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Tourney triumphant: Huskies hustle past field at own invite
Varsity tops in half of brackets; Junior Varsity places 8, finishes 12th of 14 · 01/24/2015


Huskies enjoy a short commute for Saturday's action. (photos by Jonna Borgdorff) 

The annual OPRF Varsity and Freshman tournaments took place on Saturday, a day ahead of the Susan P. Collins Little Huskies youth tournament. Varsity wrestlers secured seven gold medals in the fourteen team tournament: Anthony Madrigal (106), Jason Renteria (113), Gabe Townsell (126), Larry Early (145), Isaiah White (152), Matthew Rundell (160), and Kamal Bey (170). Placing second were Bobby Campos (120), Jaime Hernandez (132), Savonne Bennette (138), and Max Metzgar (182). Ben Bergen was a third-place finisher at 195. The heaviest two wrestlers did not place, Kendale McCoy (220) and Adam Lemke-Bell (285). Adam defaulted the tournament due to injury.

Junior Varsity's lineup was sparse and bunched. Kevin Davis (126) earned the highest finish, fourth. Taking home fifth place were three: Rollian Sturkey (170), Deundre Garner (182), and Chris Middlebrooks (285). Seventh place medalists were Brian Holloway (145) and Jack Newman (160). Rounding out the medalists in 8th place were Chris Helm (138) and Ben Avis (160). Also participating were Christian Banks-Mitchell (132), Andrew Borgdorff (152), Drew Matticks (152), and Noah Hauser (170).

Of course, a HUGE Huskie Thank You to the Huskie Wrestling Family and assisting crew for the setup, operation, cleanup, and.....the food!! Thank you to all who were involved in this tournament.

Get some results | See the Varsity tournament final brackets and standings on TrackWrestling.

In the news: Mission probable | Wednesday Journal Sports editor, Marty Farmer, recently wrote a piece about the state of OPRF Wrestling. To read, visit the article.




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Opponents left blue: OPRF subdues Lyons Township 54-12
Huskies grab a dozen victories to spoil LTHS' senior night; OPRF takes conference title · 01/23/2015


Varsity finishes 12-2 in Friday's bouts in LaGrange. (photos by Jonna Borgdorff)  |

Throughout these years, Lyons Township has been a force in the West Suburban-Silver Conference. There's no surprise that the OPRF-LT dual has traditionally been slated for the end of the regular season; the winner of this dual typically has taken the conference crown, at least in recent years. On this night, LaGrange's Vaughan Gym set the stage for a good Lyons Township team hoping to wrestle to a great result. The Huskies had other ideas, however.

After the introductions and coin flip, the dual began at 152 pounds. Nation's #1 wrestler Isaiah White came out flying and secured a late technical fall victory. The Huskies kept up a great thing with two additional tech falls at 160 (Matthew Rundell) and 170 (Kamal Bey). Before Lyons could scarcely catch its breath, the Huskies led 15-0. At 182 pounds, Max Metzgar secured the maximum team points with a second period fall. Despite wrestling up a weight class, Max is in the hunt for Pin King honors. OPRF slipped in the next two bouts where the Lions tried to reclaim momentum. At 195 pounds, Ben Bergen came out strong but lost his way to a pinfall. With Allen Stallings on the mend, junior Kendale McCoy found an early takedown. Unfortunately, his opponent earned one of his own before turning and finishing McCoy. The score was now 21-12 OPRF. In the heavyweight match, Adam Lemke-Bell had no trouble en route to a 10-2 major decision.

At the turn, OPRF had the advantage 25-12. Any hope at a surprise team result by the Lions went by the wayside, as the rest of the dual was all Huskies. 106-pounder Peter Ogunsanya confidently attained a major 12-3 before Jason Renteria and Bobby Campos tag-teamed two more technical victories, 21-6 and 16-1 respectively. Gabe Townsell, 126 pounds, flirted with a major but settled for an 18-11 decision. The following two bouts proved to be the most highly contested: Jaime Hernandez persevered 5-3 via two takedowns and Savonne Bennette came back from an early hole to seal the victory 4-2. At 145 pounds, Larry Early culminated the evening by pinfall in an I-have-a-plane-to-catch fashion.

