Ok, this article's about an eighth grade wrestler. Creeped out yet? It's presented by the estimable Frank Bodani, does that make it less so? In any event, this kid, named Chance Marsteller, is the number one ranked eighth grader in the country. He also hails from the 717 and lives on a farm, so he's got mad Too Country Road Cred. He starts his 9th grade year this fall, and by all accounts he seems to be gunning for a Sandersonesque Pennsylvania record: undefeated with four state championships. Only four people have done it in the past 80 years, most recently the legendary Cary Kolat. Oh, and he's trained this Chance kid already.
Now, we all know anything can happen to derail such a spectacular goal, not the least of which is injuries, which have already bitten him once. But I'm becoming more and more fascinated by this notion of perfection in the sport. It's ridiculous how elusive it is, but every year there are new kids chasing its tail with wicked vigor and out of this world focus. And the work ethic? It blows me away, the dedication kids like this and like our redshirt freshman David Taylor put in to
get better be the best. He's traveled all over the country in search of competition and even wrestled way above his age group, including wrestling in the Nittany Lion Open this past December and winning a match. He's taken down defending state champs and multiple finalists. He even coaches his own team! Anyway, check it out and let me know what you think.