3, 5-0) reeled off six consecutive victories. Nico Bolivar (106) earned a major decision, PJ Ogunsanya (113) and Eddie Bolivar (120) won by fall, Tony Madrigal (126) notched a 6-2 decision over #6 Zach Villarreal, Jay Renteria won via technical fall, and Jaime Hernandez took home an uncontested forfeit victory.

At 145 pounds, the Lions earned their second bout victory of the night with a 15-point margin. OPRF took home four of the final five contests: Jake Cagnina (152) and Brian Holloway (160) via technical fall, Tariq Thurman (182) via major decision, and Elijah Osit (195) via pin. #1-ranked Johnny Mologousis downed Drew Matticks at 170 pounds by a 10-3 score.

The Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew look to finish off an unblemished conference season on Thursday, January 19, when they visit Hinsdale Central.

The Junior Varsity squad also flexed its muscles in a 46-28 victory of its own.

Event pics (by Jonna Borgdorff) | Varsity | Junior Varsity







Outdueling Dukes: Oak Park & River Forest downs York, 4-0 in WSC
Huskies outpoint Dukes 29-12 in contested bouts, add a forfeit victory to win 35-12 · 01/05/2017


The Huskies saw green, acted mean.

OPRF notched another victory on Thursday night when they defeated the York Dukes. 8 of the possible 14 bouts were wrestled, and the Huskies (15-3, 4-0) took five of the eight. All five of the Huskies' wins came via fall (four pinfalls and one technical fall). The strong bonus point tallies were too much for York to overcome.

Winners for the Huskies included PJ Ogunsanya (120 - fall), Tony Madrigal (132 - fall), Cameron Bates (160 - fall), Tariq Thurman (182 - technical fall), and Elijah Osit (195 - fall). Max Walton (126), Ronnie Massari (145), and Jake Cagnina (152) also wrestled for the Orange & Blue. Ashford Hollis (285) earned a forfeit victory, as well, for the Huskies.

The Huskies' next West Suburban (Silver) Conference skirmish will take place on January 13 versus Lyons Township.



Clash of the fightin's: OPRF gives its all, finishes in 7th place
 Huskies make 2nd Bracket after Day 1, finish 3-3 in Minnesota · 12/31/2016


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In this dynamic interstate tournament -- this year's version known as The Clash XV -- monsters of all shapes and sizes collide. The Huskies were pit as the #1-seed in Bracket D on Day One, but Oak Park & River Forest fell in that bracket's championship finale to Park Hill (MO), 33-20.

On Day Two, the Orange & Blue found themselves in the 2nd Bracket (of eight total four-team round robin brackets). On New Year's Eve Day, the Huskies stared down Anoka (MN), Apple Valley (MN), and Wasatch (UT). The first two proved to be too strong for OPRF, but the Huskies finished the evening (and year 2016) on a winning note by defeating Wasatch by a margin of 6.

The 3-3 record saw the Huskies battle three of the nation's top 50 teams (according to InterMat's December 26 rankings): Park Hill (#24), Anoka (#50), and Apple Valley (#34). Unfortunately for the Huskies, all three of these duals found the loss column.

On the tourney, the Huskies sported four undefeated wrestlers: Josh Ogunsanya (3-0, Day One only), PJ Ogunsanya (6-0), Jay Renteria (6-0), and Christopher Middlebrooks (6-0). One-loss wrestlers were Nico Bolivar (4-1), Tony Madrigal (5-1), Brian Holloway (5-1), and Drew Matticks (4-1). Eight other OPRF wrestlers competed in The Clash: Torry Early, Eddie Ordonez, Jake Cagnina, Daniel Pedraza, Darian Nichols, Tariq Thurman, Elijah Osit, and Talvin Gibson. No Huskies were named to the All-Tournament Team.

On the weekend, Oak Park & River Forest finished the highest among the four Illinois schools: Providence (11th), Washington (13th), and Glenbard North (25th).

For full results, visit the event on TrackWrestling.

Next up for OPRF will be a West Suburban Conference (Silver) Conference dual with York. The Huskies will visit the Dukes on Thursday, January 5 (all levels). According to the team schedule, Varsity does not have a competition event scheduled for this coming Friday or Saturday (January 6 or 7).

