Former Hermiston High School wrestling coach Curt Berger will be inducted into the Oregon Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 6.
In his 21 years as Hermiston's coach, Berger led the Bulldogs to six state titles (2001, 2007-11) and 294 team wins. They also placed in the state’s top ten 14 times. Hermiston also had 33 individual state titles and 111 state placers under Berger's tutelage.
During his prep career at Burns and Crook County high schools, Berger was a four-time state placer and two-time state champion. His children earned 13 state titles in tennis and wrestling.
“Curt Berger understands what it takes to establish a winning tradition,” former Hermiston assistant wrestling coach Jerry Carlson said. “He embodies the traits typically displayed by National Wrestling Hall of Fame inductees, where winning and sportsmanship is a time-honored tradition.”
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A plaque honoring Berger will be hung at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum in Stillwater, Okla.
The 2013 Honors Banquet will be held Saturday, April 6, at the Embassy Suites, Washington Square, 9000 SW Washington Square Road, Tigard, OR 97233.