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Wrestling: OPRF dominates at Hinsdale Central Rex Whitlatch

<p>Chris Garcia of Montini (lefy) ties up Larry Early of Oak Park) en route to a 3-1 victory in the 145-pouns championship of the Rex Whitlatch Invitational. | Steve Johnston/For Sun-Times Media</p>

Chris Garcia of Montini (lefy) ties up Larry Early of Oak Park) en route to a 3-1 victory in the 145-pouns championship of the Rex Whitlatch Invitational. | Steve Johnston/For Sun-Times Media

OPRF wrestling dominated its competition in the 48th annual Rex Whitlatch Invitational on Saturday. Read more from Ken Ryan on High School Cube News.

Impressing Oak Park-River Forest coach Mike Powell this season isn’t easy.

The same goes for Hinsdale Central senior wrestler Brian Allen. OPRF dominated the competition en route to capturing the 48th annual Rex Whitlatch Invitational Saturday in Hinsdale. The Huskies had five individual champions and four runner-up performances.

“In the final round I thought we left a little on the mat,” said Powell, whose team is ranked No. 1 in the state and is also among the top squads in the country. “We could’ve wrestled harder. I don’t really feel satisfied. It’s a great honor to win this tournament, which is a great tournament, so I don’t mean to belittle that at all, but I’m frustrated right now because I know what we have.”

OPRF (320 ½ points) finished ahead of Montini (237), Sandburg (198 ½) and Mount Carmel (183 ½) in the loaded 24-team field. Hinsdale Central (112 ½) finished sixth, Hinsdale South (108 ½) took seventh and New Trier was led by junior Alex McKenna (14-2), who won the 126-pound title.

[Read the full story on High School Cube News.]

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