Posted Online: Nov. 13, 2012, 6:36 pm

Mercer County, Rock Island earn preseason wrestling rankings

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The Mercer County and Rock Island wrestling teams both enter this season with a state ranking. Illinois Best Weekly released its preseason rankings on Tuesday and placed Mercer County and Rocky in its top 25.

The Golden Eagles sit second in Class 1A behind Lena-Winslow. A year ago, Mercer County finished third in the state dual series, securing the program's first-ever state trophy. Rocky is 14th in the Class 2A rankings after ending last season with a school-record 20 dual victories and repeat Western Big 6 Conference and regional championships.

Both teams open their season on Nov. 29. For complete rankings, see Page D2.