Wiercioch falls to Marsteller

It’s not often that the a wrestling match lives up to the hype but the one that took place in a packed Canon-McMillan gymnasium Saturday night did.
In one of the most dazzling displays of defensive wrestling, Chance Marsteller of Kennard-Dale and Cody Wiercioch of Canon-McMillan thrilled the nearly 3,000 fans in the 170-pound finals of the Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament.
While this might be a subjective stat, it would be hard to find anyone in the gym who remembered a more memorable 3-2 decision where all the points were scored on escapes.
“I wanted to give the crowd a good match,” said Wiercioch, “and that’s what we did.”
This matchup of the No. 1- and 2-ranked wrestlers in the country by Intermat came down one move neither wrestler could control.
The flip of the disk.
It determined who would have choice in the fourth overtime period for the ultimate tiebreaker format. Marsteller won the flip, had the choice in the final overtime and scored three seconds in to take the 3-2 victory.
An appreciative crowd gave both wrestlers a standing ovation.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Close but no cigar Joe.
Marstellar won the flip in the second period, choose down an scored the escape. That first point in regulation determined who choose first in URO
Will you rank Pletcher in your updated rankings?

Saturday, December 29, 2012 11:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those two are actually number one and number two in the nation and they did not disappoint! Great atmosphere at the standing room only CM gymnasium.

Sunday, December 30, 2012 9:26:00 AM  
Blogger Joe Tuscano said...

I should have been more clear. He won the flip in the second period and the first points get to choose in the final OT If Wiercioch won the flip, Marsteller would have lost.

It was the country, not the state. Hate writing these stories 15 minutes before deadline. I'll change it on the web story.

Sunday, December 30, 2012 4:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cant believe this. Ive never seen such a glorified loss.

Sunday, December 30, 2012 8:24:00 PM  
Anonymous wrestling fan said...

What a great match!! I agree the coin toss cost the CM wrestler.If it was the other way Marstellar would have 1 loss also. Us wrestling fans could not have witnessed 1 of the best matches in years.Congrats to both Marstellar and Wiercioch. WHAT A SHOW

Sunday, December 30, 2012 8:53:00 PM  
Anonymous wrestling fan said...

What a great match.Those who watched saw one of the best matches in years.If coin toss was reversed Marstellar would have 1 loss also.

Sunday, December 30, 2012 8:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One other match people remember is Megaludis and Guilibon BUT they were two 119 pounders. Marstellar and Wiercioch are 170 pounders moving like lightweights very impressive

Sunday, December 30, 2012 9:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Bob Johnson said...

I could see Marshmeller (an unfortunate misspelling from a previous post) opening it up tp 5-2, or even 8-2 at states, but the near tech some people were predicting? No chance. I could also see CW winning 4-3 or something like that. But he has to show how good he can be on top, Chance whipped him from bottom. Nice bout to both boys.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013 3:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Bob Johnson said...

And for those who complain that it's all CM, I want to compliment Garrett Vulcano on one fine tournament taking 4th. He's not quite state champ caliber, but is close enough that he can be that good by March. To CM, and also CH, McGuffey, Waynesburgh, etc, the losses you took here will only make you better. Thanks for the good coverage, Tuscy Joe.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013 3:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great tournament! Taking nothing away from this match-it lived up to and surpassed my best expectations-but I can't even say it was the best match of the night. The 152 match between Parsons and Collica, another low scoring match, was filled with great action and gave the featured matchup a run for the money. Pletcher was a joy toy watch, and Connor Schram showed the lightening quickness that could make Hume the best at 126 in the country (if he would just cut it loose more often). And how about the takedown that was was not called at 182? I think it was the right call, but definitely worth watching the video to make your own call if you have not already seen it.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013 10:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watched this match also and Marstellar was in on takedowns in both the first and second periods. wiechuck is fortunate he caught Marstellar early in the season. This match should have never went to OT. The Ot was uneventful Marstellar escaped in like 3 seconds in UTB. No one on here mentioned the "time out" oh, I meant the injury tie out although I didn't see an actual injury. oh well, I just call em lik eI see em.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013 10:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'sorry but this was not as great a match from ny perspective. Lot of defense and marstellar controlled the match especially after coming off injury. Wercioch didn't do very much to stop the three second escape in the UTB. If evryone thougth this was the best match ever you've been missing great matches.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013 10:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently any assessment of this match contrary to the fans on this is not deemed wirhty of posting.

Wednesday, January 02, 2013 6:58:00 AM  
Blogger Joe Tuscano said...

I wouldn't call this the greatest match I've ever seen. Not sure if I could pick just one. But it was the best match I saw this year. Scoring was scarce because each wrestler got out of takedown moves that were unbelievable. That's why it was low-scoring.

Marsteller had to be thinking early on: "He just got out of single-leg shots that work 99 percent of the time. He has better balance than a tight-rope walker."

Wiercioch had to be thinking later on: "How can anyone get out of my single-leg shot by going to a split and holding it that long."

Those are moves you just don't see often. That's what you should appreciate about this bout: the ability to defend, which is what wrestling has morphed into over the last decade or two.

BTW, watch the match again. Marsteller faded late. He's not a 70-pounder.

Wednesday, January 02, 2013 8:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree marstellar was completely out of gas and so was Cody it was a defensive battle and that takes a lot of strength to defend and btw marstellar will go to 160 not big enough and doesn't want to be tested like that again

Wednesday, January 02, 2013 9:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont agree that marstellar faded. Werchuk almost completely released marstellar for the win. If marstellar were completely out of gas and not big enough t be a 70 he wouldn't of escaped.

Sunday, January 06, 2013 9:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Marstellar goes 170 Wiercioch will have to avoid Marstellar for states. Definitely doesn't want to #2 in states as a Senior.

Friday, January 11, 2013 7:03:00 AM  

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