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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Willmar sophomore Colten Carlson, who is ranked No. 1 in Class AAA at 160 pounds, mounts an offense against St. Cloud Tech’s Tucker Brown before scoring a second-period pin to lift his record to 10-0 on Thursday in Willmar.

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WILLMAR — The Willmar Cardinals continued to verify their No. 9 ranking in Class AAA on Thursday.

The Cards’ 50-18 win over St. Cloud Tech  pumped their record up to 2-0 in Central Lakes Conference matches and 6-0 overall.

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Austin Miley (9-0), Colten Carlson (10-0) and Travis Deegan (10-0) are each undefeated. Clay Carlson, Vaughn Johnson, and Leon Richards each have eight wins against a single loss after last night.

Miley ranked No. 7 at 138, Colten Carlson is No. 1 at 160 and Johnson No. 8 at 182.

Willmar won its own invite and finished runner-up to Hutchinson at the Cass Lake tournament.

The Tigers (2-2, 6-2) listed seven eighth- and ninth-graders in their lineup at Willmar but instead forfeited at three weights where they had youngsters.

Clay Carlson, an eighth-grader, edged Tech eighth-grader Graham Nistler 2-1 maintaining control through the third period.

Richards ended the night with a pin at heavy for Willmar.

“We’ve been sharper,” said Willmar coach Ed Oehlers, “but we’re training hard and looking forward to the second half of the season.”

The Cardinals are at the Buffalo duals on Saturday.

Willmar 50, SC Tech 18

106:Clay Carlson, W, dec Graham Nistler 2-1

113:Austin Brenner, T, pin Juan Resendez 4:56

120: Luke Dorn T, dec Jon Linden 3-2

126: Logan Walkow,W, tech fall Tucker Brower 21-6

132: Zach Lueders, W, forfeit

138: Austin Miley, W, dec Henry Nistler 8-3

145: Estevan Navarro, W, forfeit

152: Travis Deegan, W, forfeit

160: Colten Carlson, W, pin Cole Schreder 3:29

170: Kory Welgraven, W, dec Tyler Hugg 7-5

182: Vaughn Johnson,W, forfeit

195: Justin Kilanowski, T, pin Darius O’Neill 1:10

220: Noah Voigt, T, dec Matt Hennes 7-0

285: Leon Richards, W, pin James Prince 3:59

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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. 

(320) 214-4334
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