Tucker Lane finally gets to watch his brother wrestle
Tucker Lane has done a lot on the wrestling mat.
This week he’ll get a chance to do something he hasn’t in some time — watch his younger brother, Stryker, wrestle.
Tucker Lane, a four-time NCAA Division I national qualifier at the University of Nebraska, is now a graduate assistant coach at The Citadel. The 2007 Nucla High School graduate was a three-time state champion and All-American in high school.
Stryker is a senior at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. The 2009 Norwood High School graduate was a three-time state champion and All-American in high school.
The Citadel and Cornell wrestling programs are competing in the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tenn., today and Wednesday. It’s the only tournament both programs will be at this season.
“It will be exciting to watch Stryker wrestle,” Tucker said. “I don’t think I’ve ever got to when I was at Nebraska. It’s a good opportunity to see him compete and see how he progresses.”
Stryker has been wrestling in the top heavyweight spot this season for the Big Red. He is 11-7.
Stryker had his best season in 2010–11, his first full season of competition. The heavyweight was 27-12 with 12 bonus-point victories, including seven falls. He placed fifth in the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association, helping the Big Red win the team title. Stryker earned honorable mention All-Ivy League that season.
Tucker Lane’s amateur wrestling days are over, but he’s thankful for the opportunity to remain involved in college wrestling.
“I never would’ve thought I’d be here,” Tucker said. “I was planning on going to law school. Then I was getting recruited to wrestle in the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment). I wanted to give it a try and see what it was like.”
Knowing his father, Larry Lane, was once a professional wrestler, Tucker went to Tampa, Fla. for a tryout. Larry wrestled from 1973 to 1983 in the American Wrestling Alliance (AWA) and the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) in Canada, Puerto Rico, Japan, Korea and the U.S.
“My dad helped me out a lot,” Tucker said. “He gave me a heads-up what the interview would be like. My mom and dad were supportive. My dad never wished me to be a pro wrestler. My mom, surprisingly, was encouraging and supportive. The door is open for me to get training. They didn’t feel I was ready at that time.”
There were 25 people at the WWE tryout, 21 men and four women, Tucker said.
“The majority there had pro wrestling experience,” he said. “I think the WWE is looking to get more with an amateur background.
“It was an interesting experience. It opened my eyes to the pro wrestling business. I have a lot of respect for them. It’s a tough, demanding job. You have to entertain and be a great athlete. It’s really dangerous. You see someone get slammed. That is really happening. You’ve got to be a tough man to do it. Whatever the reason, it didn’t work out.”
Tucker turned his focus back on law school when The Citadel head coach gave him a call and offered him a graduate assistant job.
“I love what I’m doing now,” Tucker said. “I’ve got a good opportunity to get my master’s and practice wrestling. It’s not a lot different from what I’ve been doing. I’ll be here a couple years.
“The thing I like: I’m not only getting my master’s, but I’m getting job experience. I get to recruit and help fundraise. I’m getting a lot of practical experience.”
Tucker is studying business administration at The Citadel. He received his bachelor’s degree in communications at the University of Nebraska.
He originally wanted to be a sports broadcaster, but as he finished up at Nebraska his focus began to turn to law school. Now, he’s looking at becoming an athletic director.
“I do have a passion for sports, and I’m passionate about education,” he said.