HERSHEY — Jaret Lane’s second state championship, a 3-2 win over the same guy he beat in 2017, Bishop McDevitt’s Chase Shields, looked nerve-wracking and tense, and it was, especially for his dad, Southern assistant coach Kent Lane.
But for Lane himself, not so much.
Lane had the bout’s only takedown, off a counter in the first period, and he had to counter the aggressive shots of Shields two more times in the third period to take the win and the 120-pound AA state championship, but he never had any doubts.
A reporter asked Lane when he felt like he had thewin in the bout and he said, “I felt comfortable after that last flurry with what, eight or four seconds left. But really, when I got that takedown in the first period, I pretty much felt I had it. Every other match, no one had a takedown on him and I got one, in the first period, too.”
In fact, if anything, Lane joked that he was upset he gave up two points, the only points he surrendered in the tournament.
That may sound like cockiness to some people, but it’s just the result of having wrestled hundreds, if not thousands,of matches over the years. For a guy who finished his season 48-1 and his career with a District Four record 182 wins (182-9), it was just business as usual.
It was also the familiarity that comes from having wrestled an opponent many times. In addition to meeting in last year’s 113-pound finale, which Lane won 4-0, the pair also met in the quarterfinals the year before, with Lane winning that one 1-0.
“He (Shields) is a great wrestler,” Lane said. “I knew he’d be firing shots and keep coming and coming. I knew he was goimg to come out firing.”
ButLane also knew he had thousands of hours of practice in the mat room over the years working on his defense on his side, too.
“I feel good in those (defensive) positions,” he said. “I’m a pretty good scrambler. It comes from repetition in the room every day. You learn how to counter. I wrestle all year in the room against Patrick (113-pound sixth-place finisher, Patrick Edmondson) and you just get used to that type of wrestling.”
Lane also has another secret weapon. Although he isn’t stacked with muscles like some wrestlers, he is sneaky stronmg, which allows him to havefaith in his technical ability.
Head coach Jerry Marks has said he never worries when Lane wrestles. That’s not so much the case for Lane’s dad, who admits to being a bundle of nerves when his sons wrestle. But again, you’d never know anything was tense from watching Jaret’s body language.
“I keep the same face all the time,” Lane said. “I look at a lot of younger kids when they come here and they’re so nervous. I treat just like any other match. My dad’s always nervous for me and my teammates are nervous for me, but I’m usually more nervous for our other wrestlers.”