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Chance Marsteller: A bout-by-bout recap of his postseason career

Freshman season


Chance Marsteller cruised to a 152-pound sectional title his freshman season with a pair of first-period falls and a tech fall victory. He opened with a fall in 1:28 over West York senior Joe Weaver then followed it up by pinning Susquehannock senior Brandon Watson in 1:07. Marsteller won his first of many postseason crowns with a 25-10 tech fall victory over New Oxford senior Kyle Dayhoff in 4:31.


First round: Marsteller opened his first District 3 tournament with a fall in 2:39 over Carlisle senior Will Warrick.

Quarterfinal: Marsteller used a variety of takedown and near-fall combinations to tech fall Daniel Boone's Colin Martucci, 17-2, in just 2:19.

Semifinal: Rough and ragged junior Rustin Barrick of Mechanicsburg was one of Marsteller's tightest matches in his career, evidenced by the tight 5-3 decision.

Championship: Hamburg senior Jackson Stabile entered with a record of 37-2, but that didn't matter to Marsteller. The Rams freshman scored points frequently in his 16-5 major decision victory for his first District 3 championship.


First round: Marsteller's first match in the state tournament was successful as he pinned Abington Heights senior James Fruehan in 2:43. It marked the first of many state victories to come.

Quarterfinals: Marsteller went the distance in his next match as he took out Central Mountain senior Tyler Buckwalter with a 15-6 major decision to reach the semifinals

Semifinals: Pittsburgh Central Catholic senior Lorenzo Thomas was no match for Marsteller as the Rams freshman won, 9-2, to advance to his first state championship.

Championship: Bradford senior Mark Havers entered with a record of 38-2. Marsteller won, 9-4, to cap a 42-0 season with his first state championship.

Sophomore season


Marsteller cruised through the 160-pound sectional bracket with a pair of falls in 1:54 as well as a tech fall victory. He opened with back-to-back 1:54 falls, the first against Susquehannock senior Ryan Malamphy and followed it up against Northeastern junior Nick Yinger. In the finals, Marsteller met Dallastown's Cooper Deller and prevailed to the tune of a 21-6 tech fall in 5:29 to run his record to 35-0 entering the District 3 tournament.


First round: Opening as the top seed, Marsteller pinned fellow sophomore Jordyn Snyder of Donegal in 2:09.

Quarterfinals: Marsteller squared off against Red Land senior Austin Hoover and dispatched him with a 22-6 tech fall victory in 4:10.

Semifinals: Up next was a wrestler from a prestigious wrestling family in Central Dauphin's Colton Peppelman. Marsteller took down Peppelman early and often, eventually winning, 23-8, in 4:12.

Championship: Next up was 30-2 Governor Mifflin senior Mike Shermot in the championship, and Marsteller recorded another tech fall, winning, 18-3, in 4:00.


First round: Marsteller opened his second run through the PIAA bracket at the Giant Center with a 20-5 tech fall in 3:31 over Penncrest junior Joe Gartland.

Quarterfinals: Marsteller posted a 23-8 tech fall win in 5:54 over Ringgold senior Jake Wisener.

Semifinals: Running his postseason string of tech fall victories to six, Marsteller quickly dispatched Austin Wilding of Upper St. Clair in 3:25 with a 23-8 tech fall.

Championship: Standing in the way of Marsteller and PIAA title No. 2 was undefeated Central Mountain senior, and defending PIAA Class AAA 145-pound champion, Brian Brill. Brill was no match for Marsteller, as he fell, 17-7. Marsteller improved to 85-0 through his first two seasons.

Junior season


Just as in his previous two runs to sectional titles, Marsteller once again used a pair of pins and a tech fall to win at 160 pounds. This time he started with a tech fall as he downed Central York senior Leonard Parker, 24-7, in 3:35. He pinned Susquehannock junior Tyler White in 1:10. Awaiting Marsteller in the final was Northeastern senior Jeb Payne (25-3). But Marsteller earned a pin in 28 seconds.


First round: Marsteller needed just 52 seconds to record his ninth District 3 victory as he planted Cedar Crest junior Robert Beard before a minute could work off the clock.

Quarterfinals: Building off his 52-second performance, Marsteller recorded a 35-second pin over Northern York senior Andy Reed.

Semifinals: Next up for the junior was 37-6 Wilson senior Andy Francos. Marsteller dispatched him with a fall in 1:53.

Championship: In a matchup of defending state champions, Marsteller, the reigning 160-pound champion, downed Central Dauphin's Garrett Peppelman, the defending 152-pound champion, with a 7-2 decision for his third District 3 title.


First round: Marsteller opened up defense of his 160-pound state championship with a 42-second pin against Delaware Valley senior Lucas Markowitz.

Quarterfinals: Marsteller met Academy Park senior Abner Thompson and worked in several takedowns and near-fall combinations to win via tech fall, 19-4, in 3:20.

Semifinals: The semifinals proved to be Marsteller's toughest match of the tournament thus far as he ran into Greater Latrobe's Zack Zavatsky. Zavatsky, a junior, entered with a 40-1 record on the season but took the loss as Marsteller won, 15-3.

Championship: In a rematch of the District 3 championship match, Marsteller pushed the pace and took down Peppelman on multiple occasions to record a 17-5 major decision victory for his third state championship. In the process, Marsteller ran his career record to 125-0.

Senior season


In his fourth trip through the section tournament, Marsteller made quick work of his three opponents. He opened with a tech fall in 1:58 over Northeastern senior Eric Gimbi. He recorded a 39-second pin in the semifinal over New Oxford junior Guy Nitchman. Awaiting Marsteller in the final was West York's Kyle Narber, a returning state qualifier. Marsteller needed just 3:07 to complete the tech fall to propel him to the District 3 tournament.


First round: Marsteller opened the 170-pound bracket with his 13th District 3 victory as he pinned Manheim Central senior Tyler Rhoads in 55 seconds.

Quarterfinals: Marsteller next met up with Gettysburg's Jake Sharrah. The 22-6 Sharrah didn't stand much of a chance as Marsteller pinned the junior in 57 seconds to advance to the semifinals.

Semifinals: Continuing his quick routine, Marsteller racked up points early and often in a 17-2 tech fall victory in just 1:55.

Championship: Marsteller took his fourth District 3 title, and 16th victory at the tournament, in dominating fashion with a 16-5 major decision against Big Spring senior Cody Seibert. Marsteller started quick and opened up a 16-3 lead midway through the second period before closing out the victory and moving his impressive career mark to 162-0. He improved to 37-0 on the season.