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Beau Wood pins Simon Rother of Johnson County Central in the second period of the first round of state wrestling.

Brooke Robertson | Johnson Publications

Emilio Perez holds down Dalton Rasmussen of Boone Central/Newman Grove, pinning him moments later to win the heartbreak round and place sixth at state wrestling.

Wood’s perfect record yields gold, Perez sixth at state

Perkins County wrestlers returned home with a state champion and sixth place medal winner from the NSAA Wrestling Championships Feb. 14-16 in Omaha. 

Senior Beau Wood received the gold in the Class C 195-pound division, ending his season 21-0. 

In the first round, Wood pinned 11-9 Simon Rother of Johnson County Central in 3:36. He pinned 26-24 Joey Otero of Norfolk Catholic in 3:36 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, he faced 45-12 Colton Duda of Broken Bow, who he pinned in 1:19.

Expecting to face defending champion and undefeated Ryder Fuchs of Pierce in the championship, 41-3 Haydn Deinert of Malcolm won in sudden victory - 1.

Wood faced Deinert in the championship and kept the lead throughout to win 6-2.

This was Wood’s fourth state meet and third state medal, winning the Class D bronze medal his sophomore and junior years. 

Senior Emilio Perez claimed the Class C 285 sixth-place medal, ending his season 25-6. 

In the first round, Perez pinned 27-16 Gustavo Duarte of Arlington in 5:02. 

In quarterfinals, Perez lost to 30-15 Jake Ingwersen of David City by just one point, 4-5. He won the next two consolation matches by fall, pinning 41-10 Tyler Ohrman of Sutton in 3:36 and 31-15 Dalton Rasmussen of Boone Central/Newman Grove in 2:50 to put him in the medals. 

In the consolation semifinals that would determine whether Perez would wrestle for third or fifth, he faced 46-7 Drew Drake of Broken Bow, who he fell to at districts. The match came down to the final seconds, but Perez was defeated 2-4.

In the fifth-place match, Perez lost by fall to 30-15 Jake Ingwersen of David City in 4:06 to finish his wrestling career with a sixth-place medal. 

This was Perez’ third trip to state and first state medal.

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