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Days Gone By: Middle Border Wrestling Champs 1974

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)1 / 2
Cheering the Wildcat wrestlers this season were, from left, front row: Mary Aldus, Lois Halverson, Sharon Delander; second row, Jeannie Benedict, Pam Pechacek, Sandy Joy and Ellen Sylla. (1974 River Falls Journal file photo)2 / 2

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. Ellsworth, undefeated and the favorite going into the meet, was close behind with 118; Hudson came in third with 106; and New Richmond fourth with 101 ½ points.