Kindig's Run Comes To An End

Jason Kindig

OKLAHOMA CITY - One of the most exciting events in this NCAA Wrestling Championships for Oklahoma State fans was the run by 149-pound redshirt junior and 11th seed Josh Kindig.

Kindig is the wrestler Oklahoma State head coach John Smith often describes and aspires for his team in the tournament, a wrestler that gets it together at the end of the season and wrestles his best there.

Kindig out-wrestled his seed and landed in the finals against fifth seed Jason Tsirtsis of Northwestern. The ride ended for Kindig Saturday night, and so did any hopes of the Cowboys coming all the way back to the top in the team race as Kindig lost a sudden victory 1 decision 3-1.

A scoreless first period saw each wrestler get deep with a single leg only to have the other fight it off. Kindig started under in the second period and after 45 seconds and a re-start finally spun out for the escape and a 1-0 lead.

At the start of the third period, Tsirtsis gained a quick escape to tie the score at 1-1. That is the way regulation ended and sent the two 149-pounders to overtime.

In the overtime, Tsirtsis got in deep with a single and as hard as Kindig tried to fight it off, and he did for a long time, the takedown was finally secured with no time for Kindig to come back.

Kindig suffered a 3-1 loss and finished second, but had a whale of a tournament based on his seed.

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