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2023-2024 Nebraska Wrestling list of Champions


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11 NCAA Div 1 National Champions, 136 All-Americans, 22 Top-10 NCAA Finishes, 7 Conference Championships, 700 All-Time Dual Wins, including 270 wins under Manning! All-time winningest wrestling coach in program history, NU has recorded at least 10 dual wins in 37 of the last 42 seasons, including racking up a 294-107-3 record under current Head Coach Mark Manning.
Over the past 22 years
, the Huskers have finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships 12 times and racked up 75 All-America honors, including five individual national titles. 20 Individual Conference Champions Coached.
In the classroom, NU wrestlers have earned 60 NWCA All-Academic Team selections en route to seven CoSIDA Academic All-America awards
(updated 7 May 2024)
List of State champions on NU 22-23 wrestling team:
1 x 5-time state champion, 4 x 4-time state champions, 9 x 3-time state Champions, 5 x 2 time state Champions, 10 x 1-time state champions!!]

Nebraska’s recruiting classes have been ranked #5 in 2017, #8 in 2018, #5 in 2019, #6 in 2020, #8 in 2021, #11 in 2022, #8 in 2023, #20 in 2024.

Kael Lauridson
…………………..125……………Fr………………Bennington Ne (Using a gap year to train at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs)
  • Four Time state Champion
  • Two-time Greco-Roman National champion
  • Intermat, Lauridsen is ranked No. 2 in the nation at 113 pounds
Alan Koehler……………………..125……………Fr………………Prior Lake Minn.
  • Three time state champion
  • Ranked #4 in Nation H.S.
Jacob Van Dee...........................133........................So.................Erie, Pa. (Cathedral Prep)
  • 4th-Place at Big Ten Championships (2024)
  • 2021 Pennsylvania state champion at 113
  • three-year mark of 92-20.
Caleb Smith........125..........Graduate Student High Point, N.C. SW Guilford/App State.
  • 6th Place finish NCAA Div I Championship
  • 5th-Place at Big Ten Championships (2024)
  • 2023 Southern Conference Champion (125)
  • Two-time NCAA Qualifier (2022, 2023)
  • Third-place finish at the 2022 Southern Conference Championships
  • Fifth-place finish at U23 World Team Trials
  • Three-time state champion at 126 pounds and four-time state qualifier
Kyle Burwick......................133............Jr..........................Hettinger, N.D.......Entered Transfer Portal 2024
  • Placed fifth at the 2021 Big Ten Championships while at Wisconsin U.
  • Five-time North Dakota state champion
  • 293-18 high school career record
  • Three-time member of the Academic Honor Roll
Hayden Mills......................133............RSFr..........................Overland Park, Kan
  • Three-time individual state champion (2019, 2020, 2022)
Drew Cooper.....................133...............Fr...................................Omaha Skutt......Entered Transfer Portal 2024
  • 2023 NSAA Class B State Champion
Blake Cushing............141...............So.........................Grand Island NE
  • 2020 State Champion (126)
Tanner Frothinger………………..141…………..Fr……………..Eagle Idaho....Entered Transfer Portal 2024
  • Three time state champion
Brock Hardy…………141………………..So………..Brigham City, Utah (Box Elder)
  • 3rd in NCAA Div I National Championship
  • 5th-Place at Big Ten Championships (2024)
  • 2023 U23 World Championships Bonze medalist
  • U23 2023 Freestyle National Championship 65KG
  • Sixth-place finish at 2023 NCAA Championships (March 18)
    Second-place finish at the 2023 Big Ten Championships (March 5
  • Four-time Utah high school state champion
  • Five-time first-place finisher at USA Folkstyle Nationals.
  • Ranked as high as No. 2 at 145 pounds by some recruiting services.
  • Graduated from high school in 2018 and served two-year LDS mission to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2021 NWCA Scholar All-American
Weston Dalton………149…………Fr…………..Pueblo Co
  • Three time state champion
Cooper French………….Fr……………..149…………..Flagstaff AZ
  • Three time state champion
Tyler Antoniak.......149........RSFr........Millard South.....Transfer in from Arizona State
  • Two time Nebraska state champ
Ridge Lovett..........149..........RSJr.......Post Falls, Idaho, Post Falls HS..............
6th place finish NCAA DIV I championship
2024 B1G Champion!
REDSHIRT for 2022-23 season
Nebraska’s Best Male Athlete Award 2022
2021-2022 NCAA Runner Up 2022 NCAA Championship final
2020-2021 Second in B1G championship at 149
2019-2020 Honorable Mention All-American; 17-8 regular-season mark
Amateur Wrestling News magazine 2019-20 All-Rookie Team

