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Willmar Cardinals celebrate pin by heavyweight Cass Herzog to conclude the championship match.

Willmar, Minn. Cardinals thump Wayzata in section final


MOUND -- All season, Willmar has outmuscled, or at least outwrestled, foes at the lower weights to grasp large leads.

At best, the upper weights were a stalemate. Some nights, opponents caught and passed the Cardinals down the stretch.

This time, when it counted most, the big boys saved the day.

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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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