Jaret Lane wins Greco-Roman gold; finishes second in freestyle in North Dakota | Sports


FARGO, ND – Jaret Lane, a second year ascension student in southern British Columbia, wrapped up a terrific week of wrestling at the Fargodome by competing at the 2015 US National Junior Wrestling Championships last week in Fargo, in North Dakota.

Lane returned to one match to become a two-time national champion, winning a Graeco-Roman national junior title last Tuesday. Lane then made a championship run in the National Freestyle Championships, before falling in the final. Both came in the 100 pound weight class.

Lane became Greco’s 31st National Junior Champion for Team Pennsylvania in the tournament’s 45-year history.

He is Pennsylvania’s first Greek Champion since 2012. Junior Nationals is USA Wrestling’s premier event for high school wrestlers in grades 9-12, showcasing national talent from 46 states and Puerto Rico.

Lane dominated his performance in Greco-Roman. He beat Brandon Blose of Oklahoma in the preliminaries by a technical failure, 10-0. He followed that up with another technical fall, beating Michigan’s Trevor Giallombardo, 13-1.

Lane had few problems in the semifinals either, with another technical crash – this time, 22-10 to Nathan Rankin of Texas.

In his championship game, he beat Elijah Verona of Florida by a score of 8-3.

Lane then moved on to the National Junior Acrobatic Tournament where he qualified again for the final on Saturday. In the preliminary round, Lane beat Jakob Houston of Oklahoma by fall in 2:39. He faces Rankin again – this time in the quarterfinals – winning by a score of 12-10. He then beat Kansas All-American Cody Phippen by technical fall, 10-0.

Another returning All-American – Jason Holmes of Arizona, beat Lane, 14-3 in the freestyle final.

Lane was an All American double last year in the cadet division, placing 8th in both freestyle and Greco-Roman. Lane also placed 5th at the PIAA State Championships last season for the Southern Coluumbia Tigers and he is currently ranked No.14 in the country by Flo Wrestling.

John Fulmer of southern British Columbia also competed in the tournament but was unranked.


Robert J. King