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KMS junior Zach Carlson on the way to winning the third-place medal at 160 pounds Class A.

KMS’s Carlson, ACGC’s Whitcomb take bronze


ST. PAUL – Zach Carlson of the KMS Fighting Saints and Maverick Whitcomb of the ACGC Falcons each won third-place matches Saturday evening on the second day of the Class A Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Xcel Energy Center.


Carlson (46-1), a junior who sustained his only loss of the season in the semifinals, decisioned Luke Norland (45-5) of Jackson County Central 11-4.

Whitcomb (46-4), a senior who lost a 3-1 match in the quarters then shredded three straight foes to reach the third-place match, shut out Tim Krueger of River Valley, Springfield, 14-0.

In other medal matches, Colten Specht of Quad County (RCW, MACCRAY, YME), placed sixth at 120-pounds AA to earn the second-year tri-pair’s first State medal. Logan Knoshal, at 138 AA , of United and Devin Meagher of Paynesville at 152 A also placed sixth as did United heavyweight Jake Lehman, losing 4-2 in the fourth  overtime period. United is a composition of Dawson-Boyd, Lac qui Parle Valley and Montevideo.

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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