2006-07: Full time starter at 141 ... Finished the season ranked at No. 12 ... Qualified for his third NCAA Championships by placing sixth at the Big Ten Championships ... Went 2-2 at NCAAs ... Dominated #15 Kyle Ruschell with a 12-2 major decision, which added points to the Illini's 21-16 victory over Wisconsin ... Upset No. 13 Alex Krom, 5-2, to help the Illni to a 26-10 victory over Maryland ... Went 2-2 at the Midlands Championships ... Claimed the UNI Open title ... Placed second at the Missouri Open.
2005-2006: Defeated Michael Keefe (Tenn-Chatt.) at the NCAA Tournament but a medical forfeit prevented him from continuing ... Earned wild card for his second NCAA appearance, finishing eighth at Big Ten Championships ... Went 3-3 in conference action.
2004-05: Earned All-America honors, defeating third-ranked Josh Churella of Michigan, 6-5 in overtime of the seventh-place match at the NCAA Tournament ... Helped the Illini claim a Big Ten Championship by placing third in his first conference tournament appearance ... Qualified for his first NCAA Tournament ... Was 6-2 in conference competition ... Recorded six upset wins on the season, including three at Nationals with victories over No. 10 Ricky LaForge of Hofstra, No. 9 Frank Edgar of Clarion and Churella ... Upset No. 11 Alex Tsirtsis, 4-3, to help the Illini to a 25-7 victory over Iowa ... Placed seventh at the Midlands tournament ... Placed fourth at the UNI Open ... Went 2-2 at the Missouri Open ... Named the 2005 Most Improved Wrestler.
2003-04: Finished the season 12-6 ... Defeated Jon Ott of Northwestern in a dual, 8-2 ... Pinned Dan Dodge to help the Illini defeat Drexel at the N.C. State Duals ... Competed in his first Midlands where he went 3-2 ... Placed third at the UNI Open ... Went 2-2 at the Missouri Open at 133 pounds.
2002-03: Redshirt season ... Went 2-3 at Missouri Open, placing sixth in the freshman/sophomore division.
HIGH SCHOOL: Illinois State champion 2002 ... Earned four varsity letters in wrestling ... Two-time state qualifier ... Catholic League conference champion ... Placed second in team state wrestling championships.
PERSONAL: Full given name is Cassio Quinton Pero ... Born March 8, 1984 ... Son of Leonard and Paula Pero ... Two brothers wrestled and sister played soccer for Mother McCauley and the University of Wisconsin... Brother, Jason, wrestled for the Illini ... Majoring in sport management with a business concentration...Currently interning with the University of Illinois Sports Information Department...Expected graduation coming May 2007.
PERO'S CAREER STATS
Year W L F Big Ten NCAA 2003-04 12 6 0 --- --- 2004-05 30 15 2 3rd 7th 2004-05 14 11 1 8th DNP 2006-07 24 10 4 6th DNP Total 80 42 7