Family Ties – Bennett Berge

By Brian Jerzak

Not many wrestlers have the built-in coaching staff of Kasson-Mantorville's Bennett Berge. As a youth, Berge would go to wrestling tournaments and, on a given day, could have a future two-time state champion or a future four-time state champion in his corner. Even with Berge's built-in support, the now senior still had to put in the time and effort. Berge has held up his end of the bargain – winning three straight state titles. He will be going for his fourth straight this season.

Berge and his brothers are second-generation wrestlers.

"My dad wrestled in high school," Berge said. "I think he was a state placer his senior year. Then, my brothers, Brock, was a two-time state champ, and Brady was a four-timer, so wrestling was in my family."

Bennett started wrestling early, but not by the Berge family standards.

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