Hall of Fame: Whitmer feels honored to be inducted

Jessie Whitmer holds his Hall of Fame plaque as his family joins him following the ceremony last week in Cresco. Pictured are: First row, from left; daughter Kadence and son Ashur. Second row, from left; mom Debbie and dad Henry. In back is his wife Meredith. The Whitmer family lives in North Liberty. Photo provided

After making the trip from his home in North Liberty to Cresco in northeast Iowa for the ceremony, former Eagle Grove wrestler Jessie Whitmer feels honored to be one of the members of the ‘Class of 2019’ inducted into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame. He certainly is very deserving of the honor, now joining over 130 other members of the Hall located in the Howard County seat community of Cresco.

“I was extremely honored and excited,” said Whitmer. “It made me really start to think back to all the people that have helped me get better over the years.” He felt it was a fantastic opportunity to also meet other accomplished wrestlers of the past. “I was able to see a number of past Eagle Grove legends and have great conversations with them,” said Reiland. “The event hosted numerous people that I had looked up to and admired through my wrestling career, and even after I was done.”

One of those people included Marv Reiland, the legendary former coach of the Eagles who guided them to state team titles in 1974, 1986 and 1987 and a state duals title in 1987 as well. His sons Luke and Mark were also state champions for the Eagles.

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