James Berg
James  Berg

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
New Prague, Minn.

High School:
New Prague HS

Weight:
149

Experience:
1L


06/20/2017

Gophers Score Big in the Classroom

Whether measured by grade point averages, conference rankings or individual academic accolades, 2016-17 set a new academic standard for Gopher Wrestling

04/09/2017

Gophers Hand Out Hardware at Team Banquet

Minnesota hosted the ceremonial end to its 2016-17 season Sunday in Minneapolis, handing out team awards and celebrating first-year letterwinners, All-Americans and departing seniors

03/22/2017

Nine Gophers Named Academic All-Big Ten

Five of the team's NCAA qualifiers are among those honored by the conference for achievements in the classroom

01/21/2017

Lunde and Balow Share Worthington Open Title

Dalton Lunde's first career collegiate tournament title and Will Balow's second headlined a day when seven Gopher wrestlers produced top-four performances

12/11/2016

Minnesota Knocks Off No. 10 Michigan

The Gophers rattled off five straight wins late in the dual, including a string of three straight bonus points victories, to pick up a top-10 victory on the road Sunday afternoon

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
  • Letterwinner ('17)
  • Third Place at Huskies Open ('18)
  • Two-time Academic All-Big Ten ('17, '18)

2017-18 • REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE
Overall Record:
7-7
Dual Meet Record: - -

Big Ten Record: - - 

Pins: 3

Major Decisions: 
1
Technical Falls:
 -

Placed fifth at the Don Parker Open, where he had a pin in 44 seconds. • placed third in the Huskies Open. 

2016-17 • REDSHIRT FRESHMAN

Overall Record:
7-11
Dual Meet Record:
0-3
Big Ten Record:
0-2
Pins:
5
Major Decisions:
1
Technical Falls:
- -

Letterwinner • Academic All-Big Ten • Made career dual debut versus Alex Kocer (South Dakota State) on Nov. 19 • Made career Big Ten debut against Nick Trimble (Michigan State) on Dec. 9, then wrestled against Zac Hall (Michigan) in a dual two days later • Earned pins in five of his seven wins on the season, all coming in the first period • scored bonus points in six of seven wins on the season • placed fifth at Worthington Open

2015-16
FRESHMAN (REDSHIRTED)
Overall Record:
2-2
Dual Meet Record: - - 
Big Ten Record: - -
Pins: - -
Major Decisions: - -
Technical Falls: - -


Competed at two open tournaments • won in his collegiate debut with a 9-1 decision over Kyle Gilva of North Dakota State in first round of the Daktronics Open


HIGH SCHOOL
Six-time wrestling letter winner • Four-time All-Conference honoree • Two-time All-State selection, with a second-place finish in 2014 and a third-place finish in 2015 • Earned USA Wrestling All-America accolades at 2014 Juniors in both folkstyle and Greco-Roman • Two-time wrestling Academic All-State selection • Coached by Greg Tikalsky


PERSONAL
Son of Mark and Julie Berg • Has two siblings, Maria and Cael • Father Mark wrestled for the University of Minnesota for one season while mother Julie competed for the Gophers' track and cross country teams from 1990-94 • Most memorable sports thrill was competing at the Cadet and Junior Nationals as part of Minnesota Storm • Away from the mat and classes, enjoys fishing • Plans to major in economics



Season Overall Dual Big Ten Pins Maj. Dec. Tech. Fall B1G Finish NCAA Finish
2015-16 (RS) 2-2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2016-17 7-11 0-3 0-2 5 1 - - - - - -
2017-18 7-7 - - - - 3 1 - - - - - -
Totals  14-18 0-3 0-2 8 2 - - - - - -



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