Tournament links | Clash XV | Schedule | Format (scroll down, from 2015) | InterMat Preview

More links | TrackW | TrackCast video ($15) | Twitter (@TheClashMN) | Twitter (@OPRFWrestling)


The Clash XV Results | Oak Park & River Forest

 Round  Team  State  National
 Bracket D Tournament  Plattsmouth  NE  --  W 59-6
 "  St. Michael-Albertville  MN  --  W 38-21
 "  Park Hill  MO  #24  L 33-20
 2nd Bracket Round Robin  Anoka  MN  #50  L 32-35
 "  Apple Valley  MN  #34  L 34-24
 "  Wasatch  UT  --  W 38-32


Clash course: Huskies to dual teams from here, there, everywhere
OPRF, #21 nationally, returns to The Clash; Fri-Sat mark Rochester, MN, event · 12/26/2016


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Since 2012-2013, OPRF has taken the westward trip to Rochester, Minnesota, for a 32-team dual team tournament. Two years ago, the Orange & Blue Crew wrecked the competition to win the gold trophy. Last year, the Huskies made the top bracket but lost two on Saturday. This year, the Huskies are top-seeded in their Day One bracket, but the Huskies (#21 nationally by InterMat) may face Bachanan (CA), St. Edward (OH), and Lake Highland Prep (FL) on Day 2. These teams are InterMat's #2, #3, and #4 overall squads in the USA.

In this event's preparation, all 32 teams have been seeded (from #1-32) and placed into four brackets (Brackets A-D). Based on the results of these 8-team brackets, the final day's action will pit groups of four teams in a round robin style. After day one, all first place teams will meet on Saturday in a round robin pool; all second place teams will meet in a round robin pool...etc. After each round robin collection of duals, these teams will be ranked and given a final placing (out of 32) for the tournament. In the event of a round robin tie of records (perhaps two or three teams have tied with a 2-1 record, say), there is a tiebreaking system adopted by tournament administrators.

A "Minny" and more feel | This is a national tournament, but several of the nation's top teams won't attend due to other plans or to an inability to attend this tournament (per local high school state rules). Still, The Clash boasts a perennial collection of highly ranked squads from across the USA. In addition to Minnesota and Illinois, several other states will be represented: Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin. Those counting will note that there are 16 states with at least one representative in this year's field. For a full list of entrants, go to The Clash website or look below at the opening day's brackets.

Say a "prairie" for us | Illinois will offer Glenbard North, Washington, and Providence, along with OPRF in this Clash's field.

Tournament links | Clash XV | Schedule | Format (scroll down, from 2015) | InterMat Preview

More links | TrackW | TrackCast video ($15) | Twitter (@TheClashMN) | Twitter (@OPRFWrestling)



Friday's brackets (via | Saturday's action will be 4-team round robins



Number one won: Huskies tame Panthers 42-18
 Orange & Blue earn #1-versus-#1 victory with help of four falls · 12/23/2016


The Huskies roared loudly on the big stage. | FB

It was a battle between #1-ranked (3A) OPRF and #1-ranked (2A) Washington. Both squads earned IHSA team titles in February.

In a very unusual setting, the visiting Oak Park & River Forest Huskies served as rude guests to the Washington Panthers in the 2nd annual "Dubtown Throwdown" specialty wrestling dual. The Huskies ascend to an 11-0 overall record, while the Panthers drop their first dual on the season.

It was a night of thrills and heavy hearts...and certainly it was a night of good wrestling. The Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew took home 9 of the 14 bouts, including four pins worth six team points each. Washington earned five victories: one pin and four minor decisions.

Of note, both the Huskies and Panthers are scheduled to take part in the upcoming Clash dual tournament, in Rochester, Minnesota. Perhaps these two will meet again.


Oak Park & River Forest vs. Washington | Dec 23, 2016

OPRF Results and Team Scores

 Wt.  Wrestler  Result O W    Wt.  Wrestler  Result O W
 126  Eddie Bolivar  L 3-5   3    182  Tariq Thurman  W 3-1 3  
 132  Tony Madrigal  W Fall 6      195  Elijah Osit  L Fall   6
 138  Jay Renteria  W Fall 6      220  Chris Middlebrooks  W 5-2 3  
 145  Eddie Ordonez  L 1-3   3    285  Talvin Gibson  L 1-5   3
 152  Jake Cagnina  W Fall 6      106  Josh Ogunsanya  W Fall 6  
 160  Brian Holloway  W 12-4 4      113  Nico Bolivar  W 12-1 4  
 170  Drew Matticks  W 10-0 4      120  PJ Ogunsanya  L 2-3   3
               FINAL SCORE:  42  18
Video Recap | Week 25 (Washington) covered the event and Medlin's situation. Video on FB.

Support Medlin | Washington Head Coach Bryan Medlin suffered a devastating tragedy this past Thursday, December 22. A fire destroyed Coach Medlin's home (article). He and his family are okay -- nobody was at home at the time -- but the contents of the house were completely lost to the fire. Should you wish to donate, a GoFundMe page has been set up where you can donate any amount you choose. Bryan Medlin has been an influential coach not only at his alma mater high school, Washington, but also on the state level and in national competitions. We know that Coach Medlin appreciates any and all support (monetary or other) that folks can give.

