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Yes, the program is called the Little Huskies. You can find out more about the program by visiting the Little Huskies website: LittleHuskiesWrestling.org.
View detailed information about wrestler and team scoring at our Wrestling Tutorial page.
The first postseason event is the Regional tournament. A Regional consists of approximately 10 teams. Each team has the right to put forth a full lineup of 14 wrestlers. Each wrestler competes to win his/her weight class bracket. Based on individual tournament scoring, the top team earns a place in one of the four Dual Team Sectionals. If a team does not win the Regional title, then that team's dual team season is over.
Dual Team Sectionals is a one round dual meet contest. Dual Team Sectionals takes place on the Tuesday night after the Individual State Finals. The winner of this dual meet advances to Dual Team State. Beginning in 2008-2009, there will be no Dual Team Sectional champion. Dual Team State takes place on the Saturday after Individual State Finals. 8 teams will comprise the Dual Team State Tournament (two from each Dual Team Sectional). The Dual Team State tournament bracket consists of a blind draw (i.e., there is no team seeding). 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place trophies will be awarded at Dual Team State. A team must win its quarterfinal round dual to wrestle for a guaranteed medal. If a team does not win in its quarterfinal matchup, it is eliminated from the team tournament.
For more information, visit IHSA.org's wrestling page.
At the end of the season, there is a Regional tournament. Each Regional tournament consists of around 10 teams. At this tournament--also explained in the previous question's answer--each team has the right to submit one wrestler per each weight class. Each wrestler competes against other teams' wrestlers in order to win (or place at) the Regional tournament. If a wrestler places 1st, 2nd, or 3rd at the Regional tournament, then the wrestler advances to Individual Sectionals. In effect, if a wrestler makes the finals at Regionals, this wrestler automatically advances to Individual Sectionals regardless of the result (win=1st place; loss=2nd place.) However, there is far more drama in the 3rd place match. If a wrestler wins the 3rd place match, then this wrestler advances to Individual Sectionals. If a wrestler loses the 3rd place match, this wrestler does not advance and his/her season is over.
At Individual Sectionals, a wrestler competes against other wrestlers who also have qualified for the Individual Sectional. Unlike Regionals, the top 4 (four) wrestlers at Individual Sectionals advance to Individual State. Therefore, if a wrestler reaches the finals or the 3rd place match, this wrestler is guaranteed a spot at Individual State, regardless of match result.
At Individual State, the four Individual Sectional champions at each weight are seeded. These seeds -- along with a random pairings draw by the IHSA -- determine the rest of each weight's bracket at Individual State. The top 6 (six) finishers earn a state medal.
It is important to note that a wrestler must compete at the same weight class for Regionals, Individual Sectionals, and Individual State.
For more information, visit IHSA.org's wrestling page.
A varsity dual meet consists of fourteen (14) bouts in fourteen (14) weight classes (in pounds): 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220, 285. These weights were instituted to begin in the 2011-2012 IHSA season. In the years prior, the weights were 103, 112, 119, 125, 130, 135, 140, 145, 152, 160, 171, 189, 215, 285. Weights will only not be wrestled when one or both teams forfeit that weight class. Each dual meet begins at a randomly chosen weight and continues through all weight classes in ascending order (e.g., 160, 170, 182, 195, 220, 285, 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152).
A team's score dual meet's team score is explained in further detail in the Wrestling Tutorial, but here is a quick reference guide:
A team gains....
6 points if a wrestler wins by fall (pin), forfeit (no opposing wrestler), default (unable to continue, such as with injury), or disqualification (if opposing wrestler is ejected from match).
5 points if a wrestler wins by technical fall (a margin of victory of 15+ points).
4 points if a wrestler wins by major decision (a margin of victory of 8-14 points).
3 points if a wrestler wins by regular decision (a margin of victory of 1-7 points).
0 points in the rare occasion that both teams forfeit a weight class.
-1 points if a referee penalizes a team point for an unsportsmanlike infraction
A tournament scoring system is a rather involved process. However, it is easy to understand that the scoring system focuses on two main elements. First, wrestlers earn team points for winning and advancing farther in the tournament. A wrestler who wins three matches and reaches the finals earns considerably more team points than a wrestler who wins only one match before being eliminated. Second, wrestlers earn team points for the manner in which they defeat their opponents. For example, a wrestler who wins by pin earns more team points than a wrestler who wins by regular decision. On other words, you want your wrestlers to win and to win the best way possible. For further explanation, visit this external link: Wrestling Rules [scroll down].
