Redshirt freshman competes for Team USA in Bulgaria
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.