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Overcoming Adversity

After surviving an accident at a very young age, Pat Marcy ’72 believes he was given a second chance. Marcy was Augsburg’s first national champion in wrestling when he won the 150-pound weight class as a senior in 1972. Along with being a national champion, he was a three-time MIAC champion and twice was MIAC tournament Most Valuable Player. Marcy made the 1976 U.S. Olympic wrestling team and placed in the top 12 in three world championships. He treats every day like a miracle, but the path was not always easy.

At the end of his first year at Augsburg, he confronted his own feelings of failure and gave himself a second chance. “I just kept working,” he remembers.

He went on to win the national title in wrestling, getting closer all the while to his dream of becoming an Olympic champion.

His advisor shared with him the advice he followed and still remembers today: “Prepare, prepare, prepare.”