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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.


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UD's Mena and 1997 Hawkeyes to be Inducted in Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

The members of the 2015 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame class have been announced and the University of Dubuque's assistant wrestling coach Mike Mena will be part of the 1997 University of Iowa Wrestling team to be honored. He and his team is joined by four other individuals: Rich Binek, Mike Mann, Rick Caldwell, and Fred Cooper. The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum will induct the new members on Saturday, May 30 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Cedar Falls.

Wrestling Honored with Top-30 Academic Ranking by NWCA

The National Westling Coaches Association (NWCA) announced the their academic awards for 2014-15 at the NCAA Division III National Championships this week. The University of Dubuque wrestling team earned the NWCA Academic Team Honor by being ranked #28 in the nation in overall team grade point average with a 3.27 GPA.

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Wrestling Team

Name Position Event Height Weight Year Hometown
Alek Aragon 149 Freshman Las Vegas, Nev.
Joey Cisneros 125 Freshman Visalia, Calif.
Julio Chavez 133 Junior Midlothian, Ill.
Adrian Collier 149 Junior Zion, Ill.
Nathan Cristion 197 Senior Port Angeles, Wash.
James Cunningham 133 Freshman Guttenberg, Iowa
Jason Davidson 149 Junior Argo, Ill.
Zach Depuy 133 Freshman Sterling, Ill.
Martin Flemming 6-2 285 Sophomore Milwaukee, Wis.
Frank Frassetto 165 Sophomore Oshkosh, Wis.
Cosmo Halwix 197 Freshman Romeoville, Ill.
Dan Howell 285 Senior Oswego, Ill.
Mark Johnson 133 Senior Crest Hill, Ill.
Ethan Kleitsch 141 Freshman Readlyn, Iowa
Kody Krenz 149 Junior Letts, Iowa
Stephen Kruse 285 Freshman Letts, Iowa
Terry Kubski 174 Senior Plainfield, Ill.
Mason Kwilinski 165 Freshman Montevideo, Minn.
Mitchell Kwilinski 5-9 157 Freshman Montevideo, Minn.
Michael Ladaika 184 Sophomore Cashton, Wis.
Drew Lattner 285 Sophomore San Tan Valley, Ariz.
Matthew Leveille 197 Senior Chicago, Ill.
Sawyer McCaffrey 285 Freshman Gurnee, Ill.
Manny Mendoza 165 Senior Salinas, Calif.
Brendan Menacher 197 Freshman Monticello, Iowa
Nicholas Meyer 133 Freshman Algonquin, Ill.
Miguel Modeste 174 Junior West Palm Beach, Fla.
Max Obois 149 Freshman Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
Cody Ortmann 184 Senior Forsyth, Ill.
Nicholas Rivera 133 Senior Mesa, Ariz.
Jesus Rodriguez Jr. 174 Freshman Franklin Park, Ill.
Stephen Rosenburg 5-7 141 Junior Joliet, Ill.
Joseph Shue 184 Senior Bridgeview, Ill.
Jared Smith 133 Senior Mandeville, La.
Dominic Sterr 197 Freshman Plainfield, Ill.
Riley Sweetland 133 Freshman Tonica, Ill.
Brian Travis 149 Senior Redington Shores, Fla.
Elton Turnage-Manuel 174 Junior Aurora, Ill.
Keegan Witbeck 133 Sophomore Muscatine, Iowa


Dual Meet Record (8-13, 3-4 IIAC)

Oct. 11


Dubuque, Iowa


Oct. 25

UD Wrestle-Offs

Dubuque, Iowa


Nov. 08

at Knox Chuck Porter Invite

Galesburg, Ill.

No Team Scores

Nov. 15

vs. Augustana College

Dubuque, Iowa

L, 15-24

Nov. 22

at Concordia Univ. Open

Mequon, Wis.

No Team Scores

Dec. 06

at UW-La Crosse Candlewood Suites Duals

La Crosse, Wis.



UD vs. Augsburg College

La Crosse, Wis.

L, 7-37


UD vs. UW-Stevens Pt.

La Crosse, Wis.

W, 21-20 (tie break)


UD vs. SW Minn. State

La Crosse, Wis.

L, 15-27

Dec. 13

at North Central Invite

Chicago, Ill.


Jan. 03

at Chicago Duals

Chicago, Ill.



UD vs. St. John's University (Minn.)

Chicago, Ill.

L, 21-30

UD vs. #8 Harper College (junior college, Ill.)

Chicago, Ill.

W, 27-15
  UD vs. Wabash College (Ind.) Chicago, Ill. L, 15-24
Jan. 10 at Loras College Flash Flanagan Open Dubuque, Iowa (LOR) No Team Scores

Jan. 09-10

at NWCA National Duals

Fort Wayne, Ind.



