Bergamo gave up a takedown and a two-point near-fall in the first period and lost a 5-2 decision to Manville’s Brian Kuhlman in the first round of wrestlebacks.
Bergamo advanced into the pre-quarterfinals with a 6-2 decision over Clifton's James Murdoch. Bergamo broke a 2-2 tie with an escape late in the second period, then added another escape and takedown in the third.
Bergamo dropped into the wrestlebacks with a 12-3, major decision defeat to Emerson Park-Ridge's Paco Robley. Robley led 9-3 before turning Bergamo in the final 10 seconds.
Steven Bergamo, Vineland, Jr. (25-2)
Seed: Top bracket No. 4 seed.
Record vs. state qualifiers: 0-1.
Bergamo’s road to Atlantic City: Finished second in District 31 and second in Region 8.
Back points: Vineland’s first state qualifier since 2003, Bergamo opens with Clifton’s James Murdoch in the prelims. Bergamo is one of only four wrestlers in the 24-man bracket that is not a freshman or a sophomore.