Faith Christian's Eric Alderfer places eighth in Hershey

by Drew Markol, The Intelligencer

Posted on March 7, 2020

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HERSHEY - Eric Alderfer got plenty, but left the Giant Center wanting more.

"That was a tough ending for him, but he'll learn from this and that will motivate him even more for next year and beyond," Faith Christian coach Ben Clymer said.

"What he has to remember is that he's our first wrestler to get a state medal and that's a huge accomplishment. We thought coming into the tournament that he had the ability to get on the podium and he was able to do it. We're all very proud of him."

In Alderfer's match for seventh place at 120 pounds Saturday at the PIAA Class 2A state tournament, the Lions' sophomore got caught in a cradle by Chestnut Ridge's Nate Holderbaum and pinned in 21 seconds.

The loss left him melancholy afterward, but also looking forward.

"I learned that anything can happen up here," Alderfer said. "I got caught, and that shouldn't happen, but I need to learn from it and work harder and harder. Those things happen to the best of us."

When you look at the bigger picture - Alderfer earning the school's first PIAA state medal for a program that continues to build and build - things definitely brighten up.

"It feels pretty cool," Alderfer said. "And to go down in history as the first one is cool.

"When the tournament started, I was hoping to get top six. It didn't work out that way, but I learned a lot."

He opened the tournament Thursday with a first-round win to reach the quarterfinals on Friday before a loss there dropped him into the consolation bracket.

He picked up a forfeit victory in his first consolation bout to assure himself of a medal before closing the tournament with a pair of losses.

"After he made the quarterfinals he stopped moving forward in his matches and that hurt him," Clymer said. "He knows that he has to dictate the pace and he'll learn and improve. You never know what this tournament is going to hold. Without a shadow of a doubt, we knew he could come here and get a medal. He wanted it badly enough and did it.

"To be the school's first-ever medalist can never be taken away from him. His family, his teammates and the whole program are all very proud of what he was able to accomplish."

Alderfer finished the season with a 37-9 mark and will head into his junior season with an impressive 76 victories.

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