“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
“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.