  • U23 2023 freestyle division, (65 kg) finished third
  • 4th place 2022 B1G champion
  • UWW Junior Freestyle 2020 National Champion at 61 kg
  • No. 3 overall prospect in the class of 2019 in the FloWrestling recruiting rankings
  • 169-0 record in high school and was a four-time 5A state champion
  • Won the national championship in Greco-Roman at the USA Wrestling Junior National championships in Fargo, N.D.
  • 2019 Idaho Wrestler of the Year
  • Academic ALL Big 10 - 2021
Ethan Stiles………………..Fr………………157………….Hoffman Estates IL.....Entered Transfer Portal 2024
  • Three time state champion
  • Ranked #5 in Nation H.S.
Antrell Taylor..................RSFr..................165..................Omaha, Neb. (Millard South)
  • NU Male Freshman Athlete of the Year 2024
  • 8th place finish in 2024 NCAA DIV I championship
  • 5th-Place at Big Ten Championships (2024)
  • 2023 U20 Pan-American 70KG Champion/Gold Medal
  • U20 2023 freestyle Antrell Taylor (70 kg) finished as runner-up
  • Two-time Nebraska Class A state champion
  • Ranked No. 6 in his weight class by FloWrestling.
Peyton Robb..................157.......Sr......Owatonna High School in Owatonna, Minnesota,
Four Time All American
2024 NCAA Div I - 7th place finish
2024 B1G Tournament 3rd place finish

Sixth at 2023 NCAA Tournament
2022-2023 Second B1G championships
4th place 2022 NCAA Finals at 157
2020-2021 Fourth in B1G championship at 165
2019-2020 (Fr) Third in B1G championship, Honorable Mention All-American

