Jakob Whitinger

Derik Downing had to survive a wild match during Saturday’s Class 1A district tournament to earn a spot in this week’s state wrestling tournament that kicks off today (Thursday) in Des Moines.
Derik Downing conceded it was the longest 20 seconds of his life. The Nashua-Plainfield sophomore had just picked up three critical back points late in the third period to take a 4-3 lead over Denver’s John Ebaugh, the state’s seventh-ranked wrestler at 160, in his district semifinal match. Now,...
Nashua-Plainfield’s Evan Kalainoff works for an escape during a tournament earlier this season.
If there is a rule when it comes to high school wrestling, it is this: Time speeds up after Christmas. “Three weeks from this Saturday, we’re wrestling at sectionals,” Nashua-Plainfield coach Al Frost said earlier this week. “You get to Christmas and all of a sudden, it’s go time.” The good news...
Nashua-Plainfield sophomore Jakob Whitinger finishes off a reversal against North Linn’s Heath Moyer in a 113-pound semifinal match at the Class 1A state tournament in Des Moines.
Nashua-Plainfield’s Jakob Whitinger stood in the tunnel at Wells Fargo Arena, and even though he had just saw his season end with a loss, the smile never left his face. “I came down here to get on the stand,” the sophomore 113-pounder said Saturday afternoon, “and tonight, I get to get up on that...
For the first time in 15 years, Nashua-Plainfield won’t be sending a wrestler to the state tournament.  And while that fact is disappointing to veteran coach Al Frost, he won’t fault the efforts his two Class 1A district qualifiers — Brock Dietz and Jakob Whitinger — gave him on Saturday in Lake...
Nashua-Plainfield’s Brock Dietz  works for a pin during the third period of his 106-pound title match against North Butler’s Bryce Trees at Saturday’s Class 1A sectional tournament in Nashua.
The good news was Brock Dietz was going to qualify for the district tournament either way; the bad news is the Nashua-Plainfield junior had no idea that the third-place match had punched his ticket.  That meant, in Dietz’s mind at least, he was wrestling for his postseason life Saturday, but he was...
Jakob Whitinger uses his “all-out, never-say-die” attitude during a match at the Nashua-Plainfield Invitational earlier this season.
The wins for the Nashua-Plainfield wrestling team were nice, but the losses and the lessons they taught may be just as important.  In the end, coach Al Frost will take the first half of the season that came to an end with a 2-1 night at the Huskies’ home quadrangular and a solid 2-4 showing at the...
Nashua-Plainfield’s Jakob Whitinger  competes at the New Hampton Invitational last week.
As Jennifer Kalainoff watched her runners cross the finish line last Thursday night, the Nashua-Plainfield coach admitted she felt a twinge of disappointment.  The places were fine at the annual New Hampton Invitational, but the times seemed off.  And it turned out there was good reason for that as...

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