Peoria Christian hooper, Illini Bluffs wrestler and more: Who was athlete of the week?

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Illini Bluffs wrestler Hunter Robbins was voted as the Journal Star athlete of the week.

Robbins earned 53 percent of the 49,892 votes, beating out Midwest Central/Delavan girls basketball player Cora DeSutter (23 percent) and Peoria Christian boys basketball player Wes Hunt (13 percent). The full results are below.

Robbins, a 106-pounder, was 19-2 and claimed the title on Saturday at the 58th annual Lyle King Princeton Invitational Tournament. Robbins earned a bye to the quarterfinals where he posted a 16-0 tech fall over Dixon's Ayden Rowley. The sophomore then claimed a 4-0 decision against Dylan Eimer of Olympia, before beating Alex Powell of Litchfield in the finals, 6-0.The poll closed at noon Friday.

Information about the nominees is below. The voting for next player of the week begins again Tuesday at pjstar.com. If you have a nominee for the honor, email us at sports@pjstar.com or tag us on Twitter @pjstarsports.

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Isaac Mapson, Washington boys basketball

Mapson started a 3-0 week for the Panthers with a big game in last Tuesday's 67-62 nonconference home win over Bloomington. His game-high 27 points on 10-for-17 shooting along with eight rebounds and three steals helped hold off a second-half rally. Following Friday's 10-point win over Mid-Illini Conference host Canton, Mapson went for 15 points as the Panthers (10-5) edged Champaign Centennial, 47-45 at the St. Joseph-Ogden Shootout.

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Wes Hunt, Peoria Christian boys basketball

Hunt had a pair of big games last week in leading Class 1A sixth-ranked Peoria Christian. In Wednesday's 56-44 win over visiting Lewistown, the 6-foot-8 senior wing went for 17 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. Hunt then capped the week with 27 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks as PCS (12-2) survived in overtime, 56-55, over Maroa-Forsyth at the Clinton Shootout.

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Denali Craig-Edwards, Peoria High girls basketball

Craig-Edwards, who is a AOW from Nov. 15-20, gets the nod after nearly recording a rare-quadruple double on Saturday. She scored 15 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, recorded 10 steals and dished out six assists in a 83-23 win over Danville. The Class 3A third-ranked Lions (13-3) head to Richwoods on Tuesday before hosting No. 2-ranked Morton on Saturday.

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Cora DeSutter, Midwest Central/Delavan girls basketball

DeSutter ended last week in a big way for Midwest Central/Delavan (11-8). The 5-foot-10 junior forward hit a game-winning, buzzer-beating 3-pointer on the run from just inside half court to beat Illini Bluffs, 56-55, in overtime. She finished with 21 points, 14 rebounds, five assists and four steals in Thursday's road game. Her week began on Monday with a double-double (24 points, 12 rebounds) in a win over Peoria Heights. DeSutter also went for 17 points, six rebounds and four assists in a 76-40 loss to Class 1A No. 1 Brimfield on Wednesday.

Kainan Buley, Pekin/Tremont co-op boys swimming and diving

The junior was a two-event winner from last Thursday's triangular home meet as Pekin (266) beat Normal U-High (157) and Wethersfield (20). He took home first in the 200 freestyle, edging out U-High's Mathew Meyer — 1:54.47 to 1:54.49. Buley also swam anchor with Isaiah Porritt, Tyler Buck and Lucas Glesne as the 200 freestyle relay won in 1:36.70. Buley added a second-place in the 500-yard freestyle (5:16:04) and a runner-up in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:48.46).

Adam Duvall is a Journal Star sports reporter. Email him at aduvall@pjstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamDuvall.

This article originally appeared on Journal Star: Results for the Peoria Journal Star athlete of the week poll for Jan. 3-8

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