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In our lead-up to the big day, we will post 28 articles (one for each day -- although they may not be published each day) as a primer for this season.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


Bolen is rollin': Alumnus Brad Bolen earns 4th straight Judo title
 Brad Bolen, a 2007 alumnus, wins his fourth consecutive (fifth overall) U.S. Sr. Judo Nationals title · 05/02/2017

Brad Bolen from 2015 (also Sr. Nat'l Champion)

OPRF Alumnus and former wrestler Brad Bolen ascended to the top of the United States Senior Judo Championship on April 29, as he earned top honors in the 73 kg division. Brad is native to River Forest, and his Team USA profile lists River Forest as his residence. Brad was a 2007 graduate of Oak Park & River Forest High School. See below for more on this achievement.


From a Judo Sr. National event report:

Salt Lake City, Utah - Athletes from the Jason Morris Judo Center (JMJC) had a stellar day at the US Sr. Nationals, April 29, 2017 winning six medals including three gold. Brad Bolen (28) and Kell Berliner (23) led the way both taking titles in their respective divisions. Bolen went 4-0 in 73kg on his way to claiming his 4th straight National title and 5th overall, tying Carrie Chandler for the most for a JMJC athlete in it's 16 year history. Bolen also ties Chandler's mark of eight total medals at the Nationals for the JMJC.

Congratulations, Brad!

--> Links | Judo Senior National Championships | Results | Brackets | USA Judo Event Statement | Brad Bolen on



Going to Town-sell: Gabriel (Gabe) Townsell shines
 Gabriel is a double threat student-athlete (in the classroom, on the mat) · 04/25/2017

Gabriel Townsell


Gabriel Townsell, an OPRF graduate in 2016 June, is beginning to make his mark on the Stanford Cardinal wrestling team during his true freshman season. Gabriel was one of 9 Cardinal wrestlers to qualify for the NCAA Division I Championships, where he wrestled to a 2-2 record. Gabriel finished his 125-pound season with a record of 18-11 (7-1 in duals), defeating two would-be All-Americans. At the conclusion of the season, he earned the program's "Newcomer of the Year" award. Gabriel's classroom work also excels; he was named an NWCA Division I All-Academic Individual. We look forward to seeing more big things from this Pac-12 student-athlete.

Congratulations, Gabriel!

--> Links | Gabriel's Stanford Profile | Stanford Wrestling | Stanford Review: 2016-2017 | 2017 NWCA All-Academic Div. I List


Gabriel at the NCAA Championships (bottom right) | click to enlarge



Developmental camp coming to OPRF in July
 New and familiar faces to serve as clinicians in the open event · 04/24/2017



OPRFHS will again host a Relentless Pursuit Wrestling summer camp in July. This camp has open registration; non-OPRF athletes and coaches are welcome to register. Online registration begins May 1. Below are the details.


6th Annual Relentless Pursuit Summer Camp

Open To: Grades 9-12
Location: 1 West Gym, OPRF High School
Dates: July 10-14
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM & 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Fee: $160, coaches attend free with 3 or more wrestlers

ONLINE registration begins May 1. Go to
On the left side of the screen, click the “Camps” button and follow the links to the appropriate camp.

Walk up registration on Monday, July 10 at 11:00 AM
All Checks Made out to Huskie Wrestling Family
All Wrestlers Must have valid USA Wrestling Card

Dan Dennis – 2016 Olympian - 2x NCAA All-American U. of Iowa
Sammy Brooks – 2x NCAA All-American U. Of Iowa- Illinois State Champion
Topher Carton – NCAA Qualifier U. of Iowa- 3x state champion
Mike Powell: 2014 National Coach of the Year
Paul Collins: OPRF Head Coach 2015 Illinois State Champions
Jimmy Nehls: 2x Division III All-American and NCAA finalist
More to come.


Marching on with news, April showers us with more
 Alumni continue feats in the news; offseason wrestling is in full-go mode · 04/20/2017



The IHSA has entered its long hibernation for the next several months, but action continues in a number of places. Let's take a look at some past (and perhaps recent) events in the Huskie wrestling world.


