The Oak Park and River Forest High School girls wrestling team placed second at the IHSA Andrew Sectional on Feb. 12 with 140.5 points. 

“It was a really tough tournament,” OPRF coach Fred Arkin said. “It was as competitive as any boys sectional I’ve ever seen. I’m proud of all of the girls. Everyone came ready to compete and battled.”

The Huskies had two individuals win their weight classes. Junior Keydy Peralta won at 145 pounds and improved her season record to 15-2, while sophomore Trinity White remained unbeaten in 20 matches en route to winning the 170-pound title.

“Trinity is a real competitor,” Arkin said. “She likes to get physical and gets after it. She kept her focus and composure today and was able to win. Keydy is rock-solid. She got two pins and took care of business. It was like another day at the office for her.”

OPRF had four other individuals to advance to the state tournament — senior Bentley Hills (19-7) at 100 pounds; senior Bella Tyma (18-8) at 135; junior Sarah Ephstein (13-2) at 235; and senior Tiffany White (26-2), who took her first two losses of the season at 190 pounds.

“She was off her game today; I’m not sure if she was 100 percent,” said Arkin of Tiffany White. “But the important thing is that she qualified. … Tiffany is a great competitor and she’ll be ready to go for the state tournament. These losses will definitely fuel her.”

The Huskies have plenty of time to prepare as the first-ever IHSA state finals for girls, which will occur Feb. 25-26 at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington. 

“The only expectation I have is that we go down there and do our best,” Arkin said. “If we do that, things will work out.”

Three Friars wrestlers advance to state 

Fenwick High School’s wrestling team advanced three individuals to the IHSA Class 2A individual state championships after placing in the top four at the Deerfield Sectional on Feb. 12.

Senior Martin Paris (19-12) placed fourth at 160 pounds, while his brother, senior Conor Paris (27-6) also was fourth at 182, losing narrowly in the third-place match to Grayslake Central’s Matty Jens. Fenwick senior Jimmy Liston (32-4) placed second at 285, falling in the finals 7-4 to Andy Burburijia of Crystal Lake South.

The individual state finals take place Feb. 18-19 at the State Farm Center on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus.

Trinity bowlers 11th at sectionals

The Trinity High School bowling team placed 11th at the IHSA Sectional at Hinsdale South on Feb.12 with 4,108 pins. 

Senior Cyanne Alvarez was the Blazers’ top bowler, knocking down 958 pins and finishing 42nd among individuals, followed by senior Isabella Saviozzi in 45th with 952 and senior Giana Gallo 55th with 872.

Freshman Olivia Cameron of Fenwick finished 24th individually with 1,066 pins, and senior Lorelei Kotwasinski (806) was 64th.

Oak Park and River Forest High School freshman Gracie Maidlow placed 53rd with 905 pins, and junior Audrey Maidlow was 61st (823).

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