LeVesseur, Swenson featured in NCAA ’40-in-40′ series

MINNEAPOLIS — Augsburg College alumni Marcus LeVesseur ’07 and Jeff Swenson ’79 are the subjects of a feature on the NCAA.org website, part of a year-long celebration of the 40th anniversary of NCAA Division III athletics.

Titled “Off The Mat,” the feature profiles LeVesseur, who made college wrestling history during his career with the Auggies, becoming just the second collegiate wrestler in history to complete a career unbeaten and untied, as he went 155-0. He also became the only NCAA Division III wrestler to ever earn four individual national titles, winning the 157-pound title in 2003 (44-0 record), 2004 (40-0 record) and 2005 (40-0 record) and the 165-pound title in 2007 (31-0 record).

Augsburg AuggiesThe feature explores LeVesseur’s battle to overcome an addiction to alcohol and drugs, which forced him to miss the 2005-06 wrestling season during his rehabilitation, and the support he received from Swenson, who was his coach at the time. An NAIA national champion during his wrestling career at Augsburg, Swenson coached the Auggies to 10 Division III national championships — his 10th and final championship coming in LeVesseur’s senior season. Swenson has served as Augsburg’s athletic director since 2001.

One of only five Auggie wrestlers to ever earn four or more All-America honors, LeVesseur was a part of Augsburg teams that won NCAA Division III national titles in 2005 and 2007, while finishing second in 2003 and 2004. He was also a four-time state champion in high school, finishing his prep career at 218-12 with a 141-match unbeaten streak to end his career. He initially enrolled at the University of Minnesota to wrestle, but transferred to Augsburg during his first year.

In addition to his exploits on the wrestling mat, LeVesseur also played for parts of two seasons for Augsburg’s football team as a quarterback. In 2004, he earned All-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference first-team honors, rushing for 1,024 yards on 256 carries with 10 touchdowns.

After his collegiate career ended, LeVesseur became a mixed martial artist, compiling a 22-7 professional record. He now serves as wrestling head coach at Hopkins (Minn.) High School, also working as a paraprofessional at Hopkins while completing his degree work in health and physical education.


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