UD vs. Wilkes University (Pa.)

Fort Wayne, Ind.

L, 9-35


UD vs. Alma College (Mich.)

Fort Wayne, Ind.

L, 15-16


EXTRA: UD vs. Rhode Island College

Fort Wayne, Ind.

W, 37-6

Jan. 17

at Wheaton Duals

Wheaton, Ill.



UD vs. UW-La Crosse

Wheaton, Ill.

L, 3-30


UD vs. Wheaton

Wheaton, Ill.

W, 36-12

Jan. 22

at UW-Platteville

Platteville, Wis.

W, 41-0

Jan. 24

at IIAC Duals (Hosted by Wartburg)

Waverly, Iowa

*ROLLING schedule*


vs. Central College

Waverly, Iowa

W, 22-15


vs. Buena Vista University

Waverly, Iowa

W, 31-9


vs. Wartburg College

Waverly, Iowa

L, 4-34

Jan. 29

at Luther College

Decorah, Iowa

L, 9-30

Jan. 30

vs. Simpson College

Dubuque, Iowa

W, 36-3

Feb. 06

vs. Loras College

Dubuque, Iowa

L, 18-24

Feb. 12

at Coe College

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

L, 17-18

Feb. 13

vs. Cornell College

Dubuque, Iowa

L, 10-21

Feb. 14

UD Jim Fox Invite

Dubuque, Iowa

No Team Scores

Feb. 28

NCAA Central Regional

Dubuque, Iowa (LOR)



Season Statistics


University of Dubuque Wrestling Coaches Profile
Jon McGovern
Jon McGovern
Head Wrestling Coach

BA, Central College
MA, University of Iowa

Office Phone: 563.589.3685
Fax: 563.589.3425
Office Location: 315 Stoltz Sports Center
Biography - Click to Read

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 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 Athletic 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 96 team dual meet victories since taking over a winless program.

•12th year as Head Coach
•UD’s all-time leader for career coaching dual meet wins - 96
•Named NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year in 2006
•Coached UD Wrestling to four top twenty finishes and two top 15 finishes at the NCAA DIII Championships
•Has coached 3 Top 15 NCAA Academic Scholar Team Finishes
•Has coached 7 All-Americans, 2 national champions, 1 national runner-up, 16 NWCA Academic Scholar All-Americans, 23 IIAC Academic Scholars, and 1 Iowa Conference Male Scholar Athletes of the Year

Josh Terrell
Josh Terrell
Assistant Wrestling Coach

BA, Health, Wellness and Rec, University of Dubuque

Office Location: 401 Stoltz Sports Center

Michael Mena
Michael Mena
Assistant Wrestling Coach

BA, University of Iowa

Office Phone: 563.589.3347
Office Location: 307 Stoltz Sports Center
Biography - Click to Read

Mike Mena, a former University of Iowa standout, has been named to the University of Dubuque wrestling staff, Head Coach Jon McGovern announced.

Previously, Mike served as an assistant coach for nine seasons for the Indiana University wrestling program. Mena worked extensively with the Hoosier lightweights. His tutelage  led to a 125-lbs. national championship for Indiana in several seasons at Indiana.  In 2008, Mena guided Angel Escobedo to an incredible 34-1 season that ended with the national title after guiding Joe Dubuque to back-to-back 125-lbs. national championships, in 2004 and 2005

Mena is a three-time U.S. freestyle national team member, earning the status by finishing in the top three at the U.S. World Team Trials in 1999, 2001 and 2003. Mena also competed at the 2000 Olympic trials in Dallas, finishing fifth, while at the 2004 USA Olympic Trials in Indianapolis he placed seventh.  Mena won gold medals at the New York Athletic Club International, Sunkist International and the 2000 Olympic Qualification International in Mexico. By winning the gold in Mexico, Mena ensured the U.S. would qualify the 119-pound weight class to the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Additionally, he placed six times at the U.S. senior level Freestyle National Championship. 

Mena graduated from the University of Iowa in 1997 where he was a four-time NCAA All-American and a Big-10 Champion.  The Iowa graduate played an important part on three NCAA Team Championship Teams for legendary wrestling coach Dan Gable.

The Rock Falls, Ill. native is a graduate of Newman Central Catholic H.S. (1992). Mena was the first four-time undefeated state champion in the history of Illinois High School wrestling. He finished his career with a 157-0 record. Mena has five children; Breanna, Elisia, Chris, Makaley, and Gracie. 

Head Coach Jon McGovern and Mike Mena both competed for three seasons under the tutelage of Dan Gable with the Hawkeye Wrestling Club.

"Mike is a proven coach and will be a great addition to our coaching staff.”  stated Head Spartan Coach Jon McGovern.

Ryan Warczynski
Ryan Warczynski
Graduate Assistant Wrestling Coach



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