Nittany Lions land top recruit Marsteller

(Note: The following story should be attributed to Willie Saylor, editor of, who broke the story of Marsteller’s decision. Here is a link to Saylor’s story: The Mirror inadvertently posted this story without properly giving credit on Thursday).

Chance Marsteller, one of the most celebrated high school wrestlers in the state and the country, made a lot of Penn State fans happy this week.

The three-time undefeated state champion from Kennard Dale – a small school south of Hanover near the Pennsylvania-Maryland border – told Cael Sanderson and staff that he’ll be a Nittany Lion, according to

Marsteller is No. 1 in the Pound-For-Pound rankings and was a Cadet World Team member.

A prodigy since the youth ranks, Marsteller made waves by competing in and winning matches at the Nittany Lion Open when he was just an eighth grader.

The performance had fans speculating where he would eventually land after high school. As a freshman, there were murmurs of him being smitten with Iowa, something that Marsteller refuted.

“I never really considered Iowa. I’m not sure where that came from,” he told

After winning his second Fargo title in the summer of 2011, Marsteller hinted in a post match interview that his plans likely included foregoing college and instead training full-time for international competition at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

“At the time, the OTC was this big thing for me,” he told “All the stars were there and it was this almost larger than life opportunity. But after I put it in perspective, I realized that the college route was best for me. The OTC is a great resource, but at Penn State, I have the best of both: World-class coaches and athletes to train with and an opportunity to get a college education and compete at the NCAAs.”