Event pics (by Jonna Borgdorff) | Varsity | JV-1, 2 and Freshman

As sweet as silver | OPRF finishes the conference schedule with a 6-0 record and wins the fourth straight conference title. The Huskies have now won 26 conference matchups in a row.

Get "N" the game | In an effort to improve continually, added to the top streak marquee is the "N" category. This is the number of current dual team wins over non-Illinois squads. At present, there are 5 categories that track current streaks: conference, Illinois, non-Illinois, overall, and (all-time) record.  

Weekend warriors / Home cookin' | It is a busy weekend at 201 N. Scoville, Oak Park, as OPRF High School will host Saturday's Varsity and Freshman invitational tournaments. On Sunday, the Little Huskies youth program will host the annual Susan P. Collins youth tournament. Visit the Little Huskies event flyer.






Just flying through: #1 OPRF soars at Sandburg Duals
Huskies score 3 dual wins, defeat national #4 Clovis (CA) in finale · 01/17/2015


Freshman also triumphs, tops Hoffman Estates Invitational. (photos by Fred Arkin)

Before we talk about the #1 ranked Varsity group, let's give some attention to the lower levels of the Orange & Blue Wrestling Crew. Hoffman Estates High School held an individual tournament for Freshman levels. OPRF's contingency did what has come all too familiar in recent years: dominate. The Huskies boasted 14 place-winners en route to an appropriately colored orange trimmed blue plaque. Among the medalists were champions Jon Mitchell, Cam Bates, Christian Brooks, and Max McDermott. Congratulations, Huskies!

On to Orland Park, where another O.P came to play in twin fashion. The Junior Varsity squad competed as one of the 8 teams in the Sandburg Super Duals. My apologies on the format, in fact the rounds and opponents were pre-determined. I had remembered a bracketed tournament style a year ago. With JV joining the fray, OPRF comprised 25% of the squads at Carl Sandburg.

For the #1 ranked Huskies, the first two rounds were an easy breeze. In round one, the Huskies controlled Crystal Lake Central 62-12, winning 12 of 14 (11 of 13 contested) bouts. In round two, OPRF zoomed past Hononegah, victorious in 9 of 13 (9 of 12 contested) matches. Huskies were victories 46-18. The final dual of day came against the Clovis Cougars, #4 (US) by InterMat. The 120 pound bout would kick off the dual. The action began in Huskie fashion with three straight victories: a tone-setting tech fall win by Alex Madrigal (120), a hard fought OT win by Gabe Townsell, and a 5-3 decision tally by Jaime Hernandez. Clovis scored 3 team points with a 5-2 decision victory at 138 pounds by Khristian Olivas.

Next, the Huskies continued another roll. They raised hands in the next four with victories by Larry Early (decision), Isaiah White (tech fall), Matthew Rundell (decision), and Kamal Bey (fall). Leading into the 182 pound match, OPRF led 28-3. The Cougars wanted to part of falling off a cliff and returned fire with three wins: AJ Nevills (decision), Adam Prentice (decision), and Seth Nevills (forfeit) to push the score to 28-15. However, heavyweight Adam Lemke-Bell stayed strong and smart to notch a 7-2 win over Hexton Coronado. With two bouts remaining, the Huskies clinched the dual.

Anthony Madrigal calmly scored a 9-1 major victory at 106 pounds before a highly anticipated showdown occurred. Sophomores Jason Renteria and Justin Mejia are both top 5 ranked nationally at their weight class. Furthermore, both are already committed to Iowa after their high school wrestling shoes are retired. On the mat, Mejia scored a takedown and the win to make the final team score 35-18, in favor of the Collins Cadets. (Photo below by Paul Dermott.)




Video reactions | Ben Holscher (Clovis) | Paul Collins (OPRF) | Mike Powell (OPRF)

Varsity box scores | Illinois Matmen Forums (scroll to the end)

Continuing the streaks | OPRF, now 24-0 and 5-0 in conference play, continues to add tallies to its streaky present history. 25 conference duals is the high water mark in school history. 35 wins against Illinois opponents also is tops. WIth OPRF's 3 triumphs at Super Duals, the Huskies now boast 37 consecutive dual wins. This number is also a record. You can follow my tallies at the top right of the home page.



