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Wrestling: Husker Commits Show Out at Ironman Tourney

Led by Ironman champion Cade Ziola of Omaha Skutt, Nebraska had four total commits wrestling in one of the country’s toughest high school tournaments

Husker coaches, Mark Manning Dylan Guenther / Corn Nation

Nebraska has built up quite a bit of momentum on the recruiting trail in recent months.

Much like when LJ Araujo committed to Nebraska just days before winning a Super 32 title and shooting up the rankings, Nebraska added both Cade Ziola and Kody Routledge to its 2025 class recently and they both had impressive performances at Ironman.

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.

A member of the Huskers’ small 2024 class, 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, possibly the most impressive high school wrestler I’ve ever seen. Bassett entered the final after winning every match before it via tech or pin. Against Ayoub, who is very tall and long for the weight, Bassett struggled to rack up points the way he’s accustomed. In the end, Ayoub wasn’t able to score much in a 5-1 decision loss. Despite the loss, it was a good showing against someone as dominant as Bassett.

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.