Recruiting: Kearney's two-time state champion wrestler Phillip Moomey commits to Cornell

Kearney's Phillip Moomey went 45-1 in route to the 126-pound state championship in February.

Kearney wrestler Phillip Moomey committed to Cornell via Twitter on Thursday evening. Moomey went 45-1 in route to the 126-pound state championship in February.

Moomey, a two-time state champion, finished the high school season ranked in the top 20 in two national polls. Only a handful of underclassman were ranked ahead of him.

A visit to Cornell during his spring break helped solidify his decision to wrestle for the Big Red.

"It felt right. I've been a fan of them since the sixth or seventh grade," he said. "I don't know what it was about coach (Rob) Kohl, but something just felt right about him. He felt like a guy I wanted to wrestle for."​

Cornell, an Ivy League school that does not offer athletic scholarships, has a rich tradition of wrestling. The Big Red has had 67 All-Americans and 15 individual NCAA champions since 1993 — the year Kohl became head coach.

Moomey had multiple scholarship offers, including one from Nebraska. In the end it came down to three schools.

"N.C. State and Nebraska were in the top three and I visited both of them," he said. "It doesn't get much better than Cornell for wrestling and academics, it's the best of both worlds."

Moomey isn't sure what weight he will wrestle at, but said it will most likely be 125 or 133 pounds.

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