Sargent/Burwell's Jed Fenske got offers to either wrestle or play football in college.
But when he got an offer to wrestle at Nebraska, that sealed his decision.
The Sargent senior signed a letter-of-intent to wrestle for the Huskers Thursday in the school's weight room.
Fenske got offers from Nebraska-Kearney and others to play football and wrestle but he couldn't pass up a scholarship to wrestle at Nebraska.
"It's a Division I program and that's where I dreamed of going when I was younger," Fenske said. "If I was going to wrestle, I wanted to go big time and you can't get much bigger than Nebraska. The wrestling coaches wanted me there as well so that was exciting."
Sargent/Burwell co-coach Craig Mauler said he's excited for Fenske.
"It's a big opportunity for him," Mauler said. "He's meant a lot to the program over the years. He was a great leader in the practice room. I've been fortunate to coach him, not just in wrestling but in football and baseball as well. He approaches every sport the same way and that's 100 percent all the time."
While wrestling for Sargent/Burwell this past season, Fenske breezed to a 42-0 record and won the 152-pound state title to help it to a third-place finish in the Class C standings at the state wrestling tournament. He finished as a four-time medalist with two state championships and a 155-14 career record for the Bulldogs/Longhorns.
Mauler said Fenske looked like he was on another level. He defeated Central City's Jake Anderson, the Class B champion at the weight class, 13-5 during the season. Fenske also defeated Mitchell's Bryce Wiedemann twice, which included a 25-10 technical fall in the state finals.
"He finally figured out the kind of style he wanted to wrestle. His junior year, he was focused on turning people," Mauler said. "This year, he saw that the great wrestlers dominate on their feet. He worked hard in getting better at that. When he dominated Jake Anderson up at the Ainsworth Invite, that told me the kind of level he was at."
Going to Nebraska is one of the highlights for Fenske during his senior year. Other than winning his second wrestling title, he helped Sargent defeat Howells 21-18 for the Class D-2 state championship. He was named the All-Heartland Small School Super Squad offensive honorary captain after rushing for 2,036 yards on 135 carries and 43 touchdowns.
This past season, Nebraska finished tied for 21st with 28 points in the NCAA Tournament. Fenske said he's excited for his decision to wrestle for Nebraska.
"It's something I've been looking for quite a while now," Fenske said. "I'm glad it worked out this way."