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Former championship coaches Young, Patten to go ‘On the Mat’ this week



This week's edition of "On the Mat" will feature former college coaches Kaye Young and Chuck Patten.

Young was the head coach of North Iowa Area Community College from 1967 - 1976. During a four-year stretch between 1969 and 1973, NIACC placed second on three different occasions at Nationals before winning the title in 1973, when Coach Young earned National Junior College Coach of the Year honors.

After dropping the program in 1976, NIACC announced that it would be reinstating wrestling this season under the guidance of Rich Fergola. NIACC is hosting a "Celebration of Excellence" that will honor the 1973 championship team with Dan Gable as the keynote speaker. The event will take place on Sunday, April 29, in the NIACC gymnasium at 4 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Patten was the head coach at the University of Northern Iowa from 1965-1982. During his tenure with the Panthers his teams won two NCAA Division II titles and placed in the top three on nine other occasions. By the end of his 18-year career Patten had compiled a 217-87-8 dual meet record and had coached 58 All-Americans.

"On the Mat" is a weekly wrestling radio program that airs every Wednesday night. This week's broadcast can be heard live from 6-7 p.m. Central Standard Time. The Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum in Waterloo, Iowa, hosts the show.

"On the Mat" can be heard live on the Internet at www.kcnzam.com or locally in Northeast Iowa on 1650, The Fan. Feel free to e-mail radio@wrestlingmuseum.org with questions or comments about the show.
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