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Published September 20, 2013, 10:07 AM

University of Wisconsin student helps pay for school by eating

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A University of Wisconsin student with a nickname of "Silo" is eating his way through school competitively.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A University of Wisconsin student with a nickname of "Silo" is eating his way through school competitively.

Computer engineering student Eric Dahl ranks number three in the world of competitive eating as determined by All Pro Eating rankings. He's earned more than $18,000 in prize money or merchandise to help pay for his education. Dahl's first paycheck came from Dickey's Barbecue Pit in suburban Minneapolis. He earned $250 for inhaling nine pulled-pork sandwiches in six minutes.

Dahl walks a few miles a day, lifts weights twice a week and plays intramural soccer and hockey to maintain his 220-pound weight. The State Journal says "Silo" will try to win $1,000 at a national pizza-eating contest on Library Mall at UW-Madison Saturday.

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