The University of Dubuque wrestling team competes in the strongest wrestling conference in America. The Iowa Conference routinely has 5-6 schools ranked in the NCAA Division III Top-20. The Spartans finished as high as third in the IIAC Championships and have claimed two national champions in the past few years.

You will train with a quality staff who bring years of wrestling experience into the wrestling room. They will help you develop the tools it will take to be successful at the Division III level. If you want to be the best, be part of the Spartan wrestling team.

Wrestling News

Kalkbrenner Prepares for 2017 NCAA Division III National Championships

Mar 7, 2017

The University of Dubuque's Quincy Kalkbrenner received the #8 seed in the 157 lbs. bracket in the 2017 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships on Match 10-11 in La Crosse, Wis.

Kalkbrenner Places Third at NCAA Division III Central Regional

Feb 25, 2017

The University of Dubuque wrestled in one of the toughest regional wrestling tournaments, the Central Regional on Saturday and would send one national qualifier to the 2017 NCAA Division III Championships on March 10-11 in La Cro sse, Wis. Quincy Kalkbrenner (Jr., 157 lbs., Lena, Ill./Lena-Winslow HS) lost a hard fought match in the quarterfinals before winning the wrestleback to finish third.

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Name Position Event Height Weight Year Hometown
Cariel Beasley 285 Freshman Sterling, Ill.
Ethan Cain 184 Freshman Polo, Ill.
Teddy Caporrino 165 Freshman Manahawkin, N.J.
Riley Cornwell 174 Freshman Sterling, Ill.
Martin Flemming 6-2 285 Senior Milwaukee, Wis.
Mark Griffin Jr. 157 Freshman Glen Ellyn, Ill.
Jacob Gross 125 Freshman Antioch, Ill.
Javier Guilen 125 Senior Tucson, Ariz.
Collin Heidemann 6-0 165/174 Junior Janesville, Iowa
Jordan Hill 285 Freshman Victorville, Calif,
Derek Horine 165/174 Junior Tampa, Fla.
Blake Howerton 5-5 149 Sophomore Kansas City, Mo.
Quincy Kalkbrenner 157/165 157/165 Junior Lena, Ill.
Greg Krulas 149 Freshman Freeport, Ill.
Nile Laguna 141 Freshman Phoenix, Ariz.
Jeremy Melendez 5-7 141 Sophomore El Paso, Texas
Nicholas Meyer 141 Junior Algonquin, Ill.
Patrick Mooney 165 Freshman Manahawkin, N.J.
David Ortega 125/133 Freshman Victorville, Calif.
Jared Packer 157 Freshman Durand, Ill.
Mervyn Penniston 285 Freshman Las Vegas, Nev.
Raven Rodriguez 197 197 Freshman Victorville, Calif.
Stephen Rosenburg 5-7 141 Senior Joliet, Ill.
Roosevelt Smith 174 Freshman Las Vegas, Nev.
Dominic Sterr 197 Junior Plainfield, Ill.
Damian Ullrich 174 Freshman Amboy, Ill.
Prentice Walls 133 133 Sophomore Dakota, Ill.
Armad Willis 5-7 141 Sophomore Chicago, Ill.
Jevontea Yarborough 141 Freshman Harvest, Ala.

2016-17 Schedule      
Dual Meet Record: 1-2, 1-0 in IIAC

Oct. 29

vs. UD Scrimmage

Dubuque, Iowa

10:00 a.m.

Nov. 5

at Nebraska Wesleyan Univ.

Lincoln, NE

W, 39-6

Nov. 5

vs. UW-Eau Claire

Lincoln, NE

L, 16-19

Nov. 12

vs. UW-Stevens Point

Dubuque, IA

L, 20-22





Dec. 3

TRI-Duals (McMurray/Augustana)

Dubuque, IA


Dec. 10

at North Central College Invite

Naperville, IL

7th Place

Dec. 17

UD Jim Fox Duals - (University of the Ozarks/Wheaton)

Dubuque, IA


Jan. 7

at Chicago Duals

Chicago, IL


Jan. 10

vs. Simpson College (POSTPONED to Jan. 28 6:00 p.m.)

Dubuque, IA

W, 29-19

Jan. 14

at Elmhurst Invite

Elmhurst, IL




Jan. 21

IIAC Duals Buena Vista Univ., Central College, Wartburg College,




Hosted by University of Dubuque

Dubuque, IA


Jan. 26

at Luther College

Decorah, IA

L, 14-27

Feb. 3

vs. Loras College

Dubuque, IA

7:00 p.m.

Feb. 9

at Coe College

Cedar Rapids, IA

7:00 p.m.

Feb. 11

at Central Dutch Last Chance Invite

Pella, IA

10:00 a.m.

Feb. 13

vs. Cornell College

Dubuque, IA

7:00 p.m.

Feb. 25

NCAA Division III Central Regionals

Dubuque, IA

9:00 a.m.

Mar. 10

NCAA Division III National Championships
Hosted by UW-La Crosse

La Crosse, WI

10:00 a.m.

Mar. 11

NCAA Division III National Championships
Hosted by UW-La Crosse

La Crosse, WI

10:00 a.m.


2015-16 Schedule      
Final Dual Record: 13-10, 3-4 IIAC

Nov. 18

vs. UW-Platteville

Dubuque, Iowa

L, 13-24

Nov. 21

at Concordia Open

Mequon, Wis.

No Team Scores

Nov. 24

at Augustana College

Rock Island, Ill.

