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Kevin Steinhaus, top, won the Big Ten Championship at 184 pounds Sunday.

Steinhaus wins Big 10 title


Minnesota Gopher Kevin Steinhaus, a redshirt sophomore from Pennock and KMS High School, won his first Big-10 title Sunday after finishing as runnerup last year.


Steinhaus is ranked No. 6 in the nation at 184 pounds and will be competing with 8 other Gophers at the NCAA Championships March 15-17 in St. Louis.

Steinhaus shaded No. 7-ranked Josh Ihnen, a junior from Nebraska, 3-1 with a takedown in overtime. He went 4-0 in the meet and finished undefeated against Big 10 competition to earn first-team All-Big 10 honors.

The Gophers finished second to defending Big 10 champ Penn State.

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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