FORT WORTH, Texas — Augsburg University men’s wrestling alumni Leslie (Mike) Fuenffinger ’15 and Donny Longendyke ’17 qualified for the United States Olympic Trials with top-five finishes in Greco-Roman action at the USA Wrestling Senior Nationals, held on Friday and Saturday at the Fort Worth Convention Center.
Fuenffinger, competing for the U.S. Army’s World Class Athlete Program, won the 60 kilogram (132 pound) Senior National title, while Longendyke, competing for the Minnesota Storm, finished fifth in the 130 kg (287 pound) class. With their top-five finishes, they both qualified to compete for a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at the U.S. Olympic Trials, which will be held on April 4-5 at Penn State University in University Park, Pa.
Fuenffinger, a two-time NCAA Division III individual national champion and three-time All-American during his Augsburg career, is a specialist in the U.S. Army, and is part of the Army’s World Class Athlete Program (WCAP), based in Colorado Springs, Colo. Fuenffinger win the U.S. Open title in the 60 kg (132 pounds) weight class in Las Vegas, Nev., in April., and finished second in the Final X competition in Lincoln, Neb., in June, for the Team USA spot on the World Wrestling Championships roster.
Taking a visit over to the home of a few members of the Minnesota Storm to talk about some wrestling topics on Episode 44 of The Guillotine Grapevine.
Join host Jason Bryant as he moderates the roundtable with Joe Rau, Donny Longendyke, Zach Sanders and Pat Smith. Among the topics are Final X, wrestling terminology, how the greats would compete in today’s wrestling scene and what the better wrestling state is.
It’s a backyard discussion that’s just like you arguing with your friends.
On Episode 9 of the Guillotine Grapevine, the focus comes back to Minnesota wrestling and what makes it great at the Division III level. Jeff Swenson, current Athletics Director at Augsburg and the architect for 10 of the 12 Auggie national championships joins the program.
Swenson talks about his two separate runs as the program’s head coach, what he learned from coaching high school at Rosemount prior to coming back to the program as well as a number of things that Minnesota has offered to help make the program one of the crown jewels of college wrestling.
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