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Nathan Smith | Trib Total Media
Penn-Trafford senior wrestler Devin Austin with his mother Cindy and father Donn.

Rushing for more than 3,000 rushing yards and scoring 35 yards with in his career the Penn-Trafford football team, one might expect senior Devin Austin would be playing at the next level.

Instead he will continue his athletic career and education at Pitt-Johnstown as a member of the wrestling team.

“I always wanted to play a sport in college wether it was football or wrestling,” Austin said. “Earlier on I decided wrestling would be a better fit. I love both sports but I think I like wrestling just a little more.”

Austin also looked at Merychurst and Seton Hill. He plans on studying either engineering or education.

Pitt-Johnstown is a member of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference’s Division II division with East Stroudsburg, Gannon, Kutztown, Merychurst, Millersville, Seton Hill and Shippensburg. The Mountain Cats are coming off a 13-2 record in the 2013-14 season. Pitt-Johnstown coach Pat Percora has led the team since 1976, coaching 20 NCAA Regional champions and receiving 14 NCAA Regional “Coach of the Year” honors.

“The program is going in the right direction,” Austin said. “The coaches and guys on the team feel like a family. That is one thing they really stress.

Austin went 30-9 last season at 160 pounds, wrestling his way to the Class AAA Southwest Regional. He recorded 30 or more wins the last two seasons.

“I have learned everything builds towards the end of the season,” Austin said. “What happens in December and January isn’t as important as what happens in February and March. You have to be best towards the end to move forward.”

With his college decision out of the way, Austin can now focus on his senior season. And with one year left. Austin said he has one goal in mind – reaching Hershey and the PIAA tournament.

“Every day when I walk into the room, that is on my mind,” Austin said. “That is my goal.”

Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at [email protected] or via Twitter @NSmith_Trib.

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