Fenske receives wrestling honors at West Point

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 4/15/97.

West Point Senior cadet Brad Fenske, Paynesville, cleaned up at the Army Wrestling Awards Banquet, winning or sharing seven of the nine honors handed out.

Fenske, whose record-setting collegiate wrestling career recently came to an end at the NCAA championships, won three of the top awards in the program: the LeRoy Alitz ďMr. IntensityĒ award, the Carl R. Arvin Memorial Award and the Mike Natvig Award. The Mr. Intensity award goes to the hardest and most dedicated worker on the Army team. The Arvin Memorial Award is named in honor of the 1965 USMA graduate who was brigade commander, a former wrestling team captain, and who later earned two silver stars and a purple heart after being killed in action in Vietnam. The honor is presented to the member of the graduating class distinguished in leadership, scholarship and commitment to Army wrestling. The Natvig award is presented to the most successful varsity wrestler during the course of the season.

Fenske also received a special ď100 winĒ award for becoming just the fifth Army wrestler ever to top the prestigious century mark. He finished his career with a record of 126-49, making him the winningest grappler in the 75-year history of the program.

Fenske, as one of three co-captains, received Army athletic association watches, recognizing multiple letterwinners from the senior class. Fenske and co-captain Todd Thornburg, who combined for 82 wins this season, more than any other twosome in academy history, were each honored by coach Jack Effner with the 1997 Captains Awards. The entire senior class was presented Warrior Wrestling Awards in honor of the manner in which they embodied the fighting spirit of Army wrestling.

Fenske is the son of Dallas and Pat Fenske, Paynesville, and will graduate on May 31 from West Point.

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