2013-14: Finished the season 10-7 in open tournaments while competing unattached at 197 lbs. ... placed second in the Blugold Open ... went 2-3 at the Grand View Open ... won the Jim Fox Open by going 3-0 ... placed second at the Dan Gable Open ... went 0-2 at the Loras Open
High School: Finished 49-0 as a senior and was state champion ... was a state qualifier as a junior after going 36-8 ... also qualified for state as a sophomore after going 37-7 ... went 26-12 as a freshman ... competed with the Wisconsin freestyle team at the 2012 Fargo Cadet and Junior National Championships... also played football and was an all-region and all-conference linebacker and guard ... was class valedictorian (4.0 GPA)
Personal: Parents are Jeff and Julie Peissig ... has two older brothers, Grant (29) and Evan (26) ... father wrestled for the Badgers for one year before tearing his ACL ... enjoys snowmobiling and spending time at the cabin ... majors in mechanical engineering
What does it mean to be a Badger?
"When I think of a Badger, I think of three characteristics: Relentless, brave and creative. These descriptions ecompass what it means to be a Badger."
Off the Mat with Eric
Why did you choose to attend Wisconsin? I came to Madison because of the excellent engineering and athletic programs. I also have so many relatives that live in Madison, so it's like a second home.
Most memorable match: Fargo vs. Willie Miklus
Favorite Barry Davis quote: "Et cetera"
A non-athletic talent I have is: Singing
Favorite quote: "Train. Say your prayers. Eat your vitamins. Be true to yourself and true to your country. Be a real American."