BRISTOL, Tenn. - Rylee Billings, a former standout wrestler at West Wilkes High School, has received national rankings in the 2020-21 NCAA Division II preseason polls.
Billings, a junior at King University, starts the season ranked 14th at 125 pounds by the both FloWrestling and OpenMat.
Last year, Billings amassed a 22-10 record with four pins, leading the Tornado in wins. He finished third in his weight class at the NCAA Super Region II Championships, earning a spot in the Division II championships that were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As a freshman at King, Billings had an overall record of 18-11 and finished fifth at the regional championships.
At West Wilkes, Billings was a two-time 2A state champion and compiled an overall record of 190-16, which includes an unblemished 51-0 mark in his senior campaign of 2017-18, after which he was named most outstanding wrestler of the 2A state finals for the second straight season. He was 43-2 as a junior state champion.
The son of Wendy Vannoy, Billings is majoring in security and intelligence at King, which is a member of the South Atlantic Conference Carolinas.
A teammate of Billings, Cade Ridley, also made the preseason rankings, at 285 pounds.