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OSU Wrestling: Edmond North Recruit Kody Routledge Flips Commitment from Nebraska to Cowboys

OSU’s 2025 class continues to be all in-state talent.

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David Taylor has recruited immediate impacts so far, but now he’s adding an asset for the future.

Local preps product Kody Routledge reportedly flipped his commitment from Nebraska to Oklahoma State, according to Willie Saylor on Thursday night. Routledge had committed to the Cornhuskers in December, but apparently the coaching change in Stillwater drew him to stay in-state.

Out of Edmond North High School, FloWrestling has Routledge ranked as the No. 17 prospect in the 2025 class on its Big Board. He’s ranked fourth in the country at 152 pounds and is projected to compete at 157 or 165 pounds in college.

Routledge won his first state title this past season as a junior. He finished third and fourth as a sophomore and freshman, respectively. In the freestyle circuit, Routledge was a national champion in 2022 at Fargo, North Dakota.

Routledge is the first preps pledge since Taylor took over but is the fourth known commitment from the 2025 class. The class is headlined by No. 3 pound-for-pound prospect LaDarion Lockett, who has reassured his commitment to the Cowboys since Taylor’s hire.

Kruz Goff, a three-time state champion from Blackwell, was the most recent commit before Routledge. Tuttle’s Beau Hickman was the first commitment for the class. So far, OSU’s impressive 2025 class is made up entirely of in-state talent.

“The state of Oklahoma will be our foundation,” Taylor said at his introductory news conference. “Obviously we gotta do our diligence and get out there. But Oklahoma has been producing some really good wrestlers. I’m not as familiar with it right now, but I can tell you here very shortly I’ll be very familiar with it.

“But we want people that are gonna wrestle the way we wanna wrestle. Is that the No. 1 guy, is that the No. 4 guy, is that the No. 8 guy? We want guys that want to be here, primarily. We want guys that want to be better. And one thing about Oklahoma State is you can recruit the whole country. They’ve done that forever and coach [John] Smith did a great job at that, and we can recruit the whole country. It’s about finding the right people that fit our program — high-character guys, wrestle hard, wanna score points and wanna be part of something special. We’re gonna build something really special here moving forward.”

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