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Rick Young

2013 WSHF inductee



            Rick Young won the maximum possible nine letters during his playing time at Upper Sandusky High School, earning three letters each in football, wrestling and track and field. He went on to play football and track and field at the College of Dupage and football at Bowling Green State University, before taking up a career in coaching.

            At Upper Sandusky, Young won the state heavyweight wrestling championship in 1986 after finishing eighth in 1985. He was the Northern Ohio League champion his junior and senior seasons and finished second as a sophomore. Young set school records for most pins in a season and career and most wins in a season, placing in every tournament in which he competed during his three years.

            In track and field, Young won the league shot put title in 1985 and 1986 and was runner-up in 1984. He took third in the discus his senior season. He established the school record in the shot put as a senior and placed in every invitational during his career.

            As a football player, Young was an All-NOL and All-Northwest District first-team defensive lineman in 1985.

            At the College of Dupage, Young started for two seasons at offensive tackle, earning first-team All-North Central Community College Conference and second-team All-American honors in 1987. In track and field, he set the school record in the 35-pound weight toss and hammer throw and placed 10th in the national junior college meet in 1988. He went on to play two seasons as a scholarship football player at Bowling Green, starting both years at offensive guard.

            His coaching career includes two seasons at Urbana University and many years in football, wrestling and track and field at Riverdale, Upper Sandusky and Buckeye Central high schools.