Jason Tsirtsis Granted Additional Year of Eligibility

Jason Tsirtsis Granted Additional Year of Eligibility

Jason Tsirtsis granted additional year of eligibility to finish his NCAA career at Arizona State.

Nov 10, 2016 by Ryan Holmes
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In August, it was announced that NCAA champion Jason Tsirtsis was dismissed from Northwestern University for academic reasons, as he explained in a Skype interview with FloWrestling Mark Bader. After visiting a few different schools, Tsirtsis made the decision to transfer to Arizona State.

Upon transferring, Tsirtsis made the following statement:

"I am going to finish out my collegiate career at ASU. I would like to thank UNI and ISU for their consideration and overall hospitality during this process. The current situation at ASU is something to be excited about and I'm grateful for the opportunity to be part of it."

On Thursday, Arizona State announced that the NCAA has granted Tsirtsis an additional year of eligibility, and he will be able to compete during the 2017-18 season.

Below is the official press release from ASU:

TEMPE, Ariz. -- After transferring from Northwestern, Jason Tsirtsis has been granted an additional year of eligibility by the NCAA to compete for the Sun Devils for the 2017-18 season.
 
"This could not have happened without the hard work of our compliance team," said head coach Zeke Jones. "It's a great day for him and his family to get his final year of eligibility and it couldn't have happened to a better person because Jason exemplifies what a student-athlete is."
 
At Northwestern, Tsirtsis won the NCAA championship in 2014 and was a two-time Big Ten champion at 149 pounds (2014, 2015).
 
"Thank you to the NCAA, to our compliance department, and our administrators for their work," said Tsirtsis. "I'm so excited to officially put on a Sun Devil singlet and wrestle here at ASU."
 
Tsirtsis also earned All-American status in 2015, finishing third, and was crowned Midlands champion in 2014. As a freshman (2014), he was named Intermat and Big Ten Freshman of the Year. He was the No. 1 recruit at 141 lbs. and the No. 2 overall recruit in his class.
 
"The real credit goes to those that worked diligently to help Jason in this case -- compliance and our senior administrators," Jones continued. "It also wouldn't have happened without the cooperation from Northwestern helping Jason and without the NCAA making a decision that was right for the student-athlete."
 
The No. 18 Sun Devils are on the road this weekend before returning home for their regular season home opener vs. No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 1 p.m.