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2011-2012 Regular Season
Conference call: Huskies take a bite
out of the WSC
Junior Varsity |
Junior Varsity took 3rd out of 14 - The Junior Varsity Huskies took
third at the Junior Varsity West Suburban Conference Wrestling
Tournament on Saturday. The Huskies were led by championship
performances by Ben Sisler (126), Mike Roeser (145), Darion Young
(138), and Dom Peel (HWT).
Sophomore took 5th out of 14 - The Sophomore Huskie Wrestling Team
took 5th out of 14 Teams at the West Suburban Conference Wrestling
Tournament. The Huskies were led by Joe Robles (106) and Will
Osborne (195) who took 1st Place in their respective weights
Freshman took 1st out of 8 - The Freshman Huskies closed out their
season by winning the Freshman West Suburban Conference wrestling
tournament on Saturday. The Huskies had 10 wrestlers in the finals
with 6 wrestlers taking home the championship: Ben Wilson (126), Max
Metzgar (132), Andrew Borgdorff (138), Jonathan Duong (145), Ben
Bergen (160), and David Beacom (220).
Huskie hits: For those who want a
Here are a few more finds you may enjoy....
Conference Tournaments |
The season ended today for non-Varsity wrestlers with conference
tournaments. More information on the results of these tournaments
will be posted when available. We do have some news....The
freshman team scored 6 champions at the conference meet today!
Congratulations! Two links to pictures from this event are below.
Freshman Pics |
Jonna Borgdorff has done an incredible job a picture perfect
photographer this year. To set your sights further on the
unblemished Freshman team, jump to the photo set by clicking on the
event links below:
Michael Woulfe's Journey |
OPRF Wrestling senior Michael Woulfe was highlighted in a recent
article in the Forest Leaves.
Read the recent article on this impressive young man -- and some
of the very impressive people around him.
Nick Dardanes, WOTW |
Minnesota Golden Gopher and former OPRF Huskie Nick Dardanes was
named Minnesota's Wrestler of the Week on January 25.
Enjoy the candid interview.
Silver sluggers: Huskies tee off on
York 49-12 to win conference
OPRF finishes 6-0 against WSC-Silver opponents; Freshman also sweeps
to title ·
Coming up roses: Mike Powell proudly
speaks of the senior class. (photos by BT)
Tonight's evening didn't quite have the same allure as an LT-OPRF
battle for the conference title, but York came into tonight with a
higher ranking, #24. It was also Senior Night, and recognition was
had for a baker's dozen of OPRF fourth years.
The Action |
We commenced at 285 with a flurry of Huskie related victories: Marq
Brumant (major), Joe Robles (tech), Matt Rundell (major), and Larry
Early (major). The 126 pound match was a goodie with Honorable
Mentions Johnny Gahagan and Brandon Kupczyk locking horns. Johnny
scored a near fall-3 to lay the groundwork for a hard fought 10-4
decision victory. OPRF was awarded forfeit victories at 132 (Cameron
Harris) and 138 (Mike Roeser). #11 ranked (at 138) Colin Rogers
bumped up in technical fall fashion to extend the team tally to
37-0. York's first points came on the board when JP Finan won via
default at 152. Next, the Huskies reeled off three more: Michael
Woulfe (fall), Joe Ariola (minor), and Corey Cepak (minor). Corey
wrestled himself a great match. The last two bouts were barnburners,
but the Dukes took victories at 195 (with Noah Fleckenstein) and 220
(with Joe Giordano). Slammin' Sammy took in the dual in the role as
#1 bench cheerleader.
The Freshmen |
The Phenomenal Freshman kept bulldozing the competition. These young
men have blitzed every team they've come across this year. Tonight
was no different; the Freshman squad won handily by a score of 78-9.
Yep, 78-9. The freshmen, like their elder brothers, swept through
the West Suburban Silver Conference. Not only that, this assembly
line of talent went undefeated on the year. Don't tune away in the
next few years, folks.
The Seniors |
As mentioned, this was Senior Night. We celebrate their
contributions, growth, and future, but we also recognize the
families that help tirelessly for their sons and daughters, as well
as for this incredible program. The recognized seniors are: Elle
Bakke (manager), Marq Brumant, Jamaal Bovell, Sam Brooks, Michael
Woulfe, Colin Rogers, Mike Roeser, Cameron Harris, Dominique Peel,
Jacob Friesen, Ty Fleming, and Tess Egan (manager).
Shaken and stirred: OPRF succumb to
Huskies manage six wins in battle of top tier teams ·
First, teams lined up, and then
wrestlers (Drew Vrbanec and Colin Rogers). (photos by BT)
Before we get to the nitty-gritty, let's put it all in perspective.
This dual was a gift. Just the fact that we're among the top rungs
in the ladder is a fact that many, many, teams cannot say.
Before we let the tears fall, let's remember that we are traversing
roads that may never be found by other schools and teams. Let's also
remember that our eyes are still on the prize: the IHSA Class 3A
Dual Team State Championship. And, in a magical triple, let's
finally remember that we have amazing coaches, athletes,
parents, and fans. No matter whatever may happen, we win at being
ourselves and living life Huskie Style.
I imagine you'll read, see, and hear a ton about this dual, and I'll
throw my perspective in the fold as well. Many fans came out, but
somehow, I expected more. The cameras were there, along with top
notch dedicated individuals to cover all of the action.
The Huskies won the coin toss and chose evens before the first bout.
Johnny Gahagan vs. Michael Sepke
||Sepke pushed the pace early and often
and had visions of a major victory before Johnny's last
second takedown to push the bout into minor territory.
It was a big lift for the Huskies early.
Cameron Harris vs. Chris Garcia
||Cameron fell behind early but battled
back to make a game of it. In the end, Garcia was too
Colin Rogers vs. Drew Vrbanec
||This was a battle of attitude. If points
were given on attempts, Colin would have had his hand
raised. Vrbanec scored on Colin's shots, and this chippy
bout continued Montini's winning ways.
Mike Roeser vs. Xavier Montalvo
Mikey gave it all he could, fighting off
a few near fall attempts before falling late in the
second period. The 15 point lead could have been too
Davonte Mahomes vs. John
||OPRF could have used a better result,
but Davonte scored a major decision over a scrappy
Sullivan of Montini.
Michael Woulfe vs. Mike Maduko
||This was a scoreless battle at the end
of the first before firmly moving to Woulfie's side.
Michael scored a nice five point move before dominating
on top for an OPRF ovation pinfall victory.
Joe Ariola vs. Conor Winel
||Joey flat out took a match we needed to
have with 10 third period points. Winel's spirit was
damaged at the end. After the bout, unbeknownst to both
table scorers, the referees docked a team point from the
Huskies for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Andre Lee vs. Jake Turk
||Turk looked experienced and
under control, while Andre appreaded a little of the
opposite. Andre's a sophomore, remember, and next time
he'll be better prepared to be on the big stage.
FFT vs. Anthony Ferraro
||To have any hope, Sammy
needed to wrestle here. Unfortunately, a healing ankle
to be ready for state is more important than a six
minute challenge. From here on out, the dual was all
about the individuals that would toe the line.
Emonte Logan vs. Edgar Ruano
||Ruano looked a much more
physically mature wrestler walking out onto the mat. He
controlled a first period before scrambling to an
effective fall victory in the second.
Marq Brumant vs. David Sarkan
||This bout was a little slow
going, but Marq led in takedowns three to none. Sarkan
fought for awhile but met his end in the second.
Matt Rundell vs. Tommy Pawelski
||Marquee match #1: The
Dvorak 2nd and 3rd place winners combated one another.
This bout was a pick 'em on the internet, but Rundell
being able to score a takedown and then ride to end the
second was huge. "Runaway" with a 7-4 decision.
FFT vs. Jordan Laster
||The Huskies didn't have anyone to fit in
this spot. It's as simple as that.
Larry Early vs. KeVon Powell
||Marquee match #2: This is the Dvorak
match that did happen. In the first exchange,
Powell won 3-1 in overtime. In this one, Larry earned a
first period escape due to a second injury timeout. It
proved to be the difference in a furiously fought bout:
Watch the Replay Broadcast |
If you like, remember that Illinois Matmen streamed a
live broadcast of
the dual. To find out more, go to this
forum thread. IM also said that they hope to put high quality
matches on YouTube in the coming days.
What's Next |
No time to sit and relax -- York is calling on Thursday night! Come
out on Senior Night! Huskies have a chance to wrap up conference,
both on Varsity and Freshman levels.
El Clasico: Huskies visit Montini
#1 (3A) OPRF travels west to battle #1 (2A) Montini ·
Earlier this season, head coaches Mike Powell and Israel Martinez
thought, "Why not?" Martinez and the rest of his Montini Broncos
will play host tonight, Wednesday, in a dual of top-ranked (by
Illinois Matmen) squads. This is only a battle of Varsity, but these
two Varsity teams are thick on talent.
