Gallick Leads Cyclone Wrestlers Over Sooners

Nate Gallick did it again. Undefeated and ranked second at 141-pounds, Gallick pushed his record to 24-0 with a 4-3 come from behind victory over top-ranked Teyon Ware. Ware, the 2003 and defending national champion, found himself ahead 3-1 before Gallick earned a takedown at the end of the second period and an escape to start the third.

Gallick is now 6-1 all-time against Ware including a 3-1 decision at the NWCA All-Star Classic earlier this year.  Ware's only win in the series came in last year's NCAA Championship bout – ruining Gallick's bid for an unblemished 2004-2005 campaign.

 

Though Gallick's win may have provided the spark in the Cyclones' lineup, it was Trent Paulson at 157-pounds who started a streak of four consecutive Cyclone victories to seal a 19-16 win over No. 5 Oklahoma.  Trent came from behind to defeat Shane Vernon 4-3.

 

At 165-pounds, Travis Paulson earned an 8-1 decision over No. 14 Jarrod King and opened the door for 174-pounder David Bertolino to break the meet open.  With the score 13-10 in favor of the Cyclones, Bertolino scored an escape late in the match to defeat No. 13 Wes Roberts 6-5.

 

Kurt Backes looked to be back to his old form with a 10-8 decision over No. 13 Justin Dyer.  Though inconsistent throughout most of the season, Backes has managed to stay close in all of his matches and usually pull out a win in the end.

 

The win pushes the ninth-ranked Cyclones to 10-4 overall and 1-0 in Big 12 competition.  They will face No. 2 Oklahoma State at 2 p.m. in Stillwater, OK today.


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