Chance Marsteller made a triumphant return to college wrestling on Sunday, Nov. 5, at the Clarion Open.
The former Kennard-Dale High School standout, who has missed nearly two years of college competition while dealing with some well-publicized off-the-mat issues, dominated on his way to the 165-pound weight-class championship.
The redshirt junior for Lock Haven University won four of his five bouts by technical fall, including a 20-5 decision over Demetrius Romero of Utah Valley University in the title match. Marsteller came into the event with the No. 2 seed, while Romero was the No. 4 seed.
Romero had upset the top seed, Andrew Atkinson of Virginia, in the semfinals, 3-2. Atkinson is a returning NCAA qualifier from a season ago at 157 pounds.
Marsteller's closest match came in the semifinals, when he defeated Pitt's Jake Wentzel, 9-3.
Overall, in his five bouts, Marsteller outscored his opposition, 84-17. Marsteller came into the event ranked No. 12 in the nation at 165 by Intermat, despite not having wrestled since January of 2016.
Trying to regain status: 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, 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.
After the incident, Marsteller completed rehab and started to rebuild his wrestling career, competing in several non-collegiate tournaments.