OPRF senior Jason Renteria won his second straight state championship with a 16-10 win over Lockport senior Abdullah Assaf to lead five OPRF all-staters Saturday among 10 qualifiers at the IHSA individual state tournament. (File photo)

When Oak Park and River Forest senior and defending individual state wrestling champion Jason Renteria needs additional motivation, it’s only a replay away.

Renteria lost in the state final as a freshman and sophomore.

“I watch both matches and it just brings those feelings back,” Renteria said. “It brings the hunger back when I’m in the practice room or even going with (my teammates), and I push myself to the brink.”

After this Class 3A state tournament at the University of Illinois, nobody could deny Renteria’s hunger for the 132-pound title.

He devoured the competition.

Renteria captured another championship 16-10 over Lockport senior Abdullah Assaf (27-3) to lead five OPRF all-staters Saturday among 10 qualifiers.

Junior Tony Madrigal (37-3 at 126) was second for the second straight year with a one-point defeat, this time 1-0 to Montini junior Real Woods (36-2) on a third-period escape.

Senior Drew Matticks (32-8 at 170) was third in his individual state debut. Seniors Jaime Hernandez (17-3 at 138) and Brian Holloway (32-10 at 160) were fifth with Hernandez gaining his third all-state medal.

Renteria is the first OPRF first wrestler to reach the championship match all four years.

“It’s like one of those moments where I felt just blessed and so grateful to be able to achieve that type of goal,” Renteria said.

Renteria has progressed from 106, 113 and 120, winning his 120 state final 8-3 after beating the fifth-place Abdulla 16-4 in the quarterfinals. Renteria became OPRF’s fifth multiple state champion after winning his initial four matches with two pins and two technical falls.

Combined with regionals and sectionals, Renteria had three pins and five technical falls in nine postseason victories.

“(I’ll remember) jumping and both coaches (head coach Paul Collins and assistant Jameel Carter) said I just dominated,” said Renteria, who only lost to out-of-state opponents.

“(Winning) felt the same way as last year. The past two years I was (ranked) No. 1. I knew I had a target on my back if I don’t work hard. It’s harder to hit a moving target. The harder I work, the smaller the target gets.”

In his final, Madrigal entered the third period scoreless and allowed Woods an early escape. Madrigal nearly had a two-point takedown but went out of bounds.

“It was pretty hard not to pull out that last win, but it’s a learning experience and I’ve just got to keep moving on,” Madrigal said. “I’ve just got more motivation now. My (senior) year, I want to finish it off with the state championship.”

Madrigal lost last year’s 126 final 8-7 to Glenbard North senior Austin Gomez, who became a three-time state champion Saturday.

Woods was second at 113 in 2016. Madrigal beat Woods 8-4 at the Walsh Ironman Dec. 10 in Ohio.

“Nothing has changed. I just didn’t get the takedown,” Madrigal said. “I’ll say this one (loss) was a little more frustrating than last year.”

Matticks improved significantly from being one 2016 sectional victory from state. He entered state ranked No. 7 by IllinoisMatmen.com.

“I feel like that motivated me a little bit to wrestle my best and make a name for myself,” Matticks said. “I’m definitely excited about what I accomplished. After I won my second match, I knew my (all-state) goal had been accomplished. After that, everything was gravy on top.”

Matticks lost 9-4 in the semifinals to Lyons Township senior and runner-up Johnny Mologousis (45-1). Matticks beat his higher-rated final two opponents 5-4.

“I think one of the biggest things this year was belief in my training,” Matticks said. “I really felt like to this point I’d done everything right, and I think that definitely showed at the state tournament.”

Hernandez, second at 138 in 2016 and fourth at 132 in 2015, lost to the second- and fourth-place finishers 7-5 and 8-6, respectively. Holloway lost to the respective third and fourth-place finishers 9-5 and 9-7.

Senior P.J. Ogunsanya (33-7 at 113) was 2-2, sophomore Eddie Bolivar (20-9 at 120) was 1-2 and seniors Tariq Thurman (21-11 at 182) and Christopher Middlebrooks (25-4 at 220) and freshman Nico Bolivar (27-6 at 106) were 0-1.

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