SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Junior 197-pounder Tom Lane, who qualified for the NCAA Division I National Championships for the second straight year and won a pair of matches, has been named Cal Poly's Most Outstanding Wrestler for the 2018-19 season.
Cal Poly's first quarterfinalist in the nationals in seven years, Lane split his four matches inside PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Penn., in mid-March, capping a 21-13 campaign.
Seeded No. 21 at 197 pounds, Lane upset the Nos. 5 and 12 seeds in the first two rounds to earn his spot in the quarterfinals. Lane beat the 12th seed 8-3 and knocked off the fifth seed with a takedown with one second left in the first overtime period, 4-2.
The next day, Lane faced the fourth and ninth seeds, losing both matches in close decisions, 4-3 and 8-5.
Lane will carry a 66-43 career mark into his senior season next year.
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.
Three other Mustang wrestlers were presented awards at the team's recent banquet.
Named most improved wrestler was redshirt freshman Brawley Lamer, who won 13 matchesat 157 pounds with three falls, a pair of technical falls and three major decisions.
Senior 133-pounder Yoshi Funakoshi was presented the coaches award, which goes to the wrestler who displays dedication, commitment, sacrifice and unselfishness to the team on a constant basis.
Funakoshi won seven matches, including one fall and one major decision in his final season as a Mustang, earning 30 victories in his colelgiate career.
Sophomore Ryan Farina earned the team's academic excellence award.
Tom Lane with head coach Jon Sioredas
Yoshito Funakoshi with Chris Chionuma
|Ryan Farina with Mike Hatcher||Brawley Lamer with Jon Sioredas|