Donovan Dongo | Powerlifter & Wrestler from Suriname | OL
Twitter: @DonovanDongo | Instagram: @Donovan_Dongo
Q: Tell us about your college (or pro) career and what the recruiting/scouting process was like. Why did you choose (Enter school name)?
A: Never played football in high school college/pro. I only did strongman, powerlifting and free style wrestling.
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
A: That would be a international freestyle wrestling competition win against the Dutch. why… because I won the match with a broken hand, I got from a training accident 2 weeks before to the match and I didn’t know my hand was broken. It hurt a lot and my coach told me it was a minor injury I should ice it. After I won the competition it swelled up again and I went to the doctor and after diagnosis he saw my hand was broken. I am a national powerlifting champion from 2013 until 2018. I have won the first strongman championship international in Guyana and written history with that win. Still undefeated in freestyle wrestling college level.
Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff?
A: Listen when they are talking and always ask questions when you don’t understand something.
Q: How was your career impacted due to the 2020 pandemic and what have you learned from the adversity?
A: My sports career was badly hurt due to the pandemic. I have learned to control my stress and try to learn other skills unrelated to sports. I spend a lot more time with my family also.
Q: What was your major and what are your plans if football doesn’t work out?
A: My plan b is continuing with pro wrestling and MMA. If that doesn’t work, I have a degree in ICT plan C will be doing something in IT or competitive gaming.
Q: What would your current/past teammates say about you and your qualities?
A: I have mostly done individual sports. But I have had teammates and coaches in those sports. I know they will say that in humble and I listen… and when it comes to give it all during competitions, I go beast mode.
Q: What has been one of the most memorable plays of your career at any level?
A: Haven’t done anything in football.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?
A: during a strongman competition pulling a plane. I managed to pull it the fastest time over 25meters.
I have won the first strongman championship international in Guyana and written history with that win. Still undefeated in freestyle wrestling college level.
Q: If you could compare yourself to a pro athlete, who would that be and why?
A: I would say Brock Lesnar and Mark Henry
I have that same mindset and work ethic and look almost accomplished the same achievements they have.
Q: What is your biggest strength that you bring to a professional team and why should pro scouts consider you?
A: I listen and when I come to compete nothing breaks my mindset because I don’t like losing.
Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back” or ”pay it forward” in your community?
A: I give back
Q: How are you preparing for the 2021 National Scouting Combine and what are your goals?
A: I am currently training 5 times a week and mainly focus on things I am not good at.
Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?
A: I got invited to a WWWE TRYOUT, performed well and completed it to put my country on the map.
Q: What do you enjoy doing when not playing football?
A: working out and doing outdoor fun stuff with my kids.
Q: If you could make a positive impact on all of society what would it be and why?
A: I have already made that, and it was getting a WWR TRYOUT invite and completing it. It was positive to all youth in my country because the impact it had on the youth it motivated them to keep working on their dreams and that they can achieve anything no matter where you come from.
Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?
A: My mom and dad and my wife
Q: What is something unique about you that people would find interesting?
A: I love anime lol…
Q: What is your dream job?
A: becoming a professional athlete