NAME: Derek Ambrosino
SCHOOL: Wyoming Area
LAST SEASON: 2019
Derek Ambrosino was a major factor on both sides of the ball for the Warriors PIAA Class 3A state championship team. Ambrosino was a top defender in 2019 with 77 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and 26 quarterback hurries. He finished his career with 139 tackles with 27 tackles for loss and 14 sacks. Ambrosino was a great blocker at tight end with 34 pancake blocks for his career. He added 20 receptions for 452 yards and 9 touchdowns.
Ambrosino was named 2019 NPF Wyoming Valley Conference Small School Defense Player of the Year. He was first team at tight end and defensive line. Ambrosino was also named NPF All-District 2 tight end. On a state level, he received recognition as a second-team All-State defensive lineman by the Pennsylvania Football News and first-team defensive line by EasternPaFootball.com. Ambrosino was named to the WNEP Dream Team and will continue his football career at Division 1 FBS West Virginia University.
Wyoming Area coach Randy Spencer on Ambrosino: “Derek has been an impact player in our program since his sophomore year. As a senior, he was dominant on both sides of the ball. At tight end, he was an outstanding end line blocker, who developed into a clutch receiver making big plays in critical situations throughout the season, like his game tying touchdown reception on fourth and goal late in the fourth quarter of the state championship game. Defensively, he was one of the best edge defenders in the state. Derek was physical in his block destruction, very difficult to reach, and had great get off and finish to his pass rush. West Virginia University is getting an outstanding student athlete, strong leader with great work ethic, and high character young man.”