HOFFMAN ESTATES, Illinois -- Cal Poly junior 197-pounder Tom Lane won three of his four matches Saturday on the opening day of the 56th annual Midlands Championships and needs one more victory to earn placement.
Seeded eighth and following a first-round bye, Lane dropped a 4-3 decision to Martin Mueller of South Dakota. In the wrestle backs, Lane won three consecutive matches to remain alive in the two-day event that has attracted 35 teams, including eight in the Top 20.
Lane earned an 18-0 technical fall, a win by medical forfeit and a 10-2 major decision over 11th-seeded Drew Phipps of Bucknell to earn his spot in the consolation quarterfinals. He takes an 11-7 record into a Sunday morning match against fifth-seeded Andrew Davison of Michigan.
Cal Poly's other three entrants in the prestigious midseason tournament at Sears Centre Arena just outside Chicago were eliminated Saturday.
Mustang 157-pounder Brawley Lamer (pictured above) compiled a 3-2 mark, opening with an 18-2 technical fall before dropping a 6-4 decision to eighth-seeded Will Lewan of Michigan.
In the wrestlebacks, Lamer earned a 6-2 decision and a 12-4 major decision before No. 14 seed Hunter Ladnier of Harvard posted a 10-1 major decision to oust Lamer.
Mustang 133-pounder Yoshito Funakoshi, seeded seventh, went 0-2 with 3-1 and 9-4 decision setbacks while Nathan Tausch at 174 also went 0-2, dropping a 13-3 major decision and a 16-0 technical fall.
Cal Poly is in 24th place with 11 points entering Sunday's matches. Iowa leads with 114.5 points, followed by Northern Iowa (76) and Wisconsin (69).