May 29, 2013
DEKALB, Ill. – The Northern Illinois wrestling team signed four recruits Wednesday, as Jacob Cochrane (Island Lake, Ill./Carmel Catholic), Jacob Haydock (Brandon, Fla./Brandon) Shaunqae McMurtry (Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township) and Jordan Northrup (Machesney Park, Ill./Harlem) will join the Huskies in 2013.
The trio brings NIU’s recruiting class to six, as the team added Sal Annoreno (Hanover Park, Ill./Bartlett) and Austin Culton (Sycamore, Ill./Sycamore) to the fray in November.
“The addition of these young men will address some specific needs within our roster,” said NIU head coach Ryan Ludwig. “These guys are our brand in that they love to wrestle and thrive on competition. My staff and I are proud to add them to the program and we can't wait to get them on campus.”
Three of the four newest signees come to NIU from northern Illinois, as Cochrane hails from Island Lake, Ill., McMurtry grew up in Lockport, Ill., and Northrup comes from Machesney Park, Ill. Meanwhile, Haydock joins the Huskies from the Tampa-St. Petersburg suburb of Brandon, Fla.
Class of 2013 Signees
Name Weight Hometown (High School)
*Sal Annoreno 132 Hanover Park, Ill. (Bartlett)
Jacob Cochrane 285 Island Lake, Ill. (Carmel Catholic)
*Austin Culton 152 Sycamore, Ill. (Sycamore)
Jacob Haydock 160 Brandon, Fla. (Brandon)
Shaunqae McMurtry 165 Lockport, Ill. (Lockport Township)
Jordan Northrup 126 Machesney Park, Ill. (Harlem)
*Signed in November
Island Lake, Ill.
Carmel Catholic HS
High School: Three-time all-conference and two-time state placer at Carmel Catholic High School… Compiled a 139-22 record and 61 pins in four seasons at Carmel Catholic… Finished his senior season with a 43-2 record with 22 pins, while placing third at the state tournament… Won the 2012 Russ Erb Invitational at heavyweight with four wins, two of which came via pin… Won the East Suburban Catholic Conference title in 2013, in addition to taking regional and sectional titles… Helped the Corsairs to a team regional runner-up finish in 2013… Invited to the Illinois-Indiana Team Dual following his senior season… Took fourth at the 2012 state meet… Finished his junior campaign with a 37-9 record and 14 pins… Won the regional title, while taking second at conference and fourth at sectionals in 2012… Won the Fresh/Soph state championship in 2011 after posting a 31-11 record… Placed second at the 2011 conference tournament and third at regionals… Went 28-0 with 16 pins as a freshman en route to a conference title.
Personal: Born Oct. 20, 1994, in Arlington Heights, Ill… Son of Michael and Terry Cochrane… Intends to major in business… Volunteers with Students Against Destructive Decisions… Active community volunteer with PADS and the Transfiguration School… Admires Cael Sanderson and Rulon Gardner.
High School: Four-time state finalist who posted a record of 203-10 and 129 pins at Brandon High School… Won three regional titles in his four years with the Eagles… Captured the Hillsborough Conference title the last four seasons at four different weight classes… Named to the all-county team each of the last two seasons… Won the all-class state championship following his senior season at BHS… Four-time team captain and team MVP… Capped off his senior season with a 67-2 record and a second place finish at the state tournament… Captured the regional title at 160 pounds in 2013… Took the state title at 170 as a junior after compiling a 64-4 record… Won conference and regional titles in 2012 at 170 pounds… Won the state title at 152 as a sophomore, winning all three of his state tournament matches by pin… Ended the 2010-11 season with a perfect 36-0 record… Finished as a runner up at 140 pounds as a freshman following a 36-4 ledger… Helped the BHS Eagles to team state championships in 2012 and 2013, while taking second in 2010 and 2011… One of the top wrestlers on Brandon’s nationally-ranked squad in 2013.
Personal: Born May 20, 1994… Son of Jason and Christie Haydock… Plans on majoring in business with a minor in art… Volunteers with the Cascia Hall wrestling kids camp… Enjoys drawing and painting… Admires Jim Thorpe.
Lockport Township HS
High School: Four-time all-conference and three-time state qualifier at Lockport Township High School… Posted a record of 148-39 in his four seasons with the Porters… Holds the LTHS record for most career takedowns with 239… Won the Illinois Class 3A state title at 160 in 2013 after posting a school record 47 wins during the regular season… Won the Southwest Suburban Blue title at 160 as a senior, in addition to taking the regional and sectional crowns… Captured conference, regional and sectional wins at 152 pounds as a junior en route to taking second place at the state meet… Finished the 2011-12 season with a 33-8 record… Earned his first state tournament berth as a sophomore, where he finished fifth at 145 pounds… Earned a second place finish at the conference meet in 2011… Also played football at Lockport.
Personal: Born May 13, 1994, in Joliet, Ill… Son of Naomi McMurtry… Plans on majoring in marketing and minoring in psychology… Admires Tom Brady.
Machesney Park, Ill.
High School: Three-time all-state and all-conference honoree at Harlem High School… Qualified for the state championship match each of the last three seasons… Won conference, regional and sectional titles during his sophomore, junior and senior seasons… Two-time team captain… Ended his career with the Huskies by taking second at 126 pounds in 2013… Won the NIC-10, regional and sectional titles as a senior en route to being named the team’s MVP… Won the state championship at 113 pounds as a junior… Finished second at state at 106 pounds in 2011 after winning the conference, regional and sectional titles at that weight… Placed fourth at the 2011 Cadet Nationals in Fargo, N.D… Took third place in conference and at regionals as a freshman.
Personal: Born March 7, 1995, in Rockford, Ill… Son of Carl and Patty Northrup… Intending on majoring in education… Aspires to be a teacher… Enjoys reading… Admires Michael Jordan.