Police: Chance Marsteller exposed self, attacked officers

Sean Philip Cotter
  • Chance Marsteller faces felony assault charges for allegedly attacking officers.
  • Police also say Marsteller exposed himself.
  • Marsteller was one of the best high-school wrestlers in the country while at Kennard-Dale, earning four state championships.

Chance Marsteller, Kennard-Dale's four-time PIAA wrestling champion, is behind bars after police say he exposed himself in public and then attacked the officers who arrested him.

Chandler Shane "Chance" Marsteller, 21, of 533 Marsteller Road in Hopewell Township, is charged in Clinton County with six counts of aggravated assault, a first-degree felony, six more counts each of misdemeanor simple assault and reckless endangerment, two counts of misdemeanor disorderly conduct and one count of misdemeanor open lewdness, according to online court records.

He continues to be held in lieu of $50,000 bail, according to court records.

Chance Marsteller of Kennard Dale holds up four fingers on each hand after winning the PIAA Class AAA gold medal 170-pound match against Pittsburgh Central Catholic's Kyle Coniker, Saturday March 8, 2014 at the Giant Center in Hershey. John A. Pavoncello photo

The Clinton County Correctional Facility confirmed Saturday morning that Marsteller was arraigned by video on Friday from the prison.

The charges stem from an incident that started at Lock Haven University, where Marsteller was due to start his first year after spending two years at Oklahoma State University, where he wrestled until he was suspended from the team. Following this week's charges, Marsteller now is "no longer associated with" Lock Haven University's wrestling program, university spokesman Rodney Jenkins wrote in an email Saturday.

The university is currently considering what, if anything, to do about Marsteller's enrollment status at the school, according to Jenkins.

The incident: Around 11:35 p.m. Thursday, police were called to Evergreen Commons, one of Lock Haven University's off-campus living sites for students, for reports that a naked man was banging on people's doors, according to a Lock Haven City Police report.

Kennard-Dale grad Chance Marsteller heads to Lock Haven

When officers got there, they found the man they'd later identify as Marsteller, clad only in a towel — which he then took off, exposing his genitals to police, according to the report.

Officers took him into custody and began driving him to the county jail, according to police. When he was in the back of the police cruiser, according to the report, he began slamming his head against the partition so much that the officers pepper sprayed him to make him stop.

The police rerouted to Lock Haven Hospital, where, once inside, Marsteller moved to "lunge" at a nurse, police say. Officers pinned the wrestler on the floor before he got to her, the report says, at which point he began biting, kicking at and trying to headbutt police.

Chance Marsteller of Kennard Dale hugs his parents Suzanne and Darrell after winning the PIAA Class AAA gold medal 170-pound match, Saturday March 8, 2014 at the Giant Center in Hershey. John A. Pavoncello photo

While officers had Marsteller prone on the floor, according to the report, he began banging his head on the floor, making his face and nose bleed. He also allegedly spat that blood into the face of one of the Lock Haven police officers.

Two state troopers and a Lock Haven University police officer had to help restrain him, according to the report.

Eventually, hospital staff was able to sedate him, police say.

One of the Lock Haven police officers suffered what the report called a minor injury and has since been released from the hospital.

Marsteller: Marsteller, wrestling for Kennard-Dale High School, amassed a perfect 166-0 record and claimed four PIAA Class AAA championships during his record-breaking high school career.

He then verbally committed to wrestle for Penn State before changing his mind and joining the Oklahoma State program. Two years ago, he redshirted his first season with the Cowboys, compiling a 14-4 mark in open tournaments. Marsteller became OSU's primary starter at 157 pounds last season and compiled a 6-5 record, including one pin and two technical falls. But then it was reported that Marsteller would have to sit out the rest of the season for a violation of team rules. The details of the violation were not released.

Chance Marsteller's college wrestling career at Oklahoma State never lived up to its advance billing.

Online court documents didn't list an attorney for Marsteller.

— Sean Cotter covers York City for The York Dispatch. Contact him at scotter@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @SPCotterYD.