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The three individual state wrestling titles won by the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City contingent on Saturday are rare for a Tribune Area school, but it has been done before. Most recently, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg put three on the Class A podium’s top step in 2009 in successive weight classes: seniors Kevin Steinhaus (160, 47-0) and Mitch Hagen (171, 46-0) and junior Joel Bauman (189, 42-2), who also helped KMS win the team title that year.

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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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