Matt McDonough Starts Next Phase of His Career

As fans… Everyone can relate to the joy we feel when a University or HWC athlete wins a big match… We have all witnessed some “gut wrenching” losses.Below is some info about Matt McDonough leaving the HWC. Like many of you…  I am saddened to see him go, yet happy for him to have the opportunity.

Well done Matt!

We will miss you in the HWC!


Randy Novak
HWC President

Former University of Iowa wrestler and two-time NCAA champion Matt McDonough has accepted an assistant coaching position at the University of Wisconsin. Badgers head coach Chris Bono announced the hire today.
McDonough was a three-time All-American for the Hawkeyes, winning the 125-pound national title in 2010 and 2012. He has trained with the Hawkeye Wrestling Club since graduating in 2013. He has been a member of the United States National Team and was a University World Team member, winning a bronze medal at the 2014 University World Championships. The Marion, Iowa, native has led the Eastern Iowa Wrestling Club since June 2017.  
“I am very blessed for my time as a Hawkeye,” McDonough said. “I have learned invaluable lessons both as an athlete and club member. My life has been changed by the coaches at Iowa. For the last 10 years they have been like fathers to me and provided me tools to succeed.
“I cannot wait to get involved in the Wisconsin wrestling program. A huge thanks to Coach Bono for placing his faith in me. We are excited to get to work right away and I look forward to my next adventure as a college coach.” 
“Matt McDonough has been a valuable member of this program for 10 years,” said UI head coach Tom Brands. “He was a national champion as a student-athlete and he’s set an excellent example for our young guys since joining the club. He will be missed in this room, but I am are happy for he and his wife, Cori, and their family. He has earned this opportunity.”

Iowa’s Matt McDonough celebrates after defeating Kent State’s Nicholas Bedelyon in their 125-pound semifinal match, Friday, March 16, 2012, at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in St Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)