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Willmar's Austin Miley works on a single-leg takedown in the 132-pound match with Centennial on Thursday in St. Paul. Miley ended up pinning Austin Miller at 5:02. It was the Cardinal junior’s 100th career victory and raised his season record to 38-4. Willmar went on to win the match on a tiebreaker after the teams tied 31-all.

Prep wrestling: Spuds stop Willmar’s run at trophy

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ST. PAUL — The upstart Willmar Cardinals fell to another up-and-coming program in the Class AAA consolation championship early Thursday evening at the Xcel Energy Center.


The Moorhead Spuds, making their first appearance on the State Tournament stage since 1981 dominated the match from 160-pounds on to sideswipe the Cardinals’ trophy hopes 36-22.

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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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