By Brian Jerzak
Former Augsburg wrestler and Auggies’ assistant coach Donny Wichmann touched countless lives – in and out of the sport of wrestling. Legacy Training Center founder Nick Slack is one of those he profoundly influenced, first as a coach and then as a co-worker. When Wichmann passed away in 2019 after a long battle with cancer, Slack wanted to do something to keep his friend’s legacy alive. Slack’s vision is becoming a reality. He is honoring the legacy of Wichmann by helping kids write their own legacy.
Wichmann’s wrestling career would end with him winning three conference titles and becoming a Division III All-American for Augsburg. Shortly after his competitive wrestling career ended, he joined Augsburg head coach Jeff Swenson’s staff and was an assistant coach for 19 years. One of the wrestlers he would coach and then coach with – was Slack.
“Donny was a sporting goods sales guy,” Slack said. “He would go to a town a night, do an open house and bring all his shoes. When he came down to Belle Plaine in 1995, I bought my first pair of wrestling shoes from Donny. That was the first time I met him. He had a glowing personality, a big smile, and was super nice. He was the guy I would buy my shoes from every year. He would be at some tournaments, so I would see him two or three times a year.”
Slack and Wichmann’s relationship would grow along with Slack’s wrestling career.
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