All-America boys | Two Huskie Headliners performed quite well at each's respective NCAA Wrestling Championships. Updating the story about Sam Brooks, the Iowa senior completed his collegiate career with his second All America finish (in 2016, Sam earned a national 8th place finish). Both AA's occurred for Sam in the 184-pound weight class. While Sam wrestled in the Division I Championships, Isaiah White competed -- and dominated -- a Division II 165-pound bracket. The true freshman (and OPRF graduate) excelled and helped Notre Dame (OH) to win the Division II team title. Congratulations, gentlemen!

--> Links | NCAA Division I Championships | NCAA Division II Championships | NCAA Division III Championships | TrackW

Switching "off" | For many, wrestling is a near-year round sport. Even though the IHSA season has concluded, many still aim to perfect their craft on the mat. This past Sunday, the Illinois Freestyle Club Cup was held. Bad Hombres Wrestling Club featured several Huskie wrestlers on its team roster, and it battled to a 10th place finish. Twelve teams participated. For more results from the Freestyle Club Cup, jump to the event results on TrackWrestling. Stay tuned for more spring and summer action! In fact, you can stay on top of several offseason events. Force Wrestling offers a list of many events from now into the summer. To view the list of many (but perhaps not all) of the Folkstyle offseason events, go to the FW Offseason Events. For Greco-Roman and Freestyle events in Illinois, visit ILUSAW (state and national events <--> local events). Get informed!!
Alumni rush | At this website, we aim to report on all things OPRF Wrestling. A part of that coverage includes alumni who have excelled here, there, and everywhere. If you would like to share any news about former wrestlers, coaches, parents, or volunteers, email us. In this vein, Brad Bolen (OPRF 2007) continues to be a cannonball in the judo discipline. On April 1, Brad won the Liberty Bell Classic with a record of 5-0. No bout finished in the full time allowed. As a member of Team USA, Brad finished in second place at the NY Open. He competed at 73 kg. Way to go, Brad!

--> Links | Brad Bolen on



Brad Bolen at the Liberty Bell Classic and at the NY Open (L to R) | click photos to enlarge

Fat Boy offers a fat chance | OPRF senior and Nebraska commit Jay Renteria competed in the Dream Team Classic dual that pitted Illinois senior all-stars against other senior all-stars from across the country. Jay wrestled at 132 pounds and scored a major victory against Brian Courtney. Despite Jay's four team points, the USA Dream Team downed the Illinois Dream Team 29-20. This event was wrestled on Saturday night, April 8. Congratulations, Jay!

On that same weekend, Illinois also participated in the NWCA/USAW National Scholastic Duals. No Huskies took part, but Illinois's two teams earned second and eighth place (Illinois Outsiders and Illinois Inferno, respectively).

--> Links | Dream Team Classic Dual Box Score



News and notes: Learn about Huskies little, big, and even bigger
Isaiah White, Jake Rundell, and Joe Chapman strike gold; NCAA Division I finals are in progress · 03/17/2017



The IHSA has entered its long hibernation for the next several months, but action continues in a number of places. Let's take a look at some past (and perhaps recent) events in the Huskie wrestling world.


Division and conquer | The NCAA championships are upon us! Slammin' Sammy Brooks is a quarterfinalist in the Division I Championships. Sam, an Iowa Hawkeye, is a redshirt senior this year. Just two weeks ago, Sam won the Big Ten title at 184 pounds. You will remember Sam as a two-time state champion with the Huskies. He graduated from OPRF in 2012. Stay tuned as the tournament unfolds.

--> Links | NCAA Division I Championships | NCAA Division II Championships | NCAA Division III Championships | TrackW

White's might | In the NCAA Division II Championships, Isaiah White bested all before boasting a national title! Isaiah, a Notre Dame (OH) wrestler, helped his team to a national championship as well. Isaiah controlled all of his bouts and finished with a record of 24-2 on the season. A true freshman, Isaiah graduated OPRF (2016) as the only three-time state champion in school history. Congratulations, Isaiah!