There are five. Varsity (V), Junior Varsity 1 (JV1), Junior Varsity 2 (JV2), Sophomore (S), and Freshman (F). The Sophomore level only has a few events throughout the season. At a typical dual meet, you'll probably find the JV1 and JV2 levels compete at the same time (on separate mats), followed by the Varsity and Freshman levels (on separate mats as well). Occasionally, host schools like to wrestle the Varsity squads alone. They will have JV1, JV2, and Freshman wrestle in the first round on three mats before the Varsity dual on one mat.
There are fourteen (14) weight classes in all levels except for Freshman. The fourteen weight classes (in maximum allowed pounds) are 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220, and 285. There are sixteen (16) weight classes in Freshman competition. The Freshman level also has the 90 and 97 pound weight classes.
OPRF is part of the West Suburban Silver athletic conference. The other six members (in alphabetical order) are Downers Grove North (Trojans), Glenbard West (Hilltoppers), Hinsdale Central (Red Devils), Lyons Township (Lions), Proviso West (Panthers), and York (Dukes).
The West Suburban Silver conference has a sister conference: the West Suburban Gold conference. Although a separate conference from the West Suburban Silver, both conferences follow rules and guidelines by the parent
"IHSA" stands for Illinois High School Association, the organization that oversees high school athletics in Illinois.
"OPRF" stands for Oak Park & River Forest, the name of the high school.
A dual meet is a competition between two teams. It is similar to a football game or a basketball game. In a dual meet, each team sends one wrestler to compete in every weight class. For example, Team A will send one 106 pound wrestler to compete against Team B's 106 pound wrestler. The winner of the match will score team points for his team. Only the team points that are gained as a result of a match are used to determine which team wins a dual meet. In Varsity, there are 14 weight classes, so there will be 14 matches. However, a team has the right to Forfeit a weight for any reason, so there may be less than 14 matches that are actually wrestled. For more information about how dual meets are scored, click here.
A tournament is a competition between many teams. Each team submits up to 14 wrestlers (one per weight class) to wrestle against wrestlers in their same weight class. Wrestlers compete to win their weight bracket. With victories, wrestlers earn points for their team. However, there is a different scoring system in tournaments than there is for dual meets. For more information about how tournaments are scored, click here.
OPRF wrestling is in class AAA. IHSA wrestling expanded to three classes prior to 2008-2009. Previously, OPRF wrestling had been in the AA class.
OPRF's mascot is the Siberian Husky. OPRF athletes are simply known as Huskies.
OPRF wrestling will host a number of Varsity events during the IHSA season. Occasionally, OPRF will host non-Varsity events, such as Junior Varsity quadrangular dual meets. To see the location of all OPRF events, follow the schedule link in the menu bar at the top left of this page. Be advised that the schedule may change due to unforeseen circumstances such as snowstorms or other factors.
In addition, OPRF will host a youth wrestling tournament in late January each year. Youth (non-high schoolers) travel from near and far to compete. The tournament is named the Susan P. Collins Memorial Tournament.
Traditionally, OPRF's IHSA season begins on the Wednesday night prior to Thanksgiving. The Varsity season ends with two state tournaments: an individual tournament and a dual team tournament. The individual state tournament takes place on the penultimate weekend in February at Assembly Hall in Champaign, IL. The dual team state tournament culminates on the final Saturday in February with the dual team state championships. Of course, if the team or individuals fail to qualify for the state finals, then the season will end earlier. However, OPRF has the option of sending up to 14 wrestlers (a full lineup) to the Regional tournament.
For specific dates of beginning and end for the current season, you may follow the schedule link in the menu bar at the top left of this page.
For information regarding the Little Huskies season, visit the Little Huskies website.
Home wrestling events are held at Oak Park-River Forest High School. Home wrestling events are either held in the Field House or in the 1 West Gym. For more information, click here.
OPRF High School is located at 201 North Scoville Ave. in Oak Park, IL (60302). For more information, click here.
OPRF wrestling's main rivals are Fenwick, Lyons Township, and Hinsdale Central. Fenwick and OPRF share a village rivalry, Lyons Township and OPRF often battle for conference supremacy, and Hinsdale Central is a rival due to their recent rise in conference play. York, Glenbard West, Downers Grove North, and Proviso West are lesser rivals due to sharing the same athletic conference as OPRF.
OPRF High School's athletic director is John Stelzer. For more information the athletic department at OPRF High School, visit the OPRFHS athletic department main page.
The head coach of OPRF wrestling is Mike Powell. Mike is an OPRF graduate and a former Illinois wrestling state champion. He began as the head coach of OPRF in the 2004-2005 season. Mike is also the head wrestling coach for the Illinois National Junior Greco Duel Team, through the summer of 2009.
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