PETER A. BERTI '76|
A native of Huntington, NY, Peter Albert Berti wrestled at Binghamton from 1972-76. He earned his bachelor's degree in accounting in 1976, and received his MBA in finance from Pace University in 1982.
Berti became the school's first NCAA All-American with his 1974 sixth-place national finish as a 118-pound sophomore. Before that, he completed an undefeated dual meet season with a 12-0-1 record, including five pins. Berti also became the first Binghamton athlete in any sport to capture an individual State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) championship.
At the '74 NCAA Championships, Berti suffered a broken arm and had to miss his entire junior season. His lengthy rehabilitation and subsequent rise to the top of the sport during his final year served as inspiration to the entire Binghamton athletics community, past and present.
As a senior captain, Berti blazed through the '75-76 season, going undefeated in duals for the second consecutive season (11-0-2), winning his second SUNYAC title and capturing a New York State Championship at 118 pounds. At the 17-team state tournament, Berti was named Most Outstanding Wrestler after outscoring his four foes by a combined 47-1. Seeded third at the NCAA Championship, he won four matches - including overtime decisions in the quarterfinals and semifinals, to finish as national runner-up, collecting his second All-America honor in three years.
Berti was twice named Binghamton's "Athlete of the Year," and led the Colonials to a pair of national Top-20 team finishes.
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