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Kennard-Dale grad Chance Marsteller ranked among nation's top college wrestlers at 165
Kennard-Dale High School graduate Chance Marsteller hasn't competed in a collegiate wrestling match in nearly two years.
Despite that fact, Marsteller is still rated among the nation's top college wrestlers in the 165-pound weight class.
Marsteller, after some well-publicized off-the-mat issues, was recently reinstated to the Lock Haven University wrestling roster as a redshirt junior.
The experts at several well-known wrestling websites almost immediately included Marsteller in their preseason NCAA Division I rankings.
InterMat has Marsteller ranked No. 12, while FloWrestling put Marsteller at No. 13 and Amateur Wrestling News pegged Marsteller at No. 19.
In addition, Marsteller is ranked No. 2 in his class in the Eastern Wrestling League, which is one of the stronger wrestling conferences in D-I.
At the recent Crimson and White intrasquad dual meet, Marsteller beat teammate Larry Brown by a technical fall, 19-4.
Marsteller has two years of eligibility remaining and is expected to start for the Bald Eagles this season. Lock Haven opens up Sunday, Nov. 5, at the Clarion Open.
"I'm excited and looking forward to it," Marsteller said on the Lock Haven University wrestling website about his return to college wrestling. "I've been working hard and I feel good. I'm grateful for the opportunity and I want to do whatever I can to help the team this season."
Star at K-D: Marsteller is trying to regain his status as one of the nation's top wrestlers. At K-D, Marsteller compiled a 166-0 career record and won four PIAA state championships. He was rated the nation's top high school wrestler by USA Today High School Sports in 2014.
Not surprisingly, he was pursued by all of the top D-I college programs. He originally gave a verbal commitment to Penn State, before changing his mind and committing to Oklahoma State.
He redshirted as a freshman with the Cowboys before earning a starting spot in 2015. He struggled after cutting weight and wrestling at 157 pounds with Oklahoma State, compiling just a 6-5 record before he was suspended from the team in January of 2016 for a violation of team rules.
Marsteller eventually left the Cowboys and opted to return closer to home, transferring to Lock Haven, which is an NCAA D-I program.
Incident at Lock Haven: Before he could take the mat for the Bald Eagles, however, he ran into some serious trouble for an incident on Aug. 25, 2016.
Eventually, he avoided both prison and any felony convictions for the incident at Lock Haven University during which he exposed himself in public and attacked the officers who arrested him.
He was sentenced to seven years of probation and was ordered to perform 350 hours of community service and pay a $1,000 fine. Marsteller pleaded guilty Jan. 23, 2017, to six counts of simple assault and one count of open lewdness, according to court records. In exchange for his plea, charges including aggravated assault were dismissed.
After the incident, Marsteller completed rehab and started to rebuild his wrestling career, competing in several non-collegiate tournaments. That included winning the University Nationals title at 74 kilograms over the summer.