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Orange and Blue Wrecking Crew · IHSA Class 3A State Champions: 2009, 2014 · Huskie Wrestling Family

 


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Silver Six-pack · 2014-2015

Nov 25 H W 58-6
Dec 05 A W 47-15
Dec 10 H W 24-3
Jan 08 H W 57-3
Jan 16 A W 56-7
Jan 23 A W 54-12
 

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And the award goes to...: A look at the final Varsity numbers
2014-15 statistics shine in championship style; fresh faces at Pin King and Takedown King · 04/08/2015

     
Gabe Townsell (left) and Jay Renteria (right) earned Wall etchings.

Numbers don't lie -- and here, we'll hit you with some Huskie Truth! Below are the individual category leaders from the 2014-2015 Varsity squad. To view the statistics in its entirety, jump to the 2014-15 statistics page.

 

Statistics Leaders | Maneuvers

 Statistic Number  Wrestler Year
 Wins  40  Alex Madrigal Sr.
 Losses  0  Drew Matticks So.
   0  Matt McDermott Fr.
   0  Isaiah White Jr.
 Takedowns  216  Gabe Townsell Jr.
 Nearfalls-3  45  Matthew Rundell Sr.
 Nearfalls-2 30  Alex Madrigal Sr.
 Total Nearfalls 77  Matthew Rundell Sr.
 Reversals 13  Jason Renteria So.
 Escapes 66  Max Metzgar Sr.
       
 

Statistics Leaders | Victory Types

 Wins by Number  Wrestler Year
 Falls 17  Ben Bergen Sr..
  17  Matthew Rundell Sr.
 Tech Falls 12  Jason Renteria So.
 Total Falls 25  Jason Renteria So.
 Majors 11  Jaime Hernandez So.
  11  Alex Madrigal Sr.
  11  Gabe Townsell Jr.
 Decisions 20  Savonne Bennette Sr.
 Forfeits 5  Ben Bergen Sr.
 Defaults 2  Jaime Hernandez So.
 Disqual's 1  Ben Bergen Sr.
 

 

And the people have spoken: Fred Arkin elected to D200 board
Fred Arkin, a longtime wrestling coach and '74 OPRF graduate, to serve on D200 Board of Education · 04/07/2015

 

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Fred Arkin, a longtime member of the Oak Park & River Forest Huskie Wrestling Family, has been elected as an upcoming member of the Oak Park & River Forest District 200 Board of Education.

In Tuesday's local election, Fred received nearly 25% of the votes (24.99% in 45 of 46 reporting precincts) to be one of the three victors in the race to a D200 seat. To read more about Tuesday's voting results, visit the story on OakPark.com.

Congratuations, Fred! We wish you good luck on your four-year term!

 

 

One of our own: OPRF wrestling coach is running for D200 board
Fred Arkin, a longtime wrestling coach and '74 OPRF graduate, is running for D200 Board of Education · 03/24/2015

 

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Fred Arkin, a longtime member of the Oak Park & River Forest Huskie Wrestling Family, is running to become an upcoming member of the Oak Park & River Forest District 200 Board of Education.

If you have not learned much about Fred Arkin, you may click the above flyer to read more about him and what he intends to bring to the D200 Board of Education. If you support Fred Arkin, he encourages you to vote early and spread the word about his candidacy. If you also wish to obtain yard signs, campaign buttons, or other materials, you can email him at friendsforfred@gmail.com.

Certainly, we respect whomever you may support on your ballot, but Fred would appreciate your careful consideration.

Early voting | Oak Park --> Oak Park Village Hall | River Forest --> Elmwood Park Village Hall

Happy voting!

 

 

Now we're Cook-ing: County board recognizes state champions
#1 Huskies are honored, humbled by county recognition · 03/11/2015

      

Huskies and company are seriously all smiles. (photos by Eric Davis; click to enlarge pics)

 
What an honor! The entire Cook County (or, at least, the esteemed county board) took time to honor the state champion Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew. Toni Preckwinkle, President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, was among those on hand for this special engagement. Thank you to all who were a part of this festive occasion. Congratulations, Huskies!
 

