Larkin High School Class of 1988
Jim, a three sport varsity athlete and 1988 Larkin High Shool graduate, is inducted for wrestling. He was a four year varsity wrestler, compiling 91 wins in his high school career. In his junior year, Kossakowski had a record of 30 wins and eight losses and completed the season with a 6th place finish at the state tournament in the 145 lb. weight class. The following year, Jim had 38 wins and finished the state tournament with a 2nd place medal in the 155 lb. weight class. He was named Larkin High Male Athlete of the Year for 1987-1988.
Kossakowski attended Northern Illinois University, where he was a four year letter winner in wrestling. As a freshman, he won 20 matches and had a 4th place finish in the NCAA West Regional. Jim followed that with 20 victories his sophomore year and a 19 victory season as a junior when he took 2nd place in conference in the 167 lb. weight class. His 27 wins and 9 losses as a senior left him one victory away from All-American status. During that season, he took 2nd place in the NCAA West Regionals and earned a spot in the NCAA Championships. Kossakowski was named N. I. U. Most Valuable Wrestler for the 1992-1993 season. He qualified for the Olympic trials in Roman-Greco style wrestling in 1992.