Nate Gallick advanced to the championship match to face Teyon Ware and both Trent and Travis Paulson advanced to wrestle for third-place tomorrow. The team jumped up ten spots to 14th with 41 points.
Gallick started fast with a
snatching double-leg TD in the first period of his semi-final match with Andy
"I just wanted to get ahead early. If you wait until the second and third period, you start getting tired. I wanted to make him wrestle me differently. I wanted to put the pressure on him," commented Gallick after his victory.
Gallick's victory set the match-up of Gallick and Ware that everyone anticipated at the beginning of the tournament.
Whether Gallick would face Ware or not is not a deciding factor in his strategy.
"I'm going to wrestle the way I wrestle. He's a tough competitor. I'm just going to wrestle smart. If he does something different, I'm going to adjust."
Travis escaped to cut his deficit
to 6-5 and immediately grabbed a TD while putting Hook on his back as time
expired. The five-point move gave
In his first match of the night,
Travis put together one of his most impressive victories of the season,
defeating Matt Pell of
Travis overcame that with a TD in the final seconds that broke a 2-2 tie and bolstered Travis on to his second match of the night.
Travis came into the night in the same position as his brother. He knew that he had to win two matches in order to put himself in position for All-American status and a third-place finish.
Travis squared off with Eric
Travis advanced to the third-place round and will face Muzaffar Adburak of American tomorrow morning but he might not have been able to do it without the support of his twin brother.
Both Trent and Travis built off each other's wins today and helped each other advance.
"It's unbelievable. I don't know what I would do if I didn't have him…. We can read each other without even having to say anything. I think when I won in the last seconds it was kind of big in his match with Pell," commented Trent Paulson after both brothers advanced in tomorrows third-place bracket.
Backes faced All-American Eric
This match was different. Backes could not get his stuff working and trailed 6-3 late in the third period. But, with about five seconds remaining, he still managed to tie the match. But, as Backes took down Bradley, he kept his hands locked while Bradley's knees touched the mat. Backes was called for a one-point technical violation as time expired and lost the match, 7-6.
This loss eliminated Backes from competition and forced him to watch and cheer on Gallick and the Paulson brothers in Saturday's closing rounds.