The Sequoit Wrestlers Continue Their Undefeated Season 15-0

Antioch hosted their annual Pack the Place.


Kyle Miller

Danny McPherson Shaking opponents hand

The Antioch varsity wrestlers hosted one of the biggest events of their sports season. On Friday January 10, they filled the north gym for an all-out meet. Pack the Place saw an amazing turnout, seeing numerous supporters from past alumni, students, teachers and the community in Antioch. 

The stands were completely packed. There was the wrestler’s very own student section; just for one small dual meet against conference opponent Grayslake North. This is a special night for each individual involved in the program, in particular, seniors Danny McPherson and Daniel Bemis, and returning head coach Wilbur Borrero.

“Pack the Place was the most fun I’ve had during my wrestling career,” Bemis said. “The stands being full of friends and family made the night. The excitement in the gym made the 66-4 win even better.”

This meet is also a reflection of the growth of this team since last season to this season. Even with losing key parts of the team this year, the Sequoits continue to dominate through the season. The wrestlers currently rank no. 4 in the state of Illinois for their respective 2A division. Making the dreams and aspirations of the wrestlers a possible reality coming in the near future, leaving the wrestlers and Borrero continuing to work hard and learn nearing the close of the season.

“I want everyone to accomplish their goals and bring back a team state trophy,” Borrero said. “This senior group has worked very hard in the last four years and deserves it.”

With this elite group of seniors, McPherson, Niall Schoenfelder, Elijah Reyes, and Alex Barbarise, they will be leading the team to their successes. The wrestling team could have a very special year ahead of them.

“I feel like I’ve never been more united as a team in my four years of high school until now,” McPherson said. “Our team knows all of our weaknesses and strengths so we’re constantly working to get better.”

The team is closer than ever creating a good environment to train in and ensures that each wrestler’s hard work and dedication are carried throughout the team. This 2019-2020 season could be remembered in the Sequoit’s history as one of the best wrestling teams this town has ever seen.