Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Franklin Phenom Lee Seeks a World Cadet Title

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Franklin Phenom Lee Seeks a World Cadet Title

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Kennard-Dale senior Chance Marsteller had just won his fourth PIAA Class AAA wrestling title at the Giant Center in Hershey and completed his high school career with an unblemished 166-0 record when one of the many media members asked for his thoughts on Franklin Regional freshman Spencer Lee.

"Spencer Lee is going to be way better than I am," said Marsteller, one of only 12 wrestlers in PIAA history to win four titles. "He's one of the most explosive wrestlers I've ever seen. He's an absolute animal. I love that kid, he's awesome."

Lee made his debut for the Panthers as a 113-pound freshman and turned in one of the most impressive performances in state history. He finished with a 49-0 record, which included 28 pins, 12 technical falls, five major decisions, and three forfeits.

"My goal is to pin every opponent I face," Lee said. "I wrestle the Iowa style. I like to pound people on top. There's not a better feeling when you break your opponent when he's on the bottom. My mindset is to beat on my opponent until he breaks down or makes a mistake."

Lee had only one bout end via regular decision, a 9-5 win against Greater Latrobe's Ethan McCoy in the finals of the Westmoreland County Coaches Association Tournament. Lee faced McCoy three more times during the season and recorded two major decisions and one technical fall.

Lee also won titles at the Walsh Jesuit Ironman Tournament and the Powerade Christmas Tournament. He was the first freshman in the history of the Ironman Tournament to be named Most Valuable Wrestler.

After winning the Ironman Tournament, Lee said his goal was to be a "four-time PIAA undefeated champion."

Only five wrestlers have won four PIAA titles and finished their careers undefeated, with Marsteller being the most recent.

"I want to be a four-time, undefeated PIAA champion," Lee reiterated after the state tournament, but also reminded everyone of a goal that could be attained much sooner. "I also want to become a Cadet World Champion."

Lee had that chance last summer, prior to his freshman year at Franklin Regional, as he placed fifth in the 50-kilo (110.25 pounds) weight class at the Cadet World Championships, which took place at Zrenianin, Serbia. …

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