Be There |
The Varsity dual will begin at 6:30 pm, so don't be late. In
attendance should be many, many fans with rooting interest. Some
will root for the Broncos. Others will cheer on the Huskies. More
still will celebrate dual wrestling on perhaps its highest stage.
Watch the Live Broadcast |
it was reported that Illinois Matmen would stream a
live broadcast of
the dual. Tune in around 6:30 pm. If you can't make it to the gym,
well, this is the next best thing. Cheer from afar!
Mirror images: Freshman and Varsity
top home tourneys
In this busy weekend, reflection limited as Freshman top by 158.5
and Varsity by 74.5 ·
Gather 'round the gold: wrestlers
huddle inside OPRF's field house for award-winning competition. (photos by BT)
The Huskies better be careful. If they make this two-for an annual
tradition, they may not be able to have any teams accept the
invitation to the tournament. On this successful day, the Freshman
(8 champions) blasted the competition. OPRF's second Freshman entry
(OPRF Blue) fared 7th in the 11 team tournament. The Varsity squad
didn't run up the score like the freshmen, but they were head sand
shoulders above (in order of finish) Lyons Township, Oswego,
Minooka, Arrowhead, and others. Here is a closer look at some of the
Altogether, OPRF had 13 champions. There were 8 on Freshman: Savonne
Bennette (120), Ben Wilson (126), Max Metzgar (132), Andrew
Borgdorff (138), Jonathan Duong (145), Nate Godwin (152), Ben Bergen
(160), and David Beacom (285). There were 5 on Varsity: Matt Rundell
(106), Larry Early (120), Colin Rogers (138), Davonte Mahomes (152),
and Sam Brooks (182).
Varsity won the 3rd out of 4 tournaments this season; finishing only
as a bridesmaid in the Dvorak tournament. If you remember, the
Huskies were unable to field a full lineup at that tournament. On
this Saturday, OPRF wrestled 13 wrestlers (no 113) who wrestled well
against opponents from "the toughest little tournament in the
state." There were a few bouts we could have had, but then again
there were some we flat out took. The rundown:
1st | "Runaway"
Rundell continues to shine in the littlest of weights.
Not only does he win matches in a runaway, but his
opponents run away from the Huskie leader in
1st | Larry
pinned a national-calibur wrestler from Wisconsin in the
finals. Yep, folks, Andrew Crone of Arrowhead is very
6th | As luck
would have it, Johnny had a really tough bracket on the
day. This sophomore has had some great contributions for
us on the year, and I'm sure he's looking to add more.
2nd | Cameron
avenged his loss to AJ Villarreal (Lyons) before
colliding with #7 ranked Conrad Bugay (Hersey) in the
finals. Cam lost 5-4, and he was quicker than the
1st | Either at
138 or 145, Colin has done a more-than-formidable job.
His win over Adam Yde (Aarowhead) is a statement
6th | Mike has
stepped in for injured wrestlers this year and is
gaining valuable experience. He is also giving
abundances of Huskie heart.
1st | This super
soph continues to prove that he's one of the best 152
pounders in the state. His two losses are second on the
2nd | A senior
leader, Michael pinned two en route to the finals. On
this day, he couldn't overcome Hunter Rollins (Hersey)
but made it a contest with a 13-8 score.
2nd | Joey has
made tremendous strides this year, but senior Jake
Residori (Minooka) was simply too strong in the finals.
It was Residori's second victory over Joe this year.
1st | As
expected, no match was in doubt for the top-ranked
wrestler. Sam enters the last week of the regular season
6th | Andre is a
second year wrestler who has all of the tools. He is one
of the strongest and most athletic Huskies in the bunch.
1st | Emonte is
five bouts above the .500 mark, and he is improving
quickly. He has been solid in his sophomore campaign.
3rd | Marq
wasn't bothered by a first round loss to Adam Rodgers
(Lyons). He shook it off to win the next three and take
the consolation championship.
Mack Bolen wrote up a quick review of the Varsity
tournament (below). Also, you can visit the
Arrowhead (WI) 170
Ft Zumwalt West (MO) 141.5
106: Rundell OPRF WBF 2:55 Minor MIN
113: Callahan FZW 10-4 dec Schultz OSG
120: Ealry OPRF WBF :34 Crone AHD
126: Krischke FZW 7-0 dec Scales HER
132: Bugay HER 5-4 dec Harris OPRF
138: Rogers OPRF 6-4 dec Yde AHD
145: Oughton MIN TF Bates LT
152: Mahomes OPRF TF Berenz AHD
160: Rollins HER 13-8 dec Woulfe OPRF
170: Residori MIN TF Ariolla OPRF
182: Brooks OPRF 23-13 maj dec Morris MIN
195: Ryder AHD WBF :33 Day FZW ( to be fair, Day
220: Rodriguez MOR WBF 3:50 Logan OPRF
285: Flores OSG 6-2 dec Rodgers LT
Was it ever a contest? As mentioned above, the freshmen bounced
the competition for eight titles, including seven in a row
(...death row...) from 120-160. Teammates squared off in the
heavyweight finals as David Beacom (OP-Orange) outpointed Adam
Lemke-Bell (OP-Blue). Here are all of the medal-placers:
| Mike Pace (3rd;
OP-O), Chris Helm (4th; OP-B)
Duong (1st; OP-O), Jack Bauhs (6th; OP-B)
| Carter Rayburn
(3rd; OP-O), Drew Swope (4th; OP-B)
Godwin (1st; OP-O)
Puhalovich (5th; OP-O)
| Ben Bergen
| Ben Avis
(2nd; OP-O) , Phil Garland (5th; OP-B)
Mitchell (3rd; OP-O)
Bennette (1st; OP-O)
| Ben Wilson
| Nick Saleh
Metzgar (1st; OP-O), Jack Newman (3rd; OP-B),
Talmage Svehla (4th; OP-B)
State (2nd; OP-O)
Borgdorff (1st; OP-O), Andrew Kibler (5th; OP-B)
Beacom (1st; OP-O), Adam Lemke-Bell (2nd; OP-O)
of Art |
Yes, watching the Orange and Blue was a beautiful sight, but
perhaps the real masterpiece was a work of "heart" by Halley
Bergen, age 11. The image is of her brother, Ben, dominating on
the mat. This drawing could be applied to most Huskie wrestlers
on Saturday. Enjoy! For a better look,
click on the image for a larger view of this majesty.
Hill of a good time: Huskies brave
storm, storm Glenbard West
OPRF tallies a dozen bouts for 54-9 victory; event live-streamed on
iHigh website ·
Dichotomy: Huskies were red hot
amongst chilly Mother Nature. (photos by BT)
It's difficult to say what the #1 story was on Friday night. Was it
the winter storm? Was it not knowing if the dual would take place?
Was it the strong Varsity victory? Was it the downhill snowball
known as OPRF Freshman wrestling? Or, was it the live video and
The #1 Huskies (16-2, 5-0 conference) won the first nine bouts and
kept the Hilltoppers (now 2-3 in conference) at far arm's length on
the night. The dual began at 170 pounds. The Huskies scored 5+ bout
points in the first four bouts: Joey Ariola (tech. fall), Sam Brooks
(fall), Andre Lee (fall), and Emonte Logan (fall). In a battle of
two ranked heavyweights, Marq Brumant outpointed Brendan Gilligan of
the Hilltoppers 7-4. Joe Robles (tech. fall) and Matt Rundell
(major) raised their hands before a marquee bout at 120 pounds.
Rodrick Smith, a Proviso West Panther of last season, dropped a
weight class to battle Larry Early. In a close decision, Early
scored the win 5-4. Johnny Gahagan won in the "fingernails match of
the night" with a last second reversal to win 5-4 as well. In
another highlight bout, Cam Harris and GW's Zak Hassan went toe to
toe. Harris came on late but couldn't overcome Hassan, losing 9-7.
The final Huskie wins went to Colin Rogers (tech. fall), Davonte
Mahomes (tech. fall), and Michael Woulfe (decision). At 145 pounds,
OPRF's Mike Roeser lost by fall to a surprisingly unranked Jack
Carlson of the Hilltoppers.
And, did you have to even ask? The Freshman took care of "bidness"
66-30. The Junior Varsity's weren't so lucky (GW 37, JV1 27 - GW 62,
Archived Live Video/Audio Feed |
Glenbard West live streamed the Varsity dual on iHigh. Yours truly
(me!) was asked to assist on the audio commentary. I had a blast.
Jeff Sojka of Glenbard West was the main play-by-play announcer, and
I added some color.
Click here to jump to the archived dual on iHigh. Jump through
the intro videos (Junior Varsity) to get to Varsity. Watch it
quickly; it may not be up for long!
No sleep required: Full weekend on
OPRF to host two events this weekend ·
This weekend is perhaps the biggest of the regular season for our
beloved Huskies. There's a conference dual on Friday night followed
by the annual home tourneys:
| All levels travel to Glenbard West where the Varsity
and Freshman try to remain undefeated in conference play. I believe
that Freshman, JV1, and JV2 all begin at 6 pm. The Varsity squad
will wrestle alone thereafter. The Hilltoppers are a rising team in
our ultra-tough conference, and they ought not to be underestimated.