  • U23 freestyle division Peyton Robb (74 kg) placed fourth
  • Sixth-Place at NCAA Championships (2023)
  • Second-Place at Big Ten Championships (2023)
  • Fourth-Place at NCAA Championships (2022)
  • Fifth-Place at Big Ten Championships (2022)
  • Fourth-Place at Big Ten Championships (2021)
  • Third-Place at Big Ten Championships (2020)
  • Outstanding Male Newcomer 2019-20 year, after helping the Husker wrestling team to an 11-3 record, a No. 4 national ranking and a Third place finish at the Big Ten Wrestling Championships.
  • Nebraska redshirt freshman Peyton Robb finished second in the 70 kg challenge tournament on Friday at the 2019 USA Wrestling Junior World Team Trials.
  • Was the second-ranked 160-pounder and the No. 26 pound-for-pound wrestler in the Class of 2018 according to InterMat. #1 at 160 according to TOM.
  • Was FloWrestling’s seventh-ranked wrestler at 160 pounds in the Class of 2018.
  • School’s first three-time state champion and racked up a combined 155-6 record in high school
  • Capped his prep career with an undefeated 48-0 season and the MSHSL Class AAA title at 160 pounds as a senior in 2018
  • Won the Class AAA title at 120 pounds after going 29-3 as a sophomore in 2016
  • Won his first state title as a freshman in 2015, as he went 42-2 and won the Class AAA title at 106 pounds
  • Was the 2017 Minnesota junior state freestyle and Greco-Roman champion in 2017 at 160 pounds
  • Won both the Greco-Roman and freestyle brackets at 69 kg at the 2017 Pan-American Championships
Bubba Wilson...............174............Jr.........................Manhattan, Kan., Manhattan HS
  • 2024 B1G tournament 9th place finish
  • U23 freestyle division, Bubba Wilson (74 kg) placed Third
  • 6th place 165 at 2022 B1G championship-went to NCAA championship DNP
  • 19-1 overall record 2020-21
  • Won a state championship at MHS in 2019
  • Earned a state title during the Freestyle and Greco-Roman season this past summer
  • FloWrestling ranked him as the No. 11 high school wrestler in the country at 152 lbs
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2021)
Griffin Ray……………………Fr…………..165……………Hillsboro MO......Entered Transfer Portal 2024
  • One time state champion
Tahjae Jenkins-Harris……….....165................Jr................North Las Vegas, Nev., Legacy
  • 35-0 record during his senior year
  • High School Athlete of the Year 2020
Jagger Condomitti............So...................165..................Northampton, Pa. (Northampton Area)
  • Sam Foltz 27 Hero Leadership Award 2024
  • 2021 HS State champion
  • 2019 Journeymen World Classic gold medalist
  • Ranked #13 pound-for-pound in the country for the 2021 class
  • Super 32 All-American, a NHSCA Sophomore Championship in 2019, All-America honors at the 2018 Fargo Cadet National Championships
  • Ranked #2 in Nation by Flo Wrestling for H.S. 2021
Christopher Minto........Fr.............165............Cape Coral Fl
  • Three-time NHSCA State Champion
Elise Brown Ton........So...........174..................Allen Tx
  • Two-time Texas state champion, capturing the UIL titles in 2019 and 2020.
  • Won three consecutive Texas-USA Wrestling State Championship titles in Freestyle and Greco-Roman
  • Captured the 170-pound Reno Tournament of Champions crown in 2019.
Lenny Pinto...........RsSo.............184.........Stroudsburg, Pa. (Stroudsburg)
  • 2024 B1G Tournament 3rd place finish
  • 2020 Pennsylvania state champion at 170 pound
  • 2020 included a school-record 44 wins on the season
  • Earned gold in freestyle at 2019 Fargo Cadet National Championships/bronze in Greco-Roman.
  • A 2019 NHSCA Sophomore Champion and a Super 32 All-American
  • Ranked #1 in Nation by FloWrestling at 182 for H.S. 2021
  • Ranked No. 5 in his weight class by Intermat
Brandyn Van Tassell………………..184………..Jr………Mapleton, Utah (Maple Mountain)
  • Won a Class 5A Utah state championship at 182 pounds in 2018.
  • Won a state title in 2017, wrestling less than one year removed from tearing both his ACL and LCL in his knee.
  • Van Tassell graduated from high school in 2018 and served a two-year LDS mission. He will join the Nebraska wrestling program for the 2020-21 campaign.
Camden McDanel…………Fr……………197……Circleville OH, Teays Valley High School (Using a gap year to train at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs)
  • 2023 and 2024 U20 US Open Champion at 97 kg
  • Second place in Last Chance Olympic Team Trials
  • 2023 U20 World Bronze medalist 97KG
  • 2023 U20 Pan-American 97KG Champion/Gold Medal
  • Ranked #2 in nation H.S.
  • 2023 US Men's Freestyle National Champion
  • 2023 US Open Champion
  • 2023 OHSAA State Champion
  • One time state Champion
Silas Allred…………197………………..So……………….Muncie, Ind. (Shenadoah)
  • 2024 B1G tournament 3rd place finish
  • Big Ten Champion (197; 2023)
  • Silas Allred won the 2022 U20 Challenge Tournament
  • Two-time Indiana state champion at 195 pounds after taking fifth in 2018 at 182 pounds, Silas Allred became the first-ever wrestler at his high school to win a state title.
  • He also won the 2018 Cadet Freestyle Championship at 195 pounds and earned a USA Wrestling National High School Folkstyle title in April.
  • He is ranked Fourth at 195 pounds by Intermat.
  • 146-2 career record in high school with 138 victories by fall
  • FloNationals champion
  • Won 74 consecutive matches at one point during his prep career
  • 2020 Wrestling USA Academic All-American with 4.317 GPA
  • Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award recipient
  • Named to the 2020 Scholastic All-American Academic Team with a 4.317 GPA..
  • Amateur Wrestling News (AWN) magazine Third Team High School All-America
  • Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine's (WIN) Wrestler of the Year in Indiana
Hampton Kaye-Kuter…….Fr…………..220…………..Milford MA (Redshirting)?
  • Two-time New England State Champion
Mathew Moore……………Fr…………..285………….Waupun Wi (Redshirting)?
  • One time state champ
  • Ranked #7 in Nation H.S.
Harley Andrews..................RSFr................285.................Hinton OK, Tuttle
  • U20 2023 Freestyle Fourth Place
  • Three-time Oklahoma state champion
  • Andrews was ranked No. 6 at 285 by FloWrestling.
  • 2020, 2021, & 2022 Oklahoma state champion at 195, 220, 285
  • Captured the 2019 Preseason and Mid-American Nationals titles
  • 2022 OWCA 4A Wrestler of the Year
Nash Hutmaker..................Jr................285.................Oacoma, S.D
  • 2024 B1G tournament 6th place finish
  • Four-time South Dakota state champion, the first four-time heavyweight state champion in South Dakota history and the first four-time champion in one weight class in state history.
  • Ranked as the nation’s No. 1 high school heavyweight wrestler, Hutmacher went 166-0 from his freshman to senior season. He first started practicing with the varsity team as a sixth grader and amassed 226 career wins and competed in six state tournaments. Hutmacher won each of his final 73 matches by pin - 71 in the first period - the second-longest pin streak in the history of high school wrestling. He became the first person to be named the Daily Republic Wrestler of the Year four times.
  • Hutmacher was 43-0 as a senior, with each win via pin including 30 within one minute.
  • He won the Junior Schalles Award as the nation's best high school pinner.
  • He went 33-0 as a junior with 32 pins and one forfeit en route to earning a spot on the 2018-19 USA Today All-USA Boys Wrestling Team.
  • He was 46-0 as the state champion as a sophomore and 44-0 as a freshman state champion.
  • Outside of high school competition, Hutmacher was a four-time All-American who won several event titles, including pinning three of his four opponents en route to the 2019 USA Wrestling Junior Folkstyle National Championship and winning the 2017 USA Wrestling Cadet Freestyle National Championship.
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"Hardy beat 7-seed Jesse Vasquez of Arizona State 10-8 in the quarters before downing 6-seed Kyle Rowan of Stanford 13-3 via tech fall, putting him in the best-of-three finals against 13-seed Ryan Jack of NC State.

