By Marty Farmer
In the very competitive Larkin Sectional of the Class 3A state series, the Oak Park and River Forest High School wrestling team advanced nine wrestlers to the IHSA individual state tournament at the State Farm Center in Champaign (Feb. 15-17).
As expected, the Huskies fared particularly well in the lower weight classes, with titles from sophomore Jake Rundell (106 pounds), sophomore Josh Ogunsanya (113) and junior Eddie Bolivar (132). Sophomore Nico Bolivar (26-7) earned second at 120.
Rundell (38-2) maintained his dominant ways with two pins and a tech fall to claim his sectional title. In the final, Rundell pinned Jamier Castleberry at 3:04 of the match. Ogunsanya claimed the 113-pound championship with an 11-5 decision over Mark Guerrero from St. Charles East. Eddie Bolivar (37-7) cruised to a 16-1 tech fall victory against Maine West's Arslana Afsar.
In the middleweights, senior Eddie Ordonez (145) and sophomore Joe Chapman (152) also finished first. Senior Jack Fischer (27-8) came in third at 160. Chapman (37-8) won a 6-5 decision against Glenbard East wrestler Cole Martin (40-9) in a compelling final.
Other OPRF state qualifiers included junior Daemyen Middlebrooks (3rd at 170) and senior Elijah Osit (2nd at 195). Middlebrooks has won 35 matches this season, while Osit owns a 24-3 record heading into state.
As a freshman last year, Fenwick wrestler Jacob Kaminski compiled a 22-2 record at 195 pounds, highlighted by regional and sectional titles and a fourth-place finish at 195 pounds in the IHSA Class 2A individual state tournament. Kaminski was undefeated until the state semifinal, where he lost to eventual champion Jacob Warner of Washington.
Kaminski returns to the State Farm Center in Champaign this weekend to compete in the state tourney again as one of three state qualifiers (along with Matt Zuber and Liam Mahon) for the Friars. Among the three grapplers, Kaminski has the best chance of bringing home a state title as one of the best 195-pounders in the state.
Kaminski (27-2) earned his berth in the state tournament with an impressive performance at the Grayslake Central Sectional of the 2A state series on Saturday.
In the 195-pound quarterfinals, Kaminski defeated Faheem Mannan from Vernon Hills by pin at 2:56 of the match. He beat Woodstock's Aidan Jacobs by a 9-3 tech fall in the semifinals. He capped off his perfect run through the weight class with an 8-2 decision over Liam O'Donnell of Crystal Lake.
At 285, Mahon (23-9) finished third, truly earning his way to state. After losing in the quarterfinals to Notre Dame's Gabe Fitzpatrick, Mahon won four straight matches (all by pin) en route to third place. Mahon pinned Wake Caldero from Grayslake North at 1:58.
Zuber went 3-2 to place fourth at 132, as the Friars' third state qualifier. After winning three straight matches, Zuber lost in the third-place match to Crystal Lake Central's Caden Ernd via a pin at 2:15.
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