Kasson-Mantorville’s Bennett Berge Named 2022 Mr. MN Wrestler

The Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association annually presents the Mr. Minnesota High School Wrestler award to the senior that best exemplifies the highest ideals of high school wrestling in Minnesota. Judging is based on past performances, citizenship, academics, leadership, and adherence to MSHSL rules. This year the committee is proud to recognize Kasson-Mantorville’s five-time state champion, Bennett Berge.

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History made! Kasson-Mantorville’s Bennett Berge wins fifth state title

The senior is one of just seven wrestlers in the state of Minnesota to capture five individual state titles.

ST. PAUL — Bennett Berge etched his name into the record books on Saturday.

With another dominating performance, the Kasson-Mantorville High School senior became just the seventh wrestler in the state of Minnesota to capture five individual state titles, winning by technical fall in the Class AA 195-pound championship against Simley’s Soren Herzog on Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center.

For Berge, it’s hard for him to fathom.

“As an eighth-grader, I just wanted one,” Berge said. “Five years later, I have five.” Continue reading at postbulletin.com →

‘I’m small-town, not a city kid:’ K-M’s Bennett Berge goes with family ties, commits to South Dakota State

Bennett Berge, the youngest of three brothers who have had standout careers at Kasson-Mantorville, has made a verbal commitment to wrestle at South Dakota State University. He’ll join older brother Brady, an assistant coach for the Jackrabbits, there in the fall of 2022.

The youngest brother from a family synonymous with Kasson-Mantorville wrestling has made his decision.

It was, at least in part, made with family in mind.

KoMets senior Bennett Berge announced today that he will do his college wrestling at Division I South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D. Continue reading at postbulletin.com →

The Guillotine – January 14, 2021

The January 14, 2021 issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Content in this issue includes: Mind Over Matter - Reid Ballantyne | The Benefits of Change – Garrison Solliday | Family Ties – Bennett Berge | Lace ‘Em Up - Watching Wrestling | Camps-Clinics-Training | MWCA Report - Positively Impacting Young People | High School Rankings | Officially Speaking - MSHSL Covid Rules | Too Good To Be True? - SAO | Performance Nutrition - Staying Focused Amidst Challenges | Mini-Wins Lead To Major Growth - Matt Everson and Saint Thomas Academy | Ask The Doc - Control The Risk | Where Have They Gone? - Tyler Tubbs.

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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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