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Pack a punch

The Sequoits’ wrestling team packs up a victory at the annual “pack the place” event.
Donald Barnett

The Sequoits’ wrestling program hosts one of the most anticipated events of the winter season to spotlight some of the best wrestlers in the state, literally, as a single spotlight hangs from the ceiling providing the only light in the gym. The stands are packed and the competition is high-level. During this year’s “pack the place,” the Antioch Sequoits hosted and overwhelmed the Wauconda Bulldogs in a hard-fought meet with a final score of 31 to 22.

The meet began a little shaky for the Sequoits, losing two out of the first three matches, but they quickly regained their lead with two pins before the front seven were finished. The first pin of the day went to senior Seth Gomez, who had a grueling first two rounds but was able to overpower the opposing 185-pounder in the third and final round. 

“The turnout was better and the gym almost felt electric,” Gomez said. “I was really excited to perform and show off what I’ve been working on all year. Especially after my pin, the crowd felt like it erupted.”

At the midway point of the competition, alumni of the Antioch wrestling program were invited to the center stage and were congratulated and thanked for their participation over the years. The alumna that received the most applause was Antioch Community High School math teacher Ryan Hlinak, as he was a successful high school and college wrestler and has left an impact on students at ACHS.

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It was pretty cool to be honored at halftime,” Hlinak said. “The best part was seeing some of the old wrestlers come back and being able to catch up with them. Some of those people I hadn’t seen since they left high school so it was great seeing them again.”

As the second half of the meet began, Antioch once again had a slow start but ramped up quickly, winning three matches in a row to ensure a victory. The middle man of this streak was senior Anthony Streib, the 138-pound wrestler for the Sequoits who has repeatedly made noise at state.

My match went well, I went out and did what I needed to do and kept it simple but made sure to entertain the crowd a little,” Streib said. “I’d say the highlight was definitely when I took the kid off his feet and into the air.”

On Jan. 26, come and encourage your Sequoit wrestlers at home against the Round Lake Panthers as they continue to build their momentum into the postseason.

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Joey Neumann
Joey Neumann, Sports Digital Director
Joey Neumann is a senior and has been on staff for three years. He plays football, basketball and competes in track and field for the school. In his free time, Neumann enjoys watching movies and shows, hanging out with friends and weight lifting.
Donald Barnett
Donald Barnett, Tom Tom Staff
Donald Barnett is a senior and this is his first year on staff. In his free time, Barnett likes to sleep and listen to music. He is on the Antioch golf team and has been on varsity for 4 years.
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