COLLEGE NOTES: K-D grad Chance Marsteller earns 3rd-place NCAA finish, All-America honors

Chance Marsteller
  • Kennard-Dale grad Chance Marsteller finished third in the NCAA D-I meet.
  • The Lock Haven University senior was competing in the 165-pound division.
  • Marsteller is now a two-time All-American for the Bald Eagles.

Chance Marsteller's dream of a 2019 NCAA Division I wrestling title didn't come true.

The Lock Haven University senior, however, made a spirited run through the 165-pound consolation bracket to earn a third-place finish. In the process, he earned All-America recognition for a second straight season. 

Last season, Marsteller finished in fourth place at the national meet. He became Lock Haven's first two-time All-American since 2002, and he is the program's 10th two-time All-American overall.

In two seasons with the Bald Eagles, Marsteller compiled a 72-7 overall record.

This season, Marsteller opened the NCAA event in Pittsburgh with a pair of wins to advance to the quarterfinals. At that point, however, Marsteller's championship run was derailed with a first-period fall against Wisconsin's Evan Wick, the No. 4 seed.

After that, however, the fourth-seeded Marsteller would not lose again in the consolation bracket. 

He started his run with a 14-5 win over Utah Valley's Demetrius Romero, the No. 9 seed.

Then came perhaps the biggest win of Marsteller's collegiate wrestling career, a 9-6 decision over top-seeded Alex Marinelli of Iowa.

Marsteller then earned a bit of payback in his final two wins. First he beat third-seeded Josh Shields of Arizona State, 4-3. Shields had earned a 2-1 win over Marsteller in late January during a match at Red Lion High School.

Then, in the third-place match, Marsteller avenged his earlier pin vs. Wick by capturing a 6-5 decision.

Marsteller ended his senior season at 28-3. During the tournament, he defeated three of the top four seeds.

Another former District 3 standout at Lock Haven, Kyle Shoop, also earned A-A status with a seventh-place finish at 141 pounds. Shoop graduated from Boiling Springs High School.



Small, Harnish earn multiple All-America honors: It was an All-America week for a pair of local swimmers at the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming Championships in Austin, Texas.

Meghan Small, who excelled for the York YMCA swim team, earned A-A recognition in five events, while West York High School graduate Courtney Harnish garnered A-A honors in three events.

Small, from Lineboro, Maryland, was part of Tennessee’s championship medley relay team that finished first in a school-record time of 1 minute, 34.10 seconds on Friday. She led off the gold-medal relay with a :24.03 split in the backstroke.

Small also earned first-team A-A honors with seventh-place efforts in the 200 individual medley and 400 free relay. Small also took ninth in the 200 backstroke and 12th in the 400 medley relay.

Swimmers earn first-team A-A honors with first through eighth-place finishes, while ninth through 16th-place finishes are considered honorable mention All-Americans.

Harnish, meanwhile, earned first-team honors with her eighth-place finish in the 500 free, along with an 11th-place finish in the 800 free relay and a 13th-place effort in the 200 butterfly. Harnish also swam for the York YMCA.

Another local swimmer with York YMCA ties, Manchester’s Leah Braswell, finished 21st in the 1,650 free and 31st in the 500 free.

Nwandu named second-team all-conference: Northeastern High School graduate Kobi Nwandu was recently named to the Northeast 10 Conference Men's Basketball Second Team.

Nwandu helped Le Moyne to an 18-10 overall record.

The 6-foot, 6-inch junior forward averaged 16.6 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. He led the NCAA Division II team in scoring.