By David Troppens
Nathan Young has been an outstanding wrestler for the Holly wrestling team his entire career.
He is a four-time state meet participant and he capped his career with a D2 140-pound individual state championship at Detroit’s Ford Field on March 7.
While his prep career may be over, Young’s wrestling career isn’t. He’ll be wrestling for Northern University Illinois (NIU), a Division I program that is a member of the Mid-American Conference.
“I’m excited,” Young said. “It really helps my confidence. It proves that all of my hard work I have put in the sport is paying off.”
Northern Illinois University has a little bit of a pipeline going between Holly High School’s wrestling program and the Huskies’ program. Shawn Scott was the first Holly wrestler to join NIU’s team, and he finished his career during the 2016-17 school year by advancing to the Round of 12 at Nationals. He was a three-time NCAA qualifier, recording a career record of 81-41. Younger brother Andrew Scott followed, completing his career during the 2018-19 school year with a 20-38 career record. That means Young will be the third Holly wrestler to join the program.
Young posted a 186-28 record overall during his Holly career and placed three times at the state meet. He placed sixth (103) his freshman year, second (130) his junior year and a state champion (140) this season.
The Huskies had three redshirt freshmen battle for starting spots in the 141-pound class. The typical starter at 149 graduates after this season. Northern Illinois is coached by Ryan Ludwig. He’s led the program since the 2011-12 school year. The squad had an 8-10 record in 2018-19. The Huskies were 13-4 overall this fall and finished third at the MAC Championships.
“I know I wanted to go Division I and the coach is one of the main reasons why I went there,” Young said.
Young gives some of the credit for his success to the Holly wrestling program.
“We’ve had a lot of great coaches and great wrestling partners. They helped me grow into the wrestler I am today,” Young said.