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Pictured are individual weight champions, front row, from left, 98-pound Doug Branigan, River Falls; 105-Dwayne Harer, New Richmond; 112-Brian Henne, Hudson; 119-Nat Pope, River Falls; 126-Ron Johnson, River Falls and 132-Randy Rademacher, Baldwin. Second row: 138-Rick Langer, Ellsworth; 145-Bruce Webster, Ellsworth; 155-Don Boumeister, Hudson; 167-Gary Benson, Prescott; 185-Mike Foley, Ellsworth, and heavyweight, Steve Florer, River Falls (1974 River Falls Journal file photo)

Days Gone By: Middle Border Wrestling Champs 1974

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Since wrestling became a Middle Border competitive sport in 1961, Ellsworth won the title eight times and New Richmond five times, while the rest of the conference was on the outside looking in. This year (1974) the Wildcats cracked the domination by those two schools with 122 ½ points, and came home with the top trophy following day long action at Mondovi Saturday which had well over 200 local fans braving snow and icy roads to travel in support of the Wildcat matmen.

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