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FOUR-MIDABLE! TSIRTSIS AND MAURER WIN CROWNS
state champions don’t come around too often, but to have two in the same year
in this sport? Well that’s exactly what fans of
Griffith’s Alex Tsirtsis and Evansville Mater Dei’s Blake Maurer, from extreme opposite ends of the state, Tsirtsis from northwest Indiana and Maurer from southwest Indiana, began their high school careers on top as freshmen and that’s exactly where they both ended as seniors.
Tsirtsis defeated Wesley English of Merrillville for the fifth time this season, 10-5, in the 145 finale, while Maurer (183-2 career and 45-0 this season) took a 9-5 decision from Franklin’s Jesse Hasseman at 171 pounds in the pair’s third meeting of the season.
They become the fifth and sixth individuals to win four times joining Estil Ritter of Bloomington (1924-27), Willard Duffy of Muncie Central (1930-33), Howard Fisher of South Bend Central (1949-52) and; Lance Ellis of Indianapolis Cathedral (1986-89).
Tsirtsis became just the second
Teammate Jose Escobedo got it started capping his senior campaign with his first state championship, a 3-2 decision over previously unbeaten Brad Spine of Floyd Central (39-1) in the 119 pound final.
first cousin, Angel, continued to write his place into
Panther, Andrae Hernandez, also a first cousin of the
Escobedos, followed suit by winning his second consecutive state title pinning
Eric Oria of
North junior Reece Humphrey also won the second championship of his career, a
7-2 decision over Matt Irwin of Bellmont, in the final at 125. Humphrey, last
year’s 112 pound king, will take a 52-0 record into his team’s appearance in
the state finals competition at
Joining Maurer on the podium’s top spot was his teammate Matt Coughlin (45-0). After knocking on the door the last two years as a runner-up at 130 and 119, the junior finally broke through by winning the 152 pound class with an 8-2 triumph over Kyle Samuels of Floyd Central. The pair hope to keep the Mater Dei streak of nine consecutive state team championships alive next weekend as well.
While Humphrey, Coughlin and Maurer will take their undefeated records into next week, five others capped unbeaten campaigns as champs in their respective weight classes: Christopher Miller of Elkhart Memorial (44-0) at 112; Adam O’Neil of South Bend Clay (45-0) at 160; Heath VanDeventer of Bloomington North (48-0) at 189; Christopher Kasten of Winamac (48-0) at 215 and; Chad Ruggeri of Mt. Vernon (37-0) at 275 pounds.
Lloyd of Warren Central started the evening with a 4-2 win over previously
State Championship Match Results
103 – Jon Lloyd (45-2), Warren Central (11) def. Eric McGill
112 – Christopher Miller (44-0),
119 – Jose Escobedo (53-1), Griffith (12) def. Brad Spine (39-1), Floyd Central (12), Decision, 3-2.
125 – Reece Humphrey (52-0), Lawrence North (11) def. Matt Irwin (42-5), Bellmont (10), Decision, 7-2.
130 – Angel Escobedo (52-1), Griffith (11) def. Erik Johnson (43-4),
135 – Andrae Hernandez (53-1), Griffith (12) def. Eric Oria (49-7),
140 – Darren Elkins (46-1),
145 – Alex Tsirtsis (55-0), Griffith (12) def. Wesley English (41-7),
152 – Matt Coughlin (45-0),
160 – Adam O’Neil (45-0),
171 – Blake Maurer (45-0),
189 – Heath VanDeventer (48-0),
215 – Christopher Kasten (48-0), Winamac (11) def. Arik Wolf (42-1), East Central (12), Decision, 7-2.
Blake Maurer Wins Ward E. Brown Mental Attitude Award
Maurer of Evansville Mater Dei High School was named winner of the Ward E.
Brown Mental Attitude Award for Individual Wrestling in 2004. Ward E. Brown was the fourth IHSAA
commissioner, serving from 1976 until 1983.
He also was an assistant commissioner from 1969 until 1976 and, while
At the conclusion of the Individual Wrestling State Finals, the IHSAA Executive Committee presents the award to the outstanding senior in the state finals competition, who is nominated by his principal and coach. He must excel in mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability in the sport of wrestling.
With his victory over Jesse Hasseman of Franklin Community High School, Blake joins Estil Ritter of Bloomington High School (1924-27), Willard Duffy of Muncie Central (1930-33), Howard Fisher of South Bend Central (1949-52), Lance Ellis of Indianapolis Cathedral (1986-89) and Alex Tsirtsis of Griffith High School (2001-04) as the state’s only four-time IHSAA state champions.
He owns a four-year school record of 183-2, including a mark of 45-0 during the 2003-04 season. He was 45-0 as a freshman; 47-1 as a sophomore; and 46-1 as a junior.
Blake has also helped his school to nine consecutive state titles in IHSAA Team Wrestling and will look continue that string during the team state finals next Saturday.
Athletically, Blake was a four-year member of the Wildcats football team. He was team captain and a finalist for Mr. Football as a senior.
Blake has compiled a 3.4 GPA. He will
graduate with an academic honors diploma and will attend
This school year, Blake was selected to participate in the Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation program, in partnership with the IHSAA. As a member of the panel, he was able to extend his influence beyond the Mater Dei feeder schools and help create an exhibit which traveled to middle schools throughout the state.
the son of Amy and Kelly Maurer of
Farm Bureau Insurance, the IHSAA corporate sponsor, presented a $1,000.00 scholarship to Evansville Mater Dei High School in the name of Blake Maurer.
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purchase a copy of the official state finals program while supplies last!
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