We've been checking in with college athletes as they're home on winter break and tonight we catch up with Badgers wrestler, Eric Peissig.
Peissig was a state champion last year for Menomonie, capping off an undefeated season with a 49-0 record. He was an all-region and all-conference selection in football as a linebacker for the Mustangs...An oh yeah, he was the valedictorian.
The 197 pounder is red-shirting his freshman year but still competing unattached. He recently beat Iowa's Brock Berge. Quite the feat as Berge was the number one recruit in the country for their weight class.
"The coaches were really happy with that. It was a good thing I didn't know who he was before the match. i found out afterwards and my brother was like " did you know who you beat" and I was like not really, so that was kind of fun to get that big win and get that confidence under my belt and keep moving forward from here.
It's nice having half the roster be Wisconsin guys, a lot of them i grew up around. It's just really nice that it's just a bunch of really good wrestlers coming together to make each other better. I think about my practice partners everyday and they are 2-3 time state champions."
Former Eau Claire Memorial standout in cross country and track Heidi Hujik is now a freshman at Winona State and say running at the next level brings the best out of her.
"Going to the next level, you can get better. You may not think you can get better , but you can get better and you can find out that you have done things that...you are able to do things that you probably never even though of and it's just awesome to see what you are able to do"