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Lakeland’s Jack Bergmann Commits to the US Naval Academy

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Senior Jack Bergmann committed to the U.S. Navy Academy for wrestling after a prolific high school career. (Image by InterMat)

Lakeland’s own Jack Bergmann announced that he is committed to wrestle at the
United States Naval Academy, made official on September 21, 2023 with an Instagram post showing himself in a Navy singlet. 

Bergmann had also received offers from the University of Virginia and the United States Coast Guard Academy, but chose to commit to Navy because, in his words, “Navy was the best opportunity for me.” He added, “I wanted to be a part of something that was bigger than myself and serve those of this great country.”

As a junior weighing 106 pounds, Bergmann put New Jersey on notice when he placed fourth place in the prestigious Sam Cali Memorial Tournament. Bergmann then proceeded to win the 2023 Passaic County Tournament and the 2023 NJSIAA District 3 tournament, officially qualifying for the State Individual Championships when he was runner up at the Region 1 Tournament. Bergmann made a series of upsets at states, including knocking off the third seeded Brady Klinsky from Middletown North. After states, Bergmann gained national attention when he was a finalist for the NHSCA High School Nationals at 106 pounds, which gave Bergmann interest from many Division 1 schools, including the Naval Academy, where he evidently committed. 

Bergmann is nothing but thankful for those who helped him reach his goal of becoming a Division 1 wrestler. When interviewed, Bergmann stated, “It feels great to officially reach my goal of being a Division 1 wrestler.” He credits all of the teachers, coaches, and teammates that helped him along the way. As for choosing the Naval Academy, Bergmann credits his uncle, who served in the Navy during Vietnam. 

“I am looking forward to all the things my future has to offer,” Bergmann noted. 

At the US Naval Academy, midshipmen, a rank in the Navy, are required to serve at least five years in the U.S. Navy. As of now, Bergmann is leaning towards being an officer. Applicants at the Naval Academy are also required to receive a Congressional nomination from a member of the U.S. government. Bergmann plans on receiving his nomination from either Senator Bob Menedez, Senator Cory Booker, or the NJ District 5 Representative Josh Gottheimer.

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Sean Walker, Staff Writer
Sean is a senior at LRHS and this is his first year writing for the Lancer Ledger. He is excited to be taking Journalism 1 because it will allow him to write about things he's passionate about, such as sports, history, and entertainment. At LRHS, Walker participates in wrestling, football, and track and field, and is a member of the National Honors Society. Overall, Walker looks forward to strengthening his writing through the field of journalism this year.

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    John TrahanOct 26, 2023 at 9:24 pm

    Jack is an awesome young man and I am very proud of him. T

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