For the second time in three years, and for the third time since it reinstated its wrestling program, Leo High School will send a wrestler to the state tournament.
Senior Jordan Anderson’s third-place finish at 152 pounds in the IHSA Class 1-A sectional at Bowen High School earned him a trip to Champaign, where the state meet will be held at State Farm Center on the University of Illinois campus on Friday-Saturday, Feb. 21-22.
Anderson follows James Foy, state runner-up at 135 pounds in 2018, and James Britten, fifth-place finisher among the heavyweights in 2014, as a state qualifier.
The regional champion at 152 pounds, Anderson defeated Jeremiah Kirby of Reed-Custer in the sectional quarterfinals. He came up short against eventual champion Curtis Green of Westmont in the semifinals, and was awarded a third-place finish when Jaylen Goree of Phoenix Academy was injured and unable to compete in the third-place match after falling to runner-up Oliver Wilson of Hope Academy in the other semifinal.
Anderson, the son of Leo PE teacher and three-sport coach Mike Anderson ’90, is an honor-roll student and a member of the National Honor Society. He started at safety for the Lions football team and is an outfielder on the baseball team.