The two York-Adams League wrestlers in the Dapper Dan Classic in Pittsburgh suffered narrow losses on Sunday.

Hanover's Ian Brown dropped a 3-2 decision to Josh Alber of Illinois in a 132-pound bout.

Bermudian Springs' Tristan Sponseller suffered a 12-9 setback to Georgia's Chip Ness at 195 pounds.

Those victories helped a team of U.S. all-stars beat a team of Pennsylvania all-stars, 25-16.

Brown and Sponseller recently won Class AA state titles. It was the first-ever state title for both wrestlers. Brown, a Lehigh recruit, finished with a career record of 159-12, while Sponseller, a Lock Haven recruit, finished at 183-12. Brown was 39-0 this season, while Sponseller was 43-0.

Alber was a four-time state champion from Illinois, who had a career record of 182-0. Ness was a four-time Georgia state champion with a career record of 168-1. Alber is a Northern Iowa recruit and ranked No. 3 in the nation in his weight class by InterMat. Ness, a North Carolina recruit, is ranked No. 4 by InterMat. Brown is unranked and Sponseller is ranked No. 20.

The Dapper Dan event is considered by many to be the most prestigious high school all-star wrestling match in the nation. It bills itself as the "Rose Bowl of Wrestling."


Chance Marsteller's balky back prevented him from participating in the competition. The Kennard-Dale standout recently won his fourth straight PIAA Class AAA state championship and finished his high school career with a record of 166-0. He is just the fourth Pennsylvania wrestler to finish his high school career with an unblemished record and four state titles. He plans to continue his wrestling career at Oklahoma State. Marsteller, however, battled a bad back throughout the postseason. He revealed after his latest state title that he has a stress fracture in his lower back.

Four other wrestlers from District 3 were also selected to compete in the event - Cumberland Valley's T.C. Warner at 152 (146-18, one state crown), Central Dauphin's Garrett Peppelman at 160 (185-15, two state crowns), Lancaster Catholic's Stephen Loiseau at 170 (154-26, one state crown) and Solanco's Thomas Haines at 285 (174-5, four state titles). Loiseau replaced Marsteller.

Warner lost 5-1 to Illinois' Bryce Brill, Peppelman won 4-3 over North Dakota's Ryan Blees, Loiseau dropped a 14-9 verdict to Texas' Bo Nickal and Haines dropped a 5-3 decision to California's Nick Nevills.