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Willmar's Nathanial Swoyer reacts after winning the state title Saturday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. (Tribune photo by Rand Middleton)

Braaten, Steffel, Swoyer capture state mat titles

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ST. PAUL -- Three area wrestlers, each a senior, won championships Saturday night at the Xcel Energy Center. It was the first title for each.


Jacob Braaten of Minnewaska Area won the Class A 112-pound title, Alex Steffel of BOLD was the 152-pound Class A champion, and Willmar's Nathanial Swoyer earned the title in the Class AAA 189-pound weight class.

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Rand Middleton

Covers Willmar and area high schools and Ridgewater College, plus amateur baseball, stock car racing and fitness events in summer. Writes weekly column since 1980. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 

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