The University of Dubuque wrestling team competes in the strongest wrestling conference in America. The American Rivers Conference (formerly the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic 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

Spartans Name Hansen as Assistant Wrestling Coach

Jul 16, 2019

A former NCAA Division III national champion and Division I assistant, Nate Hansen joins the University of Dubuque as an assistant coach for head coach Jon McGovern. Hansen spent seven seasons as the head wrestling coach at Simpson College in Indianola (2012-2019).

Bailey Eliminated on Day One of Championships

Mar 8, 2019

University of Dubuque’s Tevin Bailey was on the wrong end of two close matches on Friday afternoon at the 2019 Division III Wrestling Championships, to be eliminated on the first day of the championships.

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Upcoming Events


Nov 9, 2019 | 7:00 PM — 9:00 PM | Platteville, Wis.

UW-Platteville Invite


Nov 16, 2019 | 11:00 AM — 5:00 PM | Dubuque, Iowa

UD Invite

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Name Position Event Height Weight Year Hometown
Jack Allen 184/197 Freshman Katy, Texas
Zarik Anderson 149 Sophomore Rockwall, Texas
Tevin Bailey 184 Sophomore Reno, Nev.
Payton Binns 174 Freshman Lemon Bay. Fla.
Aaron Black 125 Freshman Clearbrook, Va.
Ethan Cain 197 Junior Polo, Ill.
Delmontae Davis 174 Sophomore Jacksonville, Fla.
Sean Debuck 133 Freshman Puyallup, Wash.
Jessy Diaz 157 Sophomore Yuma, Ariz.
Richard Diaz 143 Freshman Brentwood, N.Y.
Stone Durham 157 Freshman Rapid City, S.D.
Yonas Harris 125 Freshman Boyds, Md.
Michael Koch 185 Freshman Dubuque, Iowa
Greg Krulas 160 Junior Freeport, Ill.
Nile Laguna 133 Junior Phoenix, Ariz.
Nico Mazzanti 149 Freshman Woodstock, Ill.
Robert Melise 285 Sophomore Phillipsburg, N.J.
Malik Milazzo 165 Freshman West Chicago, Ill.
Michael Mutton 141 Sophomore Oakbrook,Ill.
Danny Petrala 285 Sophomore Summit, N.J.
Terrin Rackouski 174 Sophomore Frankfort, Ill.
Caleb Sadler 133 Freshman Cobbs Creek, Va.
Andrew Saucedo 157 Sophomore Riverside, Calif.
Logan Sears 165 Sophomore Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Isaiah Williams 133 Sophomore Landover, Md.
Noah Wynbrandt 174/184 Freshman Sanford, Fla.
Jevontea Yarbrough 148 Junior Miami, Fla.

2019-20 Schedule                                                                                                              

Nov. 9

at UW-Platteville Invite

Platteville, WI


Nov. 16

UD Wrestling Invite

Dubuque, IA


Nov. 23

at Concordia Univ. (WI)*

Mequon, WI


Nov. 23

at Coe College Invite

Cedar Rapids, IA


Dec. 7

UD Wrestling Invite

Dubuque, IA


Dec. 14

vs. Luther College

Dubuque, IA


Dec. 28

at Univ. of Chicago Duals

Chicago, IL


Jan. 4

UD’s Jim Fox Duals

Dubuque, IA


Jan. 11

UD Duals

Dubuque, IA


Jan. 18

UD Duals

Dubuque, IA


Jan. 25

at A-R-C Duals

Pella, IA


Jan. 31

at Simpson College

Indianola, IA


Feb. 1

at Loras College Open*

Dubuque, IA


Feb. 7

at Loras College

Dubuque, IA


Feb. 14

vs. Coe College

Dubuque, IA


Feb. 15

at Winona St. Invite *

Winona, MN


Feb. 22

at Iowa State Last Chance*

Ames, IA


Feb. 28

at NCAA Division III Central Regional




Five Flags Center

Dubuque, IA


Feb. 29

at NCAA Division III Central Regional




Five Flags Center

Dubuque, IA


Mar. 13

at NCAA Division III Championships




US Cellular Center

Cedar Rapids, IA


Mar. 14

at NCAA Division III Championships




US Cellular Center

Cedar Rapids, IA


*-  Junior




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

Ellie Schneider
Ellie Schneider
Graduate Assistant - Wrestling

BS, University of Dubuque

E-mail: ESchneider@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 106 Stoltz Sports Center
Biography - Click to Open

Ellie Schneider joined the University of Dubuque Wrestling program in the Fall of 2018 as a Graduate Assistant. Before landing in Dubuque Ellie studied Business Management at Dakota County Technical College. After completing her degree, she transferred to the University of Dubuque in the fall of 2016 to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Sport Marketing and Management.

While at UD she played softball, was a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, was Sport Marketing and Management Student of the Year for 2018, and had the top GPA of all senior student-athletes. Ellie graduated in the spring of 2018 and is now pursuing her Masters of Management- Sport Management degree.

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