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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Willmar’s Vaughn Johnson, ranked No. 6 at 170 pounds, will wrestle for the No. 5-seed Cardinals at 170 or 182 against No. 4-seed Hastings in the Minnesota Class AAA state tournament today at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Willmar notebook: Xcel will roar today

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Three area teams are in the spotlight today at the oval at the Xcel Center in St. Paul. Willmar in Class AAA and Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City in Class A are two of 16 squads on eight mats for the 9 a.m. start. The roars are near constant from the multiple fans sections.


In 2013, l6,700 attended the first day, divided into two sessions.

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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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