Wrestling: Ramos wins Class AA's 182-pound state championship with overtime takedown

Perham's Brian Ramos won the Class AA state championship at 182-pounds on Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center.

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Perham's Brain Ramos, right, defeats St. Peters' Kole Guth in the opening round of the 182-pound Class AA state championship tournament on Mar. 4, 2022. Ramos won the state championship on Saturday with an 8-6 decision win over New Prague's Joey Novak.
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ST. PAUL – Perham senior Brian Ramos went into the Class A state individual wrestling championships as one of the favorites in the 182-pound weight class and walked out with a blue ribbon carrying a gold medal around his neck.

Ramos beat New Prague’s Jay Novak on Saturday night in an 8-6 decision. Ramos trailed 2-1 after the first period before scoring a reversal and a takedown in the second to take a 5-4 lead. Novak notched a reversal 13 seconds into the third period before Ramos’ escape evened the match.

It took 31 seconds of overtime for Ramos to score a takedown. It was a move that won him a Class A state championship in his final high school wrestling match.

Ramos cruised to the finals with a 10-3 decision win over Kasson-Mantoville’s Kail Wynia. In the quarterfinals, he pinned Minneapolis Patrick Henry’s Syrron White in 1:41. Ramos’ opening-round victory was a 27-12 technical fall win over St. Peters’ Kole Guth. Ramos finished his season with a record of 49-1.

At 120-pounds, Rock Ridge’s Asher Hedbloom pinned Perham sophomore Chandler Mickelson in 3:12 to advance to the winner’s bracket. Mickelson did not get a wrestle-back opportunity.


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Perham's Blake Lorentz, right, wresles in the opening round of the Class AA state individual wrestling tournament on Mar. 4, 2022 in the 152-pound weight class against Becker's Mason Doucette.
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Blake Lorentz fell in a pair of decision matches in the 152-pound weight class. Becker’s Mason Doucette sent Lorentz to the consolation bracket with a 5-0 decision win. Lorentz got a wrestle-back opportunity but fell to Aitkin’s Carson Kullheim in an ultimate tiebreaker. Lorentz and Kullheim needed two extra sessions before an escape gave the Aitkin senior a 5-4 win.

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Perham's Hudson Hackel competes in the opening-round of the 195-pound weight class at the state Class AA individual tournament on Mar. 4, 2022 against New Prague's Evan Anderson.
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Sophomore Hudson Hackel ran into New Prague juggernaut Evan Anderson in the opening round of the 195-pound division. Anderson pinned Hackel in 1:23.

New York Mills

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New York Mills' Dane Niemi wrestles against Jacob Blair of Minnewaska on Mar. 4, 2022 at the Class A state individual wrestling tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in the 152-pound division.
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New York Mills junior Simon Snyder fell to Crosby-Ironton’s John Paul Fitzpatrick in an 8-4 decision in the opening round of the Class A 145-pound wrestling tournament. In the 152-pound division, senior Dane Niemi fell to Minnewaska Area’s Jacob Blair in an 8-7 decision. Neither Snyder nor Niemi earned wrestle-back chances.

In the 182-pound weight class, senior Bren Salo fell in the final minutes of his first-round matchup to Red Rock Central’s Vander Mathiowetz. Senior Sawyer Wedde was pinned by Minneota’s Jackson Esping in his opening-round match.

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New York Mills' Simon Snyder, right, wrestles against Crosby-Ironton's John Paul Fitzpatrick in the opening round of the Class A 145-pound state champioships on Mar. 4, 2022 at the Xcel Energy Center.
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Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
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