Two-time All-American Travis Paulson captured 74 kg. freestyle and Greco-Roman titles and redshirt freshmen Nick Gallick and Mitch Mueller claimed freestyle crowns at 60 and 66 kg. to qualify for the World Team Trials at the Northern Plains Regional in Waterloo. Paulson captured outstanding wrestler honors in Greco-Roman competition while Mueller was named the outstanding wrestler in freestyle. 2006 recruits T.J. Sebolt and Mark Kist also recorded freestyle titles in the junior division.
Paulson, who was fourth in freestyle and eighth in Greco-Roman, respectively, at University Nationals in Evanston, Ill., registered a crucial quarterfinal victory over former Minnesota three-time All-American Jacob Volkman, winning by decision, 3-0, 1-0. Paulson toppled Northern Iowa's Moza Fay in the finals, 6-1, 6-0. Paulson joins his brother Trent who qualified for the World Team Trials with a 74 kg. freestyle championship at University Nationals.
Gallick, who redshirted this season, defeated UNI wrestlers Brett Robbins in the finals and Kyle Anson in the semifinals. In April, Gallick qualified for the championship bracket at the U.S. Nationals in Las Vegas at 60 kg. in the senior division.
Mueller, who recently placed third at the FILA Junior Nationals helped by a consolation semifinal victory over former four-time Iowa state champion Dan LeClere (North-Linn) at 66 kg., defeated another Hawkeye, this time Iowa's 157-pound two-time All-American and 2005 NCAA runner-up Joe Johnston by a 1-0, 4-3 decision in the semifinals. Mueller topped W.R. Groves (Olympic Training Center), 1-1, 4-4, 1-0 in the finals.
ISU 174-pounder David Bertolino, a 2005 freestyle
All-American, was runner-up at 84 kg. Bertolino scored a pin and technical fall
prior to reaching the finals.
Sebolt, a four-time Iowa state champion from Centerville, rolled through the 140 pound bracket with a 6-0, 7-0, technical fall in the finals over Weldon Rogers (Illinois). Kist, a three-time Iowa state champion from Eagle Grove, defeated Mike Mille, 4-0, 5-1, at 119 pounds.
ISU wrestlers and alumni will make their way to the World Team Trials May 27-28 in Sioux City at the Tyson Events Center. Current wrestlers who have qualified include Nick Gallick, Mitch Mueller, Trent Paulson and Travis Paulson. Former wrestlers who qualified are Eric Akin (4x All-American), Grant Nakamura (3x NCAA qualifier), Nate Gallick (2006 NCAA Champion), Aaron Holker (2002 NCAA champion), Zach Roberson (2006 U.S. Nationals 60 kg. freestyle champion), Chris Bono (2x U.S. Nationals champion), Matt Azevedo (2x NCAA qualifier) and Joe Heskett (2002 NCAA champion), who was recently named an assistant coach at Ohio State under Tom Ryan.