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Lane Reaches Quarterfinals Before Suffering First Loss in Las Vegas Invite

Lane Reaches Quarterfinals Before Suffering First Loss in Las Vegas Invite

UPDATED: 7:50 p.m. with Final Results for Friday

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Cal Poly sophomore 197-pounder Tom Lane reached the quarterfinal round of the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational with three victories Friday, including an upset of the No. 3 seed, before suffering his first loss of the tournament.

After a fall in 52 seconds and a 7-6 overtime decision, Lane (pictured at right) scored a pair of four-point near falls en route to a 13-3 major decision over Kevin Beazley of Michigan, ranked No. 5 in the nation at 197 pounds by Intermat.

Lane scored a pair of takedowns in the first period, a four-point near fall in the second period and another four-point near fall plus riding time in the final period for the win over Beazley in the Round of 16.

Lane then fell behind 8-0 on the way to a 9-2 loss against unseeded Stephen Loiseau of Drexel in the quarterfinals. Loiseau scored a takedown and four-point near fall in the first period and a reversal in the second period for his 8-0 lead. Choosing the top position for the final period, Lane tallied a two-point near fall.

Lane pinned Austyn Harris of Arizona State in 52 seconds, then earned a 7-6 overtime victory against Anthony McLaughlin of Air Force in the Round of 32 to set up his match with Beazley.

Lane and McLaughlin were knotted at 6-6 at the end of regulation. Neither wrestler scored in the sudden victory period and Lane rode out the first tiebreaker period before scoring an escape 10 seconds into the second tiebreaker period for the win.

Lane, the lone Mustang to reach the Round of 16 and the quarterfinals, faces fifth-seeded Jeric Kasunic of American in the consolation quarterfinals Saturday morning.

Scoring victories in the Round of 64 before dropping into the wrestlebacks were Colton Schilling at 141 pounds, Matt Wilhelm at 174 and Ryan Anderson at 184.

Schilling (pictured at left) earned a 14-6 major decision against Chandler Olson of Drexel, then dropped a 9-2 decision to seventh-seeded Michael Longo of Oklahoma.

Wilhelm was a 3-1 winner over Beau Breske of Nebraska before he was decisioned by Brandon Womack of Cornell 8-5.

Anderson also scored a 3-1 win in his opening match against Austin Flores of Stanford, then lost to No. 4 Drew Foster of Northern Iowa in a 16-0 technical fall.

After the loss to Longo, Schilling pinned Christian Montserrat of West Virginia in just 26 seconds and Jack Hathaway of Oregon State in only 28 seconds. Schilling had dropped 5-3 and 5-2 decisions to Hathaway in dual meets each of the last two years.

In the fourth round of wrestlebacks Friday night, Schilling dropped an 8-5 decision to Nicholas Gil of Navy. Schilling scored a takedown 20 seconds into the match, but tweaked his left knee during a scramble. Gil rallied for a 6-4 lead after the first period and, after Schilling rode out the second period, Gil scored a takedown late in the third period to clinch the win.

Mustang 165-pounder Luke Wilson was leading 5-2 in his first wrestleback match when he injured his left shoulder and was forced to default.

Twelve of the nation's top 25 NCAA Division I wrestling teams are competing in the two-day tournament. Heading the list of 44 teams in the field are No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Michigan and No. 6 Arizona State. Also competing are No. 12 Minnesota, No. 15 Northern Iowa, No. 18 Central Michigan, No. 19 Wyoming, No. 20 Oregon State, No. 21 Pittsburgh, No. 22 Edinboro, No. 23 Duke and No. 24 Navy.

Michigan leads after Friday's second session with 90 points, followed by Ohio State with 85 and Nebraska with 73.5 points. Cal Poly is tied for 31st place with three other teams in the field of 46 teams, scoring 18 points so far.

Semifinals are set for Saturday at 10 a.m. and the championship and consolation finals will be contested Saturday at 3 p.m.

Results for Cal Poly wrestlers:

125 — Yoshito Funakoshi bye, was dec. by Kyle Norstrem (Virginia Tech) 10-4, dec. Jake Campbell (Bucknell) 4-2, was maj. dec. by Thayer Atkins (Duke) 13-4.

133 — Ty Schilling was dec. by DJ Lloren (Utah Valley) 7-3, was maj. dec. by Matthew Schmitt (West Virginia) 12-3.

141 — Colton Schilling maj. dec. Chandler Olson (Drexel) 14-6, was dec. by No. 7 Michael Longo (Oklahoma) 9-2, pinned Christian Montserrat (West Virginia) 0:26, pinned Jack Hathaway (Oregon State) 0:28, was dec. by Nicholas Gil (Navy) 8-5.

149 — Joshy Cortez was pinned by No. 6 Josh Maruca (Arizona State) 6:47, dec. Kyler Rea (West Virginia) 5-3, was dec. by Matt Ontiveros (Utah Valley) 5-4.

157 — Jett Moy was pinned by No. 3 Micah Jordan (Ohio State) 1:19, was maj. dec. by James Williams (Embry-Riddle) 10-2.

165 — Luke Wilson was tech. fall by No. 5 Nick Wanzek (Minnesota) 21-6, 5:38, lost by injury default to Isaac Bast (Kent State) 4:09.

174 — Matt Wilhelm dec. Beau Breske (Nebraska) 3-1, was dec. by Brandon Womack (Cornell) 8-5, dec. Michael Billingsley (Air Force) 8-3, was dec. by Andrew McNally (Eastern Michigan) 8-4.

184 — Ryan Anderson dec. Austin Flores (Stanford) 3-1, was tech. fall by No. 4 Drew Foster (Northern Iowa) 16-0, 2:42, was tech. fall by Noah Foster (Army West Point) 16-0, 2:51.

197 — Tom Lane pinned Austyn Harris (Arizona State) 0:52, dec. Anthony McLaughlin (Air Force) 7-6 TB2, maj. dec. No. 3 Kevin Beazley (Michigan) 13-3, was dec. by Stephen Loiseau (Drexel) 9-2, vs. Jeric Kasunic (American).

285 — Spencer Empey bye, was dec. by Andrew Dunn (Virginia Tech) 6-4, dec. Dan Stibral (North Dakota State) 2-1, was pinned by Cody Crawford (Oregon State) 1:47.

Photos courtesy of Lawrence Slater