MASON CITY, Iowa – A Mason City legend has died.
Eddie Kline, a three-time state wrestling champion and a member of the school’s first Hall of Fame class, died Wednesday at age 85.
After winning his three wrestling titles from 1951-53, Kline was a fixture at many Mason City High School sporting events and in the community for decades.
In 2014, Kline was one of the first athletes to be inducted into the Mason City High School Athletic Hall of Fame. His long-time friend, Phil Johnson, explains he was inducted for much more than his performance on the mat.
"Eddie is absolutely one of the greatest ambassadors Mason City High School ever had. The kids just loved him and he knew every one by name. He really took their events seriously and was always their biggest cheerleader. He was just an absolute champ, there's no doubt about it." says Johnson, chairperson for the Mason City High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
"Everybody knew Eddie Kline."
Kline worked at Mason City High School as a custodian for 38 years and retired in 1994.
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