Chance Marsteller (No. 1 @ 160) from Kennard-Dale (Fawn Grove Pa.) is built like a wrestler from the neck down. The expression on the face of the clean-cut redhead every time a referee raises his arm after a match gives the appearance of an unyielding passion for the sport.
Sometimes looks don’t tell the entire story. In Marsteller’s case, however, they do.
This kid flat-out loves to wrestle — and dominate opponents.
The phenom many refer to as the “LeBron James of high school wrestling” went 42-0 as a freshman in the 152-pound weight class on his way to a Pennsylvania Class AAA state title in 2011. It came as no surprise to anyone who follows the sport, including his coach, who credits his prodigy’s work ethic as his greatest attribute.
“He constantly works hard and has a passion to improve,” says fifth-year coach Mike Balestrini. “He truly believes he is the best, but works as if he is not. He is one of the mentally toughest wrestlers I have ever seen.”
Marsteller followed up his first state title with a dominating performance last summer at the USA Wrestling Cadet/Junior National Championships in Fargo, N.D. In 17 matches spread over two weeks, Marsteller did not give up a single point on his way to the Greco-Roman and freestyle titles, winning the latter for the second-straight year using his trademark style.