Kennard-Dale s Chance Marsteller, left, is trying to rest before college coaches can begin talking with him on July 1. He s a three-time state champion.
Kennard-Dale s Chance Marsteller, left, is trying to rest before college coaches can begin talking with him on July 1. He s a three-time state champion. (File photo)

LANCASTER -- There were sparring and scrambling techniques.

And how to take an opponent down by his legs.

And how to get an opponent on his back immediately following a takedown.

And how to throw an opponent to the mat.

But one of the favorite moves -- at least among a group of nearly 60 young wrestlers taught by Kennard-Dale rising senior Chance Marsteller -- was something called the "superduck."

"You tap his shoulder once, then twice, then by the third time he should react by putting his arm out," Marsteller said while wrestling on his feet with rising Kennard-Dale rising freshman Andrew Barnett. "That's when you go."

It was one of many moves Marsteller taught at a Lancaster Area Wrestling Club practice Wednesday night at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster County, where Marsteller instructed wrestlers ages 5 to 17.

Taking a break: Although he was back out on a mat, the surface he's most recognizable on, Marsteller is trying to do something this summer he's unfamiliar with -- taking a break from the sport.

"Right now I've been trying to do absolutely nothing," he said after Wednesday's practice. "I got on the mat (Tuesday) and rolled around. I came to this today and then I'll probably take another two weeks off."

The scheduling is a change from previous summers for Marsteller, who last summer competed in four tournaments, including the Cadet World Championships in Azerbaijan, a nation located on the northern border of Iran.

"I'm trying not to be on the mat at all in June. I'm just beat up and burnt out," Marsteller said. "I never really took off after states. I was still training with a couple of my guys."

Since winning his third gold medal at the PIAA Class AAA Tournament in March, Marsteller said he competed in an individual tournament before helping the Pennsylvania Young Guns wrestling club team compete in the Junior Duals at Muhlenberg College in May.

Other than that, Marsteller is trying to rest before college coaches can begin chatting with him July 1.

"That's when, I guess, they'll start calling me," he said. "That's why I want to take off in June and relax."

Marsteller said he'll make his college choice official sometime in the fall. As for which schools he plans to visit in the coming months, or his top college choices at this point, Marsteller declined comment.

Schedule: Although he's trying to take it easy this summer, Marsteller still plans to stop out at the United States Olympic training complex in Colorado Springs at some point.

He said he'll likely compete in a tournament in October before the start of the 2013-14 high school season, where he'll try to improve on his 125-0 prep career record and aim for his fourth gold medal in the PIAA Tournament. Only 10 wrestlers have won four PIAA gold medals in the tournament's history. Only four of them have finished with unbeaten scholastic records.

"I haven't really thought about it," Marsteller said on his final prep season. "I was just trying to get through this school year, and now I'm just trying to take a mental break and just relax."

-- Reach John Walk at jwalk@yorkdispatch.com.