Jack upset 1-seed Cole Matthews in the semis to get to the finals against Hardy. These two spit matches during the NCAA season.

In these freestyle finals, Hardy and Jack went back and forth but Hardy ended up on the winning end of things both times, winning the first match 9-5 and the second 10-5."

"Bubba Wilson who finished third and went an astonishing 10-1. A junior-to-be, the 23-seed Wilson won his first two matches before falling to 10-seed Matt Lee 9-4 in the round of 32. Wilson then went on an absolute tear, winning eight straight matches in the consolation bracket to finish third. Wilson recorded three wins via pinfall and two more via tech fall during his run through the back side, including a pin against 6-seed Cael Swensen in the 3rd-place match."
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Current Husker wrestler Antrell Taylor (70 kg) and incoming freshman Camden McDanel (97 kg) both won three-straight matches to claim gold at the 2023 U20 Pan-American Championships in Santiago, Chile on Saturday.

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NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approves new NCAA wrestling rules effective with the 2023-24 season.

  1. Approved making all takedowns in wrestling worth 3 points, creates a more appropriate point differential between takedowns and escapes and incentivize offense
  2. Eliminates the hand-touch takedown; demonstrating control is an important component of college wrestling, so it made sense to eliminate the hand-touch takedown in favor of a single requirement for all takedowns
  3. A 3-point near-fall scoring component was added.
  4. Change to the coach's video review request; provides the referee with the authority to confirm or overturn all calls or missed calls during a video review challenged sequence
  5. The first medical forfeit of a tournament will count as a loss on the wrestler's record. An exception will be if the medical forfeit occurs immediately after an injury default in a tournament.
  6. The penalty for a delayed coach's video review challenge request will be changed to a loss of the video review. Previously, it was a control-of-mat violation and 1-point deduction from the team total.
  7. Any true placement matches conducted in an event will not alter the final team score.
  8. Officials can let action continue after penalizing an illegal hold and not require a stoppage after imminent scoring finishes when the safety of wrestlers is not in danger.
  9. The current mandatory five-second count for the waist and ankle ride will be expanded to include all situations in which the top wrestler grasps the bottom wrestler's ankle.
  10. Weigh-in times across all competition types will be standardized to two hours or sooner before the start of competition. Previously, tournament weigh-ins were two hours or sooner, but dual meet weigh-ins were permitted only one hour or sooner before the start of competition.
  11. Weight certification for all schools will be permitted to start Sept. 1.
Old Rule: Rear standing neutral control only requires a hand touch for a take down to be rewarded.
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Thank you to Coach Kokesh and good luck on your farm.

