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.

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It Just Keeps Growing – Marshall Wrestling

By Brian Jerzak

With numbers beginning to dwindle, the Marshall wrestling program was starting to slide. Although never considered a state power, the Tigers had competitive teams and some solid wrestlers, but around the time head coach Justin Bouwman took over, the program was starting a decline. To start the program on the road back, Bouwman threw himself into the youth program, and once the youth got some footing, there was no stopping them. Tigers’ wrestling has reached a level never seen in the programs’ history.

“It was about getting out and being seen – talking to high school kids, talking to junior high kids,” Bouwman said. “I was getting in with the youth program. I had a young son, so it was easy for me to jump in right away and it was easy to put my face and brand on things. I think the parents liked that I was involved and through word of mouth people started to get involved. We started to get numbers in the youth program, and it just kept growing.” Continue reading