He is the son of Laurie and Chris Bertin, who wrestled for the University of Cincinnati (1973–74). He attended the perennial high school wrestling powerhouse St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio, and was also a high school national champion. He finished with a career record of 140-18 and was coached by Greg Urbas. He also played soccer for two years (1997, 1998), earning varsity letters.
He graduated in 2000.
Bertin attended University of Michigan, with fellow St. Edward wrestling star Andy Hrovat. He was reshirted his freshman year. He competed at the 157 lbs. weight class and was a 4-time All-American. In 2002, he finished sixth. He was the NCAA National Champion in 2003. In 2004, he placed third. In 2005, he won his second NCAA National title. Upon winning his second NCAA championship, Bertin announced that he wrestled his last match. He never won a Big Ten championship title. However, he was the 2005 Big Ten Wrestler of the Year. He finished his collegiate career with a 142-21 record, which ranks fifth all-time for the Wolverines.
In the fall of 2006, Bertin became an assistant coach at Northwestern University, where his brother Kyle wrestled.
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