Fortunately for all involved, I do not make employment decisions.
I was offering an opinion and my experiences as one of the "go-to" technicians for my company.
The behavior that I have seen and the DRAMA, for lack of a better term, that comes from so many young techs is amazing.
If we could get them to get their heads out of their pants and on their job for half an hour at a time, it was a good day.
Personally, if I had ANY input into the hiring process, I would look for EXACTLY what the OP was looking for. A little bit 'older' guy. One who is more mature and knows what it required to get the job done.
I wouldn't be likely to gamble on a young guy, and if I did take that gamble, he would be on a VERY short leash until he proved himself to be reliable.