W, 21-17

Dec. 10

at Cornell College

Mt. Vernon, Iowa

L, 15-24

Dec. 12

at 52nd Annual North Central Invite

Naperville, Ill.


Dec. 21

at Las Vegas Duals

Las Vegas, Nev.



vs. #19 Concordia-Moorhead

L, 13-28

vs. #14 Johnson & Wales

L, 3-36

vs. St. John's

W, 35-19

Jan. 02

at Chicago Duals

Chicago, Ill.



vs. Manchester (Ind.)

W, 45-6

vs. Ohio Northern

W, 24-20

vs. UW-Oshkosh

W, 30-6

Jan. 05

at Simpson College

Indianola, Iowa

W, 25-15

Jan. 09

at Lakeland Muskie Duals

Sheboygan, Wis.



vs. Milwaukee School of Eng.

W, 38-8


vs. Univ. of Chicago

W, 25-17


vs. Lakeland College

W, 39-6

Jan. 14

vs. #19 Stevens Institute of Technology

Dubuque, Iowa

L, 13-25

Jan. 16

Wheaton Duals

Wheaton, Ill.



vs. Wheaton (Ill.)

W, 21-18

vs. North Central (Ill.)

L, 10-26

vs. Concordia (Wis.)

W, 30-18

Jan. 23

IIAC Duals

Cedar Rapids, Iowa



vs. #1 Wartburg

L, 9-36

vs. #23 Central

L, 18-22

vs. Buena Vista

W, 39-3

Jan. 28

vs. Luther College

Dubuque, Iowa

L, 9-31

Feb. 04

at Loras College

Dubuque, Iowa (LOR)

W, 24-18

Feb. 06

UD Jim Fox Invitational

Dubuque, Iowa

No Team Scores

Feb. 11

vs. Coe College

Dubuque, Iowa

L, 16-22

Feb. 27

NCAA Central Regional

Dubuque, Iowa (LOR)


2016-17 Wrestling Records

 2016-17 Wrestling Season Records

Jon McGovern
Jon McGovern
Head Wrestling Coach

BA, Central College
MA, University of Iowa

Office Phone: 563.589.3685
E-mail: jmcgover@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 315 Stoltz Sports Center
Fax: 563.589.3425
Biography - Click to Open

Jon McGovern joined the Spartans as Head Wrestling Coach for the University of Dubuque in 2002. Prior to joining the staff at the University of Dubuque, McGovern was the head assistant coach at the University of Chicago. His knowledge of the sport was shared around the Chicago area where he volunteered his time running a freestyle wrestling club for high school youth. 

McGovern has led the Spartans to 109 duel meet wins during his 13 years at the helm, including a school-record 13 duel wins in 2015-16. The former Division I assistant coached UD to four top-20 finishes, two top-15 finishes at the NCAA DIII Championships, and 3 Top-15 NCAA Academic Scholar Team Finishes, and was named NCAA Division III Coach of the Year in 2006.

Individually, the Spartans have seen 2 national champions, 1 national runner-up, 7 All-Americans,16 NWCA Academic Scholar All-Americans, 23 IIAC Academic Scholars, and 1 Iowa Conference Male Scholar Athletes of the Year during McGovern's tenure.

McGovern spent 2000 year training full time at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. He placed 4th in the finals of the 2000 Olympic Trials in Dallas Texas. He was a 1998 US National Team Member and placed third at the 1998 US National Tournament and third at the 1998 World Team Trials. 

During the 1998-1999 season, he was the assistant head wrestling coach at the University of Pennsylvania where he helped coach the team to a school record 11th place finish in the NCAA Division I National Championships with three NCAA All-Americans and one NCAA Division I National Champion. In 1997-1998, he was the head assistant coach at the University of Virginia and helped coach the squad which set a school record of seven NCAA Division I National Qualifiers and a second place finish in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships. 

McGovern graduated from Central College in 1992. As a Dutch, he earned the distinction of being a three-time NCAA Division III All-American, a three-time IIAC Champion, and a two-time NCAA Division III National Champion. He graduated with a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Iowa in 1996. The native of Riceville, Iowa, was a four-time state qualifier and a three-time place winner in high school. 

McGovern's Wrestling Highlights: 
3rd in prestigious Midlands Open (1992, 1993) 
3rd in Cerro Pelado Tournament in Cuba (1998, 1999) 
3rd in Henre Deglane Challenge in France (1998, 1999) 
2nd in Sunkist International Open (1997) 
Gold Medal in US Olympic Festival 
Competed with the Hawkeye Wrestling Club with Dan Gable (1993-1996) 
US Olympic Training Center full-time resident athlete (1999-2000) 

Coach McGovern has coached the team to 109 team dual meet victories through 2015-16 since taking over a winless program.

•13th year as Head Coach
•UD’s all-time leader for career coaching dual meet wins - 109
•Named NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year in 2006
•Coached UD Wrestling to four top-20 finishes and two top-15 finishes at the NCAA DIII Championships
•Has coached 3 Top-15 NCAA Academic Scholar Team Finishes
•Has coached 2 national champions, 1 national runner-up, 7 All-Americans,16 NWCA Academic Scholar All-Americans, 23 IIAC Academic Scholars, and 1 Iowa Conference Male Scholar Athletes of the Year

Michael Case
Michael Case
Graduate Assistant - Wrestling

Office Phone: 609.339.5554
E-mail: mcase@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 401 Stoltz Sports Center

Chayse Jackson
Chayse Jackson
Graduate Assistant - Wrestling

Office Phone: 609.339.5554
Office Phone: 541.430.5328
E-mail: csjackson@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 401 Stoltz Sports Center

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