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56th Midlands Championships Set for This Weekend near Chicago

56th Midlands Championships Set for This Weekend near Chicago


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly will send a quartet of its top wrestlers to the prestigious Midlands Championships on Saturday and Sunday.

The 56th annual two-day meet, normally held inside historic Welsh-Ryan Arena on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, just outside Chicago, has been moved this year to Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates due to the $110 million renovation of the 64-year-old facility.

Cal Poly will be joined by 35 of the nation's top wrestling programs, including No. 10 Arizona State and Oregon State of the Pac-12 Conference and top-10 teams No. 3 Iowa, No. 5 Michigan and No. 7 Minnesota.

Also entered are No. 11 Northwestern, No. 13 Princeton, No. 15 Illinois, No. 16 Wisconsin, No. 19 Northern Iowa and No. 21 South Dakota State.

Atop Cal Poly's list of entrants is 197-pound junior Tom Lane (pictured above), who sports an 8-6 record after winning three of five matches in the Reno Tournament of Champions on Dec. 20. Among Lane's eight wins so far this year are one fall, one technical fall and four major decisions.

Mustangs 133-pounder Yoshito Funakoshi is off to a 6-3 start after claiming first place in the Menlo Open and second in the Black Knight Invitational. The senior also has won both of his dual meet matches, including a 6-5 decision over Colin Valdiviez of Northwestern, a 15-0 winner over Funakoshi in the Las Vegas Invitational who was ranked No. 18 in the preseason and an NCAA qualifier last year.

Others scheduled to compete are redshirt freshman Brawley Lamer (6-7) at 157 pounds and true freshman Nathan Tausch (5-6) at 174.

A year ago, Colton Schilling placed eighth at 141 pounds.

Two sessions will be held each day. Action will be held on 10 mats for both of Friday's sessions at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Central Time. Semifinals and consolation matches begin at noon Central on Saturday, with the final session for first-, third- and fifth-place matches slated for 7 p.m.

All four sessions will be broadcast on FloWrestling and BTN Plus (subscriptions are required for both). Live scoring, statistics and brackets will be available on TrackWrestling with a link on