Jason Tsirtsis (No. 1 @ 145) Moves Up 2 Classes to Wrestle the Best
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Jason Tsirtsis (No. 1 @ 145)* has more state titles than losses in his prep wrestling career, and he’s not afraid to take risks.
“I’ll wrestle anyone that steps on the mat in front of me, whether he’s down at 106 pounds or 285,” the Crown Point senior with two losses all-time said. “I like to wrestle the best people I can.”
Tsirtsis did not lose any confidence Wednesday night, as the top-ranked 145-pounder in the state bumped up two weight classes to
160 to knock off previously unbeaten and fifth-ranked Merrillville freshman Bobby Stevenson 16-6 to clinch Times No. 1 C.P.’s 37-12 dual meet victory over the host and rival Pirates.
“If I win 2-0 or 15-0, I don’t care,” Tsirtsis said. “I just want to know in my head that I’m putting everything out there on the mat.”
Despite making the largest leap in weight he’s ever made, three-time state champion Tsirtsis wasn’t particularly pleased with the way he won. He was trying for a pin but could not get both of Stevenson’s shoulder blades down and settled for several three-point near falls and one of Crown Point’s four major decisions.
Likewise, his coach, Scott Vlink, wasn’t overly excited about the Bulldogs (14-0, 4-0 DAC) topping the Pirates, who were coming off a win at the prestigious Al Smith Invitational in Mishawaka and had a 13-0 record. Crown Point was ranked second in the state, Merrillville fourth.