2016 UW Hall of Fame: Rick Lawinger

2016 UW Hall of Fame: Rick Lawinger

Hard work paved way for Badgers’ first NCAA wrestling champ

UWBadgers.com Senior Writer

Featured in Varsity Magazine

The prospect of becoming Wisconsin’s first national champion in wrestling never crossed Rick Lawinger’s mind. Not even close. Not while growing up on a dairy farm south of Mineral Point.

Truth is, he didn’t pay attention to sports, any sports, let alone wrestling. And he wasn’t even sure that he would go on to college. No one in his family had.

Lawinger was too busy with chores and milking cows with his brothers to think about anything that might distract him from the work at hand. And there was always plenty of work around the farm.

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