Episode 698 of the Short Time Wrestling Podcast is just that. With some new wireless devices used to record audio, I hit record on Augsburg co-head coach Tony Valek during the annual Battle of the Burgs dual on January 27 in Minneapolis. What this episode highlights is Valek’s coaching style just as the meet begins, during the competition and how he gets athletes ready during the moments before competing, during injury time and some interactions with the staff as they go through a heated dual meet.
On February 2, Augsburg College’s Si Melby Hall will host the annual Battle of the Burgs, a wrestling dual between the host Auggies and rival Wartburg. With Augsburg and Wartburg winning every NCAA Division III championship since 1995, the two programs have set a standard across the sport of wrestling, not just Division III.
On Episode 18 of The Ice Hour, we’ll talk with the architects of each of the programs — Augsburg AD and former coach Jeff Swenson and retired Wartburg coach Jim Miller. Both will talk about their relationship, the foundation of the rivalry, how it appeared in the New York Times and some fun stories poking one another.
The Battle of the Burgs takes place February 2, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.