Several strong bout matchups should develop.
| OPRF High School will host the Varsity and Freshman
Huskie tournaments. The Varsity is set to entertain Ft. Zumwalt West
(MO), Arrowhead (WI), Minooka, Lyons Township, Morton, Argo, Oswego,
Riverside-Brookfield, and newcomer Hersey. The Freshman team slate
is different; last year's tournament had Notre Dame, Morton, Niles
West, Maine West, Loyola, Argo, Evanston, Riverside-Brookfield, and
Brother Rice. Wrestling for both tournaments begins at 9.
| The Susan P. Collins Memorial Little Huskies youth
tournament will be run in the Field House. If you've never come out
to one of these gems, book your ticket for 201 N. Scoville. Thank
you if you're planning to volunteer. If your Sunday opens up, please
help where you can.
Freshman big time: Youngsters
deserve, get recognition
Wednesday Journal observes rising future as freshman dominance
Freshmen are all smiles at Hoffman
Estates. (photo by Jonna Borgdorff)
From Wednesday Journal (1-17
The OPRF freshman wrestling team remained undefeated after finishing
first at the Hoffman Estates Tournament last week.
The Huskies scored 261.5 points to take first, while Lake Park
(196.5) and McHenry (196) rounded out second and third respectively
in the 11-team tournament.
OPRF had seven first place finishers, including Josh Mitchell
(170-pound weight class), Nate Godwin (160), John Duong (152) ,
Andrew Borgdorff (138) , Max Metzgar (132), Ben Wilson (126) and
SaVonne Bennette (120).
David Beacom (285) and Ben Avis (113) finished second for the
Pictured are: Ben Bergen, Josh Mitchell, Ben Avis, Dave Beacom,
Andrew Borgdorff, Nate Godwin, Nick Saleh, John Duong, Joe
Pasternack, Riley State, SaVonne Bennette, Ben Wilson, Max Metzgar,
Evan Thompson and coaches Jim Messer and Fred Arkin.
| To see the seven champions on the
Photos by Jonna Borgdorff.
Iowa City Pity: Huskies drop two to
nationally ranked teams
OPRF can't keep up with Apple Valley (#4-Nat'l) or Iowa City West
On Saturday, the Huskies left the comforts of home (state) and met
their toughest two opponents to date. OPRF fell to Apple Valley
(Minnesota) and Iowa City West (Iowa) before defeating Marmion
Academy (Aurora, IL). The Huskies lost by scores of 44-20 (to Apple
Valley) and 38-29 (to Iowa City West). They defeated Marmion 71-12
in the last dual of the day. The losses were the first two
this season for OPRF, ranked #30 nationally by Intermat. Apple
Valley is currently ranked #4, and Iowa City West is ranked #21.
Marmion Academy is not ranked nationally. OPRF's streak of 19
straight dual victories is snapped. The Huskies are now 15-2 (4-0)
on the 2011-2012 campaign.
Illinois Streak Intact
| The Orange and Blue still have a winning streak
against Illinois teams. They have won 20 straight duals against
Illinois schools. This streak will be put to a giant test next week
when the Huskies travel to Lombard for a dual against AA-top ranked
Montini. In other streaks, OPRF has won 1 (overall) and 6
(conference). The record for most overall duals won is 35.
Mane attraction: OPRF doubles up
Lyons Township 42-21
Lions don't lie down as
#1 OPRF wins 3 of 4 duals; Freshmen still unbeaten ·
Knick, quick, and thick (L to R):
Iman Shumpert, Darius Henry, and a large crowd of onlookers. (photos by BT)
The end result of the OPRF-LT dual was never in question; it was
clear that the Huskies would add another notch to the West Suburban
(Silver) win column. If the Lions had won, the IHSA would likely
have launched an investigation. Even so, in these rivalry tilts, one
knows better than to know what to expect.
After the first 7 bouts, the Huskies led 31-0. With Matthew
Rundell's forfeit (120), the Huskies had the dual locked up. The
Lions wrestlers cared not about their team fate; they battled as
individuals and won 5 of the last 6 contested bouts to leave with a
little sweeter taste in their mouths than the Huskie faithful would
The dual started at 145 pounds where Colin Rogers continued his
torrid pace en route to a tech fall victory. Davonte Mahomes
followed Colin's feat precisely at 152. After a "W" by Woulfie, pins
by Joey Ariola and Sammy Brooks continued the early onslaught. Next,
the senior/sophomore combo of Jamaal Bovell and Emonte Logan took
care of business. Now is when the interesting parts set in. Adam
Rogers, an athletic heavyweight for LT, scored a 4-2 victory to put
the Lions on the board. LT's Chris Letsinger controlled Huskie
newcomer Evan Thompson for a major at 106. Darius Henry (who looks
so good in those striped stockings) stalled the rally. LT blitzed
the Huskies at the last three weights, with Carter Beebe outpointing
a "wrestling up" Larry Early (#4 ranked at 120) and AJ Villarreal
stunning Cam Harris with a go ahead takedown and pin in the final
seconds at 132.
Lyons Township (and their battling individuals) should be commended
for their fight. On this night, however, the Huskies were what the
Lions were in last season's dual: just too strong. OPRF rises to 4-0
in conference while LT falls to 1-3.
On Saturday is a big quad in Iowa City versus Iowa City West,
Marmion, and Apple Valley. Some fireworks will be had for sure.
Duals 2, 3, and 4
| The Huskies did well for themselves in the other
duals. Junior Varsity 1 battled to a 48-30 victory, but Junior
Varsity 2 fell in its matchup by a tally of 60-25. Team "Fab Frosh"
clicked on all cylinders again and one-upped (or four-upped, if you
follow) the Varsity squad by more than doubling their opponent,
58-27. These youngsters continue the season unblemished. Congrats to
all the wrestlers for your efforts -- and for wrestling Huskie Style
-- regardless of the outcome!
Huskie hits: Dardanes destruction,
Freshmen frighten, Rival renewal, Home cookin', Beards-r-us, and
| University of Minnesota red shirt
freshman and 2010 OPRF graduate Chris Dardanes has done excessive
damage of late. On
January 2, Chris won a 23-team tournament in Chattanooga, TN. Go to:
Match Video. He also recently
defeated #2 ranked Logan Stieber
of Ohio State. Both he and his brother Nick are worth following on
the college level.
| The Freshman team continues to strike fear in each
opponent. In fact, all opponents have succumbed to the Huskie bite.
This past Saturday, the freshmen defeated three more at New Trier.
With photos courtesy of Jonna Borgdorff, a sample of the many
Ben Wilson (120)
Max Metzgar (132)
John Duong (145)
Nick Saleh (195)
You can witness these fabulous freshmen this coming Thursday against
our familiar foe....
| Lyons Township, our chief rival, will come calling this
Thursday night. Come out as you're able. Last year's Lions team was
the talk of the state, and tables have reversed this season. And
besides, how often do you get to witness two head coaches with the
same last name? Junior Varsities tangle at 6 pm with Varsity/Frosh
| OPRF super mom Peggy Young is working to organize the
hospitality room on January 21 for the Varsity/Freshman tournament.
Please bring what you can, and contact Peggy with what you can
bring. Also contact her
with questions. Thank you for your support.
| As a show of support, coaches and fans have grown
out beards to show support for the team. Just like in 2009,
growing your facial hair will let our guys know you are behind them.
| As we move into the events listed above, let's take
one look back at the Granite City trip. Enjoy both the travel
down I-55 and up the team standings. A variety of
pictures are included. Photos taken by Brian Tideman,
to view the gallery.
Three time's the charm: Huskies win
triple at Libertyville quad
#1 OPRF takes down St. Rita, #15 Libertyville, and Wheaton North ·
1-2-3: Andre Lee (vs. St. Rita), Sam
Brooks (vs. Libertyville), and Michael Woulfe (vs. Wheaton N.).
(photos by BT)
OPRF (13-0, 3-0) drove to Chicagoland North to face three formidable
squads. While the squads were formidable, the fight just
wasn't. The top-ranked Huskies sped by the competition en
route to three easy wins: 56-9 over St. Rita, 43-12 over
Libertyville, and 52-21 over Wheaton North.
Cam Harris had a big day for the Huskies. He defeated 3 ranked
wrestlers by major and two decisions. Jake O'Mara won his
first three matches back from absence, including a win over
#3-ranked (138) Tim Corse of St. Rita (by injury default).
Darius Henry returned to the lineup with a victory, and Larry Early
(126) won a tough, close bout over the #7-ranked (120) Pat
Fitzgerald of Libertyville. Colin Rogers is proving he is
tough at 138 and 145 with a pair of wins over ranked opponents.
Andre Lee and Emonte Logan are both showing amazing growth in their
sophomore campaigns. Emonte had the throw of the day, putting
#2-ranked (220) Mike Swider of Wheaton North on his back before
falling after an epic battle. Dominique Peel dominated in his
match to score a win in his first Varsity appearance. All in
all, the Huskies won 30 of 37 contested bouts (non-forfeits) against
three ranked teams.
