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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Class A 106 pounds: Jakason Burks, Omaha Burke.
Class A 113: Brayden Smith, Kearney.
Class A 120: Maxx Mayfield, Lincoln East
Class A 126: Phillip Moomey, Kearney
Class A 132: Jack Huffman, Millard West
Class A 138: Nick James, Kearney
Class A 145: Chance Fry, Lincoln East
Class A 152: Dashawn Dixon, Lincoln East
Class A 160: James Burks, Omaha Burke
Class A 170: Isaiah Alford, Lincoln High
Class A 182: Lance Jarrett, Gretna
Class A 195: Dillyn Miller, Omaha Burke
Class A 220: Matthew Montgomery, Norfolk
Class A 285: Lee Herrington, Kearney
Class B 106: Paul Garcia, Scottsbluff
Class B 113: Jackson Nielsen, Blair
Class B 120: Andy Rojas, Lexington
Class B 126: Nicholas Stoltenberg, Omaha Skutt
Class B 132: Trey Arellano, Sidney
Class B 138: Connor Laux, Hastings
Class B 145: Scott Fulsos, York
Class B 152: Derek Robb, Sidney
Class B 160: Alex Vandyke, Omaha Skutt
Class B 170: Billy Higgins, Omaha Skutt
Class B 182: Prestin Melroy, Holdrege
Class B 195: Sam Kolterman, Wahoo
Class B 220: Jack Sutton, Wahoo
Class B 285: Garrett Nelson, Scottsbluff
Class C 106: Chris Williams, Valentine
Class C 113: Seth Styskal, David City
Class C 120: Gage Krolikowski, Valentine
Class C 126: Koby Brandenburg, Central City
Class C 132: Jordan Kelber, Valentine
Class C 138: Evan Waddington, Wood River
Class C 145: Melvin Hernandez, David City
Class C 152: Jaden Janssen, Crofton/Bloomfield
Class C 160: Caleb Long, Valentine
Class C 170: Donald Stephen, Valentine
Class C 182: Joseph Reimers, David City Aquinas
Class C 195: Ryder Fuchs, Pierce
Class C 220: Aaron Hinojosa, Chase County
Class C 285: Caleb Lefferdink, Syracuse
Class D 106: Logan Russell, High Plains
Class D 113: Zach Hamilton, Fremont Bergan
Class D 120: Dillon Stewart, Elkhorn Valley
Class D 126: Tyler Pawloski, Pleasanton
Class D 132: Dylan Swenson, Oakland-Craig
Class D 138: Cameron Riggs, Maxwell
Class D 145: Joshua McFarland, Elkhorn Valley
Class D 152: Austin Garcia, Morrill
Class D 160: Trace Baasch, Amherst
Class D 170: Jaren Atkeson, O'Neill St. Mary's
Class D 182: Daniel Duffy, Kenesaw
Class D 195: Seth Racicky, Ansley/Litchfield
Class D 220: Jonathan Escalante, Winside
Class D 285: Thomas Hughes, Burwell