"The Huskers no doubt will miss Kokesh as a coach. He’s served on the Husker staff since 2016 — first as an administrative assistant then as an assistant coach the past few seasons.

Kokesh also wrestled for the Huskers from 2011-15. One of the most decorated Huskers of all time, Kokesh is No. 2 on the all-time win list with his 144-15 career record. Wrestling at 165 pounds before moving up to 174, Kokesh was a three-time All-American, finishing third twice and fourth once at the NCAA Championships.
Kokesh is also Nebraska’s only multi-time Big Ten Champion, winning the conference crown in 2014 and 2015."

Welcome to Coach Green!
"Former Nebraska wrestling legend James Green has been named a full-time assistant coach for the Husker wrestling program, head coach Mark Manning announced Thursday.

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Green will join Manning, associate head coach Bryan Snyder and assistant coach Tervel Dlagnev ahead of the 2023-24 season.

“We’re extremely excited about James, Chandell, Glory and Aubrey being back in Lincoln,” Manning said. “The attitude, work ethic and commitment to excellence that James competed with both as a Husker and a six-time USA Wrestling World Team member gives our student-athletes a prime example of someone to imitate. His leadership as one of the world’s top competitors, coupled with his coaching experience provides our program with an amazing asset as we continue our march to the top. James’ passion and heart for Nebraska Wrestling will serve us well.”

As a Husker, the 2014 Big Ten Champion became just the second four-time All-American in school history as he placed seventh twice and third twice at NCAAs. On the professional side, he represented the United States on the World Team at the 70kg spot from 2015 to 2021, winning bronze in 2015 and silver in 2017."

Career Highlights
  • Six-time World Team member (70kg)
  • Two-time World Medalist (Bronze, 2015; Silver, 2017)
  • Four-time NCAA All-American (7th, 157, 2012; 7th, 157, 2013; 3rd, 157, 2014; 3rd, 157, 2015)
  • Big Ten Champion (157, 2014)
  • Nebraska 100-Win Club
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2023 U20 World Championships
At Amman, Jordan, August 14-20
"Big Camden McDanel was a force in his two matches at 97 kg. The future Nebraska Cornhusker dialed up 24 points and two technical falls, taking out Toyoki Hamada of Japan and Taron Shahinyan of Poland with apparent ease.

McDanel’s competition will stiffen in the semifinals as he gets his hands on 2023 Yasar Dogu bronze medalist Abolfazl Babaloo of Iran. This will the first match between the two rival countries in Jordan and could prove a pivotal swing match in the team race. Iran has three wrestlers in the first batch of men’s freestyle semifinals, second most behind the U.S."

97 kg – Camden McDanel (Circleville, Ohio)

WIN Toyoki Hamada (Japan), tech. fall, 12-1
WIN Taron Shahinyan (Poland), tech. fall, 12-2

VS Abolfazl Babaloo (Iran)
SF 2: Abolfazl BABALOO (IRI) df. Camden MC DANEL (USA), 5-1
In the bronze-medal match, McDanel looked impressive with an 8-2 win over Kazakhstan’s Kamil Kurugliyev, last year’s U17 World Champion.

Although he just wrestled at about 213 pounds, McDanel is still set to wrestle in college at 197. I do see him being a bit undersized for a future at heavyweight. After a redshirt season behind sophomore Silas Allred, it’ll be tough to keep McDanel out of the lineup.
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Huskers’ Newest Recruit Smashes Way to Super 32 Title​

"Nebraska added LJ Araujo to its 2024 recruiting class just a few days before the North Dakota native ran through a gauntlet to win a Super 32 title this weekend, 24 Oct 2023"

"Araujo was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the tournament in the high school division’s upper weights"

"He’s currently ranked No. 81 on the MatScouts Big Board for the class of 2024, but he’ll soon be moving up that list after what he did at Super 32 in Greensboro, N.C. Sitting as the 9-seed in an incredibly deep field at 165 pounds, Araujo showed off his incredible top game on the way to the championship. He finished the tournament with a 7-0 record with three wins via pinfall, one tech fall and one major decision.

Most impressive of all was who Araujo beat along the way. In the quarterfinal round, Araujo took on the No. 3-ranked wrestler in the country at 160 pounds (Araujo was not ranked in FloWrestling’s rankings before Super 32) in Ethan Birden. A senior from Ohio, Birden was the 1-seed and is committed to Ohio State. Araujo used his dominant top game to beat the future Buckeye 2-1.

