Add Austin Blaske to the list of signees in the 2020 Georgia football signing class that won a state championship during their senior year.
The South Effingham (Guyton, Ga.) didn’t win his on the football field, though. The 6-foot-5, 305-pound future interior offensive lineman at UGA slimmed down some 20 pounds to be able to wrestle in the heavyweight division of the Georgia High School Association’s Class 5A state tournament.
The 5A state meet, which concluded this past weekend in Macon, ended with Blaske’s arm held high. The 3-star prospect finished the 2020 cycle rated as the nation’s No. 41 OT and the No. 526 overall prospect on the 247Sports Composite ratings.
In the wake of Sam Pittman taking over the head coaching position at Arkansas, it saw the Bulldogs lose OT commitment Josh Braun to Florida. The Bulldogs worked quickly with the evaluation of new line coach Matt. Luke and sought to add both Blaske and New Jersey native Devin Willock to the offensive line room during the early signing period.
Blaske, a life-long Georgia fan, de-committed from a long pledge to N.C. State soon after receiving his offer from Luke. He then signed with the Bulldogs on the first day of the early period.
It was actually a bit of an upset. “Beefy” entered the state meet after a third-place finish in the 5A sectionals. The South Effingham standout was credited with four pins in the state meet, including one in the second round which secured the state title.
Don Heath of the Savannah Morning News reported that Blaske finished his senior season with a 45-3 record on the mat.
— Mike Pfiester (@Coach_Pfiester) December 11, 2019
Blaske has great lower beg strength and overall agility to play the position. Georgia signed four All-American offensive linemen among its seven-member class for Luke’s room in 2020, but he is an impressive athlete in his own right.
Blaske is every bit a character in his own right. Check out a tweet that highlighted his mood after a South Effingham game earlier this season.
— T. Andrew “Coach” Blaske (@blaske_t) February 9, 2020
He was also channeling professional wrestling Steve “Stone Cold” Austin heading into the state meet.
Almost that time pic.twitter.com/wZ3BM6zChq
— Austin Blaske (@AustinBlaske) February 15, 2020