Keith Young

1979 Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame Inductee

September 24, 1929 – July 29, 2012

Keith Young built a successful career in wrestling across a span of four decades.

Young attended high school in Algona, where he participated in wrestling under Leon “Champ” Martin and had a record of eight wins against two losses and a draw. His prep career was cut short however, when Algona cut the wrestling program in 1943 because of World War II.

Young went on to attend college at the Iowa State Teachers College, now the University of Northern Iowa, in Cedar Falls and was a key figure in that school’s national championship team of 1950. During a three year span, 1940 to 1951, Young posted a record of 90-5-1 and was a three-time NCAA and NAAU champion.

After his college career, Young entered the high school coaching ranks at Blue Earth, Minnesota in 1952, leading them to a state championship a year later. After coaching a year at Osage, Young became the head coach at Cedar Falls High School in 1955, a post he held until his retirement from coaching in 1984.

As a coach at Cedar Falls, Young guided his teams to a 243-128-10 dual meet record and two state team championships, in 1968 and 1976. The 1968 state title was the first ever won by the school.

Young was also involved with wrestling as a clinician in various camps around the nation. He also officiated high school and collegiate wrestling, highlighted by his selection as a referee at both the NCAA Division I and Division II championships several times.

Young had been honored with induction into the Helms (Citizen’s Savings) Hall of Fame in 1964, induction into the Iowa High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1978 and he was admitted to the U.S. Wrestling Federation Hall of Fame in 1979.

Keith Young was inducted into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1979.

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High School
Algona High School


Iowa State Teacher's College (UNI)


  • 3 time NCAA and AAU national champion



High School:

  • Blue Earth (MN) High School
  • Osage High School
  • Cedar Falls High School

Years Coached: 32


  • 243-128-12 in dual meets, one Minnesota, two Iowa State Championships