JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times
Warren senior Austin Klintworth is both a standout football player and wrestler.
Sports: football (quarterback), wrestling (152-pounds)
Family: Kelly and Melanie Klintworth (father and mother); Alex (older) and Erik (younger) brothers
Question: So, what are you doing this spring?
Answer: This spring, I've dedicated myself to lifting in the weight room. The main thing is gaining weight.
Q: That of course would definitely help in playing college football at Marietta. Why did you pick the Pioneers?
A: I was also recruited by Muskingum, but the main thing is academics. With a geology major, I'm looking to tie it in with the petroleum field. Better future at Marietta.
As for football, I really like Coach (Andy) Waddle, and I'm hoping to help the Pioneer team get better.
Q: It looks like the Pioneer quarterback position is wide open, too.
A: I'm used to that kind of a challenge. In my senior year, I had to prove myself, and didn't know I would be the starting QB until the last scrimmage.
Q: Do you feel like you accomplished everything as a starting QB for Warren in your senior season.
A: Individually, I had a good year. But team-wise, I wish we could've won more games.
Q: What were some of your football highlights in your senior year that stand out?
A: The comeback win against Parkersburg South was definitely a big thrill, and beating Gallia Academy was pretty exciting. We hadn't beaten them in a long time.
Then, I threw three touchdown passes against Marietta.
Q: As a 152-pound Warrior wrestler, you went 40-13 in your senior year, repeated as an SEOAL champion, and was named the Most Improved Wrestler on the Warren team. I thought maybe you might want to wrestle in college.
A: Coach (Mike) Pahl talked me into wrestling on the team in my junior year. I didn't know what to expect at first, but things worked out.
The team winning the league title when I was a junior was a big thrill. Upsetting and pinning a kid from Gallia was, too.
If I'd gone to Muskingum, I might've played football and wrestled. Marietta doesn't have a wrestling team, but I'm happy I'm going there.
Q: Who has influenced you the most in your sports career at Warren?
A: Both Coach (Andy) Schob (football coach) and Coach Pahl helped me believe in myself and gave me an opportunity to compete. My dad also kept me going, too.
Q: What do you do off the athletic field, besides lift?
A: We live on a small farm, and I help out with the cows. We've even shown them at the Barlow Fair.
Last fall, before the Meigs football game, I had to show a cow at the fair. That was a very busy Friday.
Ron Johnston, firstname.lastname@example.org