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Tom Lane to Represent Cal Poly at NCAA Wrestling Championships

Tom Lane to Represent Cal Poly at NCAA Wrestling Championships
 
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly 197-pounder Tom Lane is the lone Mustang qualifier for the NCAA Division I National Wrestling Championships.
 
The three-day meet begins Thursday inside PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Penn.
 
Lane also qualified for the 2018 finals in Cleveland, Ohio, winning one of three bouts.
 
The junior from Garden City, N.Y., carries a 19-11 record for the season and a 64-41 mark for his Mustang career into the nationals.
 
The brackets were released last week and Lane is seeded 21st among the 33 wrestlers in the 197-pound bracket. He will face 12th-seeded Rocco Caywood of Army in the opening round Thursday morning.
 
Caywood, 25-6 on the year, and Lane have never met on the mat. Like Lane, Caywood is a two-time national qualifier, also going 1-2 a year ago. Caywood is an at-large selection after finishing seventh in the EIWA Championships last week and the Toledo, Ohio native (Perrysburg High School) sports a 77-36 career mark.
 
Winner of the Lane vs. Caywood match faces either No. 5 seed Jacob Warner of Iowa or No. 28 Drew Phipps of Bucknell in the second round Thursday night.
 
Lane earned his spot in the nationals by placing second in his weight class at the 2019 Pac-12 Conference Championships held two weeks ago 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.
 
Lane is ranked No. 24 in the final coaches rankings and No. 25 on the latest RPI list. His 19 wins this year include one fall, two technical falls and nine major decisions and Lane posted a 7-2 mark in dual meets.
  
Lane has won 11 of his last 15 matches after an 8-7 start, placing sixth in the Midlands in late December. He also won three of five matches at the Reno Tournament of Champions and 2-2 at the Las Vegas Invitational.
 
First day of competition at the nationals includes the pigtail and first two rounds of the championship bracket along with the pigtail and first round of wrestlebacks.
 
Quarterfinals and two more rounds of wrestlebacks are scheduled for Friday morning followed by the semifinals and an additional two rounds of wrestlebacks in the evening.
 
Wrestleback semifinals and the matches for third, fifth and seventh place will be contested Saturday morning, with the championship finals Saturday night.
 
ESPNU and ESPN3 will provide coverage of all matches in the first five sessions with the championship finals on ESPN and ESPN3 Saturday at 4 p.m. PDT.
 
Photo above of Tom Lane courtesy of Larry Slater