Gallick, Paulson Secure All-American Status

St. Louis, Mo. -- Iowa State's Nate Gallick and Trent Paulson secured All-America status and advanced to the semifinals in the third session of the 75th annual NCAA Wrestling Championships at the Savvis Center in St. Louis, Mo. Travis Paulson, Kurt Backes and Scott Coleman are still alive in the consolation bracket. The Cyclones stand in seventh place with 42 points. Oklahoma State still leads the field with 78.5 points followed by Cornell with 55.5 points. The semifinals will begin at 6 p.m. this evening.

The top seeded Gallick rolled on to the semifinals with a 10-5 decision over Clarion's ninth-seeded Frank Edgar. Gallick scored four takedowns and 1:33 of riding time to down Edgar at 141 pounds. His next opponent is Michigan State's fifth-seeded Andy Simmons. Gallick beat Simmons for his first Midlands title in December, a 2-1 OT victory. Simmons pinned Lehigh's All-American Cory Cooperman in the quarterfinals.

The sixth-seeded Trent Paulson upset Stanford defending national champion and No. 3 seed Matt Gentry with an 8-6 tiebreaker victory. Paulson scored two reversals in the first period and escaped in the third period to tie the match at five. After a scoreless overtime, Paulson rode out Gentry in the first tiebreaker. Gentry let Paulson escape and Paulson was tagged for stalling with three seconds remaining to tie the match at six. In the second tiebreaker, Paulson registered a takedown to down Gentry, 8-6. Paulson's semifinal opponent is second-seeded Ryan Bertin of Michigan.

"Last season I came to the NCAA meet with a great record but left without being an All-American," Paulson said. "It was like the whole season was a waste. I had wrestled (Gentry) at Midlands so I knew what he could do. He got me with a drag move for a takedown and I made sure that wasn't going to happen again. It's unexplainable."

Backes, Travis Paulson and Coleman dropped close quarterfinal matches at 184, 165 and heavyweight, respectively. Backes will face in-state rival Paul Bradley of Iowa in the consolation bracket while Paulson will meet Matt Nagel of Minnesota tonight. Coleman will square off against Sacred Heart's Payam Zarrinpour, whom he defeated at Midlands, 3-1

Jesse Sundell registered a third period comeback against Central Michigan's Mid-American Conference champion Jason Borrelli at 133 pounds. Trailing 5-4 with ten seconds remaining in the match, Sundell reversed Borrelli and scored a three-point near fall as time expired to earn the win, 9-6. But Sundell was pinned in the next consolation round by Evan Sola of North Carolina.

Nick Passolano downed Indiana's Brady Richardson. Richardson tied the match with a late third period takedown but Passolano escaped with six seconds remaining in the match and scored a takedown to win, 7-4. But the four-time NCAA qualifier's career concluded as Passolano fell to Andy Roy of Rutgers, 8-5.

Tennessee-Chattanooga's 11th-seeded Michael Keefe scored another big upset at 141 pounds, downing Michigan's No. 3 seed Josh Churella, 6-5. Keefe had previously beaten Nebraska's 2004 NCAA runner-up Matt Murray in the second round. The first top seed to fall in the tournament was Illinois' Alex Tirapelle, defeated by Iowa's Joe Johnston, 6-5 at 157 pounds.

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