Centennial wrestler Tuma commits to Nebraska

Hayden Tuma is a decorated athlete at the Junior World level.

rroberts@idahostatesman.comOctober 10, 2013 

Three-time state champion Hayden Tuma gave a verbal commitment to Nebraska on Tuesday.

The senior also made official visits to Iowa, Iowa State, Boise State and Indiana before making his decision, he said.

“I liked the environment in Nebraska. The guys that they have on their wrestling team are really good,” Tuma said. “I see our team doing really good in the future with me on it.”

Tuma has an extensive resume at the national and international level. He owns two Junior National Greco-Roman titles and earned the tournament’s outstanding wrestler award in 2013. He also holds a FILA Junior Greco-Roman title, a FILA Junior Worlds Trial Greco-Roman title, two Cadet National titles each in freestyle and Greco-Roman, two FILA Cadet National Greco-Roman titles and four All-American finishes.

Tuma is one of two current high school wrestlers in the nation to have made the Greco-Roman World Team three years in a row. He finished eighth at the Junior World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, this year.

Tuma has pinned his way to the past two Idaho state championships at 132 pounds (2012) and 138 (2013), and has an overall record of 125-4 in three seasons at Centennial. He won at 119 as a freshman.

Tuma hopes to someday represent the United States in the Olympics, and partly chose to attend Nebraska because Jordan Burroughs, a 2012 Olympic champion, wrestled for the Huskers.

The next Summer Olympics are in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“It will be pretty cool to be able to go wrestle there where they’ve had Olympic gold medalists,” he said.

Nebraska finished 13th at the 2013 NCAA championships.

Rachel Roberts: 377-6422, Twitter: @IDS_VarsityX

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