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Willmar's Travis Deegan wrestles St. Michael-Albertville's Talon Juusola in the 145-pound match in the quarterfinals of the Class AAA state team wrestling meet at the Xcel Center in St. Paul. Deegan won with a 5-3 decision.

Updated: Willmar warms up at state wrestling with loss to No. 1 STMA Knights


ST. PAUL - The Willmar Cardinals (14-10) got the feel this morning of the best of the State Tournament arena in the opening round losing top seeded St. Michael-Albertville (31-1)



The No. 1-ranked team in Class AAA won 12 of 14 matches.

Travis Deegan at 145 won a 5-3 decision and Colten Carlson at 152 pounds via a pin picked up the points for Willmar

The Cardinals will now meet Centennial of Circle Pines in the consolation semifinals at 11 a.m. at the Xcel Center in St. Paul.

- Rand Middleton

These result posted Minnesota State High School League have been updated correctly by West Central Tribune staff.

106 Mitchell McKee (STMA) def Jacob Bollig (Willmar) --- Fall: 

113 Aaron Dick (STMA) def Juan Resendez (WIllmar) --- 13-4

120 Tommy Thorn (STMA) def Zach Lueders (Willmar) --- Technical Fall: 15-0

126 Colten Schoen (STMA) def Nate Miltag (Willmar) --- Decision: 8-7

132 Mark Voss (STMA) def Austin Miley (Willmar) --- Decision: 9-3

138 Cole Sladek (STMA) def Eli Gunderson (Willmar) --- Technical Fall: 23-3

145 Travis Deegan (Willmar) def Talon Juusola (STMA) --- Decision: 5-3

152 Colten Carlson (Willmar) def Mitchell Herland (STMA) --- Fall: 530

160 Thor Holstad (STMA) def Vaughn Johnson (Willmar) --- Decision: 8-5

170 Jordan Joseph (STMA) def Kory Welgraven (Willmar) --- Fall: 1:59

182 Owen Gammell (STMA) def Darius O'Neill (Willmar) --- Fall: 1:06

195 Jake Briggs (STMA) def Jalen Cabrera (Willmar) --- Fall: 3:39

220 Randy Anderson (STMA) def Matt Hennes (Willmar) --- Decision: 4-2

285 Michael Kessler (STMA) def Leon Richards (Willmar) --- Decision: 6-0

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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