Isaiah White wins DII 165-pound title

Freshmen first | In the Freshman-Sophomore State Championships, Jake Rundell (101) and Joe Chapman (132) earned trips to the top of the podium! Both freshmen, Jake and Joe finished a perfect 5-0 to conclude Frosh-Soph State on Sunday, March 12. Also placing was Daemyen Middlebrooks (145); he took home the 8th place medal. Non-medalling Huskie state qualifiers were Danny Lingen (152), Jaylan Pascascio (220), Ashford Hollis (285), and Lila Stratman (136 -- Girls State). Look for great things among all of these wrestlers in years to come.

--> Links | Team Illinois | Frosh-Soph State Brackets/Results | Evanston Sectional Results | Springfield PCC Center



OPRF at Frosh-Soph State (click photos to enlarge)

Wrestlers tomorrow, today | On Saturday, March 11, the Little Huskies took their turn in the land of championships. Four individuals from the Little Huskie Wrestling Club toed the line in the final IKWF tournament. Jake Vilora (Senior - 130) earned the highest finish with a 3rd place medal. Raymond Hernandez (Senior - 122) also finished with all-state status as he took home a 7th place ribbon. Also participating at IKWF State were Vincent McDonald (Novice - 122 pounds), and Connor Nagela (Senior - 89).

--> Links | IKWF Home | IKWF State Home | IKWF State Brackets/Results | Central Chi Sectional Results | Rockford BMOHBC



Scroll down: New names, stories added to lengthening team history
The OPRF Wrestling Wall of Fame grows taller and fuller each passing season · 03/11/2017


Jaime Hernandez (left) and Tony Madrigal (right) notched 100 career wins during 2016-2017. (photos by Jamil Shhmart)


The Wall of Fame page is one of my favorite pages on this site. It is a good thing that a webpage has unlimited height. Each season, more and more names and numbers (oh, how I do love numbers) take their rightful place as memories frozen in time. This Wall of Fame takes no admission. Heck, there isn't even a dress code! All you need is working internet to enter and poke around.

Let's take a look at several noteworthy accomplishments for the 2016-2017 IHSA Wrestling season. At the bottom of this article lies the statistical truth about the team leaders in a variety of categories.


Club soda | Waiting for the two young men above is Jason Renteria. Jay welcomes Jaime and Tony to the OPRF Wrestling Century Club. Jaime and Tony are two wrestlers who have joined the Century Club this season. Jaime Hernandez, a senior, finished his career with a 115-34 record. In the past three seasons, Jaime earned three state medals (4th, 2nd, and 5th respectively). He committed to wrestle at the University of North Carolina in the upcoming school year. Tony, a junior, earned a 106-8 record in his first three years at OPRF. Tony has two state runner-up medals and hopes to ascend the ladder in 2017-2018. Jay completed his Huskie tenure with a 144-8 record. He medaled in all four years (2nd, 2nd, 1st, and 1st respectively). Jay is also the third Huskie to earn an undefeated season (Mike Powell Isaiah White), and Jay is the third Huskie to gain four IHSA state medals (Larry Early, Isaiah White). The Century Club now boasts 22 members.



Jaon Renteria, Jaime Hernandez, Anthony Madrigal (L to R)

The captain that steers the ship | Paul Collins has now completed his third IHSA season as Oak Park & River Forest Wrestling Head Coach. In his three opportunities, Coach Collins has guided the Huskies to a beautifully odd (or perhaps, oddly beautiful) 77-7 dual record. In this trio of campaigns, OPRF has won two state titles, three conference titles, and 21 individual state winners (6 champions). Read more about the OPRF Achievements on this site. Coach Collins and his staff are relentless preachers of discipline, growth, respect, and pride.
Medaling magic | Head Coach Paul Collins is an alumnus of OPRF, and several other alumni of the OPRF Wrestling program are taking their shots at national championship glory. This weekend, Isaiah White is battling the NCAA Division II Championships. He attends Notre Dame (Ohio). On March 5, Sam Brooks completed his second consecutive Big Ten championship as a member of the Iowa Hawkeyes. He shoots for All-American status in the NCAA Division I Championships on March 16-18. Both tournaments (and the NCAA Division III Championships) are hosted on TrackWrestling.
Double vision | Jason Renteria added to his banner year by embracing the top of the leader board for both takedowns (260) and falls (30 pins and techs combined). Last year, Peter Ogunsanya, a senior this season, also earned both titles. Congratulations to Jay on being the Takedown King and King Pin.

