2001-2002: Qualified for first career NCAA appearance after finishing sixth at his first Big Ten Championships ... Went 0-2 at NCAAs ... Earned a No. 5 seed at Big Ten Championships ? Went 5-3 in Big Ten duals ? Finished the dual season with 20-9 overall record with one fall, setting a career high in wins ... Placed first at Northern Iowa Open ... Came in second place at Missouri Open ... Ranked 13th in preseason at 149 pounds ... Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors ? Earned third Varsity ?I? award.
2000-2001: Was 8-5 with one fall at 157 pounds ? Participated in dual against Missouri, winning 17-4 ? Finished second at Missouri Open ? Placed eighth at the Las Vegas Open ? Earned his second Varsity ?I? Award.
1999-2000: Earned first varsity letter in a backup role at 149 pounds ? Compiled a 10-6 record with one fall including a 3-1 dual mark with wins over Marquette, Southern Illinois and Air Force ? Placed third at the St. Louis Open.
1998-99: Redshirt season ? Compiled a 9-4 record wrestling unattached at 149 pounds ? Went undefeated in the freshmen/sophomore division at the St. Louis Open with a 5-0 record ? Placed fourth at the Miami Open with a 3-2 record.
HIGH SCHOOL: 1998 Junior Greco-Roman National Champion, defeating Pat Cadwallader, 8-7 in overtime, in the championship match ? Won the 1998 135-pound IHSA state title and the 1997 IHSA 125-pound title ? Finished third in the state in 1995 and 1996 ? Helped Mahomet-Seymour finish third in the state in 1997 ? Career high school record of 163-15 ? Recorded 40 technical falls ? Had 553 takedowns in his high school career ? Four-time first-team all-state ? 1998 academic all-state wrestler.
PERSONAL: Born Aug. 15, 1980 ? Majoring in biology ? Son of Steve and Merry Berger ? National Honor Society member and Spanish Honor Society member ? Received high honors every year in school.
BERGER CAREER STATS
Year W L F Big Ten NCAA 1999-00 10 6 1 --- --- 2000-01 8 5 1 --- --- 2001-02 21 14 1 6th DNP Total 39 25 3