Eric Monday passed away on July 26, 2009. He was 21 years old. During his remarkable short life wrestling played an integral role in his personal development and achievement.
Despite his personal challenge Eric devoted a huge amount of his time and energy helping to bring along others – especially other wrestlers. Dealing with his own challenges, he naturally recognized others facing challenges. He encouraged and recognized others working hard, and sought to make them feel better about their progress (and pick them up from their defeats!). He was the one that pushed others to join him in pushing themselves both in practice and in the offseason to get better. He was the one that pulled others into the sport and cajoled them to stay motivated in the sport. Eric loved wrestling.