Mantorville’s Bennett Berge to Wrestle for U20 World Title

Berge will wrestle for a U20 World Title on Wednesday.
Athlete of the Week - Bennett Berge, Kasson-Mantorville Wrestling
Athlete of the Week - Bennett Berge, Kasson-Mantorville Wrestling(KTTC)
Published: Aug. 16, 2022 at 4:02 PM CDT
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(KTTC) – Mantorville’s Bennett Berge will wrestle for a U20 World Title.

The future South Dakota State Jackrabbit has been on a tour-de-force through the 86kg bracket at the World Championships in Bulgaria. Berge won his first three matches by a combined score of 32-2. In his semifinal match up, Berge overcame a five point deficit to defeat Turkey’s Ismail Kucuksolak 9-7. That victory earned him an appearance in the U20 86kg World Championship match.

Berge is no stranger to success on the mat. This past spring, Berge became just the seventh wrestler in history to win five MSHSL state titles. He also picked up 241 wins in his high school career, while going 124-1 in his last three seasons at Kasson-Mantorville. After his semifinal match, Berge said he found a key to dominating on the international stage.

“These foreigners, they can’t wrestle six minutes. I think I’ve been told that 100 times on this trip,” Berge said. “I think I wrestled well. I have no clue who I’ve got [in the championship]. I know the France kid is pretty dang good, but [I plan] to get him tired again. That’s the best plan against these guys.”

Berge will wrestle Rakhim Magamadov of France on Wednesday for the world title. Magamadov is a 2022 European junior champion, as well as a 2021 Junior World silver medalist.

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