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

Cain Named NWCA All-Academic

Mar 8, 2018

The National Wrestling Coaches Association released its Top 30 Division III All-Academic teams and the top 189 All-Academic individuals this week. The University of Dubuque's Ethan Cain earned honors for the Spartans in 2018. Cain placed 5th at 197 lbs. - NCAA Division III Lowest Midwest Regional earlier this month.

Tough Competition For Spartans Three Place Winners at Regional

Feb 25, 2018

The Five Flags Center provided two exciting days of exciting wrestling action for fans of the NCAA Division III Lower Midwest Regional on Saturday and Sunday. The Spartans would finish with three place winners and a ninth place overall finish after scoring 39.5 points.

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Wrestling Visit Day


Name Position Event Height Weight Year Hometown
Zarik Anderson 149 Freshman Rockwall, Texas
Derrick Ashford II 165 Freshman Chicago, Ill.
Ethan Cain 174/184 Sophomore Polo, Ill.
Teddy Caporrino 165 Sophomore Manahawkin, N.J.
Jordon Colon 184 Freshman East Rutherford, N.J.
Delmontae Davis 157 Freshman Jacksonville, Fla.
Marquis Flowers-Robertson 157 Freshman Grand Prairie, Texas
Jay'Moreye Gonzales 174 Freshman Fort Worth, Texas
Mark Griffin Jr. 165 Sophomore Glen Ellyn, Ill.
Taveyon Grissom 197 Freshman Grovetown, Ga.
Dakota Halverson 285 Freshman Goodyear, Ariz.
Cosmo Halwix 197/285 Senior Romeoville, Ill.
Blake Howerton 5-5 149 Junior Kansas City, Mo.
Elijah Joseph 165 Freshman Kileen N.J.
Quincy Kalkbrenner 157 Senior Lena, Ill.
Nile Laguna 133 Sophomore Phoenix, Ariz.
Jack McLafferty 141 Freshman Brick, N.J.
Robert Melise 285 Freshman Phillipsburg, N.J.
Nicholas Meyer 141 Junior Algonquin, Ill.
Michael Mutton 141 Freshman Oakbrook,Ill.
Jacob Nash 285 Freshman Howell, N.J.
Chris Nielsen 184 Freshman Little Egg Harbor, N.J.
Caleb Poche 125 Freshman Naples, Fla.
Danny Petrala 285 Freshman Summit, N.J.
Terrin Rackouski 174 Freshman Frankfort, Ill.
Logan Sears 165 Freshman Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Ethan Soderstrom 184/197 Senior Bloomington, Wis.
Riley Sweetland 125 Senior Tonica, Ill.
Andrew Turner 165 Freshman Dubuque, Iowa
Prentice Walls 133 Junior Dakota, Ill.
Isaiah Williams 133 Freshman Landover, Md.
Armad Willis 5-7 141 Junior Chicago, Ill.
Kamen Wilmington 141 Freshman Pinellas Park, Fla


2017-18 Schedule

Oct. 28

vs. UD Scrimmage

Dubuque, IA

9:00 a.m.

Nov. 4

at MacMurray Open

Jacksonville, IL

9:00 a.m.

Nov. 11

at Luther College Open

Decorah, IA

9:00 a.m.

Nov. 18

at Concordia University Open

Mequon, WI

9:00 a.m.

Dec. 2

at BVU Open

Storm Lake, IA

9:00 a.m.



Dec. 9

at North Central Invite

Naperville, IL

9:00 a.m.

Dec. 16

UD’s Jim Fox Duals

Dubuque, IA

1:00 p.m.

Dec. 30

at Ozark Duals

Clarksville, Ark


Jan. 6

UD Duals (UW-Oshkosh, MSOE, MacMurray)

Dubuque, IA

11:00 a.m.

Jan. 9

at Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

7:00 p.m.

Jan. 13

at Cornell Invite

Mt. Vernon, IA

9:00 a.m.

Jan. 20

at IIAC Duals*




Hosted by Buena Vista Univ.

Storm Lake, IA

9:00 a.m.

Jan. 26

vs. Luther College*

Dubuque, IA

7:00 p.m.

Feb. 2

at Loras College*

Dubuque, IA

7:00 p.m.

Feb. 9

vs. Coe College*

Dubuque, IA

7:00 p.m.

Feb. 10

at Central College JV Invite

Pella, IA

7:00 p.m.

Feb. 13

at Simpson College*

Indianola, IA

7:00 p.m.

Feb. 24-25

at NCAA Division III Central Regional




Hosted by Loras College

Dubuque, IA

9:00 a.m.

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

Lucas Malmberg
Lucas Malmberg
Assistant Wrestling Coach

BA, Messiah College

Office Phone: 563.589.3347
E-mail: LMalmberg@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 307 Stoltz Sports Center

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

BS, Grand Canyon University

Office Phone: 609.339.5554
E-mail: CSJackson@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 401 Stoltz Sports Center
Biography - Click to Open

Chayse Jackson begins his second season with the Spartans as a Graduate Assistant Coach for the 2017 season. Prior to joining the staff at the University of Dubuque Jackson served as a Volunteer Assistant Coach at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix Arizona, where he completed his undergraduate degree and competed as a student-athlete.

While at Grand Canyon University, Jackson graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Cumulative 4.0 in Biology with an emphasis in Pre-med and a minor in coaching. During his time as a student-athlete Jackson was a four-year starter, a two-time team captain, and an Academic All-American. Individually, Jackson was ranked as high as #1 in the country by the NCWA, while holding a top 5 ranking throughout the first year of the transition process to Division I, although the team was ineligible for post-season during this time. Nonetheless, the team, and Jackson, captured a NCWA National Dual title during his tenure as an athlete.

As a coach, Jackson helped lead the light and middle weight wrestlers during the 2016 season. In that year, Jackson coached three All-Americans, including a National Champion, at the National Collegiate Open in Ohio. He also served as a volunteer for the GCU Mat club, while working as a clinician for various camp series in Arizona, Oregon, Utah, and Nevada.

As a Prep Athlete at Roseburg High School, Jackson had great success compiling 131 wins and only 37 losses, while being a three-time state placer and State champion. He also served on the Oregon National team, and competed in the Greco World duals in May of 2011 where he took 4th as an individual.

Jackson joins the Spartan legion as a Master’s student and will be pursuing his Master’s of Business Administration while coaching in the hopes it will propel his coaching career.

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