Any list of great Lehigh wrestlers includes Ed Eichelberger. It is only appropriate that he join Mike Caruso and Mark Lieberman in the Lehigh Athletics Hall of Fame. A two-time NCAA champion at 147 lbs. in 1955 and 1956, Eichelberger was also voted the Outstanding Wrestler in the 1955 NCAA championships.
His accomplishments at Easterns were just as impressive as he won EIWA titles in 1955 and 1956 and was named Outstanding Wrestler in each of those years. Other than Eichelberger, only Kirk Pendleton, Mike Frick and Pete Yozzo received that award twice. As a sophomore wrestling at 157 lbs., Eichelberger finished second at both Nationals and Easterns.
Eichelberger finished with a career record of 55-3-1, winning 94 percent of his matches, fourth best in school history. His exciting style of wrestling also allowed him to record 37 falls. In fact, he still holds the Lehigh record for most consecutive falls in a season (6) during the 1955-56 campaign. He also owns the Lehigh record for most falls in a career in NCAA Championship competition with eight.
"It's great to be remembered. It's even better to remember the four great years I had at Lehigh," says Eichelberger. 'The time went by fast but it was the best four years of my life. All the people I met and friends I made makes the hard work worthwhile."
Eichelberger is retired from the IBM Corporation and he and his wife Patsy reside in Suffolk, VA.