Putting the hurts on 'hurst: OPRF shuts down York 56-7
Huskies dominate in Elmhurst, now sit at 5-0 in conference play · 01/16/2015


OPRF triumphed on all levels. (photos by Jonna Borgdorff)  | |

OPRF has gone four years since its last West Suburban Silver Conference defeat. That loss was against Lyons Township (next week's opponent) on January 14, 2011. Tonight, the York Dukes didn't derail the "Silver Bullet" Huskie Train.

York only managed two victories against the high octane Huskie offense as Varsity grew their season record to 20-0 (5-0). Lower level squads also won in dominant fashion. For event pictures, see below.

Event pics (by Jonna Borgdorff) | Varsity | JV-1 and JV-2 | Freshman



Familiar territory with a twist: Weekend preview
Top 5 nationally ranked dual a possibility; #4 Clovis, CA, treks east · 01/16/2015

This Friday night and Saturday day competitions carry a familiar tune. On Friday, the Huskies (all levels) head west to Elmhurst to battle the York Dukes. The Dukes, as you may know, are part of the Huskies' conference schedule. On Saturday, Varsity will participate in the Sandburg Super Duals event. This is a bracketed 8-team (possibly 7) event to determine the mat champions of the day. Among OPRF's potential opponents are Class 3A thumpers Hononegah and Carl Sandburg. You may remember the Eagles from the championship round at The Clash.

A new entrant to Saturday's bracket is Clovis, CA. The Cougars are making an Illinois trip (Friday quad at Montini), and Orland Park is on its itinerary. Clovis comes in at #4 in the country, while OPRF is #1. Both rankings are per InterMat. If they meet, this would be a colossal dual; the Cougars would be the highest ranked dual opponent to date. If you are unable to attend the action in Orland Park, you can view the duals on FloWrestling (FloPro paid subscription).

According to il.8to18, Saturday will showcase Junior Varsity 1 at New Trier, Junior Varsity 2 will also visit Sandburg, and Freshman will vault to Hoffman Estates (tournament).

Previews: Clovis (by Mack Bolen) | YouTube (13 m 04 s)          FloWrestling | Clovis-OPRF White Board (13 m 28 s)         



Continuing the march: Huskies sweep Broncos, Cadets
OPRF defeats #1-2A Montini 36-17 and #4 Marmion 49-14 · 01/10/2015


On Saturday, the Huskies sped past two top tier nationally ranked teams. (photos by Jonna Borgdorff)

The Oak Park & River Forest Huskies (#1 IL-3A and #1 US) met top in-state and national competition on Saturday morning. Usually, Saturday's are reserved for tournaments or quadrangular meets (4 teams wrestling in a round-robin format). However, on this day, the Huskies participated in a triangular meet. OPRF first met the Montini Broncos. The Broncos have been a dominant force on the 2A and national wrestling scene for years. It appears, however, that Montini is headed to Class 3A (OPRF's class) in 2015-2016.

In perhaps Montini's last year in Class 2A, the Huskies gave the Broncos a rude send-off. OPRF took the dual by a score of 36-17. The Huskies gained three forfeits while also double-forfeiting the heavyweight bout. Adam Lemke-Bell wrestled in the second dual. Marmion is also not at full strength. The Cadets forfeited 106 and 113 pounds. In a few other spots, they had reserve wrestlers in for starters. The final score was 49-14. See below for additional information about the duals.

Event pics (by Jonna Borgdorff) | vs. Montini | vs. Marmion             Articles | Oak Leaves | Illinois Matmen



How the West was won: OPRF bests Glenbard 63-3
Huskies win 4th conference dual; triangular meet Saturday at Marmion · 01/08/2015


On Thursday, the Huskies gave the Hilltoppers the "cold" shoulder. (photos by Jonna Borgdorff) |

Goodness gracious, it has been cold. The OPRF Wrestling team did some things to warm up our spirits, however, with a 63-3 victory over the Hilltoppers on Thursday night. After the lower levels tangled appendages, the Varsity squad moved to 17-0, 4-0 in the West Suburban Silver Conference.

