Tyler

Berger

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Weight: 157
Year: Senior
Hometown: Prineville, Ore.
High School: Crook County
Major: Psychology

Bio

Honors & Awards

  • Two-Time NCAA All-American (5th, 157, 2017; 3rd, 157, 2018)
  • Three-Time NCAA Championships Qualifier (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Nebraska Most Outstanding Wrestler (2017-18)
  • Nebraska Most Improved Wrestler (2016-17)
  • NWCA All-Academic Team (2017, 2018)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Spring 2015; Fall 2015, 2016)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017, 2018)

2017-18 (Junior)
NCAA Championships – 3rd (6-1) – 157 pounds

  • First Round: Defeated Joe Velliquette (Penn) by decision, 9-3
  • Second Round: Defeated #9 Archie Colgan (Wyoming) by tiebreaker-1, 2-1
  • Quarterfinals: Lost to #1 Hayden Hidlay (NC State) by decision, 3-2
  • Cons. Fourth Round: Defeated Paul Fox (Stanford) by decision, 6-3
  • Cons. Quarterfinals: Defeated #13 Luke Zilverberg (South Dakota State) by decision, 6-0
  • Cons. Semifinals: Defeated Micah Jordan (Ohio State) by sudden victory-1, 4-2
  • Third-Place Match: Defeated #6 Michael Kemerer (Iowa) by injury default, 1:36

Big Ten Championships – 4th (4-2) – 157 pounds

  • First Round: Defeated Shayne Oster (Northwestern) by decision, 8-3
  • Quarterfinals: Lost to #6 Micah Jordan (Ohio State) by decision, 4-3
  • Cons. Second Round: Defeated Justin Alexander (Maryland) by decision, 7-2
  • Cons. Quarterfinals: Defeated #18 John Van Brill (Rutgers) by decision, 5-1
  • Cons. Semifinals: Defeated #1 Jason Nolf (Penn State) by medical forfeit
  • Third-Place Match: Lost to #19 Andrew Crone (Wisconsin) by decision, 6-2

Regular Season – 157 pounds

  • 28-9 record overall (9-4 in duals)
  • Bonus Points: two pins and four major decisions
  • Went 7-0 in overtime matches
  • Won Daktronics Open with a 4-0 record (Nov. 5)
  • Placed fourth at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Dec. 1-2)
  • Scored 15.5 team points at the NCAA Championships
  • Had 13 wins against ranked or seeded opponents, while eight of his nine losses were to ranked or seeded opponents
  • Prior to the season, placed second at 70 kg the USA Wrestling U23 World Team Trials

2016-17 (Sophomore)
NCAA Championships – 5th (4-2) – 157 pounds

  • First Round: Defeated Ryan Mosley (Gardner-Webb) by decision, 9-2
  • Second Round: Defeated Kyle Langenderfer (Illinois) by decision, 11-7
  • Quarterfinals: Defeated #5 Joseph Smith (Oklahoma State) by sudden victory-1, 3-1
  • Semifinals: Lost to #1 Jason Nolf (Penn State) by major decision, 13-5
  • Cons. Semifinals: Lost to #2 Michael Kemerer (Iowa) by major decision, 10-1
  • Fifth-Place Match: Defeated #7 Dylan Palacio (Cornell) by decision, 6-3

Big Ten Championships – 3rd (5-1) – 157 pounds

  • First Round: Defeated Ben Sullivan (Northwestern) by technical fall, 16-1
  • Quarterfinals: Lost to #10 Brian Murphy (Michigan) by sudden victory-1, 3-1
  • Cons. Second Round: Defeated Justin Alexander (Maryland) by major decision, 10-1
  • Cons. Quarterfinals: Defeated #19 John Van Brill (Rutgers) by decision, 6-0
  • Cons. Semifinals: Defeated #9 Jake Short (Minnesota) by major decision, 13-2
  • Third-Place Match: Defeated #10 Brian Murphy (Michigan) by decision, 5-2

Regular Season – 157 pounds

  • 36-6 record overall (14-2 in duals)
  • Bonus Points: three pins, seven technical falls and five major decisions
  • Won Daktronics Open title (Nov. 6)
  • Won Harold Nichols Cyclone Open title (Nov. 13)
  • Finished second at the Midlands Championships (Dec. 29-30)
  • Scored 10 team points at the NCAA Championships
  • Led all Husker starters in wins (36)
  • Five of his six losses on the season were to the top-two NCAA seeds (#1 Jason Nolf and #2 Michael Kemerer)

2015-16 (Redshirt Freshman)
NCAA Championships - Round of 12 (3-2) - 157 pounds

  • First Round: Lost to #13 Edwin Cooper Jr. (Iowa) by decision, 8-3
  • Cons. First Round: Defeated Aaron Walker (Citadel) by decision, 7-4
  • Cons. Second Round: Defeated May Bethea (Penn) by decision, 7-4
  • Cons. Third Round: Defeated Bryce Steiert (N. Illinois) by major decision, 12-2
  • Cons. Fourth Round: Lost to #8 Nick Brascetta (Virginia Tech) by decision, 3-2

Big Ten Championships - 7th (2-2) - 157 pounds

  • Quarterfinals: Lost to #2 Isaiah Martinez (Illinois) by decision, 14-11
  • Cons. Second Round: Defeated Doug Welch (Purdue) by technical fall, 16-0
  • Cons. Quarterfinals: Lost to #12 Richie Lewis (Rutgers) by decision, 5-3
  • Seventh-Place Match: Defeated TJ Ruschell (Wisconsin) by decision, 12-5

Regular Season - 157 pounds

  • 24-13 record overall (10-7 in duals)
  • Bonus Points: two pins, three technical falls and four major decisions
  • Won his first 10 matches, including a 7-5 sudden victory over #5 Mitch Minotti (Lehigh) on Nov. 15
  • Won the Daktronics Open title (Nov. 1)
  • Finished seventh at the Midlands Championships (Dec. 29-30)

2014-15 (Redshirt)
Regular Season - 149/157 pounds

  • 29-5 record overall
  • Bonus Points: five pins, five technical falls and five major decisions
  • Won the Cowboy Open title (Nov. 8)
  • Won the York College Open title (Dec. 13)
  • Won the Briar Cliff Open (Feb. 7)
  • Runner-up at the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open (Nov. 2)
  • Finished third at the Nebraska-Kearney Holiday Inn Open (Nov. 22)
  • Finished sixth at the Southern Scuffle (Jan. 1-2)

Before Nebraska

  • Wrestled at Crook County High School in Prineville, Ore.
  • Career record of 198-3
  • Four-time state champion
  • Oregon Athlete of the Year (2013)
  • Ranked No. 6 at 152 pounds nationally among recruits by InterMat
  • Won the 2013 Freak Show Tournament (148)
  • Two-time FloNationals champion
  • Earned one letter in tennis during high school

Personal

  • Born: Feb. 22, 1996
  • Parents: Robert and Brenda Berger
  • Sister: Breana
  • Major: Psychology

Career Statistics

Year Overall Dual Pins TF MD NCAA Big Ten
2014-15* 29-5 0-0 5 5 5 -- --
2015-16 24-13 10-7 2 3 4 Rd of 12 (3-2) 7th (2-2)
2016-17 36-6 14-2 3 7 5 5th (4-2) 3rd (5-1)
2017-18 28-9 9-4 2 0 4 3rd (6-1) 4th (4-2)
Career 88-28 33-13 7 10 13 13-5 11-5

*Redshirt season does not count in career totals

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