Iowa Hawkeyes

Matt McDonough joins Cornell College wrestling staff

Former Hawkeye NCAA champion previously coached at Wisconsin

Iowa's Matt McDonough celebrates after defeating Penn State's Nicholas Megaludis in their 125 pound championship match a
Iowa’s Matt McDonough celebrates after defeating Penn State’s Nicholas Megaludis in their 125 pound championship match at the 2012 NCAA Division 1 Wrestling Championships Saturday, March 17, 2012 at the Scottrade Center in Saint Louis. McDonough won the match to claim the title. (The Gazette)

MOUNT VERNON — Cornell College added a pretty big name to its wrestling program.

Rams Coach Brent Hamm is excited to have Matt McDonough on board.

“I am thrilled to have Matt on our coaching staff,” Hamm said. “Matt is high energy and relates well with people. His expertise in the wrestling room will raise our program to new heights. Matt will be a great mentor to our athletes and a huge asset on our coaching staff.”

Cornell announced Wednesday that the former University of Iowa two-time NCAA champion and World medalist will join the wrestling staff as an assistant coach. He previously coached at the University of Wisconsin for two years.

“This is a great opportunity to do what I love in my home community,” McDonough said. “I’m excited for the future and blessed to be a part of a historic wrestling program in Iowa.”

McDonough was a three-time NCAA finalist, winning 125-pound titles as a freshman and junior in 2010 and 2012. He was a four-time Big Ten Conference finalist and two-time champ, compiling a career mark of 122-9. He was a member of the Hawkeyes’ 2010 Big Ten and national title team.

McDonough also had international freestyle success with the Hawkeye Wrestling Club, earning bronze at 57 kilograms at the 2014 University World Championships.

The former Linn-Mar prep was a three-time state champion and four-time medalist, posting a 151-15 career record. He was also a Cadet freestyle national titlist and Greco-Roman national finalist.

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