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Pariano Adds Three to 2012 Recruiting Class

EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern head coach Drew Pariano announced the addition of three more incoming freshmen to his 2012 recruiting class. Jacob Berkowitz (Scarsdale, N.Y./Scarsdale), Robert Coukos (Framingham, Mass./Framingham) and Justin Meyers (LeRoy, Ill./LeRoy) will wrestle for the Wildcats beginning with the 2012-13 season.

Pariano’s group of incoming freshmen is now up to eight as these three join Jason Tsirtsis (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point), Dominick Malone (Granby, Conn./Wyoming Seminary), Garrison White (Concord, N.C./Jay M. Robinson), Ben Sullivan (Eagle River, Alaska/Apple Valley) and Matt Greene (Slingerlands, N.Y./Columbia).

The three new additions join an already strong recruiting class that was ranked 10th in the nation by WIN Magazine. Tsirtsis is currently the No. 1 ranked recruit in the country according to InterMat while Malone comes in at No. 32.

This group joins a young Northwestern squad that returns nine starters, all six NCAA qualifiers and two All-Americans from last year’s team that finished ninth at NCAA’s.

Complete bios on the three latest editions to the 2012 recruiting class can be found below:

Jacob Berkowitz
Scarsdale, N.Y. / Scarsdale
Projected College Weight: 184 lbs.

High School: 2012 New York state runner-up … 2011 New York state qualifier … two-time New York Section I, Division I champion (171 lbs., 182 lbs.) … Fourth-place finish at the 2012 Eastern States Classic … Named to the Journal News First Team in 2011 and 2012 (171 lbs., 182 lbs.) … 2012 All-State, All-League, All-Section … 2011 All-League and All-Section … 2010 All-League … School record for most career wins (135) and single-season wins (51) … Four-year letterwinner and two-year captain … Competed in the New York – New Jersey Charity Challenge All-Star Dual Meet … Member of Iowa Style Wrestling in 2011-2012 … Also played football for three seasons.

Personal: Born Jacob Daniel Berkowitz … Son of Clive and Leslie Berkowitz … Chose Northwestern over Binghamton, Maryland, Franklin & Marshall and New York … Anticipated major is undecided.

Robert Coukos
Framingham, Mass. / Framingham
Projected College Weight: 157/165 lbs.

High School: Two-time Massachusetts state finalist (2011, 2012) … Two-time Bay State Conference First-Team All-Star (2011, 2012) … Career record of 114-27 … Compiled 63 career pins … Team won the sectional championship in 2012 … Three-time letterwinner and one-time captain … Also was a conference finalist in the javelin during outdoor track … Captained both cross country and outdoor track teams … Member of the Summit Wrestling Club from 2009-2011 … Three-time USA Bio-Olympiad Semifinalist … 2012 National Merit Scholar … Level two finalist in the Massachusetts Association of Math Leaguers in 2011 … Placed in the top five percent of the American Math Competition in both 2011 and 2012 … Won class awards in physics, math, English and electronics.

Personal: Born Robert William Coukos … Son of William Coukos and Deborah Himelhoch … Father, William, wrestled at Harvard … Both parents have ties to Northwestern (Father graduated from medical school and mother graduated from dental school) … Brother, John, is a current member of the Northwestern wrestling team … Chose Northwestern over Worcester Polytechnic Institute … Plans to enroll in Integrated Science Program at Northwestern.

Justin Meyers
LeRoy, Ill. / LeRoy
Projected College Weight: 133/141 lbs.

High School: Four-time Illinois state qualifier … Three-time state runner-up … Pantagraph All-Area Wrestler of the Year in 2012 … Three-time honoree of the Pantagraph All-Area Wrestling Team … Set school’s career takedown record with 445 and season takedown record with 148 … Won his match by major decision to clinch the Dual Team State championship in 2012 … Four-year letterwinner, three-time team MVP, twice named team captain … Compiled a 143-15 career record … Class valedictorian … Earned high honors all four years … Illinois State Scholar … IWCOA All-State Academic Team … Also played football for two seasons.

Personal: Born Justin William Meyers … Son of Howard and Shannon Meyers … Chose Northwestern over Princeton, Illinois and Columbia … Plans to major in economics at Northwestern.

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