For some, it’s March Sadness. For Jason Tsirtsis, it was March Madness — to another dimension.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Nate Jackson did not spend a lot of time on the wrestling mat this season.
An NCAA tournament berth in his freshman year may have suggested that all was good with Sean McMurray at Michigan State.
Andrew Howe wasn't just a Badger. The Hanover Central star wrestler was a real, big Badger. His growl could be heard all across the nation. He won a NCAA championship his sophomore year at Wisconsin in 2010. Now, though, Howe is at Michigan and is taking an Olympic redshirt.
Anybody who knew Portage's Sean McMurray in high school knows it's a quality he certainly didn't lack.
As if their resumes already weren't impressive enough, leave it to Andrew Howe and Angel Escobedo to be greedy.
Associated Press file photo Wisconsin's Andrew Howe, a Hanover Central grad, left, tries to control Penn State's Dan Vallimont during the 2010 NCAA Wrestling Championships match in Omaha, Neb., on March 20. Howe prevailed 9-3 to win the 165-pound national championship.
OMAHA, Neb. | Andrew Howe walked into the interview room at the Qwest Center, sat down in his chair and breathed a big sigh.
Gwyneth Roberts | LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR Wisconsin sophomore and Hanover Central grad Andrew Howe, top, beat Penn State's Dan Vallimont 9-3 to win the 165-pound national championship on Saturday in Omaha. It was the first national title for Howe, who finished second last year and won Howe thre…
Dave Weaver | associated press Indiana wrestler and Griffith grad Angel Escobedo, top, competes against Iowa State's Andrew Long during a national semifinal on Friday in Omaha. Escobedo, the 2008 national champion, lost to Long but he recovered Saturday to finish third overall.
PHOTO PROVIDED Indiana University's Angel Escobedo, right, takes a 33-0 record into the NCAA Wrestling Championships in Omaha, Neb., this week. Escobedo, a Griffith grad, is the No. 1 seed at 125 pounds. He won the national championship at the same weight in 2008.
Angel Escobedo is less than a month from graduation. It's ironic that his final college class -- the last one in his pursuit of a degree -- will also define his final journey to a national championship: rock climbing.
Andrew Howe doesn't like rewind buttons. He knows looking back isn't the way to go. Here and now is his world, and he's doing everything he can to stay focused, work hard and stay positive.
PHOTO PROVIDED Wisconsin's Andrew Howe, left, a Hanover Central grad, takes a 32-0 record and holds the No. 1 seed at 165 pounds going into the NCAA Wrestling Championships this weekend in Omaha, Neb.
Sixty-one and zero.
When the 53rd annual NAIA Wrestling National Championships get underway today, six wrestlers in a uniform unseen in the first 52 incarnations will hope to make some waves.
Angel Escobedo and Andrew Howe continue to deliver a 1-1 punch on the mats this winter.
LOWELL | High school wrestlers in the Region rarely get a chance to see two nationally ranked college wrestling programs duke it out.
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