Two-time NCAA national champion Joe Dubuque returned to his alma mater two years ago after three seasons serving as an assistant coach at Hofstra University. Dubuque, a three-time NCAA All-American who captured back-to-back national titles at 125 lbs. in 2005 and 2006, is in his third season as an assistant coach for the Hoosiers.
Dubuque made an immediate impact in the recruiting trail for the Cream and Crimson. Indiana's seventh-ranked class for 2010 included a pair of grapplers from New Jersey, Dubuque's native state, and included a plethora of lightweights.
While wrestling at IU, Dubuque posted an overall record of 114-18, including a 69-6 dual mark and a 19-6 Big Ten record in four years.
Dubuque, a native of Bloomfield, New Jersey, was a scholastic national champion as a senior and a two-time state champion at Glenn Ridge High School. After red-shirting the 2001-02 season at Indiana, he tallied a 23-5 overall record and a 15-3 mark in dual meets, and ranked as high as 12th as a freshman but missed the Big 10 Championships due to an injury.
A year later Dubuque qualified for his first NCAA appearance with a fourth place finish at the Big Ten Championships and then went on to earn All-America honors with an eighth-place showing at the NCAA Championships. He finished the year with a 34-9 overall record, a 21-2 dual mark and captured the 125-pound title at the Northern Iowa Open.
In 2004-05 Dubuque placed third in the Big Ten Championships and then defeated three ranked opponents on his march to claim the 125-pound title at the national championships. He became the first Hoosier to appear in a NCAA final since Roger Chandler did so in 1997, and the first IU grappler to claim a national championship since Brian Dolph captured the 150-pound title in 1990. He finished the year with a 29-3 overall record, an 18-1 slate in duals, a 6-1 mark in the Big Ten and a 12-2 mark against ranked opponents.
As a senior during the 2005-06 season he recorded a an overall mark of 28-1, including a 7-1 record against ranked opponents; defeating three ranked foes at the NCAAs en route to the 125-pound crown. Dubuque became just the second Hoosier in Indiana history to capture two national titles and the first Hoosier to register back-to-back NCAA crowns. He helped lead IU to an 18th-place finish at the 2006 NCAA Championships.
Dubuque earned a bachelor's degree in recreation sports management from Indiana. He resides in Bloomington, Ind., with his wife, Jaime, and their son Chase.
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