|Owen J. Roberts head coach Steve DeRafelo, center, was a participant in the PIAA Southeast Regional 25 years ago as a student at Great Valley. DeRafelo finished third at 138 pounds to qualify for states. (Photo by Tom Kelly III)|
By Don Seeley
POTTSTOWN — Tonight’s opening round of the Class AAA Southeast Regional marks the 62nd anniversary of the very first regional, which featured qualifiers from both District 1 and District 3.
The inaugural event, held in 1951, featured 11 weight classes. District 1 qualifiers accounted for 11 of the finalists and 11 of the consolation finalists.
Cheltenham’s John McHugh gave District 1 the first of its six champions by winning at 95 pounds. McHugh would later become the district’s first three-time regional champion after winning at 103 pounds the ensuing two years.
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