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.
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