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Testa's exploits send former Spartan from the mat to the Hall

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John Testa, a 1998 graduate of St. Mark’s High School, was a two-sport standout for the Spartans. As a senior, he was the state’s lineman of the year and the defensive player of the year in football, earning all-state recognition for the second time. At the Blue-Gold All-Star Game, he was named the game’s outstanding lineman and received the Jim Williams Award for his leadership.

As a wrestler, he was twice the state heavyweight champion and four times all-state. In his senior season, he was ranked second in the country among heavyweights. He continued his wrestling career at Clarion University, where he became an All-American.

His outstanding career in the two sports have earned him a place in the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame. Testa and nine others will be inducted tonight at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington.

As a senior at Clarion in 2003, he finished eighth in the heavyweight division of the Division I NCAA tournament to earn All-American status, defeating future Olympian Garrett Lowney of Minnesota. He was the first wrestler to win the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference heavyweight championship four times, and he was the outstanding wrestler in the conference tourney in his senior year.

Testa won the Eastern Wrestling League heavyweight title three times and the Penn State University Open twice, as well as the West Virginia University Open. In 2009, he was inducted into the Delaware Wrestling Alliance Hall of Fame.

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