Knox wrestler top of the heap in preseason poll

Excerpt from the Peoria Journal Star:

Knox College wrestler Jaran Rutledge is the top-ranked heavyweight in NCAA Division III in the National Wrestling Coaches Association preseason poll.

Rutledge last season became Knox’s first wrestling all-American when he placed third in the Division III national tournament. He posted a 36-5 record.

A senior from Carmel High School in Mundelein, Rutledge’s national tournament appearance was the first by a Knox wrestler in 27 years. In 1980, Tom MacMillan reached nationals for the second year in a row.