Westside’s Cole Haberman Breaks School Wrestling Wins Record


Zoe Gillespie

Westside wrestler Cole Haberman adds another pin on his record at their home dual against Omaha North – Photo by Zoe Gillespie

Cole Haberman has reached a milestone that no other wrestler has achieved in Westside history. 

On Jan. 29, 2022, with his 152nd victory of his career, Haberman broke his older brother Cade Haberman’s record for the most wins in a career at 151. Cade, who is now a football player at Northern Illinois University, had held the record for just over a year, after breaking Brad Metzler’s 21-year school record. Cole Haberman was ecstatic after realizing he broke his older brother’s winning record. 

“It felt great beating Cade’s record,.” Cole Haberman said. “Cade was just as excited for me as I was.”

Haberman placed first at the A-3 district title in the 220 lb. weight class in Kearney last weekend. Haberman had three pins and contributed the most team points with 24 for Westside in the district meet. Westside head Coach Michael Jernigan has watched both Cade and Cole’s success on the mat. 

“Cole deserved that opportunity to break Cade’s record,” Jernigan said. “Cade was supportive of him doing it. It couldn’t have happened to a better family, to have an older brother set the record and younger brother break it.”

At the 220 pound class, Cole Haberman will take a 41-2 record heading into the state championships. This could be the senior’s last appearance on the mat. Haberman is an all-state defensive end, who will be attending Morningside University next fall. Right now all that Haberman is focusing on is winning that state championship to finish out his senior year here at Westside high school. 

“Next is to focus on winning state,”Haberman said. “I may have to face the guy that beat me last year, so I am focusing on winning. After state my focus will go towards college and football.”

 Haberman will go head to head against Fremont’s own Dakota Coon in the opening round of the State Wrestling Championships. Haberman will be one of nine Westside wrestlers in the meet. Class A competition gets underway on Thursday, Feb. 17 at 4 p.m at the CHI Center in Omaha Nebraska.