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.

Started at The Press in 1993 as an Ocean County reporter. Moved to the copy desk in 1994 until taking over as editor of At The Shore in 1995. Became deputy sports editor in 2004 and was promoted to sports editor in 2007.