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You could probably just download them as HTML files as planned, then use the command-line utility html2text. http://stackoverflow.com/questions/30015809/html2text-convert-special-characters
wget may not be the proper tool. Lynx can download the files and convert them to plain text at the same time, but would do that by redirecting its output to a file. Because it has no -output option, that makes it a little awkward to use in a script, since you would have to assign output names. But supposing that you had a directory full of .html files, ...
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