Marsteller (John A. Pavoncello)

Oklahoma State University made it official Monday.

The Cowboys' program announced that Chance Marsteller was one of six signees for its 2014 wrestling recruiting class.

Monday's announcement brings an end to the recruitment of the consensus top-ranked high school wrestler in the country.

Marsteller had originally given a verbal commitment to Penn State back in July. News broke two weeks ago that the Kennard-Dale High School senior was wavering on his decision and leaning instead toward Oklahoma State or Arizona State. That news was first reported by Centre Daily Times' Penn State wrestling beat reporter Travis Johnson.

Marsteller ultimately went with Oklahoma State, which won four-straight national team titles from 2003 to 2006. Penn State has won the last three national titles.

Marsteller will become the second York-Adams League wrestler to suit up for Oklahoma State. He follows in the footsteps of former York-Adams League standout Joey Wildasin, who won three individual PIAA titles for South Western from 1988 to 1990. Wildasin won two national junior college titles at Garden City (Kan.) Community College and earned a scholarship to Oklahoma State, but injuries forced him to the sideline.

Marsteller will also aim to become just the fourth wrestler from the state of Pennsylvania to win a national title for Oklahoma State.


Marsteller is a three-time champion at Fargo, a well-known national tournament, earning freestyle titles in 2010 and 2011 and a Greco-Roman title in 2011. In 2012, he was crowned the FILA Cadet Nationals champion. That same year, he represented the United States on the Cadet World Team and competed at the Cadet World Championships in Azerbaijan. And just last month, Marsteller won gold in the 74-kilo weight class (163 pounds) at an international tournament in Puerto Rico.

Marsteller will compete at either 165 or 174 pounds for Oklahoma State next season. But first, he will aim to improve upon his 125-0 prep record in his senior season at Kennard-Dale. He's won three-straight PIAA Class AAA state crowns.

Only 10 wrestlers have won four PIAA gold medals in the tournament's history. Just four of them have finished with unbeaten scholastic records.

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