Lock Haven University standout wrestler Chance Marsteller suffered a tough 2-1 loss to Rider University’s Chad Walsh on Saturday during the 165-pound championship bout at the Eastern Wrestling League Championships in Edinboro.
Marsteller (38-2) picked up an escape point early in the second period and led 1-0 after two periods. However, Walsh scored a late point with riding time to edge Marsteller.
The Kennard-Dale grad Marsteller admitted afterward he’s been dealing with a flu bug of late, but fully expects to be healthy and ready when the national championships roll around.
Lock Haven placed first at the seven-team event with a score of 81.5. Rider was runner-up at 72.5 points and host Edinboro was third at 72. Rounding out the field were Clarion University (58), Bloomsburg University (28), Cleveland State University (25.5) and George Mason University (17).
A trio of champions and two second-place finishers helped Lock Haven lock up its second EWL in school history and its first since 1997.
Marsteller is one of six wrestlers Lock Haven will send on to the NCAA Division I championships. The six are the most qualifiers from the school since 2005.
The 2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships are scheduled for Thursday, March 15 through Saturday, March 17 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
PSU crowns trio of Big Ten champs: The Penn State wrestling team saw three Lions earn Big Ten individual championships Sunday at the conference meet.
Leading the way was 149-pound Zain Retherford. The two-time NCAA champ captured his third Big Ten crown with a 2-0 decision over Iowa’s Brandon Sorenson.
Retherford’s win was his 89th in a row, setting a new Penn State record winning streak.
Bo Nickal won the title at 184 pounds, his second Big Ten crown. Nickal will now be looking for his second NCAA title in two weeks. Mark Hall won at 174 pounds for his first Big Ten championship.
In total, Penn State will send nine wrestlers to the upcoming NCAA Division I Championships in Cleveland.
Ohio State captured the team title with a score of 164.5. Penn State was second with 148 points and Michigan was third at 118.