Chance Marteller with Cary Kolat (left) at the Olympic Trials (Photo/Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
The Navy-Marine Corps Regional Training Center announced their latest addition on Tuesday as two-time Lock Haven All-American, Chance Marsteller, will join the team. The move reunites Marsteller with Navy head coach Cary Kolat, who coached Marsteller at the club level while in high school.
Marsteller and Kolat are perhaps the two best high schooler's ever to come out of Pennsylvania. Both were undefeated four-time state champions. Chance was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the state tournament on three occasions.
Following high school, Marsteller enrolled at Oklahoma State University and redshirted immediately. During the 2015-16 season, Marsteller competed at 157 lbs for the Cowboys, sputtered to a 6-5 record, and had difficulty maintaining the weight. He would later transfer to Lock Haven.
Back home in Pennsylvania, Marsteller experienced a renaissance and qualified for the NCAA Championships both years competing for the Bald Eagles. He amassed a 72-7 record wrestling for Scott Moore's team and placed fourth at the 2018 NCAA Championships as a junior. As a senior, wrestling in Pennsylvania at the national tournament, Marsteller finished in third place at 165 lbs after defeating notables like Evan Wick (Wisconsin), top-seeded Alex Marinelli (Iowa), and Josh Shields (Arizona State). Wick was responsible for Chance's only defeat of the tournament.
Since the conclusion of his collegiate career, Marsteller has been active on the Senior level in freestyle. Earlier this year, he emerged from a talented field at the Last Chance Qualifier to secure a berth at the Olympic Trials. Marsteller downed Alec Pantaleo and Vincenzo Joseph, among others, to lock up his spot in the 74 kg Trials. In Fort Worth, at the Olympic Trials, Marsteller was paired with Joseph in his opening match and won 3-3 on criteria. He was pinned by Wick in the next round, the quarterfinals, of the Challenge Tournament.
While Marsteller did not fulfill his goal of becoming an Olympian in April, his brother, John Stefanowicz, made the Greco-Roman team at 87 kg. Stefanowicz trains as a member of the US Marine Corps.
Chance has previously trained with the Lehigh Valley Athletic Club.