Medlin Update (Dec 24) | Washington Times-Reporter


Coach Medlin and his home's destruction | T



It's a Wash: OPRF to dual Washington in an unusual setting
Huskies and Panthers to offer a holiday treat on Dec. 23; Varsities square off in a theater · 12/22/2016


This dual is set for the Washington Five Points Auditorium. | FB

Washington Community High School and Oak Park & River Forest High School have had a recent string of...familiarities. From working together to clean up Washington after a tornado outbreak in 2013 to banding together in offseason wrestling tournaments (Washington North/Oak Park South), WCHS and OPRF have grown together of recent years. Certainly, you can add your own stories about the correlation between these two squads.

Bryan Medlin, Washington Head Coach, will host the team's 2nd annual "Dubtown Throwdown" in the Washington Five Points Auditorium (event Facebook page). It is likely to be a scene that you've never experienced. The meet will take place at 6:00 pm on Friday, December 23. As of now, I can't find any live/archived feeds of the event. If you find any, please contact us.

The ones have it | Both Washington (2A) and OPRF (3A) come into the dual as undefeated #1-ranked teams. Washington is 6-0 in dual play, and the Huskies are 10-0. What will happen on Friday night? The Panthers bring in talent. The Huskies have their own share, as well. For current individual rankings, see below.

Fun, fan-friendly atmosphere | A little birdie told me that in addition to the unorthodox setting of the event, there may be untraditional methods applied to the head-to-head affair. Only those who go will know....

Radical rankings (GEI @ IM) | Class 2A Individual | Class 3A Individual

If you make it down, have a blast! Happy holidays!!



Huskies in the headlines: OPRF Wrestling in the news
Whitlach is in the books, Jay Renteria is a star, alumni earn top prize · 12/21/2016


It's always wonderful to find news and multimedia online pertaining to our dear wrestlin' Huskies. A few new pieces have popped up recently.

Huskies in the Headlines

Recent News

    - USA Wrestling, U.S. Senior Nationals (GR): Kamal Bey (OW), Ellis Coleman win; Lillashawn Coleman 8th
    - Wednesday Journal, Marty Farmer: OPRF wrestling wins Whitlach Invite
    - Illinois Matmen, Gary Larsen: OPRF finishes on top at Rex Whitlach Invitational
    - Illinois Matmen, Mick Torres ( Individual champion photos from Rex Whitlach Invitational
    - Illinois Matmen, JD Oliva (Video Infinity): Rex Whitlach Highlight Video
    - Illinois Matmen, Mike Garofola: OPRF produces yet another bright star in Renteria


Top of the mountain: Huskies win Hinsdale Central tourney
OPRF places 10 en route to gold; Tony Madrigal and Jay Renteria win their weight classes · 12/17/2016


Red Devils played host.

Both Jack Frost and Oak Park & River Forest High School planned to have powerful weekends. The Huskies did their part in this duo, earning top honors at the Rex Whitlach Invitational wrestling tournament on Friday and Saturday. Mr. Frost, well, is demonstrating his authority as you read this article.

The Huskies finished with 10 place-winners, all finishing in fourth place or higher. OPRF's two champions finished behind Stevenson's three, but four runner-ups were double the next best squad. Add one consolation championship and a trio of wrestleback runner-ups to the mix, and the Huskies finished the event with 243.5 points. Four others wrestled tough (two earned at least one victory) and continued development throughout this season.

Deerfield (218 pts), Sandburg (173.5), Lyons Township (169), and Stevenson (152) rounded out the top five team finishers.

Champions were Tony Madrigal (126) and Jay Renteria (138). Finishing in second place were Josh Ogunsanya (106), Nico Bolivar (113), Brian Holloway (160), and Drew Matticks (170). The third-place finisher was PJ Ogunsanya (120). Fourth-place medalists were Torry Early (132), Tariq Thurman (182), and Elija Osit (195). Non-placers were Ronnie Massari (145), Jake Cagnina (152), Jaylan Pascascio (220), and Talvin Gibson (285).

Review the tourney | Brackets | Coaches' Packet | Champion Photos | Highlight Video | Recap (WJ) | Recap (IM)

Stay warm, folks!


Hinsdale Central Tourney Results | 106-145

 Wrestler  Year  Weight  Place
 Josh Ogunsanya  Freshman  106  2nd
 Nico Bolivar  Freshman  113  2nd
 PJ Ogunsanya  Senior  120  3rd
 Anthony Madrigal  Junior  126  1st
 Torry Early  Sophomore  132  4th
 Jason Renteria  Senior  138  1st
 Ronnie Massari  Freshman  145  DNP

Hinsdale Central Tourney Results | 152-285

 Wrestler  Year  Weight  Place
 Jake Cagnina  Sophomore  152  DNP
 Brian Holloway  Senior  160  2nd
 Drew Matticks  Senior  170  2nd
 Tariq Thurman  Senior  182  4th
 Elijah Osit  Junior  195  4th
 Jaylan Pascascio  Sophomore  220  DNP
 Talvin Gibson  Junior  285  DNP


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