Faith Christian's Alderfer leads way with fourth-place medal

by Drew Markol, Bucks County Courier Times

Posted on March 12, 2021

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Shortly after receiving his fourth-place medal at 138, Faith Christian junior Eric Alderfer quickly looked forward.

"Obviously, my goal was top three, and I didn't really achieve that," Alderfer said.

"But it's one of those things that just leads me back to work tomorrow. And I've got about 365 days to train for next year and get the gold."

He didn't get the gold this season, but he did move up on the podium in Hershey.

After finishing eighth last season as a sophomore at 120 - and earning the first PIAA medal in school history - Alderfer followed that up with more Hershey hardware.

"He's not stopped working," Faith Christian head coach Ben Clymer said of Alderfer. (With the pandemic), he didn't find excuses. He was in the garage with his dad working out.

"Being able to add this experience and tack on wins and place as high as fourth ... that built-in confidence is the secret sauce. The experience breeds the confidence that is building up, and even for our program.

"Those kids seeing one of their teammates, those middle school guys looking up to someone, going, 'He's in the same room as us, and he's climbing the podium at states,' that will only add to their confidence."

Alderfer's match for fourth, against Amonn Ohl of St. Joseph's Academy, was scoreless through two periods before Ohl used a reversal midway through the third period to make it 2-0.

From there, Ohl was able to ride Alderfer out for the win.

After winning his quarterfinal match 4-0 over Mercer's Carson Filer, Alderfer lost to Burrell's Ian Oswalt 2-0 in the semifinals before topping Allentown Central Catholic's David Kreidler 5-1 in the second round of consolations, giving him the chance to wrestle for the bronze medal.

Alderfer went 2-2 in the tournament and finished the season 23-5. He also pushed his career victory total to 99.

Against Oswalt, a four-time PIAA medalist and state runner-up a year ago, Alderfer surrendered a first-period takedown and could not recover from the 2-0 hole.

Oswalt was able to ride Alderfer for the second period while Alderfer did the same in the third period.

Against Kreidler, who Alderfer beat in the finals of last week's east Super Regionals, the Lion used a mid-second period takedown to take a 3-0 lead on the way to the win.

The 138-pound weight class featured five returning PIAA medalists, making it one of the toughest brackets in the tournament.

In his win over Filer, Alderfer picked up his first points with a takedown with 30 seconds left in the opening period and then doubled his lead with a reversal with just over 20 seconds left in the second period.

Alderfer started the third period on top and rode out Filer for the final two minutes to earn the win.

"There's no way I'd be where I am today without my dad as a wrestler and a person," Alderfer said.

"He's just my biggest fan and always looking to help me and push me harder. So there's nothing better than having him around and being in my corner at states."

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