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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton New London-Spicer senior Jakob Stageberg (38-0) pries loose of Cannon Falls junior Paul Fitterer (41-1) 24 seconds into the third period for the only point of the 113-pound championship match Saturday.

Prep wrestling: Gold, perfection for Wildcats’ Stageberg

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ST. PAUL — Paul Fitterer of Cannon Falls and Jakob Stageberg of New London-Spicer were ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, by the Guillotine and were the lone unbeatens in the 16-wrestler 113-pound bracket in the Class AA championship.

How fitting that they should meet in the championship on Mat 3 before a huge crowd Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

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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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