BLOOMINGTON -- The Geneseo and Mercer County wrestling teams advanced to the state championship matches at the dual-team state tournament on Saturday.
Geneseo advanced to the Class 2A finals against top-ranked Lombard Montini after a 58-13 win over Antioch in the semifinals. Earlier in the day, the Maple Leafs topped Bloomington, 38-33, in the quarterfinals.
Mercer County will face top-ranked Dakota in the Class 1A championship. In the semifinals, the Golden Eagles earned a 57-14 win over Litchfield.
Both programs are wrestling in their first-ever championship duals. The last Illinois Quad-Cities team to reach the finals since Alleman in 2005. Moline is the last local team to win a state championship, capturing the 1996 Class AA crown.
The championship duals start at 6 p.m.
Both the Geneseo and Mercer County wrestling teams will earn state hardware today.
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