The OPRF wrestling team won the West Suburban (Silver) Conference title outright with a 37-20 victory over Lyons Township last week.

Unbeaten in the conference and with LT and Hinsdale Central both having one loss, the Huskies went into the match knowing that they would finish with at least a share of the title, but that didn’t suffice.

“They wanted it all to themselves,” said OPRF wrestling coach Mike Powell of his team that grappled to nine division titles.

Kendall Hutchinson won the 103-pound weight division with a 14-7 decision. Ethan Moes won at 119 with a pin in the second period. Other division champs included Lillashawn Coleman (125), Colin Weir (160), Nick Zager (171), Ben Brooks (189), Matt Monson (215) and Krys Watkins (heavyweight).

Ellis Coleman, who is ranked No. 1 at 130 pounds and holds a stellar record of 31-1 on the season, also won by pin in the second period. According to Powell, Ellis will drop down to 125 to wrestle in the postseason.

“We are pretty sure he can win at 130, but he wants to wrestle the best in the country,” said Powell. Ellis could face Glenbard North’s Tony Ramos, the defending state champ.

On Jan. 20, OPRF finished runner-up at its own invite. The Huskies finished with five champions, while all 13 grapplers placed.

The Huskies (18-2, 6-0) are set to compete in the Leyden Regional this Saturday at 9 a.m.

OPRF skates to Metro West title

The OPRF Hockey Club won a share of the Metro West League title by pummeling Lincoln-Way East 5-1 on Sunday.

The Huskies (28-13-3), who were likely to receive the No. 1 seed headed into the playoffs next week, scored two goals in the first period. Stephan Weik found the net at 5:11 and Jonah Rice scored on a power play at the 3:50 mark. The Griffins answered with a goal at 1:48 in the first to close the score to 2-1. The second period went scoreless as both goalies made spectacular saves.

The Huskies went back to work in the third. Phillip O’Connor scored at 10:35, Joseph Herner at 8:43 and a power play goal with 9 seconds remaining by Rice put the team up 5-1.

Tyler Houston faced 22 shots and stopped 21 to preserve the win.

On Saturday, the Huskies tied Hinsdale South 2-2. Dean Rogers and Mike Slovak scored for the Huskies, who edged Hinsdale Central 2-1 on Friday.

The Huskies face cross-town rival Fenwick in an exhibition game on Friday night at Ridgeland Common (8 p.m.) as both teams prepare for the playoffs. Fenwick is currently ranked No. 8 in the state, while OPRF is ranked No. 15.

Friars enter rough
waters at New Trier

The Fenwick swim team fell to defending state champ New Trier 137-46 on Saturday.

The Friars finished second in the medley relay with Chris Wendt, Brian Barron, Dan Barron and Matt Napleton timing out at 1:43.01. Napleton also finished second in the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.11 seconds.

Dan Barron secured points for his team by placing third in the butterfly with a time of 56.14 seconds, as did Brian Barron in the breaststroke (1:05.98).

The Friars host the Metro Catholic Aquatics Conference Meet this Friday and Saturday.

A press release contributed to this report.

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Brad Spencer

Brad Spencer has been covering sports in and around Oak Park for more than a decade, which means the young athletes he once covered in high school are now out of college and at home living with their parents...