Jason Renteria

Pick six | The Huskies fell short in their bid for a fourth consecutive IHSA title, but they have won the last six West Suburban-Silver Conference titles. In addition, the Orange & Blue are victors of the six most recent Regional team titles. OPRF aims for lucky seven in 2017-2018.
Numbers game | Enough of the commentary; below are the 2016-2017 statistics leaders. Enjoy!

Statistics Leaders | Maneuvers

 Statistic Number  Wrestler Year
 Wins 41  Jason Renteria Sr.
 Losses  0  Joe Chapman Fr.
   0  Kylen Peace So.
 Takedowns 260  Jason Renteria Sr.
 Nearfalls-3 33  Jason Renteria Sr.
 Nearfalls-2 43  Anthony Madrigal Jr.
 Total Nearfalls 67  Anthony Madrigal Jr.
 Reversals 11  Anthony Madrigal Jr.
  11  Drew Matticks Sr.
 Escapes 62  Brian Holloway Sr.

Statistics Leaders | Victory Types

 Wins Number  Wrestler Year
 Falls 16  Jason Renteria Sr.
 Tech Falls 16  Anthony Madrigal Jr.
 Total Falls 30  Jason Renteria Sr.
 Majors 8  Brian Holloway Sr.
  8  Anthony Madrigal Jr.
 Decisions 13  Drew Matticks Sr.
 Forfeits 3  Nico Bolivar Fr.
 Defaults 3  Jaime Hernandez Sr.
 Disqual's    [None]  


Selection Saturday: Young Huskies advance to championships
Action continues in a pair of Sectional tournaments; Frosh-Soph and IKWF State's forthcoming · 03/04/2017



While the IHSA Season is in our rearview mirrors, wrestling continues! On Saturday, eight OPRF Huskies advanced to the IWCOA Freshman-Sophomore State Championships (also knowns as Frosh-Soph State). Qualifying from the Evanston Sectional are Jake Rundell (101 pounds), Joe Chapman (132), Daemyen Middlebrooks (145), Danny Lingen (152), Matthew Crawford (170), Jaylan Pascascio (220), Ashford Hollis (285), and Lila Stratman (136 -- Girls State).

Frosh-Soph State is available only to wrestlers who are freshman/sophomore students and who did not qualify for IHSA Individual State. Multiple wrestlers from the same school are allowed in the same weight class. It is worth noting that due to OPRF's participation in the IHSA Dual Team State Finals, Huskie wrestlers were able to skip the Regional tournament and begin at their respective Sectional. The Freshman-Sophomore State Championships will be wrestled on Saturday and Sunday, March 11-12, in Springfield.

Links | Team Illinois | Frosh-Soph State Brackets/Results | Evanston Sectional Results | Springfield PCC Center

The Little Huskies were also in action on Saturday, as four members of the squad earned their place at the Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation State Championships, also known as IKWF State. The quartet of qualifiers were Vincent McDonald (Novice - 122 pounds), Connor Nagela (Senior - 89), Raymond Hernandez (Senior - 122), and Jake Viloria (Senior - 130). The IKWF State Championships will take place on Thursday-Saturday, March 9-11, in Rockford.

Links | IKWF Home | IKWF State Home | IKWF State Brackets/Results | Central Chi Sectional Results | Rockford BMOHBC



IHSA Stats Saturday | In addition to the two tournaments above holding court on Saturday, we will be releasing the final statistics for the IHSA Season, including award-winners and other notables. Stay tuned!



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