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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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McGovern Named National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III President Elect

The National Wrestling Coaches Association announced University of Dubuque head wrestling coach Jon McGovern as Division III president elect replacing position vacated by Roger Crebs of Lycoming. He will assume the vacated position immediately.

Spartans Prepare for NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships

The University of Dubuque wrestling team is anxious to begin the 2014 NCAA Division III National Championships this weekend at the NCAA National Championships at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids on March 14-15. The Spartans qualified four wrestlers for the championships Nicholas Rivera (125 lbs.), Brian Travis (141 lbs.), Nick Drendel (149 lbs.), and Derek Mizaur (165 lbs.).

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Roster

Wrestling Team

Name Position Event Height Weight Year Hometown
Alexander Banks 165 Freshman Jokosuka, Japan
Logan Chappell 197 Freshman Fennimore, Wis.
Julio Chavez 133 Sophomore Midlothian, Ill.
Adrian Collier 149 Sophomore Mt. Zion, Ill.
Nathan Cristion 174 Junior Port Angeles, Wash.
Jason Davidson 141 Sophomore Argo, Ill.
Alexander Dennis 125 Junior Victorville, Calif.
Dylan Dietz 141 Junior Mapleton, Minn.
Nicholas Drendel 149 Freshman North Aurora, Ill.
Martin Flemming HWT Freshman Milwaukee, Wis.
Frank Frassetto 157 Freshman Oshkosh, Wis.
Javier Guillen 125 Sophomore Tucson, Ariz.
Trey Hess 133 Freshman Cedar Falls, Iowa
Dan Howell HWT Sophomore Oswego, Ill.
Kody Krenz 133 Sophomore Letts, Iowa
Joseph Kubica 165 Junior Lake Park, Ill.
Terrance Kubski 149 Junior Plainfield, Ill.
Michael Ladaika 184 Freshman Cashton, Wis.
Drew Lattner HWT Freshman Chandler, Ariz.
Matthew Leveille 184 Junior Chicago, Ill.
Joshua Lewis 157 Senior Tunnel Hill, Ga.
Manny Mendoza 165 Senior Salinas, Calif.
Derick Minch 174 Junior Muscatine, Iowa
Derek Mizaur 179 Senior Sherrard, Ill.
Cody Ortmann 184 Junior Forsyth, Ill.
Zachary Osborn 197 Sophomore Muncie, Ind.
Layne Palm 165 Freshman Winnebago, Ill.
Kristopher Powars 165 Senior Argenta, Ill.
Eric Powell-Adair 149 Junior Bellwood, Ill.
Nicholas Rivera 125 Junior Mesa, Ariz.
Stephen Rosenburg 133 Sophomore Joliet, Ill.
Ben Schneider 149 Senior New Lenox, Ill.
Logan Sherman HWT Freshman LeClaire, Iowa
Joseph Shue 197 Senior Argo, Ill.
Jared Smith 133 Junior Mandeville, La.
Logan Staver 197 Freshman Stockton, Ill.
Alex Steffen HWT Sophomore Cascade, Iowa
Jake Steffen 165 Freshman Dubuque, Iowa
Ronny Torres 165 Freshman Fox Lake, Ill.
Brian Travis 141 Junior Redington Shores, Fla.
Elton Turnage 165 Sophomore Aurora, Ill.
Curtis Turpin 133 Freshman Cascade, Iowa
Jake Volkey 141 Junior Adams, Wis.
Shykeem Williams 165 Freshman Camanche, Iowa
Nikolis Zicuis HWT Freshman Manville, R.I.

