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Wrestling adds NCAA Champion Jason Tsirtsis to coaching staff



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IU wrestling Head Coach Angel Escobedo announced Friday Jason Tsirtis would be joining the program as a volunteer assistant coach.

In his career, Tsirtsis has taken the wrestling scene by storm.

Starting at Crown Point High School in Crown Point, Indiana, Tsirtsis won four state championships. In his redshirt freshman season at Northwestern in 2014, he won the NCAA Championship at 149 pounds. That same year, he was also the Big Ten Champion, Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Intermat Freshman of the Year and Midlands Champion.

Tsirtsis ended his collegiate career in 2017-18 with Arizona State University as an All-American and a seventh-place finish at the NCAAs. He was named the Comeback Wrestler of the Year at the NCAA Championships by FloWrestling.
 
"I'm very excited to add Jason Tsirtsis to our staff," Escobedo said in a press release. "Since day one, our focus has been to keep the best kids in state, and I believe having an Indiana legend like Jason will help achieve this goal. He will work directly with our middle weights, and we are excited to have him join our program."

The middle weights Tsirtsis will work with will be from 149-165 pounds.

Last season was Escobedo's first season as head coach, and the Hoosiers went 6-12. After years of struggling to compete in the Big Ten, Escobedo is trying to flip the script, and Tsirtsis said he wants to be a part of it.
 
"I am extremely excited to join the wrestling family down in Bloomington," Tsirtsis said in the release. "Angel has done a great job at changing the culture within the program, and I'm thrilled to help further the growth and development of our wrestlers."

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