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Cysewski Adds One to Recruiting Class

Marist High School product joins 'Cats for 2007-08

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EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern head wrestling coach Tim Cysewski has announced that John Schoen (Homer Glen, Ill./Marist) has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the 'Cats for the 2007-08 season. The Wildcats are coming off a fourth-place finish at the 2007 NCAA Championships, the highest in program history.

Schoen, who projects to be a 197-pound wrestler for the Wildcats, compiled 118 wins in high school record while competing four seasons on the varsity squad. He broke Marist's career record for most takedowns. He led the Redhawks in wins, team points, takedowns and winning percentage. He is currently ranked 11th nationally at 215 lbs. by W.I.N. Magazine.

"John will compliment out upper-weights very well," Cysewski said. "Last season, we had the best 184, 197, 285 combination in the NCAA and John will help ensure that this trend continues."

In his senior year as Team Captain, Schoen was 44-4 with 22 falls and took first place at the Mahomet Seymour and IHSA Regionals. He was named Outstanding Wrestler at the East Suburban Catholic Conference (ESCC) where we won a conference championship at 215 lbs. He took second place at the IHSA sectionals and third at the Class AA state finals. During his junior year, Schoen was a state finalist.

Schoen also was a two-year starter at linebacker for Marist's football team and was a four-year honor roll student.

He joins Mike Benefiel (Aurora, Ill./Montini Catholic), Ben Kuhar (Concord Twp., Ohio/St. Edward) and Robert Kellogg (Sioux City, Iowa/Sioux City North) in this year's recruiting class.

Schoen's bio appears below:

John Schoen
6-1 210
Homer Glen, Ill./Marist

High School: Career record of 118-38 ... Two-time ESCC champion at 189 and 215 lbs. in 2006 and 2007 ... Second place at Class AA state finals (2006) ... Third at state finals in 2006 ... Owns school records for takedowns and escapes ... First place at IHSA Regionals (2007) ... ESCC Outstanding Wrestler (2007) ... Ranked 11th nationally at 215 lbs. by W.I.N. Magazine ... Star Newspaper All Area Team (2007) ... Two-year starter in football at linebacker ... Four-year honor roll student.

Personal: Born John Michael Schoen on 8/22/1989 ... Son of Edward and Julie Schoen ... High school teammate in football of Jeremy Nash of the NU basketball team ... Chose Northwestern over Indiana, Purdue and Northern Illinois ... Plans to major in communications.
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