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Updated: Willmar warms up at state wrestling with loss to No. 1 STMA Knights

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.

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

The Cardinals will now meet Centennial of Circle Pines in the consolation semifinals at 11 a.m. at the Xcel Center in St. Paul.

- Rand Middleton

These result posted Minnesota State High School League have been updated correctly by West Central Tribune staff.

106 Mitchell McKee (STMA) def Jacob Bollig (Willmar) --- Fall: 

113 Aaron Dick (STMA) def Juan Resendez (WIllmar) --- 13-4

120 Tommy Thorn (STMA) def Zach Lueders (Willmar) --- Technical Fall: 15-0

126 Colten Schoen (STMA) def Nate Miltag (Willmar) --- Decision: 8-7

132 Mark Voss (STMA) def Austin Miley (Willmar) --- Decision: 9-3

138 Cole Sladek (STMA) def Eli Gunderson (Willmar) --- Technical Fall: 23-3

145 Travis Deegan (Willmar) def Talon Juusola (STMA) --- Decision: 5-3

152 Colten Carlson (Willmar) def Mitchell Herland (STMA) --- Fall: 530

160 Thor Holstad (STMA) def Vaughn Johnson (Willmar) --- Decision: 8-5

170 Jordan Joseph (STMA) def Kory Welgraven (Willmar) --- Fall: 1:59

182 Owen Gammell (STMA) def Darius O'Neill (Willmar) --- Fall: 1:06

195 Jake Briggs (STMA) def Jalen Cabrera (Willmar) --- Fall: 3:39

220 Randy Anderson (STMA) def Matt Hennes (Willmar) --- Decision: 4-2

285 Michael Kessler (STMA) def Leon Richards (Willmar) --- Decision: 6-0

Rand Middleton
Tribune photographer/videographer. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime news/sports beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 
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