After much speculation in the media and online this month, Chance Marsteller, the No. 1 high school wrestler in the nation at any weight, made it official by signing a letter of intent with Oklahoma State on Nov. 18.
Marsteller, a senior at Kennard-Dale High School (Fawn Grove, Pa.) who is undefeated in his prep career, had announced in July he would be wrestling at Penn State. In early November, multiple news reports indicated that the Pennsylvania native’s verbal commitment to the Nittany Lions was in doubt. Marsteller confirmed the rumors with a simple message on his Facebook page Nov. 6 that he would be a Cowboy instead.
“To clarify any confusion I will be wrestling for okie state,” Marsteller wrote.
Marsteller is one of six high school wrestlers to sign national letters of intent with the Cowboys, according to the announcement at the official Oklahoma State wrestling website.
Other nationally-ranked wrestlers who have committed to wear the orange and black include Chandler Rogers (Stillwater, Okla.), Ryan Blees (Bismarck, N.D.), Gary Wayne Harding (Collinsville, Okla.), Mike Megaldo (Watchung Hills, N.J.), and Dusty Hone (Cedar City, Utah).
“It’s a great class and great group of athletes we got this year,” said Oklahoma State head coach John Smith. “It’s going to help us fill those middle weights as (Mark) Perry and (Tyler) Caldwell graduate this year. I’m fired up this group.”
The Oklahoma State statement said Marsteller, a three-time state champion, “will wrestle for the Pokes at either 165 or 174 pounds. The senior is following in the footsteps of fellow Pennsylvanians and national champions Teague Moore, Coleman Scott and Jordan Oliver.”
In the team title race at the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, Oklahoma State placed second, right behind Penn State, who won its third straight team championship.
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