In the other three duals, the scores were: Libertyville def. St.
Rita 39-17; Libertyville def. Wheaton North 42-14; and St. Rita def.
Wheaton North 35-31.
| Read about the event on the Daily Herald:
Libertyville meets its match in Oak Park.
Huskie Fan? | Paul Voss
(pictured at right, along with Libertyville head coach Dale Eggert
and former OPRF head coach Norm Parker) is an Oak Park High School
graduate who has been attending OPRF Wrestling events for the last
38 years. As many of us have, he has fallen in love with the
sport. Paul, a resident of Elkhorn, Wisconsin, travels to many
-- but understandably not all -- of the Varsity events. Paul,
we're honored to have your support!
Next Week's Road
| Next week, the Huskies face
rival Lyons Township (#25) at home on Thursday before embarking on a
trip to Iowa City that has the makings of a blockbuster against
Marmion, Iowa City West (IA), and Apple Valley (MN). That quad
is on Saturday in Iowa City.
Better than the West: #1 Huskies
topple Panthers 66-9
Huskies lose one contested bout at host Proviso West ·
The OPRF faithful came out; Jamaal
Bovell wins in OT. (photos by BT)
One thing you can say is that Proviso West has talent. That is
for certain. One thing you cannot say, however, is that
Proviso West has numbers. They just don't. A perennial
powerhouse in basketball, the wrestling team has struggled to put
forth a full lineup. Thursday's meeting only consisted of 5
contested bouts after 9 forfeits (eight by PW and one by OPRF).
The Huskies took all but one of these contested bouts. The 160
match was a close affair, but Michael Woulfe couldn't overcome a
sluggish start against Kenard Washington, losing 10-8. Other
contested winners for OPRF were Cameron Harris (decision), Sam
Brooks (fall), Jamaal Bovell (decision-ot), and Emonte Logan (fall).
Two notable bouts where wrestlers punched out victories Huskie Style
were on Junior Varsity with Luke Pederson and Malik Brumant.
Both trailed early. Luke withstood an explosion from his
opponent in which he was on his back in the first few seconds.
He battled tough and scored a well earned fall over the PW opponent.
Malik worked his way into forcing overtime with a takedown and two
back points in the last few seconds. An overtime
takedown gave Malik a well earned decision. Congratulations,
Earlier in the day, OPRF (10-0, 3-0) was named the top ranked 3A
school, per Illinois Matmen.
Varsity travels to Libertyville this coming Saturday. The host
Wildcats (#15) pose the toughest challenge, but honorable mentions
St. Rita and Wheaton North can also be dangerous.
OPRF to visit Proviso West on
Several marquee bouts could emerge in conference tilt ·
Proviso West Panthers are not the same team of one year ago.
Gone are pivotal seniors and leaders who made their squad a
dangerous foe. However, there remains talent that resides in
Hillside. OPRF will travel to unranked Proviso West on
Thursday. If you come out, you'll have a chance to witness the
Huskie Freshman Fury as well.
Bouts to Watch
| Despite the lack of some of the
2010-2011 talent, there are a few Panther wrestlers to watch.
Bouts that could emerge on Thursday (rankings as of 12-21):
160 lbs - Kenard Washington (#9) vs. Michael Woulfe (#8);
170 lbs - Shaq Pittman (HM) vs. Joe Ariola (HM); 182 lbs
- Jameer Thurman (#8) vs. Sam Brooks (#2)
OPRF demolishes Granite City competition
Three 1st, three 3rd, and one 4th help pace Huskies to win by 86.5
One happy family at G.C. (photo by
Driving nearly five hours to the south is never fun...unless it's to
an abundantly enjoyable tournament in Granite City! As a fan,
this tournament always satisfies. As an OPRF fan, however,
this weekend's tournament sizzled as the Orange and Blue worked as a
cohesive and dominant unit en route to its second tournament title
of the year.
Results (of 24)
106 - Joe Robles (18th)
113 - Matthew Rundell (1st)
120 - Larry Early (3rd)
126 - Johnny Gahagan (6th)
132 - Cameron Harris (3rd)
138 - Colin Rogers (5th)
145 - Zach Pickering (12th)
152 - Davonte Mahomes (1st)
160 - Michael Woulfe (4th)
170 - Joe Ariola (3rd)
182 - Sam Brooks (1st)
195 - open
220 - Emonte Logan (7th)
285 - Marq Brumant (6th)
Entering day 2:
Huskies atop standings with much to be settled
OPRF has wrestled very well thus far in the
tournament. The team has much yet to accomplish, but it leads
all teams in scoring thus far. Stay connected with the link
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Granite City Tournament on Trackwrestling
To the land down under:
Huskies return to Granite City Dec 29-30
OPRF to combat 23 other teams in Illinois/Missouri clash ·
OPRF vs. 23 teams
Illinois / Missouri
The Granite City William "Red" Schmitt Holiday Tournament has quickly
become a favorite for coaches, wrestlers, and fans alike. In
reverse order: the fans love two days of exciting action where each
bout matters. Furthermore, the matchups (oh, the matchups).
Wrestlers appreciate that they are guaranteed 8 matches in a full
bracket. They'll be wrestling both days regardless.
Coaches respect the growth that all wrestlers will get against
talent up and down the totem pole.
Follow the Action
Granite City Tournament on Trackwrestling
This year's participating schools include:
|1. Alton 0.0
2. Aurora (West) 0.0
3. Carbondale 0.0
4. Christian Brothers (Memphis) 0.0
5. Civic Memorial 0.0
6. Francis Howell Central 0.0
7. Francis Howell North 0.0
8. Ft. Zumwalt West 0.0
10. Lincoln-Way West 0.0
11. McCluer North 0.0
12. McCluer South-Berkeley 0.0
13. Minooka 0.0
14. Mt. Zion 0.0
15. Neosho 0.0
16. Northwest 0.0
18. Oak Park-River Forest 0.0
19. Staley (Oak Park) 0.0
20. Timberland 0.0
21. Triad 0.0
22. Washington 0.0
23. Whitfield 0.0
24. Willowbrook 0.0
OPRF first years storming through competition
Don't blink; you might miss another quick OPRF Freshman victory ·
Above are two examples of OPRF's
"fresh" start to 2011-2012.
Andrew Borgdorff (138) and Ben Avis (113) (both pictured) are 2
members of the currently undefeated freshman wrestling team. Most of
the team also wrestled as Little Huskies. That experience seems to
be paying off as they are taking the conference by storm.
The undefeated Varsity squad has gotten all of the "state" headlines
thus far. There's another group of wrestlers that ought to be
recognized: the Freshman team. This team is blazing
competition at a torrid pace. Undefeated and unmatched, this
uber-talented collection of 2015 graduates has set a pace of effort,
dedication, and success that possibly is unmatched in recent memory.
You may want to sneak away from Varsity events and take in a
Freshman quad or tournament. Show up early; you might miss a
few quick bouts and wonder how high the score board will go.
A fan's holiday gift:
OPRF and Montini agree to wrestle on Jan. 25
Current #1 ranked Broncos (AA) and #2 ranked Huskies (AAA) to battle
in Lombard ·
The fans received an extra special present this holiday season: a
chance to watch two of the top teams in the state go toe-to-toe in
late January. Montini, winners of four straight team titles in
class AA, and Oak Park & River Forest, representatives at two of the
last three dual team state tournaments in AAA (including a 2008-2009
title), will combat each other in a dual that fans have been
clamoring for in recent seasons. There is much to be wrestled,
and there are many highly talented squads in this great state, but
this matchup will be a top test for participating schools.
Mark Your Calendars
| January 25, 2011 at Montini
Huskies take trio of place-winners at Dvorak
Freshmen Matthew Rundell and Larry Early medal before senior Michael
Woulfe earns 5th ·
Rundell in his championship bout.
(photo by BT)
Due to a school calendar which included classes these past two days,
OPRF was only able to send a limited roster to the Dvorak.
Among these, Matthew Rundell (106), Larry Early (120), and Michael
Woulfe (160) all earned places on the medal stand for their efforts.
These Huskies finished 2nd, 3rd, and 5th respectively. Both
Rundell and Early waged wars against the eventual champions.
There are many threads on the Illinois Matmen forums, including
videos to be posted on IM and on Badger State Wrestling.
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View these three from the medal stand |
And of course, happy holidays to all!
Tough teams line up in "Granddaddy of them all"
Huskies prepare for third attempt at the Illinois super tournament ·
In 2010, OPRF fared just so-so in the Dvorak tournament at Harlem
High School in Machesney Park. Sam Brooks withdrew due to
injury, but Darius Henry made himself a name to be feared en route
to a runner-up finish. The Huskies finished sandwiched in the
exact middle: 15th. As you can tell, this year's squad is its
very own, and potential for improved results is great. That
being said, the Dvorak falls within the OPRF school calendar, and
the lineup is yet to be determined. Action takes place this
Thursday and Friday.