With a few starters rested for this weekend's big triangular quad for OPRF, the Huskies still managed to win 13 of 14 Varsity bouts. The night's party started at 132 pounds with sophomore Kevin Davis, who has come on strong in part-time duties. He won a 10-6 decision. OPRF "majorly" swept the next four, all earning 4 team points: Jaime Hernandez, Savonne Bennette, Bryce Scott, and Jack Newman. At 170 pounds, nationally top-10 Kamal Bey joined the fray with technical fall tally over Glenbard West's Jack Vesevick. Max Metzgar "fell" in love with his opponent and scored another 6 team points for the Huskies. At the halfway point, OPRF led 30-0.

At 195 pounds, Ben Bergen kept the Huskies rolling with a 12-2 major win. The Huskies scored two pins at the heaviest weights when Allen Stallings and Adam Lemke-Bell prevailed. With a 46-0 weight against his shoulders, Hilltopper Charles Faber decided to take matters into his own hands (and around his own legs!) to put his squad on the board. In a tightly contested bout, Faber outpointed Peter Ogunsanya 3-2. The dual concluded with 3 Orange & Blue notches by 3 regulars (all bumped up a weight class): Tony Madrigal (fall), Jay Renteria (tech), and Alex Madrigal (fall).

Event pics (by Jonna Borgdorff) | Lower Levels | Varsity             Varsity box score (thx to GW) | TrackWrestling

Wednesday's "top" story | The Huskies rose to #1 in the country, as reported by all major high school ranking websites. Despite this new ranking, don't expect the wrestlers or coaches to sit back on their laurels. The #1 goal with these wrestlers is improvement. Bigger, better, stronger, harder. There are two hard fought months remaining, and the Huskies assuredly will grind, claw, and develop every step of the way.

Saturday's action | The next stop for the Varsity squad will be a triangular meet versus Montini Catholic and Marmion Academy, hosted by Marmion in Aurora. According to Intermat, Marmion is now the #18 team in the US, while Montini is #9. Wrestling is slated to begin at 9:00 am.  --> Mack Bolen's OPRF-Montini Video Preview



Statement wins: OPRF flexes muscles, rolls to Clash title
Huskies hoist tournament gold, power past Carl Sandburg in championship · 01/03/2015

The champs. (by @CoachMikePowell, Twitter)

Few expected a Clash title from anyone other than the Oak Park & River Forest Huskies, but some were surprised in how strong OPRF looked en route to the program's first Clash title. This tournament does not have all of the top teams in the country (for a variety of reasons), but it is the premier national dual team tournament. As the organizers of this Rochester, Minnesota, event put it themselves, "For individuals, there is the Ironman. For teams, there is the Clash."

The Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew stormed past all comers by an aggregate dual team score of 308-67 (six duals) including a dominant 54-6 concluding victory over runner-up (and IL 3A rival) Carl Sandburg. In all, OPRF scored 65 triumphs out of 78 contested bouts in the tournament. There were 6 forfeits (three apiece for OPRF and opponents).

Day two's evening session began with the Huskies taking it to Bettendorf, winning 51-8. The second dual was the closest, but OPRF conceded two weight classes. Apple Valley was defeated, 43-26. In the winner-take-all matchup, the Eagles were no match for OPRF's might and ability. On the Clash's grandest stage, Collins's cadets left no doubt in winning 12 of 14 matchups over the 3A rival. Sandburg's two tallies came by Rudy Yates (126) and Patrick Brucki (182). Each was a minor decision. Inside this dozen was a hard fought, extra time victory by Savonne Bennette (138) over Christian Robertson. Savonne pushed and pushed and eventually...persevered. Also noteworthy were the mat returns of Larry Early (145) and Allen Stallings (220). Larry ended 4-0, splitting his victories as decisions and majors. Allen also finished unblemished at 4-0, with 3 of which being falls.

With the six dual victories, Varsity eased to 30 consecutive in this category. 30 is within shouting distance of OPRF's program record of 35.

The Clash performance keeps the Huskies in discussion for the #1 nationally ranked team. If you are unfamiliar with national rankings, visit our Rankings page with information about the team and individuals. You'll also see Illinois Matmen's GEI state rankings.

Saturday's Clash XIII dual team title was a great moment both in this season and in the history of our program. Thank YOU for helping the program in so many ways so that we could have a wonderful opportunity like we did in Rochester, Minnesota. May your New Year be a magnificent time for you and yours, and may the joy and fulfillment last all year long.

