One of the finest wrestlers to ever come from New Jersey has returned
to his home state. Princeton Two-time NCAA champion Joe Dubuque joined the Princeton staff as assistant coach for the 2012-13 season, and he has already made a major mark in both mat coaching and recruiting efforts.
Dubuque, the 2005 and 2006 NCAA champion (125) had five years of
experience as an assistant coach, including two with his alma mater,
Indiana. Prior to that, he spent three years as an assistant with
During his first season, he worked with a young set of lower weights, while Princeton's projected starters at 125, 133 and 141 all missed the seasons with injuries. He also helped attract several nationally ranked recruits who could be early dividends during the 2013-14 season.
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. He posted a 23-5 overall record and was ranked 12th
as a freshman, but he 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
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 an overall mark of
28-1, including a 7-1 record against ranked opponents; he defeated 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 Indiana to an 18th-place finish at the 2006 NCAA
“Hiring Joe is a huge step for our program,” Ayres said. ”The last
six years I have preached that we need to build the strongest
organizational foundation in order to achieve sustained success in the
long run. Upgrading the second position through an endowment solidifies
that foundation. We are now on a more even playing field with our
competitors and have the opportunity to see just how good we can become.
Getting someone with the credentials and experience of Joe Dubuque is
just the icing on the cake.”
While wrestling at Indiana, Dubuque posted an overall record of
114-18, including a 69-6 dual mark and a 19-6 Big Ten record in four
"I want to thank Chris Ayres
for giving me the opportunity to come back to New Jersey and help bring
Princeton wrestling to a new level," Dubuque said. "I am excited to be a
part of the Tiger tradition."
Dubuque earned a bachelor’s degree in recreation sports management from Indiana. He has a wife, Jaime, a son Chase and a daughter Sienna.
“We needed to raise quite a bit of funds during the past year and
over 30 alumni contributed significant funds to the coaching endowment,”
Ayres said. “I thank everyone who contributed and plan to recognize
them more formally once the books are closed on this effort, but a
special thanks must go to Rich Tavoso ‘87 and Mike Novogratz ‘87. Rich
and Mike were the first to understand the need to upgrade the position
and really launched this effort with an incredible fund matching plan
that pulled in a lot of support from other alumni. Without their initial
“push” we wouldn’t be where we are today.
“Nothing defines the Princeton Wrestling program more than the
passion and commitment of our alumni and I am so thankful they were able
to respond to our call for support once again,” Ayres added.