The Open Wrestling Championships begin Friday at Las Vegas Convention Center
The June 2013 edition includes a feature on Matt McDonough
2-time NCAA 125-pound champion for the UI uses rare losses as motivation
NCAA champion named Most Valuable Wrestler at annual awards banquet
Honorees must be letterwiners in their 2nd academic year with a 3.0 GPA
NCAA Wrestling Session III Friday, March 22, 2013
NCAA Wrestling Session IV Friday, March 22, 2013
NCAA Wrestling Session I Thursday, March 21, 2013
NCAA Wrestling Session II Thursday, March 21, 2013
B1G Championships Session III Sunday, March 10, 2013
2012-13 -- Recorded a 22-5 overall record, including an 18-2 mark in dual competition while competitng at 125 pounds... finished runner-up in Big Ten Tournament, earning his fourth straight trip to conference finals and fourth straight automatic berth to NCAA Championships... pinned five opponents, scored four major decisions and one technical fall... posted a 6-1 record in Big Ten duals... was 8-0 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena... scored 74 points in dual competition, the third-highest total on the team... earned two Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honors, raising his career total to four, more than any Hawkeye in program history... finished his career with a 122-9 mark and the 11th best winning percentage in school history (.931)... earned J. Donaly McPike, Sr. award for highest GPA by a Hawkeye senior... academic All-Big Ten... letterwinner.
2011-12 -- NCAA Champion, beating Penn State's Nico Megaludis (4-1) in the 125-pound finals to pick up his 100th career victory, second NCAA title and third All-America honor... Big Ten Champion, posting a 6-1 decision over Minnesota's Zach Sanders in the finals... posted a 36-1 record at 125, going 17-1 in duals and 7-1 in Big Ten duals... led team in season wins (36), overall winning percentage (.973), dual wins (17), dual winning percentage (.944), Big Ten dual wins (7), Big Ten dual winning percentage (.875), pins (12) and major decisions (10)... scored 68 team points in dual competition, which ranked second on team... ended season on a 28-match winning streak... won title at Midlands Championships... went 9-1 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena... named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week Jan. 31... named Mike Howard Mosts Valuable Wrestler... earned the John and Dorothy Sill Award for most dedicated wrestler... earned the Dan Gable Most Pins Awards (12)... academic all-Big Ten... NWCA All-Academic team... letterwinner.
2010-11 -- All-American, placing second at 125 pounds at NCAA Championships... Big Ten Champion, beating Northwestern's Brandon Precin (3-1) in the finals... the 23 team points he scored at the Big Ten Championships led all competitors... posted a 27-2 record, going 15-0 in duals and 8-0 in Big Ten duals... pinned 14 opponents, which led team... scored a squad-leading 80 team points in dual competition... went 8-0 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena... named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week Feb. 1 after pinning Precin (6:11) and Penn State's Nate Morgan (4:16)... placed second at Midlands Championships... scored extra team points in 22 of his 27 wins... recorded six major decisions and two technical falls... earned team Mike Howard Most Valuable Wrestler, All-America and Most Pins awards... letterwinner.
2009-10 -- NCAA Champion, beating Iowa State's Andrew Long (3-1) in the 125-pound finals... Big Ten runner-up, earning Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors... first Hawkeye since 2004, and fifth overall, to earn the conference newcomer honor... posted a 37-1 record, going 23-0 in dual matches and 8-0 in Big Ten duals... posted an 11-0 record at Carver-Hawkeye Arena... won Midlands title... scored extra team points in 28 of his 37 wins... led team in collegiate wins (37), dual wins (23), dual winning percentage (1.000) and major decisions (15), and ranked second in collegiate winning percentage (.974) and technical falls (4)... scored 104 team points in dual comeptition and pinned nine opponents, which ranked third on team... shared team Mike Howard Most Valuable Wrestler Award with Brent Metcalf and high school-teammate Jay Borschel... also earned team John & Dorothy Sill Award, which is presented to the most dedicated wrestler, on and off the mat... letterwinner.
2008-09 -- redshirted... went 22-8 at 133 pounds while competing unattached... won Kaufman-Brand Open title... placed second at Brand, Grand View and Duhawk Opens... placed third at Harold Nichols Open and fifth at Northern Iowa Open... also wrestled at Midlands Championships... pinned 11 opponents and posted five major decisions... placed third at 60 kg/132.25 pounds at FILA Junior National Freestyle Championships and third at FILA Junior Freestyle World Team Trials.
High School -- prep career record was 151-15... three-time state and conference champion... 2008 Dave Schultz wrestling excellence award finalist... four-time all-conference and all-metro... three-time academic all-state... two-time honorable mention ASICS all-America team... set school record for most takedowns in a season and tied school record for most pins in a season... his 151 career wins ranks second in school history... placed third at Junior National Freestyle meet in 2008 and fifth in 2007... 2006 Cadet National Freestyle champion, placing second at Greco-Roman meet... four-year honor roll student and academic letterwinner... coached by Doug Streicher, Jason Haag, Ryan Gotto and C.J. McDonald.
Personal -- born May 12, 1990... son of Michael and Sandi McDonough... chemistry major.
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