Four-time Minnesota state champion Bennett Berge (Photo courtesy of Mark Beshey; TheGuillotine.com)
The South Dakota State Jackrabbits received a huge commitment today as the #36 overall wrestler in the Class of 2022, Bennett Berge (Kasson-Mantorville, MN) verbally committed to the school. Berge, the sixth-ranked 182 lber in the nation, is already a four-time Minnesota AA state champion heading into his senior year. This summer, Berge finished fourth in Fargo's Junior freestyle tournament at 182 lbs. He has placed in the Super 32 on two occasions, taking eighth in 2019 and making the finals in 2020. Also in 2019, Berge captured a stop sign in Fargo at the 16U freestyle tournament.
Berge will join his older brother, Brady, who was announced as the team's volunteer assistant in the days following Fargo.
Bennett is the third wrestler from the Class of 2022 to give head coach Damion Hahn a verbal commitment. Two other members of the Big Board, Christian Noble (#159 Big Lake, MN) and Luke Rasmussen (#181 Brookings, SD) have already done so. The Jackrabbit staff is looking to build off of last season's recruiting class that was tabbed #12 in the nation and featured four top-100 signees, three of which hailed from Minnesota.
Looking over the South Dakota State roster, there are plenty of potential suitors for the 184 lb weight class that appears to be Berge's home. None have established themselves as the team's long-term starter, as of yet, and none have the pre-collegiate pedigree of Berge.
For the full list of current recruits check our commitment page.