Iowa's Alex Tsirtsis and Michigan's Steve Luke Named Co-Wrestlers of the Week

Alex Tsirtsis upset his second-ranked opponent to lead Iowa over Iowa State.

Alex Tsirtsis upset his second-ranked opponent to lead Iowa over Iowa State.

Dec. 9, 2008

Co-Wrestlers of the Week:

Steve Luke, Michigan

5th/Sr. - Massillon, Ohio - Perry HS
Rank: 1 - Weight Class: 174

Michigan’s top-ranked Steve Luke earns Co-Wrestler of the Week after posting a perfect 6-0 record en route to the 174-pound individual title at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. This marks the second Cliff Keen Invitational crown of his career, adding to his 157-pound trophy in 2005. Luke opened the tournament with five straight bonus wins, including three falls, in just a combined 6:04, in his first three matches. In the championship final, Luke converted on a takedown 21 seconds into the sudden-victory overtime to knock off third-ranked Brandon Browne of Nebraska and improve his season mark to 8-0. Scoring 29.5 team points, the Wolverine captain accounted for nearly a third of Michigan's two-day point total. The award marks the second weekly laurel of Luke’s career. The Michigan senior was previously named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week during his inaugural campaign on Dec. 6, 2005. 

Last Michigan WOW: Jeff Marsh, (Feb. 6, 2008)

Alex Tsirtsis, Iowa
Sr. - Griffith, IN - Griffith
Rank: 3 - Weight Class: 141

Iowa’s third-ranked 141-pounder Alex Tsirtsis garners his first weekly accolade after defeating No. 2 Nick Gallick of Iowa State, 4-2, Saturday. The Hawkeye senior scored a reversal with one second left in the match to pull out the upset. The win spurred top-ranked 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. Tsirtsis improves to 7-0 on the season, while helping the Hawkeyes maintain an unblemished 9-0 slate. For his performance, Tsirtsis’ was also named Wrestler of the Week.

Last Iowa WOW: Chad Beatty (Feb. 20, 2008)



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