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2011

Paul Cudd, Jr.

Paul (Pauly) Cudd Jr. graduated from River Falls High School in 1971 and UWRF in 1999. Pauly was a champion on the gridiron and on the wrestling mat, earning fourteen letters during high school and college in these sports.

Pauly played football for the Wildcats throughout high school. In 1969, his junior year, River Falls won the Middle Border Conference Championship in a stunning win over the #1 ranked Durand powerhouse. Also in 1969, Pauly was an all-conference linebacker making the 2nd team All Northwest.  As co-captain his senior year, he made 1st team all-conference offense, 2nd team all-conference defense, 1st team All Northwest, and was awarded the Berger-Kolberg award for leadership.  In his senior year Pauly served as Class President.

Pauly first became involved in wrestling during his freshman year. He placed at regionals and sectionals his sophomore and junior years and was a 185# state entrant in '69-70. After mending from a broken leg incurred during a football game his senior year, the team placed third at state, and Pauly brought the first individual state wrestling championship title to River Falls. This feat would be repeated by his son Joe in 1997 and 1998, making them one of three father-son state wrestling champions in Wisconsin history at that time. 
Athletic success followed Pauly into the collegiate arena.  He continued his athletic career with the UW-RF Falcons, lettering four years in football, and being named twice to All-Conference and twice Offensive Player of the Year along with the Best Blocker designation.  In addition Pauly lettered three times in wrestling.  He was a conference runner-up as a freshman, conference champ in 1973, a three time national qualifier, and a member of the conference championship team in 1971-1972. For his athletic accomplishments at UWRF, Pauly was inducted into the UWRF Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.

The end of his participation in sports, Pauly took a new role of organizer, coach, and commentator.  Pauly was instrumental in starting the River Falls Youth Wrestling Club in 1977, an organization still active today.  He also served as the assistant wrestling coach at RFHS from 1987-90 and began serving as a commentator for high school wrestling events on local cable in 1991.

Pauly has been a volunteer firefighter for the River Falls Fire Department since 1981, and was named the 1996 Fireman of the Year.  He also ran the Corner Youth Center from 1989-2000.

Pauly lives in River Falls with his wife, Debbie, his high school sweetheart.  They have three children and six grandchildren. He spends his time in property management for the family business and recently opened his own glassblowing studio.

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