Kennard-Dale High School graduate Chance Marsteller suffered his first loss of the season on Tuesday, but he rebounded to take third place in the prestigious Southern Scuffle wrestling tournament in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Marsteller took third at 165 pounds and was one of three place-winners for No. 17 Lock Haven University.
Kyle Shoop (Boiling Springs) placed fourth at 141 for the Bald Eagles, and Thomas Haines (Solanco) finished sixth at 285 at the two-day tournament.
The Bald Eagles finished 10th overall in the team standings with 64.5 points.
PSU wrestlers shine: The top-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions won the team event, crowning six champions. They were Zain Retherford (149), Jason Nolf (157), Vincenzo Joseph (165), Mark Hall (174), Bo Nickal (184) and Shakur Rasheed (197). The Lions finished with 197.0 points. Penn State’s title was its seventh in its last seven trips. The Lions won six straight before not participating in last year’s event.
The Lions went 6-1 in the finals. Penn State also claimed the top two individual awards, Most Pins in Least Time (Nolf) and Outstanding Wrestler (Rasheed). Northern Iowa took second with 127.0 and Lehigh was third with 102.0.
It was LHU's first appearance at the Scuffle since 2010. The Bald Eagles hadn't had a Scuffle place-winner since 2009 and previously, their highest team finish was 11th in their first-ever appearance at the tournament back in 2004.
Marsteller, the No. 3 seed, was edged 3-2 in the semifinals by No. 2 seed Bryce Steiert of Northern Iowa, a two-time NCAA qualifier who then lost to Joseph in the final, 8-0. Marsteller and Steiert were tied 0-0 after the first period and from there Marsteller pushed the pace, but just couldn't find a takedown. The loss snapped Marsteller's undefeated run. He'd opened the season with 22 straight wins.
In the consolation semifinals, Marsteller bounced back in a big way and cruised past Ebed Jarrell (Drexel), 10-5 to earn a spot in the third-place bout.
Marsteller locked up with a familiar face in the third-place bout when he met No. 6 seed Mekhi Lewis of Virginia Tech. Marsteller had downed Lewis 3-1 in the quarterfinals.
Tuesday, Marsteller once again came out on top in the bout with Lewis. Marsteller, ranked No. 8 nationally, used a late takedown and downed Lewis 6-4 for third place. Marsteller finished the Scuffle at 5-1 and he's now 24-1 overall.