Ex-K-D star Chance Marsteller rolls to Mat Town title

Steve Heiser
  • Chance Marsteller won the 174-pound title at the Mat Town Open Tournament.
  • Marsteller finished 166-0 at Kennard-Dale High School with four state crowns.
  • Marsteller cruised to four wins in the event, with two pins, a forfeit and a 13-3 win in the final.

Former Kennard-Dale High School standout Chance Marsteller continued his wrestling comeback over the past weekend by winning the Mat Town Open Tournament title in the 174-pound class.

The event was held at Lock Haven University.

Chance Marsteller

Marsteller, competing for the Pride Wrestling club, dominated the competition en route to the championship. He won two matches by pin, one by forfeit and cruised to a 13-3 triumph in the final over Tyler Wood from Lock Haven University.

While at K-D, Marsteller went 166-0 and won four PIAA Class 3-A state wrestling titles.

He started his college wrestling career at Oklahoma State, where he could never quite live up to his advance billing as one of the best high school wrestling recruits in the nation coming out of K-D in 2014. He redshirted his freshman season at Oklahoma State and was just 6-5 in his sophomore season when he was suspended from the Cowboys' team for an unspecified violation of team rules.

Marsteller then opted to return closer to home and compete for Lock Haven, a small school in central Pennsylvania that competes at the NCAA Division I level in wrestling. His Bald Eagle career, however, was sidelined before it even started after he got arrested in late August in Clinton County.

Marsteller subsequently dropped out of school. He's charged 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 and public drunkenness, according to online court records. He's free on $50,000 bail.

Marsteller began his wrestling comeback earlier this month in the prestigious Bill Farrell Memorial International event in New York City.

PHOTOS: Marsteller on the mat over the years

Wreslting in the 74 kilogram (163-pound) weight class, Marsteller won in the quarterfinals over Jevon Balfour, 5-0, and then lost to his former Oklahoma State teammate, Alex Dieringer, in the semifinals, 10-0. Dieringer was a three-time NCAA champion.

Sponseller also takes title: Marsteller wasn't the only former York-Adams League standout to win a Mat Town championship.

Bermudian Springs High School graduate Tristan Sponseller took the 197-pound crown. Sponseller had two first-period pins and a 13-6 decision en route to the title. He needed just 1 minute, 14 seconds to pin Rutgers' Kevin Milligan in the final.

Sponseller is a redshirt sophomore with the Bald Eagles.

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