Gallick Edged in Final; ISU Finishes Distant 10th

St. Louis, Mo. -- Iowa State's Nate Gallick finished runner-up at the NCAA Championships Saturday afternoon in St. Louis, Mo. at the Savvis Center. Gallick, a two-time All-American and two-time Big 12 champion, was dealt his first loss of the season by Oklahoma's two-time national champion Teyon Ware in the 141 pound finals.

The Cyclones finished tenth with 57 points while Oklahoma State claimed the team title with 153 points followed by runner-up Michigan with 83 points. Oklahoma was third and Cornell fourth.

Gallick's loss was a heartbreaker for him, for me and the team," head coach Bobby Douglas said. Tenth place was not where we wanted to be but the positives are that we have a lot of guys coming back who have learned a lot by being here this year."

Gallick and Ware battled to a scoreless first period. Ware took the bottom position to begin the second period and escaped at the 1:30 mark for a 1-0 lead. The second-seeded Ware scored a double leg takedown and rode Gallick out to end the second period and gain a 3-0 advantage. Gallick escaped one second before Ware could gain a riding time advantage to pull within two. Gallick earned a stalling point from Ware but was unable to get another takedown in the third period.

"Give him credit," Gallick said. "He wrestled a smart match. He hadn't shown that much offense in our previous matches. I could've been more conservative but he won the match."

Iowa State's All-American Trent Paulson placed fourth and two-time All-American Scott Coleman finished seventh at the NCAA Wrestling Championships.

In the third-place match against Ohio's four-time All-American and 2004 NCAA runner-up Jake Percival, Paulson fell behind early as he gave up a first period takedown but tied it up with two escapes. Late in the third period, Paulson was turned by Percival and pinned in the neutral position at the 6:23 mark.

Paulson, who finished his sophomore year 32-4, began his consolation semifinal match with a takedown at the 1:52 mark of the first period. After giving up a reversal, Paulson countered with a reversal of his own as the first period wound down. Becker reversed Paulson from the bottom position to begin the second period. Becker and Paulson rolled before the Indiana freshman scored a two-point near fall. With Becker leading 6-4 at the end of the second period, Paulson scored a reversal to start the third period and tie the match at six. Paulson then scored a takedown in a wild scramble as time expired to take the match 8-7. The match was contested by Indiana but the protest was denied.

Coleman faced Stouffer for the second time this tournament with Coleman prevailing, 5-4, in the first meeting. After a scorless first period, Stouffer and Coleman swapped escapes to tie the match, 1-1. In sudden victory, Coleman took down Stouffer halfway into the period to capture seventh-place and conclude his Cyclone career with a record of 41-20 and as a two-tme All-American. He finished eighth in 2004.

"It feels good to go out with a win," Coleman, who was seeded 10th heading into the tournament, said. "A lot of people didn't think I would be here."


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