COLLEGEVILLE, Minn.— Former Saint John’s University national-champion wrestler Minga Batsukh ’11 will be among seven individuals inducted into the Division III National Wrestling Coaches’ Association (NWCA) Hall of Fame during the NWCA’s annual convention on Friday, July 28, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Batsukh is the fifth Johnnie elected to a wrestling hall of fame. John Elton ’80 and Brandon Novak ’01 were inducted into the Division III NWCA Hall of Fame in 2007 and 2017, respectively, while Terry Haws and Fr. Otto Weber ’57 received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Minnesota chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2008 and 2019.
A native of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and a graduate of St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, N.J., Myanganbayar “Minga” Batsukh is SJU’s lone three-time national champion. He won the NCAA Division III wrestling title at 141 pounds in 2009 and 2010, then captured the national championship at 149 pounds as a senior in 2011.
Batsukh compiled a record of 27-1, set the program record for takedowns in a match (17), and was named the nation’s outstanding wrestler at the Division III level by D3wrestling.com as a senior.
He was inducted into SJU’s J-Club Hall of Honor in October 2022. – Story
In addition to Batsukh, the 2023 Class includes Brian Allen, Michael Blair, Lucas Malmberg, John Malvik, Mark Matzek, and Bebeto Yewah. The 2023 NWCA Convention will be held at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina. – NWCA Release