McGovern Coaches Team USA to Five World Medals

Oct 2, 2018


KOPJE, Macedonia – The University of Dubuque's head wrestling coach Jon McGovern returned from coaching freestyle as the Veteran World Championships came to a close last weekend with the USA Team claiming five medals. The USA Team left Macedonia with one gold, one silver, and three bronze medals where 38 nations were represented. The host Russians won the team title (85 points) with the country of Mongolia placing second (68 points), the USA team finished ninth overall (31 points).

Kevin Pine, a seven-time Veteran World medalist, claimed the first gold of his career. Rudy James of St. Paul, Minn claimed a sliver medal, while Stephen Horton of Cibolo, Texas, Jordin Humphrey of Monrovia, Calif.Daniel Lovell from North Dakota claimed bronze medals. McGovern joined former Veterans World Champion Chris Brown from Maryland Wrestling Club, who coached both Greco-Roman and freestyle for Team USA.

"There were several former Olympians and Olympic Medalists in competition including 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist Gabor Hatos from Hungary who made for some great battles," commented McGovern. "Kevin Pine showed a lot of heart to win his first gold medal. Rudy James was a great team leader working hard for a sliver in a tough battle in the finals against an Iranian foe who now may join the Olympic team for Great Britain. This was my first year with the USA team and it was a good overall effort. We look forward to continuing to build the USA team to compete for world domination at this event in the future."  stated Coach McGovern.

Complete team results can be found online: