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Wadena's Mark Niemala gained a split decision despite being on the bottom at this point in his three-round cage fight Jan. 19 with Brainerd's Mike Larson. Niemala, who improved his amateur record to 3-0, also earned "Fight of the Night" honors. Photo by Zach Kayser, Pioneer Journal

Five Wadena fighters claim MMA victories

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Five of six Wadena Mixed Martial Arts fighters claimed victories Jan. 19 in the Cage Fighting Extreme 43 contest at the Wadena National Guard Armory.

A standing-room-only crowd was on hand for the contest's seven fights.

Winger's Casey Lucken, who will soon be joining the Wadena team, according to Wadena Coach Joe Jasicki, won by knockout over Joel Wales of St. Cloud. Lucken also won "Knockout of the Night" honors.

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