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Waltz down Central:
#2 Huskies upend #11 Red Devils 39-20
OPRF takes 9 of 14 bouts to nearly double up Hinsdale Central ·
Davonte Mahomes in action. (photo by
It was not another night at Route 201: Huskie Highway. The Red
Devils boast a formidable nucleus of talent. The Huskies were
well prepared (as they almost always are) for the war that would
ensue. But, it was a war nonetheless. OPRF, winners of
13 duals in a row, put on a show of betterment to, in turn, better
its record to 9-0 (2-0 in conference).
The dual began at 220 pounds. Jamal Bovell "went up" and
defeated J. Katovitz in a close one. Marq Brumant fared well
against the HC dynamo known as Brian Allen, but Marq was defeated in
a proud effort. The score was tied 3-3. The Red Devils
began hoping it was their night with another win at 103 pounds
(tech). OPRF was not swayed, reeling off 5 consecutive
victories and 7 of 8. Wins by Rundell (113), Henry, Gahagan,
Harris, and O'Mara (138) put all but the writing on the wall.
Jimmy Grimm (HM at 145) stopped the momentary bleeding, but the
Huskies kept on coming with a major and tech from Davonte Mahomes
and Michael Woulfe, respectively. The dual was out of reach.
In a highly anticipated matchup, TJ Sally won via injury default
over OPRF's Joe Ariola. The dual concluded with split
decisions: Tosello 5-4 over Andre Lee and a technical fall for Sam
On this night, the Freshman squad continued its torrid season.
They won 66-24. It's hard to say whether Varsity or Freshman
was the more impressive group.
Now, with some time of, Varsity prepares for the Dvorak tournament
at Harlem High School next week. Lineups are to be determined.
Planning a Devil of a good time:
Hinsdale C. to visit Thursday
Conference frequent foe makes its way to 201 N. Scoville ·
Clash of Titans
| Hinsdale Central has been in the
vision of Oak Park & River Forest for years now. Yes, Lyons
Township has been the focus, but the Red Devils have moved from far
off in the periphery to right smack dab in our faces. Hinsdale
Central has been a rising program for some time. This year is
no different. With a current #11 ranking (as of 12/08), the
Devils have some muscle to flex. Last year's highly touted
squad didn't end where they anticipated (save one immediate legend
in Jack Allen). This year's collective group is also one of
talent. Against OPRF, this conference foe will put will and
skill to the test.
HC boasts five ranked wrestlers as of 12/08: honorable mentions
Tommy Ward (132), Jimmy Grimm (145), Ernest Battaglia (145), TJ
Sally (170), and #2 Brian Allen (285).
The action is slated to take place in OPRF's West gym. Be
there or be square!! Go Huskies!
Valley of the won: Huskies take
three, but without full squad
OPRF defeats Neuqua Valley, Lake Park, and West Aurora; next up:
Hinsdale Central ·
Michael Woulfe (photo by Mack Bolen)
A Squeaker with Neuqua
| Without Glenbard North present,
and with the first few weeks of the season unfolding as they have,
most would expect OPRF to control the competition on Saturday in
Naperville. However, six starters were absent due to injuries
and infections. The Huskies persevered, being challenged only
in the dual with the host Wildcats, winning 38-32. In the
other duals, OPRF (8-0, 1-0) downed Lake Park 47-25 and West Aurora
Mack Bolen wrote a story about the quad and posted
It was UGLY. OPRF had
6 starters out due to injury, illness, etc, which included Brooks,
O'Mara, Henry, and Rogers but still managed to win all 3!
OPRF 38 NV 32:
The Brooks vs Swier match-up never happened. Geers beat Brumant 7-0
at 285, and Mahomes WBF over Slavik at 152. Woulfe was pounding Hunt
at 160 and ended up winning by Inj Def, Ariola won 4-2 over Parker
at 170. All 3 of OPRF's JV fill-ins got pinned. Gahagan over Klein
at 126, 8-2. NV forieted 106 all 3 duals and OPRF forfieted 120 in
all 3 duals.
OPRF 47 LP 25:
The Sewera vs Woulfe rematch didn't happen either. Sewera wrestled
up at 170lbs and won a close match 4-3 over Ariola.
OPRF 45 WA 27:
Jaquez got a FF at 145, the younger Jaquez WBF at 106. Cam Harris
won 9-7 over Nathan Zinzer at 132lbs (good match). Mahomes won a
bizzare 36-17 match at 152 that was stopped about 10 times and took
about 20 minutes to complete; injury times, score problems, referee
brain lock...and I am still trying to figure out how it took almost
10 minutes alone to fix a score that was actually 10-2, and went
from 6-6, to 7-4, to 9-5, to 9-3, and finally 10-2. That was just
the first period.
On the day, Larry
Early (132/126) and Cam Harris (132/138) won all matches, and Matt
Rundell won all matches by fall at 113lbs, Woulfe perfect at 160,
two pins and an inj def, Mahomes won two by fall and one by maj dec
Neuqua Valley defeated Aurora West 39-33; Swier over Warren 4-3 in a
match that almost...and I MEAN almost was won by Warren.
Next up is the second West Suburban (Silver)
conference dual against rising rival Hinsdale Central. The
dual will take place on Thursday, Dec. 15, at OPRF High School.
As of this weekend, Hinsdale Central is ranked just outside the top
10 in the state. OPRF, remember, is currently ranked #2.
Trip dip: Huskies to visit Neuqua
Valley for trio of duals
Lake Park replaces Glenbard North in this annual matchup ·
Down to the Valley
| With no dual on Thursday or
Friday, it's a quiet week. The Varsity Huskies have a one and
done day on Saturday. They'll meet (HM) Lake Park, (HM) West
Aurora, and the host (#15) Wildcats. Junior Varsity will join.
Neuqua Valley is located in Naperville.
This quad lost a little of its luster when Glenbard North decided to
travel to the southeast, but the quad will be a fair representation
of where OPRF is at this point in the season.
Come out if you can. The Freshman squad is slated for a trip
to Conant and a tournament.
Four-midable: Huskies sweep quartet
of duals this weekend
Huskies show strength in first conference tilt of the season ·
Many wondered which dual was the more anticipated this weekend:
Downers Grove North or Notre Dame. DGN is a conference foe who
can be very dangerous, and Notre Dame -- well, just remember a year
ago. Neither could stand to the might of the orange and blue.
Conant and Addison Trail wilted, as well.
Victories by the Huskies: over Downers Grove North 54-12 (Friday),
Conant 47-24, Addison Trail 66-6, and Notre Dame 55-13.
Undefeated at Saturday's quad were
Oh, and the Fred Arkin-Jim Messer machine known as
"The Freshman Team" continue to dom-in-ate. All levels are
looking strong thus far. Head coach Mike Powell said it best,
"We have a long way to go, but we are very proud of the young men in
our program thus far."
11 4 9
6 15 24 21
First Batch of Stats Complete
| I have compiled the Varsity stats
from the first weekend of competition. I have not yet added
this weekend's statistics, but I will do so as possible.
View the statistics. Team leaders thus far? Four
Huskies have 6 wins, Matthew Rundell sets the early pace with 5
pins, and Cameron Harris/Sam Brooks co-author the takedown tally
with 30. Follow as the statistics get posted all season long.
Oh, yes. And since we're on the subject, how about a glance at
Weekend No. 2: Conference play kicks
off the weekend
OPRF travels to DGN and Conant as the newly minted #2-ranked team in
the state ·
Call and a Taste of...
| The Huskies are a team thus far.
I mean, a team. There's a lot more than just Varsity
this year. As a team, they will begin their conference tilt on
Friday night at Downers Grove North. DGN is an Honorable
Mention in the rankings, whereas Oak Park & River Forest is now
behind only Sandburg in AAA rankings. This is very early, of
course, but the point to note is that the Huskies are executing "Huskie
On Saturday, Varsity travels to Conant for a quad with Addison
Trail, Notre Dame (Niles), and the host Cougars. Addison Trail
just doesn't have much or any firepower this year. Conant has
some guns, despite the fact that they are not ranked. The
feast of the day will pit the Huskies (2nd-AAA) against Notre Dame
(2nd-AA). After last year's squeaker, you can bet OPRF is out
for a taste of something special.
A place for all of us: 12 of 12 medal
at Conant en route to title
Huskies dissect competition with steady dose of talent; Sam Brooks
and Jake O'Mara win brackets ·
Huskies are all smiles. (courtesy of Mack Bolen)
The Huskies had no post-Thanksgiving trouble on this weekend, as
they steadily and consistently came out as a team not to be stopped
at Conant High School in Hoffman Estates, IL. The Huskies did
not bring Joe Robles (106) or Darius Henry (120). All of
the other twelve placed (all but one of the 12 placed in the top 4).
