Conor Fenn '16 steps on to the mat for Davidson College wrestling wearing the customary Wildcats uniform. But there is one addition—Fenn is always sure to go out in his blue knee pads, which he carries from his time wrestling for the Blues.
Fenn had an impressive wrestling career during his time at Asheville School. During his senior year, he won the 2016 NCISAA state wrestling tournament, finished 4th overall in the nation in his weight class at the National Prep Wrestling Championships at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, and signed to Davidson College's wrestling program.
Fenn recently finished his first-semester exams in Calculus, Environmental Science, Creative Writing, and German. He describes his major, Environmental Sciences, as his passion.
He also continues to be a formidable force on the mat. Fenn describes a recent duals meet with Greensboro College: "In the first round, I was way behind in points after Marquez Keyes picked me up and threw me on my back. Somehow I managed to scramble out of his headlock and pin him with six seconds remaining in the round."
At winter break, Fenn's record stands at 5-6, with three pins and a technical fall. He appreciates the challenge of wrestling with the Wildcats. "Division I wrestling is competitive unlike anything I experienced in high school," Fenn said. "Every opponent seems to be both skilled and strong."
Fenn is pleased that Davidson prioritizes both athletics and academics. "The Davidson College coaching staff is dedicated and committed to high achievement both on the mat and in the classroom," he said. "The team is composed of students who are both athletic and intellectual. The team is a great fit for me."
He is grateful for his Asheville School experience, and thanks his coaches, especially Head Wrestling Coach Lecky Haller.
"I am particularly grateful to Asheville School for its commitment to athletics," Fenn said. "The tremendous commitment to excellence in both the classroom and wrestling led to my enrollment at Davidson College and a starting position on its wrestling team."
The Wildcats' season will continue through March, and Fenn plans to continue to wear his blue kneepads.
"I am forever grateful to Asheville School," he said. "As I wear Davidson College's red and black—its singlet, headgear, shoes and socks—onto the mat, I will continue to wear my blue kneepads. In doing so, I am privileged to represent not only Davidson College but also the Blues of Asheville School, the school that led me here."
You can read more about Conor Fenn's season on Davidson's website, here.
Fenn is pictured in a 2015 Asheville School meet.