CCHS senior is given the award based on achievements from his junior year

Crook County High School senior Tyler Berger has had an outstanding high school wrestling career, to say the least.

The 152-pounder went through the season undefeated, winning his fourth-consecutive state championship. Berger finished the year ranked third in the nation and was named Class 4A athlete of the meet at the state championship March LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - yler Berger celebrates after pinning Henleys Austin Tiller in the semifinals of the 152-pound weight class at this years Class 4A state championships. Berger went on to win his fourth consecutive championship.  Berger was recently named the Oregon Prep Wrestler of the Year for 2013 at the 62nd annual Oregon Sports Awards which were held at the Tiger Woods Center at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton. The award was based on his performance in his junior season so he is still  eligible for the award again next year.

Now Berger has been named the prep wrestler of the year at the 63nd annual Oregon Sports Awards.

“It was a good feeling winning,” Berger said. “It was a fun experience.”

The awards, which were held last weekend at the Tiger Woods Center at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, recognize the top professional, college, and high school athletes and coaches in Oregon.

Berger received the award based on his performance during his junior season, when he was wrestling for Hermiston High School, and is still eligible for the award next year.

“Hopefully I can win again next year after I’ve gone to college,”Berger added.

Berger should be the clear favorite to win again next year, as he was totally dominant during the course of his senior season.

He finished the year with a 45-0 record, including 39 pins. Just one Oregon wrestler, Scott Dunagan of Dallas, was able to go the distance against Berger, who still won by a 4-1 decision. Berger finished his high school career with an impressive 198-3 overall record.

Although his high school career is now over, Berger is far from finished with wrestling. This weekend he is traveling to Pittsburgh, Penn., where he will compete in the Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic, one of the top prep wresting events of the year. In addition he has signed a letter of intent to wrestle next year for the University of Nebraska.

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