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Berger wins four bouts to reach finals at Kunaev D.A. International in Kazakhstan

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Tyler Berger (USA) with arm raised after a win at the Kunaev D.A. International in Kazakhstan
Tyler Berger (USA) with arm raised after a win at the Kunaev D.A. International in Kazakhstan. Photo by Brandon Slay, Pennsylvania RTC

TARAZ, Kazakhstan – Tyler Berger (Philadelphia, Pa./Pennsylvania RTC/Titan Mercury WC) has reached the finals of the respected Kunaev D.A. International with four wins on Friday.

Berger opened up with a pair of technical falls, defeating Zhassulan Bexultanov of Kazakhstan, 13-3 and Sanzhar Doszhanov of Kazakhstan, 12-1.

In the quarterfinals, he stopped 2022 Asian U23 champion Orozbek Toktomambetov of Kyrgyzstan, 7-3. In the semifinals, he edged Talgat Syrbaz of Kazakhstan, 5-4. Syrbaz was a 2021 Asian champion and a two-time U20 World bronze medalist.

Berger will compete in the gold-medal finals on Friday.

Berger, who was a college star at Nebraska, was a 2022 Bill Farrell Memorial International champion, and is a member of the U.S. Senior National Team this year.

In addition, his PRTC teammate Joey McKenna (Philadelphia, Pa./PRTC/TMWC) will begin his competition at 65 kg on Friday, with the medal rounds for that weight class scheduled for Saturday.

Special thanks to Coach Brandon Slay and Kevin McGuigan of the PRTC for their help on this story.

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At Taraz, Kazakhstan, November 3

U.S. men’s freestyle results

70 kg – Tyler Berger, Philadelphia, Pa. (Pennsylvania RTC/Titan Mercury WC)

WIN Zhhassulan Bexultanov (Kazakhstan), tech fall, 13-3

WIN Sanzhar Doszhanov (Kazakhstan), tech. fall 12-1

WIN Orozbek Toktomambetov (Kyrgyzstan), 7-3

WIN Talgat Syrbaz (Kazakhstan), 5-4

In gold-medal finals.