Athletic Hall of Fame
John Wichert was one of the most dominant defensive linemen ever to put on a Bulldog football uniform. A 1989 graduate of Weatherford High School, Wichert was an all-star offensive lineman for the Eagles. He chose to continue his football career in his hometown of Weatherford because of Coach Paul Sharp’s promise that he could play on the defensive side of the ball.
Wichert quickly made good on the transition. He was a physical run-stopper who had the mobility to chase down fleeing quarterbacks. SWOSU never had a losing record in Wichert’s five years and earned a berth in the Aztec Bowl in 1991 and won the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference title in 1992.
SWOSU’s 1992 team was one of the best in school history. The Bulldogs started the season as winners of seven straight games and climbed to No. 1 in the NAIA poll. SWOSU made its first NAIA playoff appearance since 1977, were they beaten 14-2 by Central Arkansas in a game played at a frozen Milam Field.
Wichert was chosen as the OIC Defensive Player-of-the-Year that season. He was among five Bulldogs that were honored as NAIA First Team All-Americans joining Eric Royal, Junior Lowden, Damon Sartor and Stephen Buford.
Wichert completed his career in 1993 and was again honored with first-team all-OIC selection. He repeated as an NAIA All-American becoming only the second SWOSU player to do so and the first since Tom Bergman in 1974-75.
He graduated in 1995 with a degree in business management and worked in the medical equipment profession for 12 years. Currently, he is a land surveyor and does mortgage and property inspections for Hughes Surveying Company in Oklahoma City.
He and his wife, Carrie, have twin daughters, Samantha and Alison.