Kasson-Mantorville’s Bennett Berge makes it five state titles

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Kasson-Mantorville’s Bennett Berge scored nine takedowns and a near fall to defeat Simley’s Soren Herzog by technical fall Saturday in the wrestling state championships at Xcel Energy Center and win his fifth Class 2A title, this one at 195 pounds.

He even used a new move.

For one of his takedowns, Berge used the Winn Dixie, a move in which a wrestler uses one leg to hold down their opponent. “I’ve never done that in my life,” he said. “I mean, I’ve done it in practice but never once in a match. I couldn’t hold back my smile after that.”

Berge, who will wrestle at South Dakota State next season, won his first title, at 138, in 2018. He has since won championships at 160, 170, and 182. Continue reading at mnwrestlinghub.com →