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Willmar notebook: Pro wrestlin’ for the family

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Tony Denucci spent his early years in South Philadelphia but the stout Italian teenager would graduate from Rosemount High School in Twin Cities where he was on the Irish football and track teams.

He got a college business degree but his passion for weightlifting launched an offer from the legendary Vern Gagne to join his American Wrestling Association. He began his pro wrestling career in 1988.

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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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