Today, like all days, was a great day to be a Huskie!

Tournament updates & results | TrackWrestling | Twitter | Huskie Wrestling Family | FloWrestling | Clash XIII

Coach Collins interview | Flowrestling

Change of focus | The Huskie eye shifts to the remainder of the IHSA and conference schedule. On Thursday, January 8, the Huskies welcome conference unbeaten Glenbard West to the "Stadium on Scoville." Then, on Saturday, January 10, OPRF will travel to co-Clash participant Marmion where the Huskies will also battle Montini. Junior Varsity wrestled on Friday at a tournament in Libertyville, and they will go to Riverside-Brookfield on Wednesday, January 7, before Thursday's WSC tilt. On Saturday, JV will also battle at Marmion. On JV-2's schedule, they have a Friday, January 9, date at Hope (Chicago), with Gordon Tech. The Freshman squad is also set for Hope, and on Saturday, January 10, they compete at New Trier. For more schedule information, visit our Schedule page or OPRF Wrestling on il.8.to18. --> Mack Bolen's OPRF-Montini Video Preview





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North wind: Huskies blow by Clash's Day 1 competition
OPRF will wrestle in a round robin against Bettendorf, Apple Valley, and Sandburg · 01/02/2015

The scene in Rochester, MN. (by @JohnNalan, Twitter)

Day one was smooth sailing for the Huskies, who had no trouble advancing to the Championship Bracket on day two. The Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew was just that, defeating its three opponents by a combined team score of 160-27: Pleasant Valley (IA) 59-6,  Simley (MN) 48-12, and Shakopee (MN) 53-9. In each of the three duals, OPRF lost exactly two of the contested bouts.

Up next for the Huskies are duals against Bettendorf (IA), Apple Valley (MN), and Carl Sandburg (IL). Each of these "final four" will wrestle against each of the others to determine the winner of the round robin pool. In our case, this winner will win the dual team tournament.

Tournament updates & results | TrackWrestling | Twitter | Huskie Wrestling Family | FloWrestling | Clash XIII



Clash of the titan: OPRF headlines Jan. 2-3 dual event
Huskies are top seed; 32 teams vie for tournament supremacy · 01/01/2015

Rochester, Minnesota's "The Clash XIII" will pit a number of high school squads (32 to be exact) in a two-day tournament to determine slots 1-32. All teams are pre-seeded into 4 brackets (A, B, C, D). In each January 2 bracket, all 8 teams will wrestle 3 duals. The first day will feature a tournament, but the first dual is very important. If a squad loses it, the highest it can finish is 5th place in the letter bracket. The day one brackets will end in teams laddered from place 1 through 8.

For day two, all four of the A-B-C-D champions will enter the Championship Pool. All four of the 2nd place teams will enter the Second Pool. The four 3rd placers will enter the Third Pool, etc. On the second day, it is a round robin style bracket. The 3-0 team will win the pool, and tiebreakers will be applied if teams are tied at 2-1.

Huskie history | This is OPRF's third Clash participation. Two years ago, OPRF finished champions of the Second Pool. Last year, OPRF finished in 2nd place of the Championship Pool. The Huskies are looking to rise in this year's competition. One potential opponent is Apple Valley (MN), who hoisted Clash's trophy a year ago. OPRF has wrestled them 3 consecutive years and traded wins: 2011-12 Apple Valley W, 2012-13 OPRF W, 2013-14 Apple Valley W.

Local feel | The tournament field is mostly Midwest teams, with several from Illinois. Seven of the 32 teams are from the Land of Lincoln. None of the additional six are in OPRF's Bracket A.

Streaky clean | This is a dual team tournament, and the Huskies have won 24 consecutive duals. With three duals on each day, the Huskies will wrestle a total of 6 duals in Rochester. OPRF's record of consecutive dual team victories is 35, from 01-12-2008 to 12-12-2009.

Tournament previews | Clash XIII | Intermat | FloWrestling | FloW #2 | TheOpenMat | AWP | TrackWrestling | YouTube

Selection Monday (12 m 38 s) | YouTube  ---  Video with organizers (9 m 33 s) | FloWrestling      



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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