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Matt McDonough

Matt McDonough

Matt McDonough is an American amateur wrestler, widely regarded as one of his generation's most prolific competitors, who helped lead the University of Iowa's Hawkeyes team to Big Ten and NCAA team championships during the 2009-10 season. After his collegiate and international career in freestyle wrestling as an athlete, McDonough turned to coaching where he was praised for his work with the University of Wisconsin and Cornell.

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High School:
- 1st Place IHSAA State Championship (2006, 2007, 2008)

Division 1 All-American Wrestler (2010, 2011, 2012)
- 1st Place NCAA D1 Championship (2010, 2012)
- 1st Place Big Ten Conference (2011, 2012)
- 2nd Place NCAA D1 Championship (2011)
- 2nd Place Big Ten Conference (2010)

- 3rd Place University World Championships (2014)
- 3rd Place Paris Grand Prix (2015)

- 125 lbs

- Linn-Mar High School
- University of Iowa

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Matt McDonough Biography

Matt McDonough was born on May 12, 1990, in Marion, Iowa, United States.

Born in Iowa, McDonough was quickly embedded in the local wrestling culture, starting to stand out during his time in the Linn-Mar (Marion) High School, a time when Matt he won 3 state titles.

After proving his worth at a high school level, McDonough joined the legendary Hawkeyes wrestling team at The University of Iowa - a stone throw away from Linn-Mar - taking his first year under coach Tom Brands to redshirt.

McDonough's work ethic and talent quickly delivered results for the black and yellow singlet team as Matt went on to conquer 2 NCAA titles and 2 Big Ten events. In his final season with The University of Iowa (2012–2013), Matt made his fourth Big Ten conference finals but fell short of a third straight title after a shoulder injury stopped him on his tracks.

After an international career in freestyle wrestling, McDonough took an assistant coach position at the University of Wisconsin, in 2018, alongside fellow assistant coach Jonathan Reader and Head coach Christopher Bono. Two years later McDonough joined Coach Brent Hamm's Cornell wrestling staff as the head assistant for the 2020-21 season.