Chance Marsteller’s balky back will prevent him from participating in Sunday’s Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic at the University of Pittsburgh.
The Kennard-Dale standout recently won his fourth straight PIAA Class AAA state championship and finished his high school career with a record of 166-0. He is just the fourth Pennsylvania wrestler to finish his high school career with an unblemished record and four state titles. He plans to continue his wrestling career at Oklahoma State.
Marsteller, however, battled a bad back throughout the postseason. He revealed after his latest state title that he has a stress fracture in his lower back.
As a result, he won’t participate in the Dapper Dan Classic, considered by many to be the most prestigious high school all-star wrestling match in the nation. It bills itself as the “Rose Bowl of Wrestling.” The premier event Sunday at 6 p.m. will pit the Pennsylvania all-stars vs. the U.S. all-stars.
The Pennsylvania team will still include two York-Adams League wrestlers — Hanover’s Ian Brown and Bermudian Springs’ Tristan Sponseller. Both of those wrestlers recently won Class AA state titles, Brown at 132 and Sponseller at 195. It was the first-ever state title for both wrestlers. Brown, a Lehigh recruit, finished with a career record of 159-12, while Sponseller, a Lock Haven recruit, finished at 183-12. Brown was 39-0 this season, while Sponseller was 43-0.
The local wrestlers will face formidable foes on Sunday. Brown will take on Josh Alber, a four-time state champion from Illinois, who had a career record of 182-0. Sponseller will meet Chip Ness, a four-time Georgia state champion with a career record of 168-1. Alber is a Northern Iowa recruit and ranked No. 3 in the nation in his weight class by InterMat. Ness, a North Carolina recruit, is ranked No. 4 by InterMat. Brown is unranked and Sponseller is ranked No. 20.
Four other wrestlers from District 3 were also selected to compete in the event — Cumberland Valley’s T.C. Warner at 152 (146-18, one state crown), Central Dauphin’s Garrett Peppelman at 160 (185-15, two state crowns), Lancaster Catholic’s Stephen Loiseau at 170 (154-26, one state crown) and Solanco’s Thomas Haines at 285 (174-5, four state titles). Loiseau is replacing Marsteller.
Marsteller, if he would have wrestled, would’ve battled two-time Texas state champion Bo Nickal, a Penn State recruit who boasts a 140-7 career record. Marsteller originally gave a verbal commitment to PSU before changing his mind and signing with Oklahoma State.
The Pennsylvania-USA match will be preceded by another all-star match pitting western Pennsylvania all-stars against Oklahoma all-stars at 4 p.m.
York-Adams all-star match: The Greater York Area Wrestling Officials Chapter will sponsor the York-Adams League Wrestling All-Star Match at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Spring Grove High School.
Tickets for the event are $4 for adults and $2 for students.
Following is the complete lineup for the Pennsylvania-USA match:
113: Brian Rossi, Illinois, 158-17, one state title, vs. Ethan Lizak, Parkland, 164-18, two state titles.
120: Nathan Boston, Kentucky, 204-1, three state titles, vs. Dalton Macri, Canon-McMillan, 133-15, one state title.
126: Stevan Micic, Indiana, 182-5, three state titles, vs. Zeke Moisey, Bethlehem Catholic, 141-14, one state title.
132: Josh Alber, Illinois, 182-0, four state titles, vs. Ian Brown, Hanover, 159-12, one state title.
138: Joe McKenna, Blair Academy, New Jersey, 154-7, three state titles, Solomon Chishko, Canon-McMillan, 132-8, two state titles.
145: Tyler Berger, Oregon, 198-3, four state titles, Jason Nolf, Kittanning, 176-1, three state titles.
152: Bryce Brill, Illinois, 182-5, three state titles, vs. T.C. Warner, Cumberland Valley, 146-18, one state title.
160: Ryan Blees, North Dakota, 190-5, four state titles, vs. Garrett Peppelman, Central Dauphin, 185-15, two state titles.
170: Bo Nickal, Texas, 179-7, three state titles, vs. Stephen Loiseau, Lancaster Catholic, 154-26, one state title.
182: Joel Dixon, Oklahoma, 126-13, two state titles, vs. Zack Zavatsky, Greater Latrobe, 166-18, one state title.
195: Chip Ness, Georgia, 168-1, four state titles, vs. Tristan Sponseller, Bermudian Springs, 183-12, one state title.
220: Kyle Snyder, Maryland, 179-0, three state titles, vs. Michael Boykin, Coatsville, 142-14, one state title.
285: Nick Nevills Clovis, California, 200-5, three state titles, vs. Thomas Haines, Solanco, 174-5, four state titles.