With Robles and Henry, the Huskies would have been even more
Full bracket | As it stood,
Huskies results are:
Rundell (113 / 4th), Larry Early (126 / 2nd), Cam
Harris (132 / 7th), Jake O'Mara (138 / 1st),
Rogers (145 / 3rd), Davonte Mahomes (152 / 3rd),
Michael Woulfe (160 / 3rd), Joey Ariola (170 / 3rd),
Sam Brooks (182 / 1st), Jamaal Bovell (195 / 4th),
Emonte Logan (220 / 2nd), Marq Brumant (285 / 2nd)
Mack Bolen also wrote a story for posting on Illinois Matmen:
More results by Mack Bolen:
106: Yuan (NN) over Zabraskus (DLS) TF 20-4; Alexander (CON)
113: Kohlberg (RM) WBF 2:30 over Bradford (BLM); Browne (GBN)
120: Garelli (FEN) 9-2 over Gonzalez (GBN); Fulco (PRO) 3rd
126: Cortez (GBN) 6-4 over Early (OPRF); Vela (SCE)
132: Klimara (PRO) 6-3 over Adcock (LP); Marmalejo (GBN) 3rd
138: O'Mara (OPRF) WBF over Lutzow (CLC) 1:12; Santi
145: Gonzales (MV) WBF over Sylvester (Con) 3:55; Rogers
152: Noverini (SCN) 6-2 over J. Fugiel (CLC); Mahomes
160: Sewera (LP) 13-4 over Alvis (BLM); Woulfe (OPRF)
170: Caprio (RM) 5-3 over Krieger (NN); Ariola (OPRF)
182: Brooks (OPRF) WBF over Alfaro (LEY) 1:59;
Stockley (PE) 3rd
195: Harrah (CLC) WBF over Brown (OF) :32; Wilson (JC) 3rd
220: Marchok (SCMB) WBF over Logan (OPRF) 1:00;
Ambrose (PRO) 3rd
285: Buss (DLS) 5-2 over Brumant (OPRF); Diaz (RM)
1st - Oak Park-River Forest 270.0
2nd - Glenbard North 178.5
3rd - Providence Catholic 168.0
4th - Conant 148.0
5th - Leyden 132.5
6th - Crystal Lake Central 127.5
Flexing muscles: Huskies roar to
59-11 kickoff victory
#3-ranked OPRF goes 12-2 in bout victories to begin 2011-2012
Photos by Kevin O'Mara - View all of his pictures
from the event on
The Huskies dominated the St. Patrick Shamrocks at home Wednesday
with an impressive 59-11 victory. The Shamrocks only managed
two Varsity victories. Huskie
winners: Joe Robles (106), Matthew Rundell (113),
Darius Henry (120), Larry Early (126), Cameron Harris (132), Colin
Rogers (145), Davonte Mahomes (152), Michael Woulfe (160), Joey
Ariola (170), Sam Brooks (182), Jamaal Bovell (195), and Marq
Brumant (285). It was not the night for Jake O'Mara (138) and
Emonte Logan (220). They fell to tough opponents. The Freshman team
did very well for themselves, as they "feasted" by
winning all but one bout in their dual.
Photos by Mack Bolen | Left to right
(Darius Henry, Colin Rogers, Michael Woulfe, Sam Brooks)
Happy Thanksgiving to all! And don't forget to follow the
Conant Tournament on Friday and Saturday!
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Let us finally give thanks: OPRF to
St. Patrick returns for the annual matchup; all-alumni event to
| The rock 'em and sock 'em Huskies
are back! We invite you to come to OPRF High School to watch
the first dual meet of the season this Wednesday. You have the
day off on Thursday (we hope!), so come out and be one of our
thousand! After the event is an all-OPRF Family gathering event
at Molly Malone's in Forest Park.
Junior Varsity 1 and 2 are slated to begin at 6:00 pm with the
Varsity and Freshman immediately after. Come out, wear some
orange and blue (if you forget your Norm Parker look-alike outfit,
that is) and relax. Or, well, I suppose watching
wrestling isn't quite relaxing, is it? Ah, it's heavenly,
that's for sure!
Hoffman Estates, IL, will host the Conant Tournament on Friday and
Saturday. Come out to that, too, if it fits you!
Setting the Stage
| Stories of the Season
2011-2012: Huskies Eager to Regain Mountaintop (written by
| During each season, new questions
emerge. With new questions come new answers. With new
answers come more questions still. This season is no
different. There is a lot to be excited about.
Personally, I am excited at following the talent -- yes -- but also
the character. And the growth. Heck, I will have a
unique perspective myself, and I'm sure to grow a great deal.
Let's take a look at some of the initial stories that are worth a
few thoughts here and there.
| The Power of Powell
Mike Powell (career 122-23 record) heads one
of the -- if not the -- best coaching staffs in the state.
I don't want to sound like a broken record (or do I?), but
these coaches are intelligent, relentless workers who love
the kids. I hear rumblings of the potential for
greatness on all levels, including with the talented Little
Huskies. Those coaches ought to be recognized as well.
What is the question here, you ask? Well, simply, how
will these coaches continue to push this wrestling program
to further heights?
Hello, and Nice to Meet You!
Last year, Davonte Mahomes had one of the
greatest freshman seasons in recent OPRF memory. He
led the team in takedowns and was a dangerous force in
every match against every opponent. This year, two
freshman who come ready to make substantial impacts are
Matthew Rundell and Larry Early. Early is in a battle
for "playing time" while Rundell seems to be penciled in at
106. How will these IKWF dynamos dish it out to their
opponents? Matthew Rundell was a champion in IKWF and
Larry Early placed 2nd. Davonte Mahomes took an IKWF
silver two years ago as an 8th grader. Hmmph.
Seasoned to Perfection
Whether you're a second year (ever in
wrestling) starter or a talented individual who's been waiting in
the wings, the veterans will make a lot of noise this year.
Junior Joey Ariola stepped onto Varsity last year qualifier and
finished with a plus .500 record. How far will this Frosh-Soph
runner-up continue to rise? How will Emonte Logan and others
follow Joey's example? Seniors Jamaal Bovell and Marq Brumant
have steadily improved. If they're both on their game, very
definitely watch out. And what about Colin Rogers, who's
seemed to find buzz saws in his first three years. It's his
turn to be a buzz saw, don't you think? Zach Pickering-Gahagan
will bring great summer success with him this fall. Another
with all-country summer success is Jake O'Mara. How scared
will the competition be? Don't blink, people. Others
more like Ty Fleming and Donald Hicks haven't had the Varsity
records they've liked, but they sure have a world of talent.
How will the talents blend together?
| Huskie High-lighting the Way
Inevitably, duals and tournaments
provide heroes. (In all honesty, these young student athletes
are my heroes.) Legends are made for a moment, a day, or a
lifetime. Perhaps it's a wrestler who just won't let
himself get pinned in a dual or a fighter who pulls off a last
second headlock to gain a victory. Wrestlers will step in;
wrestlers will step up. What magic will we see? What
Huskie Heart will we have the great fortune of enjoying?
Whether you're an undefeated wrestler or a winless wrestler, you can
always be a hero.
Those State Qualifiers
| Sweet Taste of Champaign
The Huskies have five returning state
qualifiers in Sam Brooks, Cameron Harris, Darius Henry, Michael
Woulfe, and Johnny Gahagan (a transfer). You can bet these
five want to improve on their 2011 appearance at Assembly Hall.
Much will be done before then, however. Other wrestlers are
gunning for a trip south and for the medal stand. How many
state qualifiers will OPRF have? Nothing will be determined
until much later, but the answer to this question cannot be greater
than 14. But it surely can be 14.
There's Still a Long Road before Iowa
Slammin' Sammy has done so much for
himself and his team throughout the last three years. And he
has one last chance to do both of these things this year. His
career record is 108-19. He'd have to win 58 matches to tie
the OPRF career wins record (166, Ellis Coleman), but a 50 win
season isn't out of the question. You and I both know that
Sam's gunning for that podium pinnacle. There will be some
great stories to watch. Steve Congenie (remember him?) will be
nursing an injury to start the season. If he comes back, will
he and Sammy tangle? And Gage Harrah, another nationally
ranked heavy hitter, may also see action against the Steamroller.
Harrah is from Crystal Lake Central, so this might happen this week
(Conant) or down the road (Dvorak). Then again, some highly
anticipated matchups just don't end up happening. Whatever the
path, this future Iowa Hawkeye is one to watch every step of the
| Silver in the Sights
I'll give credit where credit is due;
Lyons Township was by far the best team in the conference last year.
However, as has been discussed, the Lions likely won't have near the
firepower this year as 2010-2011. The Huskies intend to regain
the conference title as they had done the previous three seasons.
The Varsity duals are filled with drama and intensity. How
will this year's conference grind unfold?
"Blooming" at the End
We all remember the 2008-2009 season.
This year's OPRF group will not be another 2008-2009 squad, nor does
it want to be. It wants to write its own 2011-2012 story.
Without equivocation, the team goal is to push it, relentlessly, as
far as the Orange and Blue Express can go. A preseason #3
ranking might sell a few more seats into the Field House this
Wednesday night, but everyone knows it must all be done on the mat.
