More Honors For Tsirtsis

Dec. 9, 2008

PARK RIDGE, IL — Iowa 141-pound wrestler Alex Tsirtsis has been named co-Big Ten Wrestler of the Week. He shares this week’s honor with Michigan 174-pounder Steve Luke.

Tsirtsis earned the first weekly conference honor of his Hawkeye career for upsetting #2 Nick Gallick of Iowa State, 4-2, Saturday. The third-ranked Hawkeye scored a reversal with one second left in the match to preserve his unblemished season record (7-0). His win spurred No. 1 Iowa to a 20-15 victory over No. 2 Iowa State in front of a national collegiate dual record-setting crowd of 15,955 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. For his performance, Tsirtsis’ was also named Wrestler of the Week. Tsirtsis is the first Hawkeye wrestler to earn the Big Ten honor this season.

Top-ranked Iowa (9-0) will face #22 Northern Iowa (0-0) Thursday at 7 p.m. in Cedar Falls. The dual will be held at the McLeod Center, and aired live on Iowa Public Television. Tim Johnson, Jim Gibbons and former Hawkeye wrestling coach Dan Gable will call the action for IPTV. Tickets ($10) are available at the McLeod Ticket Office at 319-273-4849, 877-216-3663 or