Far away from his farm, from his high school, from even that state title-winning weekend in Hershey, Chance Marsteller has found a place that truly fits.
The 15-year-old phenom wrestler from Kennard-Dale just spent a week at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
He didn’t want to leave.
“It pretty much was home out there. It feels like somewhere I should always be,” he said. “You pretty much eat, live, sleep wrestling. Everyone wants to be the best out there.
“I want to be the best.”
Of course, he has a pretty good start.
He was 42-0 and, at least temporarily, became the heaviest freshman (152 pounds) to win a state title in Class AAA in the top wrestling state in the country — ever.
But his goals always have been beyond even high school.
He wants national titles in college some day.
He wants the Olympics some day.
And this is the way to get there: He spent a week practicing, drilling and wrestling freestyle matches at the OTC, highlighted by a decisive victory against the top-ranked 152-pound wrestler in the nation, Minnesota senior Destin McCauley.
Marsteller didn’t give up a point in the match.
“Destin’s a really good kid,” Marsteller said. “I beat him and we shook hands and 20 minutes later we were down in the café eating lunch side-by-side.”
Marsteller also knows that wrestling experts rank him as low as fifth nationally in his weight class. He knows they consider him the top freshman in the country, regardless of weight.