Mark Reiland Iowa City West Wrestling Coach Has Died
Longtime Iowa City West wrestling coach, former Hawkeye wrestler Mark Reiland has passed on Wednesday, December 9, 2021. away at age 52. Reiland was a two-time state champion at Eagle Grove High School and a University of Iowa national titleholder.
Reiland was an icon on and off the mat in both the Messenger area and beyond. As a prep, he captured state gold for the Eagles in 1986 and 1987 at 145 and 155 pounds, respectively. Reiland, a four-time state place winner for Eagle Grove, went 69-1 in his last two high school seasons. He also earned Junior Freestyle and Greco Roman national championships in 1987.
Reiland’s legend grew under head coach Dan Gable in Iowa City. He was a two-time All-American with the Hawkeyes, winning the 1991 NCAA title at 167 pounds to help secure Iowa’s 12th-ever team crown and start a three-year program run at the top of the national landscape.
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