Tyler Berger joins Pennsylvania Regional Training Center

Photo of Tyler Berger by Lévi Ventura.

Philadelphia, PA – Pennsylvania Regional Training Center Executive Director and Head Coach Brandon Slay announced the addition of senior athlete Tyler Berger as a full-time resident athlete. Berger will compete at 70 kg while representing the PRTC at national and international competitions.

“We are extremely grateful to add Tyler Berger to our PRTC family,” Slay said. “He really fits our team culture as he believes in and lives our core values. At 70kg he is a perfect fit for Joey, Jordan, Dave and Mark. We look forward to helping Tyler reach his full potential on and off the mat.

Berger was an NCAA finalist and 3-time All-American at the University of Nebraska. He placed 5th, 3rd and 2nd while compiling a career record of 138-39 for the Cornhuskers. After graduating in 2019, Berger remained at Lincoln as a volunteer assistant for the team. He is one of the most decorated wrestlers in Nebraska history. With his commitment to the PRTC, he will reconnect with his mentor and former training partner, Jordan Burroughs.

“I got to watch Tyler grow from a young Husker rookie to one of the best wrestlers in the country,” says Burroughs, a 2011 Nebraska graduate who joined the PRTC in 2021. “He lives with a level of excellence uncompromising and he’s also committed to being not just a great wrestler but a great man. He’s definitely going to help build our strong culture here, and I’m happy to be teammates with him again!

Berger is currently a member of the US National Freestyle Team. He recently placed third at the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament in Coralville, Iowa last May. On his way to winning the bronze medal game, he defeated two NCAA national champions in Anthony Ashnault and Ryan Deakin.

PRTC representative at 65 kg, Joey McKenna is eagerly awaiting his new training partner. “Tyler and I have hung around and competed against each other since our youth wrestling days at the Tulsa Nationals,” McKenna said. “He has proven to be a top competitor at the college and senior levels. He has always competed with class. He’s going to be a tremendous asset to our team in Philadelphia and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to hone each other on and off the mat.

Berger plans to move east after the United States World Team’s upcoming training camp at the United States Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The camp runs from August 10-20 and all of Berger’s new teammates will be in attendance. He and his wife, Sydnee, will move to Philadelphia after camp.

“I feel extremely lucky to have the opportunity to join the PRTC,” said Berger. “I care about winning wrestling matches, but I care even more about surrounding myself with men who are committed to their families, friends and community. PRTC embodies those values. My wife and I look forward to to join the team and start this new chapter of our lives.

Milton S. Rodgers