Tyler Berger is no stranger to the spotlight.
The wrestling champion from Hermiston has won titles at the state, regional and national levels his most recent coming at the 138-pound weight class for the 2012-13 state champion Hermiston High team and then at 132 in the FloNationals Tournament in Pennsylvania in April.
But Berger, who has relocated to Prineville for his senior year of high school, said his upcoming match at the Flowrestling Whos #1 duals could be his biggest yet.
I?was actually really shocked when (Flowrestling editor Willie Saylor) hit me up and asked me to do this, Berger said. This is probably the biggest match Im going to be having. Theyre looking for whos the toughest senior in the nation right now.
Berger will face Joey Galasso of Philadelphias Father Judge High, a FloNationals finalist, Pennsylvania 138-pound state champ and 2014 commit to Cornell, in the 145-pound match.
Ive seen him around different tournaments around the country, Ive actually lost to him a few times,?Berger said of Galasso. Im going to start training more specifically for him now. Ive been thinking about this now every workout, just beating this kid.
Bergers day comes in Galassos back yard on Nov. 2 at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Penn., less than hour north of Philly.
He said its a good thing hes got a few weeks to prepare because a recent back injury has kept him off the mats until this week.
Im really out of shape right now, so Im taking things slow and really easing into it,?he said.
I?imagine three weeks into it Ill be training like a mad man. Im going to be in the best shape of my life for this.
He said making weight wont be a problem, but hes trying to pack on some muscle.
Im going to be actually pretty small for the weight class so Im just trying to get lifting and get a good size and kind of build into that weight class.
Berger will take the mat for Team Black, coached by mixed martial arts star and NCAA wrestling champion Bubba Jenkins, while Galasso will wrestle for Team Green and coach Jordan Oliver, also an NCAA champ. The matches will be held at Lehighs Grace Hall, venerably dubbed The Snake Pit.
Berger said hes already got a full slate of college visits lined up for the fall.