A team trophy is within reach, and this talented troupe will make up
a team to be reckoned with.
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| Get Your Fix
In addition to local newspaper
articles, a wonderful free source of information is Illinois Matmen.
are worth your time. Illinois Matmen may also stream live
wrestling of major tournaments (Dvorak, Granite City) throughout the
year. If you want to pay a little for a little more, $35.00
will get you
detailed results/previews of the entire state.
IHSA.tv is also a site to be
familiar with. It will be all aflutter come February.
Don't forget the source:
wrestling. Other sites are
will also show live and archived tournament results of different
events. There's also my "sister" website that follows the
Suburban Conference. Who of you will record and upload? Who of you
will spread the wealth? And who of you will
inform me of
your uploads and finds?
Postseason Assignments, Preseason
| The IHSA recently released their
class 3A, 2A, and 1A regional and sectional assignments. OPRF
will compete in the Leyden Individual Regional against a total of
nine teams: Austin (Chicago), Foreman (Chicago), Taft (Chicago),
Addison Trail, York, Proviso West, Proviso East, Leyden, and OPRF.
The following week, OPRF qualifiers will head to De La Salle
(Chicago) for the Individual Sectional.
View the entire Class 3A postseason assignments here.
Preseason Previews on the Web
| The Chicago Tribune released a
short preview of the wrestling season.
Visit its rankings and wrestlers to watch.
| Starters and Reserves
2011-2012: A Relentless Lineup (written by MP / Coaching Staff)
From the coaches
| Just about every year, the
Huskies are underrated in the preseason. We like it this way. This
year will probably be similar. With only a few household names, the
Huskies plan to make waves the old fashion way, well, "Huskie Style"
anyway. The rankers don't tally off-season matches, lifts,
individual workouts, mat time, etc. These are the areas in which the
Huskies excel with an eye on "closing the gap." After an excellent
spring and summer, and with the fall training coming to an end, the
Huskies are not planning on taking a backseat to anyone.
Regardless of outcomes this season, one thing is for certain, the
Huskies plan to outwork everyone.
Here's a look at the 2011-12 Huskies:
| Matthew Rundell (Jake Bajo, Joe
Incoming IKWF state champion and Fila Cadet
All-American Matthew Rundell looks to make an immediate
impact on the HS level. The sky is the limit with this young
man and we are excited to see what he can do. Sophomores
Jake Bajo and Joe Robles had outstanding off-seasons and
will be solid back-ups. Jake and Joe are as dedicated as
Once Darius Henry gets down to weight, he
will occupy this spot. Darius will be a state and nation
wide force after winning the Fila's and placing third in
Fargo last summer. Darius missed all-state status last year
and it left a bitter taste. Expect this 3rd year wrestler to
come into his own this season.
| Johnny Gahagan - Larry Early - Andrew
This weight is expected to be a
battle between state qualifier Johnny Gahagan (So.), IKWF superstar
Larry Early (Fr.), and senior Andrew Sparks. Each of these young men
have made huge leaps this fall and are looking very good. Whoever
gains the spot will be a force in a very tough group of lower
weights. This is one weight where the Huskies will surprise a lot of
Cam Harris (Ty Fleming, Zach Brinner)
Returning state qualifier and captain
Cam Harris will start here for the Huskies. Cam is only a fourth
year wrestler and will anchor the powerful Huskie lower weights.
Behind Cam is stud Ty Fleming. Ty has varsity experience and put in
a huge off-season. Do not sleep on sophomore Zach Brinner. Zach will
turn many heads in the years to come.
| Donald Hicks - Jake O'Mara (Ben
Expect returning starter Donald Hicks
and national dual all-tournament team member Jake O'Mara to duke it
out for this spot. Both talented, the Huskies have significant depth
at this weight. O'Mara has shown that he is capable of beating the
best guys in the country. Add Ben Sisler to the list and you have a
very tough weight class. Ben is amongst the hardest working young
men in the program and has shown huge growth as he enters just his
second year of wrestling.
Colin Rogers (Sam Koenigsberg, Darion
Colin Rogers looks very good this
fall. After two disappointing injury plagued seasons where he showed
signs of brilliance, this is Colin's year. A healthy Rogers will be
a huge asset for the Huskies. Pushing Colin every step of the way
will be Sam Koenigsberg. Sam brings passion and hard work to the
room everyday and is making huge strides. Junior Darion Young had a
terrific sophomore campaign and will also be a force here.
| Davonte Mahomes
Sophomore Fargo All-American Davonte
Mahomes is the man here. There is no limit for this fierce
competitor. With hard work, expect to see Davonte high on the podium
Zach Pickering-Gahagan was a
sectional qualifier a year ago. Zach had an outstanding off-season
and has made huge gains this fall. This young man brings tremendous
strength and physicality to the middle of the Huskie line-up.
| Michael Woulfe
Captain and returning state qualifier
Michael Woulfe will go unchallenged for this spot. Woulfe is
training like a madman in his quest to make the stand this year.
Expect great things from Michael in the months to come. Side note:
Woulfe was just accepted into the Naval Academy at Annapolis.
Joe Ariola was a member of the team
Illinois National Champions this summer. As a junior, we see this as
Joe's break out year. Joe is extremely gifted, and now well
experienced. This kid is going to be tough.
| Sam Brooks (Luke Pederson)
State champion, 2 x state finalist, 3
x state qualifier, 3 x Fila Cadet National Champion, 6 x Fargo
All-American, Fila Cadet World Bronze Medalist. You may have heard
of him.... Workman Luke Pederson to provide solid back up here.
Jamaal Bovell (Andre Lee)
Jamaal Bovell is set to have a senior
year for the ages. Jamaal has grown tremendously as a young man over
the past year. Combine his current hard work, talent, and recent
emotional growth and you get a guy who is set to win a lot of
matches this year. Expect sophomore stud Andre Lee to push Jamaal
everyday in the room.
| Emonte Logan (Malik Brumant,
Sophomore and second year wrestler
Emonte Logan doesn't act or wrestle like one either. The names Jon
Davis and LaQuan Hightower are being thrown around when describing
Emonte. Don't tell anyone. Expect hard working sophomores Malik
Brumant and Will "Dr. Oz" Osborne to push Emonte for this spot.
Marq Brumant - Jacob Friesen - Dominique Peel
There are three capable seniors here.
Returning starter Marq Brumant has lost his spot and will need a
great preseason to regain it over Jacob Friesen and Dominique Peel.
Jacob and Dominique have shown significant growth in the recent
months. If Marq brings his A game, look out big boys.
One last thing. You heard it here first. This is the
best freshman class since 1985, the last year the Huskies won the
freshman conference. That team grew into the 2nd place 1988 squad.
The future looks bright!
Team Competition Preview
| Silver and 3A Look
2011-2012: What Will the Silver Do for an Encore? (written by BT)
| 2010-2011 demonstrated -- without
equivocation -- the up and down strength of the seven team West
Suburban (Silver) Conference. Each year provides wonder,
excitement, and anticipation. Here is a quick look at each of
the other six conference teams. A look at possible top 3A team
follows below. (Note: the weights listed are from last
Lyons Township Lyons
| Griff Powell - 1st in 2010-2011 with
is the primed rival of the Huskies (not just in wrestling, people),
and their season outlook is mysterious at best. In last year's
York regional, Lyons advanced 7 wrestlers to individual sectionals.
A week later, these same seven wrestlers earned their way to
Individual State. All but one of these wrestlers have now
moved on from the high school ranks. Jaime Jones (189, Sr.) is
the lone returning state qualifier. Who knows where the Lions
will end up in conference play, but most feel they will be the most
vulnerable in years. The other Coach Powell, however, is a
talented Freestyle expert, and he has proven his keep in the
conference. AJ Villarreal (112, So.) will be a young leader
for the Lions. Others, both newcomers and old, will have to
Downers Grove North Trojans
Chris McGrath - 2nd (tie) in 2010-2011 with 4-2
Trojans come off of a proud program victory over a top-tier Hinsdale
Central team from a year ago. In their
quickly-getting-stronger-tradition, the Trojans have not had an
individual state champion in decades. Cullen Cummings (125, Jr.) is the
only returning sectional qualifier. Justin Novatny (285, Sr.)
will also play a role for North. The Trojans graduate some
strong individuals, but there were other young wrestlers last year
who went under the radar. For years, DGN has salivated at the
chance to break into the Silver Top 3. Last year, they did.
Will this year be a repeat performance, or will the Trojans return
to the middle of the pack?
Terry Clarke - 4th (tie) in 2010-2011 with 3-3
began last year ablaze, burning the competition. At the end of
the season, they fell a little off the pace, but they were a
talented squad for sure. This year, a fair amount of that
talent returns. The Duke trio of Brandon Kupczyk (125, Jr.),
Troy Valdez (135, Sr.), and Sergio Lopez (152, Sr.) will lead this
squad. Denzel King (112, Sr.), a sectional qualifier a year
ago, will also contribute. Coach Clarke has had a number of
individuals who have excelled, but he hasn't won a conference title
since 2004. If they get strong contributions from other
starters, they could be in the hunt to make some noise.
