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Berger Inducted Into National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Inductees Joe Schmitz (L) and Ken Berger (R).

Hall of Fame Inductees Joe Schmitz (L) and Ken Berger (R).

April 22, 2013

ANNAPOLIS, Md. —  In addition to the Hon. Joseph E. Schmitz, US Naval Academy Class of 1978, being selected by the Virginia Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame for induction this past Saturday, Ken Berger, Class of 1973, was also enshrined into the Hall of Fame.

Berger has spent the better part of his life involved in the sport of wrestling, first entertaining the sport as a grade schooler at Holland Township School, then for the Riegel Ridge Rams and later at Delaware Valley Regional High School in Frenchtown, N.J.  He received an appointment to the Naval Academy where he wrestled for Hall of Fame Coach Ed Perry and was a NCAA championship qualifier in 1973.
 
During his 20 years as a pilot in the United State Marine Corps, he was a three-time qualifier for the US Marine Corps team and he helped establish a feeder program for the All-Marine team.  He became a part of the Virginia wrestling community in 1988 as the coach of the “Cavalier Wrestling Club” at WT Woodson High School while serving at the Pentagon.  As the assistant state chairman from 1993-2000, close to 4,000 wrestlers became members of the VA/USA wrestling program.  

He served as VA/USA Wrestling Officials Director from 1988-2002. Since 1991, he has continued to officiate high school wrestling for the Southeastern Wrestling Officials Association (was the commissioner from 2001-09). Additionally, he was an NCAA referee from 1995-2009 with the Mason Dixon and Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Officials Associations.

Transitioning from competitor, to coach, to referee, to now announcer, Berger has lent his voice to a number of major wrestling events, including the Beast of the East, the Virginia Duals, the World Cup, the World Championships, as well as the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympic Games.


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