It looks like Nebraska is on track to bring in one of its best recruiting classes in some time in 2024.
In fact, after the addition of Kody Routledge out of Edmond North High School in Oklahoma, the Huskers have one of the very best classes in the country. Routledge chose Nebraska over Ohio State, Iowa State, Missouri and Oklahoma, among others.
Routledge is ranked No. 17 overall in the class of 2025 FloWrestling Big Board — he’s ranked No. 4 in the country at 152 pounds. Routledge is the third member of this class and he joins fellow Big-Boarders in No. 10 Tyler Eise out of Colorado and No. 46 Cade Ziola of Omaha Skutt. That’s three absolute Blue Chip guys right there, and Nebraska is far from done. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few more top-shelf guys commit in the coming months.
Routledge is just entering his junior year where he’s aiming for his first state title after finishing third last season and fourth as a freshman in Oklahoma’s Class 6A.
On the national stage, Routledge has been really impressive. He was a 2022 16U Fargo National Champion in Freestyle (the nation’s toughest high school freestyle tournament), beating fellow top recruit Kollin Rath in the final (watch that match below). This past summer, Rath got revenge with a win over Routledge in their second consecutive meeting in the finals in Fargo. He was also a third-placer at the 2023 U17 World Team Trials in freestyle.
In the nation’s toughest high school folkstyle tournament of the year, Super 32, Routledge was a finalist at 150 pounds this fall. He also traveled to and competed in the Nebraska Kearney Younes College Open in November — he finished third in the “Elite” division at 157 pounds. In the process, he actually wrestled current Husker freshman Weston Dalton in the round of 16. Early in the match when Dalton went for a shot, Routledge jumped over him to get to an ankle and it caused Dalton’s ankle to twist, ending the match via injury default. After taking a loss in the quarters, Routledge won three matches in a row with bonus points on the back side on the way to his third-place finish — including a 12-4 major over former Husker and current UNK wrestler Nic Stoltenberg.
With results like that against current college wrestlers as just a junior in high school, Routledge looks like the real deal.
He projects as a 157 or 165 pounder in college and will be a welcome addition to the room.