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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton From left, Klinton Van Heuveln, Pennock; Trevor Mahlum, Murdock; and Tyrell Martin, West St. Paul, are three of the four Warriors' with NJCAA national tournament experience. Shane Fesenmaier, Sauk Rapids, also returns but missed photo day on Monday due to an appointment.

College Wrestling: Thanksgiving is food for thought

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WILLMAR -- Sure as the turkey crossed the road, college wrestlers watch their weight over the Thanksgiving break.

Cracked a Ridgewater wrestler on Monday in the college mat room: "Right. I watch it go up."


Wrestlers burn calories like a blast furnace. But to be competitive, the less spare tissue the better. Bone, sinew, muscle -- good ... Fat -- bad.

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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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