Aug 23, 2013
SOFIA, Bulgaria — Northwestern redshirt freshman Jason Tsirtsis (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point) recently represented the United States at the 2013 FILA Junior World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. Wrestling in the 66 kg/145.5 lbs. freestyle division, Tsirtsis competed against some of the best in the world and posted a 2-1 record en route to a seventh-place finish.
Tsirtsis opened with an offensive display in his first two matches, both technical falls in the first period. He stopped Ruslan Sadybaskov of Kyrgyzstan, 8-0 in 47 seconds, then put away Toma Vascan of Moldova, 8-0 in 1:30.
In his third match, Tsirtsis scored the first takedown to take an early lead over Peyman Morteza Yarahmadi of Iran, who took over the match and scored eight straight points, beating Tsirtsis, 8-2. Tsirtsis was eliminated from the repechage when Yarahmadi was pinned in his next match by Davit Buziashvili of Georgia.
Tsirtsis helped the United States earn 35 points and finish in fifth place out of 25 countries in the competition.
Russia won the team title with 62 points, with Azerbaijan in second with 49 points and Iran in third with 46 points. Placing fourth was Georgia with 36 points.
Tsirtsis redshirted the 2012-13 season and had an impressive first year, compiling an 18-3 record while wrestling unattached for Northwestern. He won three of the four tournaments he participated in and placed eighth in a highly-competitive Midlands field at 141 lbs. Prior to joining Northwestern, Tsirtsis was a four-time state champion at Crown Point High School, becoming just the eighth wrestler in Indiana state history to win four titles.
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