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Chance Marsteller Is Competing At Final X Wrestling 2023: What To Know

Chance Marsteller Is Competing At Final X Wrestling 2023: What To Know

Chance Marsteller qualified for Final X Wrestling 2023 presented by Tezos with a win at the 2023 U.S. Open Wrestling Championships. What to know about him.

May 30, 2023 by Matt Cannizzaro

Chance Marsteller defeated Alex Dieringer in the 79kg classification at the 2023 U.S. Open in Las Vegas in April. 

By advancing to Final X Wrestling 2023 presented by Tezos, Marsteller has set up a rematch from last year’s Final X in New York, where he was defeated by now six-time world champion and Olympic gold medalist Jordan Burroughs. 

That marked Marsteller’s debut at Final X, and though he couldn’t get past Burroughs at the famed Madison Square Garden, he did push the veteran the distance in the best-of-three matchup.

Burroughs earned his spot in the rematch as the 79kg gold medalist at the 2022 World Wrestling Championships in Belgrade, Serbia.

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2023 Final X Matchups

This year’s edition of Final X will take place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on June 10. The event will feature the top two wrestlers at every weight class in a best-of-three series, with the winners making the 2023 United States World Team. 

The world team will travel to Belgrade, Serbia, to compete at the 2023 Senior World Championships from Sept. 16-24. 

Check below for the current matchups for Final X and a brief explanation of how each wrestler qualified for the 2023 event.

Here’s what to know about Chance Marsteller:

Chance Marsteller Was Young And Successful

Marsteller was a four-time state champion in Pennsylvania, wrestling for Kennard-Dale High School. 

Along the way, he compiled a 166-0 record and was voted Outstanding Wrestler three times.

Prior to, and during, high school, he found success in the junior ranks, winning multiple Cadet national titles.

He was named USA Today’s Wrestler of the Year in 2014 and was the top-ranked recruit.

Chance Marsteller Didn’t Land On His Feet Right Away

Selecting a collegiate program was challenging for Marsteller. 

He committed to – and de-committed from – Penn State. He then decided on Oklahoma State, where he redshirted his freshman season, then struggled in his debut campaign, wrestling at 157 pounds, which required intense weight management.

After homesickness, growing apart from his teammates and a suspension, he transferred to Lock Haven University to be closer to home. 

Before he was able to suit up for Lock Haven, Marsteller suffered another legal setback. He was removed from the team and forced to leave the school.

After getting his life in order, Marsteller was able to re-enroll at Lock Haven and return to the wrestling team for the 2017-2018 season. He finished fourth at the NCAA Championships and became an All-American. 

Chance Marsteller Pays It Forward

Marsteller had guidance from one of the sport’s best freestyle wrestlers, Cary Kolat, who helped him focus on wrestling and develop into the high school star he’d eventually become.

Soon, his roadmap on the mat was very similar to what Kolat had experienced.

Fast forward a decade, and Marsteller, too, has made an impact as a volunteer coach and mentor, starting as an assistant coach with his former high school team after returning home in 2017.

Chance Marsteller Wrestling Ranking 

In the most recent Domestic Men’s Freestyle rankings on FloWrestling, Marsteller ranked second in the 79kg weight class. 

Here are the top 5: 

  1. Jordan Burroughs
  2. Chance Marsteller
  3. Alex Dieringer
  4. Carter Starocci
  5. Evan Wick

Here are the complete rankings. 

How Wrestlers Qualify For Final X Wrestling 2023

A wrestler can qualify for Final X in one of three ways.

First, all 2022 senior world medalists automatically qualified for Final X. There were seven wrestlers in men’s freestyle, six in women’s freestyle and zero in Greco-Roman who met this criterion.

Next, all champions from the 2023 US Open (held April 26-30) automatically qualified for Final X.

Finally, for the weights that didn’t have a returning world medalist, the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament (May 20-21) champion will earn a spot in Final X. 

Men’s Freestyle Matchups At Final X Wrestling 2023

  • 57 kg: *Thomas Gilman vs Zane Richards
  • 61 kg: Vito Arujau vs Nahshon Garrett
  • 65 kg: *Yianni Diakomihalis vs Nick Lee
  • 70 kg: *Zain Retherford vs Tyler Berger
  • 74 kg: *Kyle Dake vs Jason Nolf
  • 79 kg: *Jordan Burroughs vs Chance Marsteller
  • 86 kg: *David Taylor vs Aaron Brooks
  • 92 kg: Michael Macchiavello vs Zahid Valencia
  • 97kg: *Kyle Snyder vs J’den Cox
  • 125 kg: Gable Steveson vs Mason Parris

*Denotes 2022 World Medalist

Women’s Freestyle Matchups At Final X Wrestling 2023

  • 50 kg: *Sarah Hildebrandt vs Audrey Jimenez
  • 53 kg: *Dominique Parrish vs Katie Gomez
  • 55 kg: Alisha Howk vs Jacarra Winchester
  • 57 kg: *Helen Maroulis vs Xochitl Mota-Pettis 
  • 59 kg: Michaela Beck vs Jennifer Page
  • 62 kg: *Kayla Miracle vs Adaugo Nwachukwu
  • 65 kg: Mallory Velte vs Macey Kilty
  • 68 kg: Forrest Molinari vs Emma Bruntil
  • 72 kg: *Amit Elor vs Joye Levendusky
  • 76 kg: Kennedy Blades vs Adeline Gray

*Denotes 2022 World Medalist

Men’s Greco-Roman Matchups At Final X Wrestling 2023

  • 55 kg: Brady Koontz vs Dalton Duffield
  • 60 kg: Dalton Roberts vs Ildar Hafizov
  • 63 kg: Hayden Tuma vs Xavier Johnson
  • 67 kg: Robert Perez III vs Alejandro Sancho
  • 72 kg: Justus Scott vs Patrick Smith
  • 77 kg: Kamal Bey vs Aliaksandr Kikiniou
  • 82 kg: Spencer Woods vs Ryan Epps
  • 87 kg: Alan Vera vs Zachary Braunagel
  • 97 kg: Josef Rau vs Christian Dulaney
  • 130 kg: Cohlton Schultz vs Adam Coon

How To Watch Final X Wrestling 2023 

Final X will stream live on FloWrestling and the FloSports app. 

FloWresting will also serve as home of match archives and provide the latest news from Final X.