Augsburg wrestling legend Donny Wichmann ’89 passes away

MINNEAPOLIS — Donny Wichmann, a 1989 alumnus of Augsburg University and a legend in men’s wrestling, both as a competitor and as a longtime assistant coach for the Auggies, died on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 after a battle with brain cancer. He was 53 years old.

A three-time Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champion, a national tournament All-American and a longtime assistant coach who was a part of 10 NCAA Division III national championship teams with the Auggies, Wichmann was recognized for his excellence by being inducted into the Augsburg Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010, and by the recent announcement of his induction into the 2019 class of the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III Hall of Fame. He will be inducted posthumously during a ceremony on Aug. 3 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

A memorial service and celebration of Wichmann’s life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 17 at Si Melby Hall on the Augsburg campus. More details on the service will be released later.

Continue reading

Guillotine Grapevine Podcast: Wrapping up #Fargo2019 freestyle with Jayson Ness and Junior National Champion Patrick Kennedy

Minnesota USA Wrestling head freestyle coach Jayson Ness talks about the performances of the team in freestyle. We’ll also talk with Junior freestyle national champion Patrick Kennedy.

SUBSCRIBE TO THE GUILLOTINE GRAPEVINE
Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Spreaker | Spotify | Google Play Music | RSS

SUPPORT THE SHOW
And if you’re a fan of the extensive and broad-based reach of the shows on the Mat Talk Podcast Network, become a TEAM MEMBER today at www.patreon.com/mattalkonline. There are various levels of perks for the different levels of team membership. If you like wrestling content — scratch that — if you LOVE great wrestling content, consider becoming a team member. You’ll get some cool stuff too.

Devin Skatzka Reflects On Great First Year as a Gopher

It was a moment Devin Skatzka doesn’t think he’ll ever forget.

It’s March 9, 2019, the 2019 Big Ten Championships are at Williams Arena. Skatzka is on mat one in sudden victory against Nebraska’s Mikey Labriola in the quarterfinals round. On the mat in the opposite corner was 157-pound Steve Bleise against Northwestern’s Ryan Deakin.

First, Skatzka heard the sold-out arena explode when Bleise was victorious. There was no doubt the crowd was loud enough to get through his headgear.

Just moments later, Skatzka turned Labriola to his back for the sudden victory. Not just any victory, a pin. Continue reading at gophersports.com