It took three years for Eric Eckstein to blossom.
“I want to train the hardest [and] become the best,” Eckstein, a junior at Patterson Mill High School, said.
Although it appears he’s peaking at the right time.
He wasn’t a standout wrestler his freshman or sophomore, but then something clicked.
“He became this leader not only on the mat by off the mat. Something happened his junior year. Something switched,” head coach Ryan Artist said.
Eckstein has aspirations of wrestling in college.
“I just want to go out there and train to become the best. I never want to lose again.”
He was named team captain this year, a role he said he doesn’t take lightly.
“Anybody can be an athlete. Anybody can be a good student,” Artist said. “But then you look outside of the school and what he’s doing for his community, there’s no doubt he’s going to be a leader.”
Eckstein boasts and impressive academic record: 4.0 GPA, near perfect SAT score, AP Scholar, and ranked high in his class of 234.
His after school activities include National Honors Society, Music Honors Society, German National Honors Society, Marching Band and the It’s Academic Club.
He’s also an Eagle Scout, a title he earned by building a 100-foot sidewalk for his church.