Kaleb Young enters the Big Ten Tournament as #2 in Pre-Seeds and ranked #6 in the country at 157 lbs.  Young has not faced the top Pre-Seed and nationally number one ranked Ryan Deakin of Northwestern this season. Young defeated Deakin in the Quarterfinals and Fifth Place match at Nationals last season with a takedown in overtime for a 7-5 win in both matches.  

Young has already defeated the Pre-Seed #3,4,5,6,7,11,12, and 14 and is undefeated in Big Ten matches this season. A potential semifinal match against #3 Pre-Seed and #7 nationally ranked Kendall Coleman of Purdue may happen.  Young defeated Coleman in the semifinals of Midlands by a fall and by a 4-3 decision in the dual meet. 

Young placed fourth at Big Tens last year and wrestled his best performance of the season at Nationals when he placed fifth. I really think Young will benefit from the 9-4 loss to Wyatt Sheets of Oklahoma State in the final dual meet of the season.  My first thought after that match was something that I have heard Dan Gable say:

                                         “A loss can improve a wrestler’s hearing.”   

The point was that a loss can make a wrestler more open to coaching and make necessary changes in their wrestling. Young was on a 13-match winning streak going into that match but he had not looked real sharp in winning a lot of low scoring close matches.  Maybe that loss will serve as a turning point in his season by making adjustments and improvements heading into the tournament season.

I firmly believe that on any given day Kaleb Young can beat any 157 lbs. wrestler in the country.


Big Ten Conference Tournament: March 7-8 

Big Ten Automatic Bids for NCAA National Tournament at 157 lbs. – 6


Kaleb Young

Big Ten Championships Pre-Seed: #2

NCAA D-I Coaches Ranking: #6

Record: 15-3

Falls: 1

Tech Falls: 0

Major Decisions: 1

Decisions: 13


157 lbs. Big Tens Pre-Seeds:

  1.   Ryan Deakin, NU
  2.   Kaleb Young, IOWA
  3.   Kendall Coleman, PUR
  4.   Will Lewan, MICH
  5.   Ryan Thomas, MINN
  6.   Jake Tucker, MSU
  7.   Peyton Robb, NEB
  8.   Eric Barone, ILL
  9.   Michael VanBrill, RU
  10. Jahi Jones, MD
  11. Elijah Cleary, OSU
  12. Garrett Model, WIS
  13. Bo Pipher, PSU
  14. Fernie Silva, IND


157 lbs. NCAA D-I Coaches Ranking and results of Big Ten matches:

#6  Kaleb Young – Iowa

Kaleb Young over Garrett Model (W) Dec 12-6

Kaleb Young over Fernie Silva (IN) Dec 13-7 (Midlands)

Kaleb Young over #7 Kendall Coleman (Purdue) Fall 7:57 (Midlands)

Kaleb Young over Fernie Silva (IN) Dec 11-4

Kaleb Young over #7 Kendall Coleman (Purdue) Dec 4-3

Kaleb Young over #17 Peyton Robb (NE) Dec 6-4

Kaleb Young over #33 Elijah Cleary (OSU) Dec 4-1

Kaleb Young over Bo Pipher (PSU) Dec 6-1

Kaleb Young over #22 Jake Tucker (MSU) Dec 6-2

Kaleb Young over #8 Will Lewan (MI) Dec 7-3

Kaleb Young over #31 Ryan Thomas (MN) Dec 5-4 TB1


It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!