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June 22, 2014

Incoming Oklahoma State wrestler Marsteller receives Dave Schultz Excellence Award

STILLWATER, Okla. — Among the wrestling greats honored during Honors Weekend at the Wrestling Hall of Fame, a high school wrestler recognized with the Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award received one of the biggest ovations.

Chance Marsteller, a Fawn Grove, Pa., native, received the annual honor not just for his wrestling prowess — a four-time state champion and a three-time winner of the of the Outstanding Wrestler Award in the state meet while compiling a 166-0 prep record — but also for his academics (a 3.33 GPA) and community work, establishing the Pride Wrestling Club in his hometown to help train and coach wrestlers ages 8-18.

“It truly is special, because the fact that it goes beyond just myself and wrestling is something pretty cool,” Marsteller said. “I worked in the classroom in high school and plan on doing the same thing in college, and definitely plan on working even harder in both the wrestling room and the classroom in college.”

The reason for the smattering of applause from those in attendance t Friday night’s reception and presentation of plaques, is Marsteller will be putting in all that hard work as a member of the Oklahoma State wrestling program.

The Pennslyvania wrestler, who had originally committed to Cael Sanderson and Penn State, decided to become the next great Pennsylvania high school wrestler to make the move to Stillwater to wrestle at historic Gallagher-Iba Arena — following in the footsteps of Coleman Scott and Jordan Oliver.

“It was definitely a big pull,” Marsteller said. “... I can’t say there is anybody in the world better to wrestle with than Jordan Oliver. Just what you can learn from him, the techniques he brings in from all over the world. You get on the mat with him one time, drill with him once, your knowledge of the sport just expands so much.

“Jordan was a big pull for me coming here and I hope he’s here the entire time I’m in college so I can learn from him the whole time.”

Beyond those two national champions, Marsteller already has a close connection with the Cowboy program.

Redshirt junior Josh Kindig, who was an NCAA finalist this winter, hails from Auburn, Pa., and his father, Tod Kindig, once coached Marsteller.

“I did a lot of work with coach Kindig, and (Josh’s) parents were like a second family to me growing up,” the incoming Cowboy said. “That wasn’t the only reason I came here, but he’s part of my support system and somebody I truly care about.”

Marsteller already has shown a examples of leadership back in Pennsylvania.

His creation of the Pride Wrestling Club came when the junior high was replacing their mats and were looking to get rid of the old ones. Marsteller said he and some friends saw the old mats as a way to go above and beyond for the community to grow the sport for area youth — setting up the used mats in his family’s barn.

“It started turning into something ... we made T-shirts to make it official, I guess you could say,” Marsteller said. “With my name, we were able to kind of pull in guys that were state champs here and there to help out, pulling those kinds of kids in to train with people and make them better.

“It was great having super talented kids in the room that could help train kids that were coming up with no experience. It just built from the ground up and kind of became something.”

Only in Stillwater for two weeks now, Marsteller is making a similar presence felt in the community, as was evidence by the crowd at Friday’s event.

“I think Chance Masteller is a young man who is going to keep us all very young. We’re going to ride his passion and hope for good things,” said OSU associate head coach Eric Guerrero, who was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame with the 2014 Class of Distinguished Members.

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