Tsinigine earned a thrilling 4-3 victory over Zac Cecil of Monticello in the championship match.
He explains that it was the third time he had wrestled Cecil this year, with each wrestler winning one of the previous matches.
In the championship match, Cecil built a 2-1 lead going into the third and final period. However, Tsinigine came from behind to take a 4-3 lead and hang on for the victory.
He was named the Most Valuable Wrestler for the upper weights by the 1A coaches.
“I mentally decided that I really wanted it and would do whatever it took to win,” explained Tsinigine.
The champion thanked his coaches and parents “for believing in me and encouraging me throughout the year.”
Tsinigine finishes the year with a sterling 40-6 record. At the state tournament, he earned pins in the first two matches before setting up the 4-3 win in the championship matches.
Last year, he finished third at 138 pounds as a sophomore. He also qualified for the state tournament as a freshman.
Tsinigine was the top finisher for the Monument Valley Cougars. Teammates who wrestled at the state tournament include Caleb Lameman, Kira Grandson, Rodrick Cly, Cordell Atene, Tommy Kaytso, and Tyler Cly. Lameman and Kaytso earned one win each at the tournament.