Athlete Showcase: Niles’ Austin Franco

Austin Franco is a senior on the Niles wrestling team.

What has been one of your greatest accomplishments as an athlete?

AF: Final four at team state.

Austin Franco

Who is a “hero” in your life and why?

AF: Lebron James, because he is the king.

When are you the most nervous while you are competing?

AF: Losing in a close match.

Describe an embarrassing athletic moment.

AF: Giving up a takedown in Ohio.

How do you tend to workout/train when by yourself?

AF: Run.

What other sport would you like to compete in if you were not playing yours?

AF: Cross country.

Why are sports an important part of a high school experience?

AF: It teaches you life lessons.

How would you give away $50,000?

AF: I would give it to Niles athletics.

If you could be the head coach of a team for a year, what team would you choose?

AF: The Cleveland Cavaliers.

If I did not play sports, I would…?

AF: Get a job.

What is the most challenging thing for you to do in your sport?

AF: Making time for family and friends.

If you could change one rule about your sport, what would it be?

AF: Locking hands.

What is the best compliment you have ever received?

AF: “You have fast feet.”

What was the last thing you saw someone do that really impressed you?

AF: Watching Davin Simpson go out with three pins in Ohio.

What is your favorite hobby? Why?

AF: Fishing.

Choose one word to describe yourself:

AF: Taciturn.

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