2015 Big Ten Champion (149) 2015 All-American (3rd, 149) 2014 NCAA Champion (149) 2014 Big Ten Champion (149) 2014 Midlands Champion (149) 2014 InterMat Freshman of the Year 2014 Big Ten Freshman of the Year
2014-15: 2015 All-American … Won a career high 39 matches, tying him for seventh in program history for wins in a single season … 39 marks the most victories since Jack Griffin and Brad Traviolia each won 40 in 1990 … Tsirtsis’ .934 career winning percentage (71-5) is second in Northwestern wrestling history … Placed third at the NCAA Championships in St. Louis after winning five matches, including four over ranked opponents … Beat Iowa’s Brandon Sorensen in the 3rd-place match in sudden victory, 3-1 (3/21) … Crowned as the 2015 Big Ten Champion at 149 lbs. at the Big Ten Championships at Ohio State (3/8) … Win marks the second straight conference title at 149 lbs. … First Wildcat since Jake Herbert in 2006-07 to win back-to-back Big Ten championships … Won two matches over top-10 foes to earn his spot atop the podium … Avenged his only regular season loss with a 2-1 win over Iowa’s Brandon Sorensen in the title match (3/8) … Reached the 30-win plateau for the second consecutive season ... Scored 73 dual points for the ‘Cats, ranking second on the team ... 12-0 in bonus point matches … Gave up only four takedowns all season … Claimed the 2014 Midlands title at 149 lbs. with a 2-1 decision over third-ranked David Habat of Edinboro on national television (12/30) … Held the No. 1 ranking in the nation for the first 12 weeks of the season … Won his first 24 matches of the season, including three over top-10 opponents … Earned a 5-4 decision over No. 10 Dyllan Cottrell of Appalachian State in the championship match of the Keystone Classic (11/23) … Opened the 2014-15 campaign with a 4-1 win over second-ranked Josh Kindig of Oklahoma State at the NWCA All-Star Classic (11/1).
2013-14: NCAA Champion at 149 lbs. as a redshirt freshman...Big Ten Champion at 149 lbs...InterMat Freshman of the Year...Big Ten Freshman of the Year...Seeded at No. 5 in first trip to NCAA Championships at 149 lbs...Competed at Big Ten Championships for NU as the No. 3 seed at 149 lbs... NU's starter at 149 lbs. for the season...Started the year and his varsity career winning his first 14 matches, going 14-0...Ended year on 16-match winning streak...Finished year 32-2...Won three consecutive overtime matches to capture NCAA Champion...Recorded 3-1 OT win over Oklahoma State's Joshua Kindig in championship...Won 2-1 OT matches against Missouri's Drake Houdashelt in semifinals and Oklahoma's Kendric Maple in quarterfinals...Went 5-0 at NCAA Championships...Went 3-0 at Big Ten Championships to win title...Defeated Nebraska's Jake Sueflohn in Big Ten Championship at 149 lbs. by 6-2 dec...Defeated Sueflohn who was ranked No. 4 at the time by 3-2 decision at Nebraska (11/17)...Defeated No. 18 Ian Paddock (Ohio State) by 6-4 dec. (1/17)...Defeated No. 12 Brody Grothus (Iowa) by 5-2 dec. (1/31)...Tsirtsis .914 winning pct. (32-3) ranked No. 2 in Northwestern history behind Jake Herbert...Won six matches by maj. dec and three each by tech fall and fall...Went 15-1 in duals and 7-1 in Big Ten matches...Placed fifth at Midlands...Won 149 lbs. title at Keystone Classic at the University of Pennsylvania (11/24).
2012-13: Redshirt season ... Went 18-3 while competing unattached ... Five tech falls, five falls and two major decisions ... Wrestled in four tournaments, finishing first at the Wisconsin Open (141), UNI Open (149) and Cleveland State Open (149) ... Placed eighth in a highly-competitive Midlands field at 141 ... No. 8 seed at Midlands, went 3-3 ... Defeated then-No. 20 Timmy Box (CSU Bakersfield) by tech fall, 2013 NCAA qualifiers Luke Vaith of Hofstra (10-1 major decision) and Zach Neibert of Virginia Tech (5-3) at Midlands ... Lost narrow 7-5 match to 2013 NCAA Champion and 2012 Midlands Champion Kendric Maple of Oklahoma and another close 6-3 decision at Midlands vs. 2013 All-American Evan Henderson of North Carolina ... 2013 FILA Junior National Champion ... Won the 66 kg/145.5 freestyle division with four tech falls and outscored his opponents 55-0 en route to the title ... Earned an automatic spot in the finals of the 2013 ASICS Junior World Team Trials ... Won two matches, including his second bout with a first-period tech fall, to win the Junior World Team Trials ... Will represent the U.S. in the 66 kg freestyle division at the 2013 FILA Junior World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, Aug. 13-18, 2013.
High School: Four-time state champion at Crown Point High School ... Just the eighth wrestler in Indiana state history to win four individual state titles ... Won his fourth state championship with a 22-7 technical fall in the 145 lbs. finals ... Finished high school with 176-2 record ... Only two losses were 3-2 decisions during freshman season ... Named 2012 Post Tribune Wrestler of the Year ... InterMat's 2012 High School Wrestler of the Year ... Participated in at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifier ... Defeated former NCAA champion Darrion Caldwell 8-0, 1-1 at 66 kg/145.5 and beat former Oklahoma wrestler Will Rowe ... Was seconds away from qualifying for the Olympic Team Trials, as an 18-year-old, falling to two-time Oklahoma All-American Zach Bailey in the closing seconds ... Won his bouts at the Dapper Dan Classic and Dream Team Classic All-Star matches ... Crown Point's team captain as a senior ... Ranked No. 1 at 145 lbs. and listed as No. 2 recruit in the nation by InterMat ... No. 2 overall ranking by D1collegewrestling.net and No. 1 national prospect at 141 lbs. by TheOpenMat.com ... 2011 Junior National Freestyle Champion at 140 lbs. ... 2011 FloNationals Folkstyle champion at 135 lbs. ... Competed at 2011 FILA Junior Nationals and placed sixth at 132 lbs. ... Placed third at 2011 Junior Nationals (135 lbs., freestyle) ... 2010 Cadet Junior Regional, FILA Cadet Nationals and FloNationals champion ... Runner-up at 2009 Super 32 Challenge and at Cadet Nationals for freestyle ... Champion at 2009 Cadet Nationals (folkstyle) and FILA Cadet Nationals (freestyle) ... Wrestled for Region Wrestling Academy ... Post-Tribune and Northwest Indiana Times Wrestler of the Year for northwestern Indiana in 2011 ... Honor roll student throughout high school ... NWCA Scholastic Senior Wrestler of the Year for Region 5.
Personal: Born Jason Tsirtsis ... Son of Marino and Dawn Tsirtsis ... Great grandfather attended Northwestern ... Brother Alex was a four-year starter and All-American wrestler at Iowa ... Attended the samehigh school as current Northwestern wrestler Marcus Shrewsbury ... Chose Northwestern over Oklahoma State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota ... Major is undecided.