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Prep wrestling: Willmar to send 8 to state individuals


MOUND  — Following their repeat team victory in Section 6AAA wrestling, the Willmar Cardinals added frosting to the cake by qualifying eight for the individual state tournament which begins Friday in St. Paul.

Willmar had two champions: Austin Miley (29-3) at 132 pounds and Cass Herzog (33-0) at 285-pounds.

Sending eight Cardinals to the tournament is a school record, breaking the mark of seven set last year, Willmar head coach Ed Oehlers said.

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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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