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Gallick faces his biggest challenge of the season this Saturday at the Big 12 Wrestling Tournament and that same challenge is his biggest rival, Teyon Ware.
"The dual season is over and I can focus on the Big 12s and Nationals. This time of year is always a home stretch and it's nice, I enjoy it," Gallick said after practice Thursday night.
Gallick takes this time of the season and focuses on staying healthy.
"The biggest thing isn't really specific tactics that I need to work on. It's just making sure that I'm healthy and I'm at least 90 to 100%. I think that if I'm at 90% or as close to 100% that I can get, I'm more than capable of beating him (Ware) every time."
That's no understatement considering Gallick has defeated Ware six out of seven times during his college wrestling career.
Gallick has been on the winning side of things most of the time when it comes to his match up with the second-ranked Sooner Teyon Ware, but Ware has two things Gallick would love to have; two NCAA Titles. That lone blemish against Ware was what would have turned a great season into championship season; a loss to Ware in the 2005 NCAA finals match.
This is 2006 and a new season and Gallick has
defeated Ware during their two matches this season (3-1 in the NWCA All-Star
Classic and 4-3 in
Gallick would never sell himself short by saying
that a Big 12 Championship is his end-road.
"I want to train hard through this week because I'm not training to win Big 12s, I'm training to win the NCAAs."
Gallick isn't overlooking the Big 12 Tournament, but he is a senior, and he knows what's at stake for him.
Gallick and Ware will likely square off for the first of two more times this Saturday and Gallick has that last loss to Ware in mind.
"Yeah he (Ware) is in the back of my mind but I try not to think about him all that much."
Gallick's focus and determination are not on one person but on one goal; an NCAA title. Ware (in all likelihood) will stand in the way of Gallick's goal, but he can succeed.