Garnet Valley’s John Dambro grapples with Central Mountain’s Gavin Caprio during a 170-pound preliminary round match state championships in
Garnet Valley's John Dambro grapples with Central Mountain's Gavin Caprio during a 170-pound preliminary round match state championships in Hershey. (Eric Hartline)

In addition to Wrestler of the Year L.J. Barlow of Haverford School, the All-Delco first team includes:

Anthony Petril, Upper Darby: A second-team All-Delco selection last season, the senior compiled a 33-7 record for a 97-17 career mark and was ranked fifth at 106 in the final PA-Wrestling.com District 1 rankings. For the second consecutive year, he finished runner-up in sectionals and placed third at districts — including a tough 3-2 loss to the eventual district champ.

Austin Petril, Upper Darby: The two-time All-Delco was a rock that Royals coach Bob Martin could rely on, compiling a 117-18 mark over his four seasons. He ended his career with three consecutive sectional titles and a 32-3 season record — with just one loss heading into districts. He might team up with his twin brother Anthony at Ursinus.

Penncrest’s Liam Frank, left, tries to maneuver Downingtown West’s Gabe Hale at District One Duals in January.
Penncrest's Liam Frank, left, tries to maneuver Downingtown West's Gabe Hale at District One Duals in January. (Robert J. Gurecki)

Michael Marino, Garnet Valley: A finalist for Wrestler of the Year consideration, the three-time All-Delco set the Jaguars program record for wins with a 147-33 career record. A three-time champ at sectionals and districts, Marino never finished worse than third in three regionals and culminated his 39-10 campaign with his second consecutive sixth-place finish at states. His college plans are not finalized.

Pat Callaghan, Marple Newtown: A breakout star for first-year coach Pat Crater, the senior went from a third-team All-Delco selection last season to the Outstanding Wrestler at the Central League championships, where he won the 126-pound title. Callaghan won sectional and district championships, placed fourth at regionals and his magical 35-4 campaign improved his career mark to 88-24. He will attend the University of Pittsburgh.


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Eric Thomas, Interboro: The sophomore has been a model of consistency in helping the Bucs capture back-to-back Del Val League titles, going 34-5 in each of his first two seasons to go with a pair of sectional titles. Thomas carried a 23-match winning streak into the district semifinals before settling for third place.

Dennis Charamella, Springfield: Charamella made a quantum leap in his performance as a senior for the Cougars. He went 34-5 to improve his career mark to 91-48, won a sectional title after finishing no higher than fourth in three previous seasons, and was district runner-up after failing to place in his first three trips. He will play lacrosse at the University of Tampa.

Sean Lyons, Garnet Valley: A third-team All-Delco selection last season, the versatile senior consistently wrestled up at 152 and 160 to help the Central League champion Jaguars become the first Delco program to qualify for the state duals. Lyons went 28-11, finished runner-up at sectionals and placed third at districts. He plans to attend Villanova.

Joe DePhillipo, Bonner-Prendergast: This two-time All-Delco first team selection was a constant for the Friars, keeping the program intact despite an in-season coaching change. The senior successfully defended his sectional and district titles and carried a 34-match winning streak into regionals before closing out his season at 35-2 and his career at 132-22. His college plans are not finalized.

Tom Meyers, Radnor: This junior stepped up to provide leadership for the Raiders, going unbeaten over his first 31 matches and improving on his previous year's runner-up finish to take the sectional championship. Meyers also reached the finals at districts in closing out his campaign at 31-3 and boosting his career mark to 81-15.

Garnet Valley’s Michael Marino looks for the upper hand against Shippensburg’s Chandler Olson in their 120-pound match at states.
Garnet Valley's Michael Marino looks for the upper hand against Shippensburg's Chandler Olson in their 120-pound match at states. (Eric Hartline)

Johnny Dambro, Garnet Valley: A finalist for Wrestler of the Year consideration, the two-time All-Delco fashioned a remarkable 41-6 campaign that included his third consecutive sectional championship, his first district and regional titles and a return trip to states where he claimed a sixth-place medal. After finishing his Jags career at 114-39, Dambro is headed to Millersville.

Liam Frank, Penncrest: The sophomore proved that he is the real deal, earning his second All-Delco selection with a 32-7 season. Frank captured his second sectional title and won the district crown after finishing runner-up as freshman. Even with a 60-15 career mark, he should be extra motivated to claim his first regional medal.

Karon Lucas-Tillery, Penn Wood: In earning his third All-Delco berth, the senior met or exceeded all of his previous accomplishments. A three-time sectional champ, Lucas-Tillery also captured his first district crown and was a regional runner-up, riding a 29-3 wave into states before finishing his season at 30-5 and his Patriots career at 106-30. He expects to play football in college.

Cody Russell, Episcopal Academy: A third-team All-Delco selection last season, this senior met competition head-on. In going 36-10 this season, Russell suffered four losses to Lucas-Tillery by a total of eight points as well as a five-point decision to Barlow. An infection prevented him from going for his 100th win at Prep Nationals (95-36 career record). He plans to play football at Wagner.

Scott Pendell, Delaware County Christian School: The Bicentennial League co-Wrestler of the Year defended his league heavyweight title and was inducted in the Delaware County chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. He recorded 23 pins in going 28-5 and captured the District One championship as a senior and amassed a 74-26 mark over three varsity seasons. He plans to wrestle at Liberty University.