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Lane Eliminated from NCAA Championships by Pair of Decisions

Lane Eliminated from NCAA Championships by Pair of Decisions


PITTSBURGH, Penn. – Tom Lane's second run in the NCAA Division I National Wrestling Championships has come to an end.

Lane, who earned a pair of upset victories Thursday, dropped 4-3 and 8-5 decisions Friday and was eliminated from the three-day tournament inside PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Penn.

Seeded No. 21 at 197 pounds, the Mustang junior upset the fifth and 12th seeds Thursday. On Friday, No. 4 Patrick Brucki of Princeton edged Lane 4-3 and, in the wrestlebacks, ninth-seeded Benjamin Honis of Cornell earned an 8-5 decision.

Lane, who finished the season with a 21-13 record, fell one victory shy of All-America honors.

Brucki scored a takedown 10 seconds into the quarterfinal-round match, but Lane tallied a reversal 18 seconds later and rode out the rest of the first period.

Brucki chose the neutral position for the second period and scored a takedown with 11 seconds left for a 4-2 lead. Lane elected to start the final period in the top position and rode Brucki the entire period for a four-minute advantage in riding time and one point, falling one point short of another overtime match.

Honis notched a pair of takedowns and Lane earned one escape in the first period of their consolation bracket match. Honis recorded a reversal and Lane escaped as Honis took a 6-2 lead into the final period.

Lane pulled to within 6-4 with a takedown but gave up a reversal. Lane compiled a 1:07 advantage in riding time for the final point.

Cal Poly finsihed 48th in the team standings with two points. on Saturday night, Penn State breezed to the national title with 137.5 points, thanks to three champions and a pair of runners-up. Ohio State was second with 96.5 points, followed by Oklahoma State with 84 points.

With his two wins Thursday, Lane became the first Mustang to reach the quarterfinal round since both Boris Novachkov and Ryan DesRoches won their first two matches in the 2012 NCAA Championships. Novachkov finished third at 141 pounds while DesRoches was eighth at 174.

Lane was one of four wrestlers seeded 20th or lower to reach the quarterfinals in the 10 weight classes.

Lane, 66-43 in his Mustang career, also qualified for the nationals a year ago in Cleveland, winning one of three matches.

The Garden City, N.Y., native 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 was ranked No. 24 in the final coaches rankings and No. 25 on the latest RPI list. His 21 wins this year include one fall, two technical falls and nine major decisions and Lane posted a 7-2 mark in dual meets.
Lane won 13 of his last 19 matches after an 8-7 start this season, 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.
Wrestleback semifinals and the matches for third, fifth and seventh place will be contested Saturday morning, with the championship finals set for Saturday night.
The championship finals on ESPN and ESPN3 begin at 4 p.m. PDT.

Photo above of Tom Lane against Patrick Brucki of Princeton courtesy of Randy Martin