Berhow starts NCAA wrestling championships 2-0

Published 12:48 am Friday, March 19, 2010

Former Albert Lea High School standout wrestler Ben Berhow started his third trip to the NCAA wrestling championship meet in Omaha, Neb. with a pair of overtime victories over seeded wrestlers.

Berhow is one victory away from becoming an All-American for the first time in his career after he beat Indiana’s Nate Everhart and Cal State Bakersfield’s Mitch Monteiro.

Berhow’s last loss came to Everhart, but Berhow scored a takedown with 10 seconds to go in overtime to clinch the victory.

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Berhow, who entered the tournament unranked, will meet Lehigh’s third-seeded Zachery Rey Friday in the quarterfinals at heavyweight.

Berhow made up for a loss earlier in the season against 11th-seeded Monteiro with a 6-4 overtime decision.

Berhow had won just two matches in his career at the NCAA tournament before Thursday.

The Gophers moved into eighth place overall. Iowa leads with 34.5 points.