 


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Team in full: Huskies dismantle field en route to 3A championship
OPRF grounds Sandburg 39-16 in the title dual; Huskies likely to finish season as US #1 · 02/28/2015

 

The Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew. (photo by Jonna Borgdorff) | Go large

 
Your Oak Park & River Forest Huskies have just made history. There are many, many slices of history pie. The first piece: OPRF has won their Illinois class championship for the second consecutive year. This hasn't happened in the history of our program. In fact, this title is only the third dual title in our school's history. The second piece: OPRF has finished with the second undefeated season (a dual record of 28-0) in history. The other undefeated season was in 2008-2009 (28-0 record). Still hungry? The third piece: OPRF is ranked the #1 Varsity squad in the entire United States of America. With Saturday's performance, that is unlikely to change. Other states have wrapped up or will wrap up their high school wrestling seasons very soon, so the final rankings may take some time. Certainly, we have a fourth piece, fifth piece -- even sixth and seventh pieces of history pie to enjoy. Stay tuned as oprfwrestling.com slowly (but relentlessly) makes its way through the dessert table line.

Onto Saturday's action: the Huskies, as noted above, came in as the #1-ranked and odds-on favorite to repeat as Illinois Class 3A Dual Team Champions. In the morning session, OPRF took care of Marmion Acadamy in a "repeat defeat" affair. On January 10, the Huskies secured a 49-14 victory over the Crusaders. In about the same ending, OPRF took Saturday's quarterfinal by a tally of 46-18. The quarterfinal win guaranteed a team trophy for the Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew.

In the semifinals, we had a new face to battle. Lockport entered the fray, and the Huskies calmly sent a message that this year was not the Porters'. OPRF met the half-century mark in a 51-21 triumph. It's always refreshing to meet a different opponent in the postseason, and we congratulate Lockport on a 4th place finish (Glenbard North defeated the Porters for 3rd).

Finally came the championship match. OPRF-Sandburg. Sandburg-OPRF. These two have had some battles -- nay, wars -- over the past several years. In this confrontation, Huskie trickery and wit wasn't needed. Good ol' fashioned muscle, talent, and sweat was all that was needed by the OPRF squad. Head coach Paul Collins watched on as 10 of his 14 earned victories to notch a 39-16 title victory. It was wonderful to see Kamal Bey and Adam Lemke-Bell back this week. Both toed the line and took the win versus a Sandburg Eagle.

Congratulations, Huskies! Furthermore, congratulations to the entire Huskie Wrestling Family!! Why stop there?? It has been a privilege to hear and read about stories from OPRF alumni and supporters who have been brought back into wrestling because of the 2014-2015 Huskie program. It's fantastic to have your eyes and ears. Thank you to everyone how has helped us in even the smallest ways. No act is too small. A heartfelt thanks to all.

More to come | We will round out our coverage of Saturday and the season in the next several days plus. Stay tuned, as links are added, pictures are posted, stories are expanded, and gratitude is effused. In the meantime, view our Twitter account for links to articles, videos, and pictures of the culmination of the IHSA Wrestling season. While you're at it, visit our HWF page on Facebook, as well.

Visit Twitter.com/OPRFwrestling. Also visit Huskie Wrestling Family on Facebook.

Oh, and don't forget to celebrate a little.

 

 

     

 

     

 

     

 

     

 

        

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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: JonnaBorgdorff@gmail.com.

 

 

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: JonnaBorgdorff@gmail.com. She can accept checks. Unfortunately, credit cards cannot be accepted at this time.

 

 
 
Being a Huskie in China
I am happy to be in Qingdao, Shandong, China, but I am unable to experience one of my most treasured gifts -- being there in the flesh to witness what I call "The Orange and Blue Wrecking Crew." I need your help for pictures, results (matchups, dual scores!), newsworthy items, video finds, anecdotes -- whatever you can send. Please consider spending a few seconds or minutes of your day to email me information. Yes, somebody else may send me the same info, but it's better that I receive two notices than zero.

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