John Testa

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John Testa was a football and wrestling star at St. Mark’s High School who became an All-American wrestler at Clarion University. As a St. Mark’s senior in 1997, Testa was the state’s lineman of
the year and the defensive player of the year after earning all-state recognition for the second time. At the Blue-Gold game, he was named the game’s outstanding lineman and received the Jim
Williams Award for his leadership. He was twice the state heavyweight champion and four times all-state. In his senior year at St. Mark’s, he was ranked second in the nation among heavyweights. 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. As a senior, he was named the outstanding wrestler in the conference tournament. Three times
he was named the outstanding wrestler at Clarion, a traditional powerhouse in the sport. He won the Eastern Wrestling League heavyweight title three times and twice won the Penn State University Open
and West Virginia University Open. In 2009 Testa was inducted into the Delaware Wrestling Alliance Hall of Fame.





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