Wrestling Great Keith Young

Keith Young

Legendary wrestler Keith Young passed away on July 29 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He was 81. Keith has many accolades such as, inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1979, instrumental in the 1950 NCAA wrestling championship for the University of Northern Iowa (known as Iowa State Teachers College at the time) undefeated three-time NCAA champion for the Panthers, winning individual titles in 1949, 1950, and 1951, AAU championships those same years, head wrestling coach at Cedar Falls High School, winning two state championships (1968 and 1976), two runner-up finishes and over 200 dual meet victories. Wow! What an incredible list of accomplishments, but what’s even more impressive are what I found written about Keith from people he has touched:

A wonderful example of how to treat people, encouraged many of us to not be afraid, an all around kind and generous person , Soft spoken but tough, a prince among men, Keith has received the prize that all seek in this life and in the next, fun and patient, best example possible of a great person-teacher and coach, a man of integrity and great competitive spirit, The type of man that as a person got older you realized he was also a wise teacher, dedicated and great coach, class act, great role model, memorable man with enormous influence, willing to go the extra mile for people, tough-fair and respected by all, integrity, touched many in a positive way and an example of how to live life, could draw the best out of people, inspire others to a higher level of excellence, his lessons have proved timeless and enduring, man of many talents, one of a kind, man among men, always shared with others, a delightful man, taught wrestlers how to be good people in life, great individual, great friend, he will be missed by all who knew him, Job well done on earth, an influence on anyone he came in contact with, wonderful inspiration, a friend you could count on, and wrestling legend.

The above are just a few words written by those who knew him. Keith will be missed by many and like one person wrote “A job well done on earth.” How do you top that? Keith’s picture is on the wall of the West Gym. He is the type of champion that we should all set the bar to be like. UNI wrestling is proud to have Keith Young as an alumnus. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. Any and all of Keith’s family and friends are always welcome at anything that has to do with UNI wrestling.

Mark Schwab- You can follow Mark’s blog at www.unipanthers.com