Hunkering down deep in the trenches of the offensive and defensive line is exactly the type of milieu Newport Knights senior Charlie Baumann relishes whenever he is between the white lines of the gridiron.
Baumann, who will be a senior offensive tackle and defensive nose guard in 2017, has been offered football scholarships by Montana, Montana State, Eastern Washington and Portland State. The 6-foot, 5-inch 270-pound pillar of the Knights offensive and defensive line said he hasn’t decided what school he will play college football at as of yet. The Knights, who finished with an overall record of 1-9 in 2016, are determined to get back on track this fall.
“We want to have a winning season. We are a real tight unit and we’re all good friends. This is a really good senior group we have here,” Baumann said.
Football isn’t the only sport Baumann dominates. During the 2016-17 school year Baumann competed at the Mat Classic 4A state tournament at the Tacoma Dome.
“I feel like it (wrestling) translates a lot over to football. The hip, ankle and knee mobility I gained really helped with explosion. The kind of tenacity and mental toughness you get from wrestling is huge. Wrestling is about as tiring as it gets. If you can push through that, you can push through anything,” Baumann explained.
Baumann loves the physical aspect of football.
“The trenches are where it is at. It is a matter of getting off the ball faster than the guy in front of you and then pounding them in the face. That is football,” he said.
Recently the Bellevue Reporter had an opportunity to ask Baumann a few questions about his life away from the football field.
Bellevue Reporter: What is your favorite movie of all time?
Charlie Baumann: I love Step Brothers. It is a classic. My dad, brother and I quote it all the time.
BR: How many text messages do you send per day?
CB: Not that many because I’m not really a texter. I probably send between 100 to 200 per day.
BR: If you could pick one person to go to dinner with, who would it be?
CB: Probably my parents. I love spending time with them.
BR: Who was your favorite sports team growing up?
CB: The Seattle Seahawks. I grew up here and always have looked up to those guys. They were the baddest team out there and I really want them to win another Super Bowl again.
BR: What is something unique about you that nobody would know?
CB: I really like to cook. I want to open up a restaurant when I’m older. I want it to be a casual sit down type of place. I will call it Chuck’s Diner.
BR: What is your favorite dinner dish?
CB: Steak and potatoes.
BR: What is your favorite hobby away from football?
CB: Playing pickup basketball with my friends.