Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Penn-Trafford Senior Picks Mats Austin Plans to Wrestle in College

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Penn-Trafford Senior Picks Mats Austin Plans to Wrestle in College

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With 2,692 yards rushing over the past two high school football seasons, one might think Devin Austin would be continuing his football career in college.

That is not the case. Austin, a Penn-Trafford senior, prefers wrestling.

"I just like wrestling a little bit more," said Austin, who has recorded more than 100 career victories while wrestling for the Warriors. "Before the football season, I made a decision to pursue wrestling [in collge]."

With that in mind, Austin, a four-year starter, committed to Pitt- Johnstown.

"Pitt-Johnstown got a steal with Devin," Penn-Trafford coach Rich Ginther said. "I believe Devin's best days are ahead of him."

Ginther is glad to see Austin has decided to wrestle in college, but also realizes that his size would have limited his choices as a football player.

"You don't see a lot of 160-pound running backs playing in college," Ginther said. "I think Devin made a very good choice. Pitt- Johnstown has one of the strongest wrestling programs in Division II."

Austin broke into Penn-Trafford's starting lineup as a 145-pound freshman. He placed sixth in Class AAA Section 1, falling one win short of qualifying for a WPIAL berth, and finished his debut season with a 22-15 record.

"I started wrestling when I was 6 years old," Austin said. "So I've been wrestling for 13 years. My older brothers, Ryan and Colin, wrestled, so I grew up watching them."

Austin moved up to the 152-pound weight class as a sophomore and placed third in the section and fifth in the WPIAL. He finished with a 35-9 record. Last season, he competed at 160 and placed second in the section and seventh in the WPIAL. He finished with a 30-9 record.

Austin, who played football this past season at a listed weight of 170 pounds, entered his senior season with 87 career victories. He joined the WPIAL's Century Club at the Powerade Christmas Tournament, that took place Dec. …

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