The Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic hoped to have two four-time PIAA champions on its Pennsylvania all-star team for the first time in the 40-year history of the event.
Unfortunately, Kennard-Dale's Chance Marsteller bowed out with a back injury. Marsteller (166-0), an Oklahoma State recruit who is only the sixth wrestler in PIAA history to complete his career with an unbeaten record, was chosen in December to wrestle in the 170-pound bout of the feature match, but has been bothered by a back injury most of the season.
Marsteller will be replaced by Lancaster Catholic's Stephen Loiseau (154-26), who is dropping a weight class after winning a PIAA Class AA title at 182.
The Pennsylvania team will have Solanco's Thomas Haines (174-5), who shared the spotlight with Marsteller in Hershey by becoming the 11th and 12th four-time champions in PIAA history. Haines, an Ohio State recruit, is thrilled to be chosen for the event March 16 at Pitt's Fitzgerald Fieldhouse.
"Wrestling in the Classic will be a great way to conclude my high school career," said Haines, who claimed the PIAA Class AAA title at 285 pounds Saturday. "I want to prove to everybody that I'm better than Nick Nevills. I've never faced him before. I'm really looking forward to the challenge."
Nevills (200-5), a Penn State recruit, is a three-time California state champion from Clovis High School.
The Pennsylvania all-star team features four wrestlers from the WPIAL, including two from Canon-McMillan who have moved down a weight class. Dalton Macri (133-15), a Cornell recruit, won the PIAA Class AAA title at 126, but will wrestle at 120 in the Classic. Big Macs teammate Solomon Chishko (132-8), a Virginia Tech recruit, moves down to 138 after winning two PIAA Class AAA titles at 145.
The other two WPIAL entries are Kittanning's Jason Nolf (176-1) and Latrobe's Zack Zavatsky (166-18). Nolf, a Penn State recruit, is a three-time PIAA Class AA champ who won Saturday at 145. Zavatsky won a PIAA Class AAA title at 182.
Franklin Regional's Eric Mausser and Burrell's Josh Shields will serve as honorary coaches of the Pennsylvania and WPIAL all-star teams.
Pennsylvania All-Star Team
WPIAL All-Star Team