In the semis, Araujo took out 4-seed Latrell Schafer of Georgia in dominant fashion, downing the NC State commit 11-0 via major decision. Schafer is currently ranked No. 11 at 160 pounds. In the finals, Araujo beat 6-seed Dominic Bambinelli, who is also from Georgia, via 5-3 decision. Bambinelli is currently ranked No. 9 in the country at 170 pounds.

In fact, Araujo was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the tournament in the high school division’s upper weights."
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"After an enormous 2023 recruiting class, it appears that Nebraska may be very selective with who they take these next couple recruiting cycles. In fact, both of their commits for the 2024 class are in the Top 100, and they just got another big-boarder to start the 2025 class.

One of Nebraska’s main targets committed on Tuesday evening when Tyler Eise committed to the Huskers. Out of Ponderosa High School in Colorado, Eise is not only the top high school wrestler in the state, he’s one of the best in the country."

Nebraska Wrestling Adds Two Top 50 Big Board Prospects To 2025 Class​

"After picking up a pledge from top in-state junior Cade Ziola on Thursday, the Huskers followed it up Monday by landing one of the top juniors in Oklahoma.

Kody Routledge, a 2022 Fargo freestyle champ, announced his commitment to Nebraska on Monday. The two-time Oklahoma state high school medalist is ranked fourth nationally at 152 pounds and #17 on the 2025 Big Board. He also visited Cornell, Iowa State, Missouri, Ohio State and Oklahoma.

The Huskers protected their home recruiting turf by landing Ziola, a two-time state finalist who won a state title last season at 170 pounds. Ziola is currently ranked 10th at 182 pounds and #46 on the 2025 Big Board. "
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"Tolly Thompson owns the most victories of any wrestler in Nebraska history. Thompson went 157-21 in his four seasons to become the only Husker with 150 career wins. The 1995 NCAA Heavyweight champion, Thompson was a three-time All-American and a three-time conference champion."

Congratulations to Husker legend Tolly Thompson, who was inducted into the Nebraska Athletics Hall of Fame.

157 career wins (school record)
1995 national champion
3x conference champion
3x All-American
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Husker Commits Show Out at Ironman Tourney​

Husker Commits at Ironman
138 - Omar Ayoub (Ranked No. 16 at 138/No. 63 on 2024 Big Board)
150 - Kody Routledge (No. 4 at 152/No. 17 on ‘25 BB)
175 - Tyler Eise (No. 2 at 170/No. 10 on ‘25 BB)

190 - Cade Ziola (No. 10 at 182/NO. 46 on ‘25 BB)
"Of the four wrestlers, all of them made it to the semifinal round with three of the four advancing to the finals. From there, Nebraska’s only champion was Cade Ziola at 190 pounds."
"A junior at Omaha Skutt who recently committed to Nebraska, Ziola (the 2-seed) went 6-0 during the two-day tournament and racked up some impressive wins. He won his first two matches via major decision before taking down 15-seed Xander Myers 12-6.

In the quarters, Ziola beat 7-seed Nick Wehmeyer of Malvern Prep 4-3. In the semis, Ziola beat 3-seed Jarvell Miller (ranked No. 3 at 182) 7-4. In the final, Ziola dominated 12-seed Jake Dailey of Wyoming Seminary in Pennsylvania (the team that won the team title), winning the match via pinfall in the third period while up 10-2.

Omar Ayoub entered the tournament as the 2-seed and did his job in getting to the final. After a few opening-round wins, Ayoub then beat 7-seed Hunter Hollingsworth (No. 20 at 138) and 3-seed Tyler Guerra (No. 12 at 138) in the quarters and semis.

In the final, Ayoub had a tough task as he took on 1-seed Bo Bassett but suffered 5-1 decision loss.

At 150 pounds, Nebraska’s newest commit Kody Routledge came in as the 4-seed. After three comfortable wins to start the weekend, Routledge then beat No. 8-ranked Claudio Torres via pinfall in the quarters. In the semis, Routledge continued his rivalry with recent Missouri commit Kollin Rath, the 1-seed. Routledge was able to get the 3-2 decision win in tiebreakers after falling to Rath in the finals at both Super 32 and Fargo Nationals.

