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Tom Lane Earns Second Trip to NCAA Division I National Championships

Tom Lane Earns Second Trip to NCAA Division I National Championships
 
TEMPE, Ariz. — Cal Poly 197-pounder Tom Lane will compete in the NCAA Division I National Wrestling Championships for the second straight year.
 
The junior from Garden City, N.Y., placed second in his weight class at the 2019 Pac-12 Conference Championships held Saturday inside Arizona State's Wells Fargo Arena.
 
Lane drew a first-round bye, then earned a 13-0 major decision against Jamarcus Grant of Oregon State to reach the final round against top-seeded Nathan Traxler of Stanford.
 
Traxler, ranked No. 12 in the nation, edged Lane 6-5 to earn one of the two allocated spots in the weight class. Lane also qualified for the nationals after he earned a true second in the allocation match against Arizona State's Austyn Harris.
 
Against Traxler, Lane earned an escape in the first period to trail 2-1 and notched an escape and takedown in the second period for a 4-4 draw before Traxler recorded a reversal for a 6-4 lead with six seconds left in the period.
 
Lane rode Traxler out in the final period and earned riding time, falling one point shy.
 
Traxler earned a 5-4 decision against Lane in a dual meet Feb. 17.
 
Two Mustangs placed fourth — Brawley Lamer at 157 pounds and Samuel Aguilar at 285.
 
Cal Poly placed fifth in the final team standings with 15 points.
 
Stanford, competing in the Pac-12 in wrestling since 1963, claimed its first team championship with 81.5 points, edging runner-up and host Arizona State by two points.
 
In the closest team competition since 2010, Stanford produced two individual Pac-12 champions – Traxler and Requir Van Der Merwe (149) — while Arizona State had three champions and Arizona State four.
 
Sean Nickell of CSU Bakersfield claimed the 133-pound title.
 
Arizona State's Zahid Valencia (174) was named Most Outstanding Wrestler of the Championships after he posted a pair of wins, both by technical falls.
 
The 2019 NCAA Division I National Championships will be held March 21-23 in PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Penn.
 
Photo above of Tom Lane courtesy of Lawrence Slater