Wis. college student helps pay tuition by eating

Wis. college student helps pay tuition by eating

A University of Wisconsin student with a nickname of “Silo” is eating his way through school — competitively.

Computer engineering student Eric Dahl now ranks third in the world of competitive eating as determined by All Pro Eating rankings, though he once held the top spot. Dahl has earned more than $18,000 in prize money or merchandise to help pay for his education.

“I’m eating for my education,” he said. “It helps me get through.”

Dahl was drawn to competitive eating in 2011, at the former Big Red’s Steakhouse in Madison. Dahl didn’t want to pay for his meal so he signed up for a challenge: eat a three-pound cheesesteak sandwich in less than 10 minutes and skip the bill. He finished in 5 minutes, 50 seconds.

“It just started rolling from there,” he said.

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