CHICAGO – Kaleb Young of Iowa, a Punxsutawney graduate, won the 157-pound title at the prestigious Midlands Championships Monday.
(Photo courtesy of Iowa Athletics)
Young got a takedown with 13 seconds left in sudden victory to secure a 5-3 win over Army’s Markus Hartman in the finals.
Watch Young get his winning takedown.
Kaleb Young is quick – he finishes the job in no time.
— Iowa On BTN (@IowaOnBTN) December 31, 2019
After a scoreless first period, Young took a 2-0 with a reversal after starting in the bottom position before Hartman got a late escape to make it 2-1 heading to the third.
Starting on the bottom in the third, Hartman got a reversal to go up 3-2 before Young escaped to tie the bout at three and force overtime.
Young advanced to the finals with a pun of Purdue’s Kendall Coleman at 7:57 of their semifinal match.
Watch Young get the win over Coleman.
#8 Kaleb Young wins this wild scramble and pins #5 Kendall Coleman to punch his spot into the Midlands Finals. pic.twitter.com/qyfnayVQ8m
— FloWrestling (@FloWrestling) December 30, 2019
Iowa won the team championship with a tournament-record 196.5 points.
Watch Young talk about winning the title.
Kaleb Young won his Midlands semifinals and finals matches with late scores in dramatic fashion. It was a little…bananas. pic.twitter.com/QlBgx6cU5Q
— Iowa Hawkeye Wrestling (@Hawks_Wrestling) December 31, 2019