The 2019/20 wrestling season is almost upon us. If you are interested in joining the premier wrestling club in Northern Illinois, please go to our registration page and following our step by step instructions.


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Please remember there is no open mat today due to the school being closed. We will resume on Wednesday.

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2019/20 Lakeland Predators Registration » Lakeland Predators Wrestling Club

Registration is open! Please visit the site and follow steps 1-3. Complete it by October 31st to save some money. Also, the singlet store closes on October 20th. Order now so that you have your gear by the first tournament!


Registration information for the 2018-2019 season. Please answer all questions as complete as possible. This information is important contact information needed by the club. This information will not be shared with anyone and is only visible to the Board of Directors. Medical information may be shar...

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Here is another girls camp with the ladies from the Hawkeye Wrestling Club!

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Values Learned in Youth Wrestling

Great article on the skills and values that can be learned through wrestling. With kids, it’s not always the wins and losses. Life lessons!


Talk to any ex-wrestler, and they can likely rattle off a list of their most impressive wrestling accomplishments. Those who are more modest aren’t also afraid to reference their failures. Because in wrestling, many people succeed, while many others fail.

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Photos from Lakeland Predators Wrestling Club of Antioch Illinois's post

As we get ready for Friday Night Lights and a good weekend full of football, please share this with your friends. The top football players are very often the top wrestlers. There’s a post going around that the LA Rams whole offensive line were high school state placing wrestlers! Roddy White of the Falcons was a state champion wrestler! It’s not just the big guys. Wrestling will improve your skills on the field! SPREAD THE WORD!!!

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Timeline Photos

A great group of hungry kids came out to our first night of pre-season open mats tonight! As a bonus, we even got to break in the brand new mats at Antioch High School. We hope to have even more next week! #hardworkpaysoff

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Open mats begin Wednesday October 2nd and will continue every Monday and Wednesday thru October from 6-7:30 pm at Antioch High School. These are for experienced wrestlers and will include some drilling, live wrestling, and conditioning. Please make sure your wrestler is registered and paid for to take advantage of these open mats. All wrestler must have a USA Wrestling card to participate (unless you are an ACHS student) Proof of current USA card must be provided.

If you plan on participating in these practices, please comment below your wrestlers name, age, and weight so we can try to match up partners.

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Parents, new this year. We will be opening the room two nights a week through October. Monday and Wednesday from 6-7:30 pm we will be having open mats/pre season wrestling. These will be better suited to wrestlers with experience as we will be going right into wrestling based on what has been taught in the past in our room. It will be a faster pace and help those who are preparing for preseason tournaments.

In order to take advantage you must have a USA Wrestling card. No exceptions.

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Parents, please read these words by Jordan Burroughs. He may go down as the best wrestler of this current generation and one of the most decorated wrestlers of all time. Even the best have bad days or finish a tournament lower than they expected to finish. He picks himself up, ties his shoes back up, and gets back to work chasing his goals. Our young wrestlers need us to be there to help pick them up and refocus them. Let go of whats done and point them back in the direction of their goals!! It takes a community, or better yet, it takes a family to develop these young champions!

This sport is unforgiving. There’s an especially small margin of error at the highest level of athletics. The difference between gold and bronze is razor thin. I’m talking 1.3 seconds thin.

Over the last couple of days, I’ve countlessly replayed the last few seconds of my World Championships Semifinal, and obsessed over how any series of different movements on my behalf could have changed the outcome.

It’s maddening.

But the most difficult part is when you finally settle back into reality and come to the sobering realization that there is absolutely nothing you can do about it.

Yet I don’t consider this weekend a failure. What it truly is, is another stinging opportunity for growth.

There’s tragedy and beauty in just missing out on a goal.

The tragedy is that you’ve failed to accomplish something you set out to do.

The beauty is that what you’ve missed out on may have never been intended for you.

So I get back up, dust myself off once again and keep trying. Because that’s what winners do.

Falling short of my goals in dramatic fashion two years in a row is difficult and confusing. But it’s also been revealing. I’m learning more about who I am, and getting closer to who I’m destined to become.

I’m not done. I’ll get better. I’ll be back. My goals are still intact. It’s just going to take a little longer than planned to get to them.

What many may perceive as the end of an era, is only the beginning of a new chapter — one yet to be written.

I guess third in the word ain’t so bad. Because no matter where I stand on the podium, I’ll always operate with pride and dignity.

No victory can define me, and no defeat can defile me. I am who I am when I enter the arena, and I remain that same man when I exit. Champ or not.

So even with a bronze, I hold my head high, because seeing gold is a mentality, not just a place on the podium. Stay gold my friends.


📸 Tony C Rotundo

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The Lakeland Predators Wrestling Club was founded in 1978 in an effort to give as many local grade school aged kids as possible the opportunity to wrestle. Based at Antioch Community High School, we are convenient to families in the Chain of Lakes region in northern Illinois and southeastern Wisconsin. We strive to be flexible, low maintenance and affordable. With a focus on sportsmanship- we teach kids to wrestle, work hard, and have fun while providing competitive opportunities for both inexperienced and experienced wrestlers. We are members of the Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation and our club members are carded by USA Wrestling.