Nate Gallick avenged last year's
championship defeat to Teyon Ware of
"It's simple he's got to score points."
Bobby Douglas said it the only way that it could be said. Whoever gets the TD will win the match. These two guys are so evenly matched and know each other so well, the measure of victory and defeat is extremely small (and that's an understatement).
Gallick knew that he had to be the one to score and get the first TD. He went out and did it. The undefeated Cyclone came out on the attack with a great snatch single only one minute and 49 seconds into the match. He had a game plan and he stuck with it. He wanted to take control of the match by scoring early, making Ware wrestle Nate Gallick wrestling.
"I don't like wrestling from behind. I don't want to wrestle someone else's match. I want to wrestle my match; score when I need to score and wrestle Nate Gallick's match," commented Gallick after his first NCAA title.
"That was my game plan, was in that first three minutes I needed to score or do something to put the match in my favor quick. I didn't want to wait until the second or third period."
The match was far from over, as Ware immediately escaped to cut Gallick's lead to 2-1 at the end of the first period.
Ware went down to start the second period and tied it up at 2-2 with an escape. Neither wrestler was able to gain an advantage for the rest of the second period, and the match remained tied going into the final two minutes.
Gallick chose down and would not be denied a neutral position, as he escaped only two seconds into the third period.
Taking a 3-2 advantage, Gallick had to fight off the Ware attack for 1:58, but there would be no Ware penetration tonight. Tonight was Nate Gallick's night. A night that would place him in Cyclone lore forever.
Nate Gallick finished his collegiate career on his terms…….On Top!