Wagner was initially active for the SC Einheit Dresden. Under coach Peter Proske he won the only individual medal in fencing for the GDR, for which he was awarded the Patriotic Order of Merit in silver at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. After the turn, he was able to win with the West German team more medals. In 1992, the now starting for the FC Tauberbischofsheim German sportsmen 's singles champion with the foil. In the same year Wagner won at the Barcelona Olympics gold with the all-German team.