Hinsdale Central Red Devils
Jason Hayes - 4th (tie) in 2010-2011 with 3-3
the eyes of the Red Devil faithful, last year was a disappointment.
The team fared very well against other in-state teams, but a .500
record in the Silver conference just didn't cut it -- not in a year
when some saw Hinsdale Central as potential state trophy contenders.
The sugar came at the end of the season when Jack Allen, then
senior, did what nobody had done before: win a state title for the
Devils. Perhaps another title is in store this year when Brian
Allen (215, So.) hopes to improve on his 3rd place state finish.
Central returns 3 other sectional qualifiers: Tom Ward (119, Jr.),
Jimmy Grimm (140, Sr.), and TJ Sally (171, Sr.). Ernest
Battaglia (130, Jr.) has a powerful pedigree and will also be a
strong force. This core is formidable. How high will HC
be ranked in the preseason rankings?
Proviso West Panthers
Randy Spaulding / Carl Foreside - 6th in 2010-2011 with 1-5
Panthers have had some talented wrestlers, but a full, Varsity squad
has been somewhat of a challenge in recent years. Proviso West
dismissed that image in 2010-2011 by competing very well against
non-conference opponents. However, a strong senior class has
now graduated, and it's up to others to step in and step up.
Rodrick Smith's transfer to Glenbard West (see below) really
hurts the Panthers. This leaves Kenard
Washington (145, Jr.) as the lone returning sectional qualifier. Jameer Thurman (152, Jr.) should also make some noise. Proviso
West was a ranked team a year ago (Honorable Mention). It'll
be interesting to see what next comes for those in Panther Country.
Glenbard West Hilltoppers
Nick Posegay - 7th in 2010-2011 with 0-6
West was the 7th ranked squad in the West Suburban (Silver)
Conference one year ago. A rising program in a potential
hotbed of wrestling-ready athletes, the Hilltoppers flexed their
muscles in 2010-2011. Rodrick Smith (119, Sr.), a state
qualifier for Proviso West, joins the Green and White. Zak Hassan (125, Jr.) will
also be trying to
make a repeat trip to Champaign this year. Brendan Gilligan
(285, Sr.) will also be strong. Last year's group made great
strides to see glimpses of the mountaintop. In a conference
this talented, it's difficult to see Glenbard West making
significant noise in the conference this year. That being
said, if they continue the strides from last season, they will have
a lot to remember.
Three of the teams at or near the top on nearly all
private and public lists are Glenbard North, Sandburg, and Minooka.
In 2008-2009, OPRF won its first team title in school history.
In 2009-2010, Minooka won its first team title in its school
history. In 2010-2011, (you guessed it) Glenbard North won its
first team title in school history. Minooka has
asserted itself among the big boys, while Glenbard North has
reasserted itself. And Sandburg is -- well -- Sandburg.
Glenbard North returns three state qualifiers, and
none are seniors. Jon Marmolejo (So.), Johnny Gosinski (Jr.),
and Brian Murphy (Jr.) are the heart of this squad. Add to
that Jered Cortez (So.), a transfer from Marmion, as well as a
strong supporting cast. Sandburg returns two state qualifiers,
Johnny Pellegrino (So.) and Colin Holler (Jr.). They have two
national-type transfers of their own in Sebastian Pique (Jr.) and
Ricky Robertson (Jr.). Minooka returns depth: Jake DeKlerk
(Sr.), Bobby Zabel (Jr.), Leo Ruettiger (Sr.), Jake Residori (Sr.),
and Kalvin Hill (Sr.) all were state qualifiers. Corbett Oughton (Jr.) didn't make to Champaign, but he's as tough as nails.
Other potential teams to watch out for (in no particular order)
are Plainfield Central, Hinsdale Central, Marist, Harlem, and York.
Where would most put OPRF on the favorites list?
Somewhere near the top.
Season Schedule Preview
| Month-by-Month Glance
2011-2012: The Year We Venture West (written by BT)
| The new year's schedule looks very
similar to the one from a year ago. Most of the events are the
same with a few tradeoffs. Here's a month-by-month breakdown
| one dual (1 H)
and one tournament (1 A)
As always (in the last 30+ years anyway), OPRF opens
up against local high school St. Patrick in the OPRF Field House on
the night just before Thanksgiving. As an FYI, an open alumni
event will be held immediately after the dual at Molly Malone's in
Forest Park. Back to the schedule -- the Shamrocks have had
several impressive wrestlers in recent years but their teams haven't
matched up to the Huskies' power. After a day to relax and
stuff our bellies, we head to Conant High School in Hoffman Estates
for a traditional two day post-Thanksgiving tournament. At
this tournament, tough teams have been Glenbard North, Providence,
and Crystal Lake Central, among others.
eight duals (1 H, 7 A) and two tournaments (2 A)
The Huskies kick off their conference schedule on
Dec. 2 as they travel to Downers Grove North. The Trojans have
been growing in talent and respect the last few years, and they
earned a big program win last season over Hinsdale Central.
That Saturday, OPRF travels back to Conant for a quad also with
Addison Trail and Notre Dame. Last year's dual with the Dons
left a bad taste in the Huskies' mouth. The action returns on
Saturday, Dec. 10, at a quad in Naperville at Neuqua Valley High
School. The extra opponents will be West Aurora and Lake Park.
A highly anticipated matchup with Glenbard North won't take place,
as the Panthers visit Florida that weekend for a tournament.
The last dual of the month will take place at home against the
always tough Red Devils of Hinsdale Central. OPRF's late
comeback attempt last year came up just a hair short. The
first holiday tournament will take place in Machesney Park at the
ultra-competitive Dvorak tournament on Dec. 22 and 23. This
event's Huskie lineup will include only a limited number of
wrestlers, due to calendar conflicts. The full lineup is back
in full swing in Granite City the following Thursday and Friday
(Dec. 29 and 30). If you're willing to drive five hours south
to a milder climate for a few days, please make the journey with us.
This powerful tournament blends Illinois and Missouri wrestling and
gives each wrestler lots of matches and opportunities for growth.
ten duals (2 H, 8 A) and one tournament (1 A)
The conference schedule revs up again on Thurs., Jan.
5, at Proviso West High School. On Jan. 7, the Huskies trek
out to Libertyville for a quad also against St. Rita and Wheaton
North. Last year's dual against the Falcons was cancelled
after a late start to the quadrangular. The Lions of Lyons
Township come calling on Jan. 12. They had too much firepower
a year ago to be stopped in the conference and made a trip downstate
before losing to the eventual state champion Glenbard North.
This year's LT lineup will look considerably different. After
this conference clash, OPRF will travel west to Iowa City for the
first time to match up with Marmion (IL-2A), Apple Valley (MN), and
Iowa City West (IA). This will be a big-time event. This
quad will replace the Dundee-Crown quad of recent years. Back
in Illinois, the Huskies make their way to Glenbard West on Jan. 20
before hosting "The Toughest Little Tournament in the State" in the
famed Field House that Saturday. OPRF concludes the conference
slate by locking horns with the York Dukes, also at home.
potential for four duals (1 H, 3 A) and three tournaments (3 A)
February is the month of legends. As is
customary in Illinois, the month kicks off with a one day Regional
tournament. The top three wrestlers advance to the two day
Individual Sectional a week later. The team with the most
tournament points will head to Dual Team Sectionals. Prior to
the Dual Team Sectionals is a three day Individual State tournament
in Champaign, IL. This tournament takes place on Feb. 16-18.
While the Regional and Individual Sectional sites have yet to be
assigned, OPRF will host a Class 3A Dual Team Sectional on Tue.,
Feb. 21. The victors on Tuesday head to Bloomington, IL, to
combat for a team trophy (semifinalists) and title.
It is not a stretch to say that this Huskies squad may take that two
hour bus ride along I-55 on Feb. 25. Time will undoubtedly
tell. Stay very tuned in to the action.
Hungry, hungry Huskies: Setting the
table to devour competition
Our fearsome force only a fortnight away · 10/26/2011
A few reminders as the season prepares to get
underway on November 7:
Parents of fine young
The season is coming.
We start November 7th. The preseason has been a huge success. We
should see results from our work in Vegas this weekend! A couple of
meeting will be Wed. Nov. 2nd at 7 am in the monogram room.
All studs, a.k.a.
"wrestlers", need to have their physicals and registration in
before Friday, Nov. 4th.
If your stud (see
above) was in a fall sport, all his equipment must be turned in
or paid for before they will let you register for another sport.
Thanks. We are
looking forward to a special year.
the famed and dynamic Little Huskies Wrestling Club is soon to be
underway. Registration is this week, Tues. and Thurs. (Oct. 25
and 27), from 7-8 pm in the OPRF Monogram Room. New wrestlers
will need a copy of their birth certificate.
Whether you're "big" or
"little", the pursuit is always relentless.
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