Perhaps he's working his way toward an eventual sponsorship years down the road.
Or maybe Chance Marsteller just really likes drinking Mountain Dew.
Either way, it's the beverage of choice for the Kennard-Dale High School junior when he cheats on his diet.
In particular, Marsteller prefers Mountain Dew Voltage. Apparently, it's his celebratory drink after he wins a PIAA gold medal.
"It hasn't really hit me yet," Marsteller said Saturday night at Hershey's Giant Center when asked how he felt after winning his third state gold medal. "As soon as I get back and get some Mountain Dew Voltage I'll be good. As soon as I go get four, five, six of them, then it might start hitting me."
With the 2012-2013 high school wrestling season in the books, this is now the rare time of year when Marsteller can let down his guard with his nutrition. He likely isn't alone. It's only natural that after months of watching their weight and drinking lots of water, high school wrestlers indulge in the treats that have been tempting them for so long.
And grapplers from the York-Adams League certainly deserve to celebrate with a snack of their choice after one of the more successful seasons on the mat in recent history.
Marsteller tops a list of five wrestlers from the York-Adams League who placed in the top eight of their weight classes at the PIAA Class AAA Individual State Wrestling Championships on Saturday. A year ago, Marsteller was the only York-Adams grappler to accomplish that feat.
Joining him this year is Central York freshman Dylan Chatterton (106 pounds), Dallastown junior Rodney Sunday (126), Spring Grove junior Mason Bentzel (145) and Eastern York senior Alex Cooley (195). Chatterton and Sunday each placed fifth in their weight classes while Bentzel nabbed seventh place and Cooley finished in eighth.
The performances followed an impressive outing from York-Adams wrestlers at the District 3-AAA tournament two weeks prior at Hersheypark Arena. Six York-Adams grapplers placed in the top three at districts, two more than the year before. In addition, 12 total wrestlers placed in the top four at districts this year, seven more than in 2012.
Overall, wrestlers from District 3 (or the South Central Region) fared pretty well at the state tournament. Although the Southwest Region had seven state champs, the South Central Region (District 3) was next in line with three. District 3 was also second behind the Southwest Region's 31 top-eight finishers.
District 3 produced 28 grapplers who finished in the top eight, four more than the year before. It's still impressive despite District 3 qualifying four wrestlers in each weight class this year as opposed to three.
So, local high school wrestlers deserve to indulge a little bit, whether it's cake or cookies or Marsteller's drink of choice.
Because before we know it, they'll soon have to start training for next season.
-- Reach John Walk at firstname.lastname@example.org.