Schedule

Date Opponent/Tournament Location Time/Result
November 9, 2013 at Loras Open (Five Flags Center) Dubuque, Iowa Results
November 16, 2013 at Augustana College Rock Island, Ill. L, 13-22
November 16, 2013 vs. Knox College (at Augie) Rock Island, Ill. W, 40-12
November 23, 2013 at Concordia University (Wis.) Open Mequon, Wis.  Results
December 6, 2013 vs. Luther College Dubuque, Iowa L, 16-26
December 7, 2013 UD Jim Fox Spartan Open Dubuque, Iowa Results
December 14, 2013 vs. Coe College Dubuque, Iowa L, 9-31
December 14, 2013 Wartburg College Dick Walker Invite Waverly, Iowa 2013 Dick Walker Invite
January 4, 2014 vs. Manchester University (University of Chicago Duals) Chicago, Ill. W, 44-3
January 4, 2014 vs. Trine University (University of Chicago Duals) Chicago, Ill. W, 36-6
January 4, 2014 vs. St. John's University, MN (University of Chicago Duals) Chicago, Ill. W, 24-18
January 11, 2014 at Pat Flanagan Open (Loras College) Dubuque, Iowa No Team Score
January 16, 2014 vs. UW-Whitewater  Dubuque, Iowa L, 0-41
January 18, 2014 vs. Maranatha Baptist (at Wheaton Duals) Wheaton, Ill. W, 55-0
January 18, 2014 at Wheaton College Wheaton, Ill. L, 15-27
January 18, 2014 vs. Manchester College (at Wheaton Duals) Wheaton, Ill. W, 36-10
January 25, 2014 vs. Central College (at Iowa Conference Duals) Storm Lake, Iowa  W, 23-15
January 25, 2014 at Buena Vista University (at Iowa Conference Duals) Storm Lake, Iowa W, 24-18
January 25, 2014 vs. Wartburg College (at Iowa Conference Duals) Storm Lake, Iowa L, 0-43
January 31, 2014 at Cornell College Mount Vernon, Iowa L, 14-24
February 1, 2014 at Simpson College Indianola, Iowa W, 34-15
February 7, 2014 at Loras College Dubuque, Iowa L, 15-29
February 14, 2014 vs. Buena Vista (Iowa Conference Final Duals) Dubuque, Iowa  W, 22-15
February 15, 2014 University of Dubuque Open Dubuque, Iowa .........
March 1, 2014 at NCAA Central Regional Qualifier (hosted by Loras) Dubuque, Iowa 5th of 11 teams
March 14, 2014 at NCAA DIII National Championships (hosted by Cornell) Cedar Rapids, Iowa   ..........
March 15, 2014 at NCAA DIII National Championships (hosted by Cornell) Cedar Rapids, Iowa ..........

Season Statistics

Coaches

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

BA, Central College
MA, University of Iowa



Email: jmcgover@dbq.edu 
Office Phone: (563) 589-3685
Fax: (563) 589-3425
Office Location: 315 Stoltz Sports Center
Biography - Click to close

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 88  team dual meet victories since taking over a winless program.

•11th year as Head Coach
•UD’s all-time leader for career coaching dual meet wins - 88
•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, 14 NCAA Academic Scholar All-Americans, 18 IIAC Academic Scholars, and 1 Iowa Conference Male Scholar Athletes of the Year


John Deneen
John Deneen
Assistant Wrestling Coach

Email: jdeneen@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 401 Stoltz Sports Center

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



Email: mmena@dbq.edu 
Office Phone: (563) 589-3347
Office Location: 307 Stoltz Sports Center
Biography - Click to close

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. Mena is the only four-time undefeated state champion in the history of Illinois 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.


Ben Friedl
Ben Friedl
Assistant Wrestling Coach

Email: bfriedl@dbq.edu 
Biography - Click to close

Ben Friedl begins his second year as the graduate assistant wrestling coach for the University of Dubuque.

Before coming to Dubuque he worked as a graduate assistant coach at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio. Prior to Heidelberg he wrestled for the University of Illinois. Wrestling at three different weight classes throughout his college career he was a four time letter winner for the Illini. While at Illinois, he was a two-time Freesyle All-American and earned a top four finish at the University Wolrd Trials.

From Orland Park, Illinois, he graduated from Carl Sandburg High School in 2006 where he was a four time letter winner, Illinois state finalist, and captured state team championships in 2005 and 2006.

Ryan Warczynski
Ryan Warczynski
Assistant Wrestling Coach

Email: rwarczynski@dbq.edu 

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