It's only fitting that Alex Tsirtsis and Angel Escobedo are back in the headlines together.
The dynamic Griffith duo, which combined for eight individual state wrestling titles and 459 victories, were both honored recently by entering the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame together.
Seems like old times.
"It was cool to go in with Angel and (Evansville Mater Dei's) Blake (Maurer)," Tsirtsis said. "Even though he was on the other end of the state, we've always been good friends through wrestling.
"It was nice they honored us the same year. It's a rare thing for four (time) state champions to happen and for three of them to happen in two years, it was a really cool thing they put us in at the same time."
When Tsirtsis was in high school, some said he put Indiana prep wrestling on the map. His pursuit of perfection -- Tsirtsis eventually set a national record by going 236-0 -- and his drive to win four state titles gained a lot of attention.
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It didn't hurt he had some great teammates along the way, most notably Escobedo, who was equally dominant in winning four state crowns himself. Escobedo went 223-1, set the state record for pins (156), and went to Indiana University where he became a national champion. He is currently out of the country competing and working towards making the Olympic team.
Tsirtsis went on to the University of Iowa, where he had a solid four-year career and was an NCAA All-American.
"It's an honor to be inducted," Tsirtsis said. "It's nice to know they remember the things you did a while ago. It was a nice banquet. I remember we went to it after state back in high school, I think my senior year when we won the coaches trophy, and you see the people inducted. Now you feel really good being a part of it."
These days Tsirtsis is working at a trading firm in Chicago. He is still very much involved in the sport as he trains grapplers through the Region Wrestling Academy at Calumet High School.
Also getting some attention was former Portage standout Sean McMurray, a three-time state champ, who won the 2010 Mumby Outstanding Wrestler Award. McMurray is a freshman wrestling at Michigan State.