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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

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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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