Heading to the final, Routledge took on No. 5-ranked Vince Bouzakis, also of Wyoming Seminary in PA. The future Husker fell to Bouzakis via 3-2 decision in a tight match.

Nebraska’s first commit for the class of 2025, Tyler Eise of Ponderosa HS in Colorado won his first two matches before beating No. 13-ranked Carson Thomas 2-1 in tiebreakers in the quarters. In the semis, Eise dropped a 3-2 match in tiebreakers to No. 7 Gage Wright.

In the consolation semis, Eise beat 3-seed Adam Waters 3-2 before falling to 14-seed Eddie Neitenbach 5-3 in sudden victory in the 3rd-place match.

As a team, Nebraska had the most commits make the final with three — ahead of Iowa, Oklahoma and Ohio State with 2 each. Ohio State and Iowa had two champions."

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Last weekend, three of Nebraska’s seven known commits competed at their state championships with all three coming away on top of the podium.

In fact, between the three, they now own 8 individual state championships with a chance to add two more next year.

Class of 2024​

LJ Araujo​

Bismark, ND​

"A member of Nebraska’s four-member 2024 class that will be on campus in the fall, LJ Araujo made history in North Dakota where he won his FIFTH state title. After winning it as an 8th grader at 106 pounds, he went on to win titles at 126, 145, 160 and then 172 as a senior. In the tournament, Araujo pinned all four of his opponents in a total of 7:00.
Araujo finished his high school career with a 140-3 record — he went 19-0 in winning his fifth title. He hasn’t lost a match since his freshman year when he lost just one. He lost just two high school matches as an 8th grader. This past fall, Araujo committed to Nebraska right before smashing his way through Super 32 for a title at 165 pounds, 2024 Big Board and #4 overall at 165 pounds."

Class of 2025​

Cade Ziola​

Omaha Skutt, NE​

"The Nebraska native Cade Ziola had one of the best seasons ever by a Nebraska wrestler. As a junior, he won his second state title, this time at 190 pounds, going 49-0 on the year. In four matches at state, Ziola won three tech falls and another by pinfall. He’s currently ranked #46 on the Class of 2025 Big Board."

Tyler Eise​

Ponderosa, CO​

"A junior, Tyler Eise won his second Class 5A state title in Colorado at 175 pounds this past weekend. He finished his season with a 35-2 record with his only two losses coming at Ironman. At state, he won his first three matches via pinfall in a combined 1:37 before winning via 16-0 tech fall in the second period of the finals."

" Two more Husker commits will compete in their state tournaments. Class of 2025 commit Kody Routledge will wrestle for Edmond North in Oklahoma’s state championships. Ranked #4 in the country at 157 pounds, Routledge is #17 on the 2025 Big Board.

Out of the class of 2024, Colin McAlister will try to defend his 2023 state title at Kansas’s state tournament. McCalister projects as a 157 or 165 in college."
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"Both Kody Routledge of Oklahoma and Colin McAlister of Kansas won state gold this weekend, making it 5-for-5 for Husker commits at state!"

Class of 2024​

Colin McAlister​

Mill Valley HS, Kansas​

Set to step on campus this next fall, Colin McAlister went out on a high note in winning his second Kansas Class 6A State Championship. Wrestling at 165 this year, McAlister finished the year with a 51-1 record. He recorded two pins at state in under a minute and scored an 8-0 major in the final.

Class of 2025​

Kody Routledge​

Edmond North HS, Okla.​

In Oklahoma, Husker commit Kody Routledge won his first 6A State Championship after finishing fourth as a freshman and third a year ago. Routledge broke through and got the 4-3 decision win over a tough Landyn Sommer, a senior committed to Oklahoma who is ranked #11 nationally at 157 pounds.

"Ayoub finished his senior year with a 39-3 record. At Nebraska, he likely projects at 141 pounds but will probably be a 149 eventually. He will join older brother Ismael Ayoub who is a redshirt freshman for the Huskers at 141 pounds. With guys like Brock Hardy and Ridge Lovett returning next year, Omar Ayoub will likely redshirt but could be a candidate to replace either Hardy or Lovett when they graduate.

Two weeks ago, Marco Christiansen out of Shorewood, Minn. was going for his second straight state title, but he suffered an injury in his second round matchup and was forced to medically forfeit out. He finished his season 26-4 at 189 pounds."
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