IL Athletes of the Week (Week of February 17, 2020)


Wrestling State Qualifiers

Congratulations to Daniel Tapusoa of the East Bears and Judah Christophersen and Louis Moten II of Lincoln Prep as they qualified for the State Wrestling Tournament with their performance at Districts on February 15. All three qualifiers are sophomores. Christophersen (195) and Moten II (220) return to State for their second trip, while Tapusoa (152) became the first wrestler ever to qualify from East High School after upsetting the #1 District seed in the semi-finals, pinning his opponent with just 36 seconds left in the match. Tapusoa finished as the Class 3 District 4 silver medalist in the 152-pound weight class.

Christophersen, who last year lost in the Blood Round at the State Tournament, just missing out on earning a medal, will look to improve upon his performance. Moten II earned a 5th place finish at State in 2019, going 4-2 in the tournament. The 2020 State Tournament takes place Feb. 20-22 in Columbia. (Photos by Kevin Bair)