By Kent Sesker
Nate Gallick Prepares For New Challenge
Kent Sesker - RealProWrestling
Last March, Nate Gallick of Iowa State prepared to battle Teyon Ware of Oklahoma for the right to be NCAA champion at 141lbs. Gallick had beaten Ware seven out of eight previous matches, the lone loss occuring in the 2005 NCAA title match. Gallick triumped in 2006 with a first period takedown that held up for a 3-2 victory.
Gallick is now competing for the Cyclone Wrestling Club in Ames, IA and will wrestle as long as his body holds up. Only 23 years old, the future looks bright for this Arizona native.
Gallick headlines a talented field of post collegiate wrestlers who will compete at RealProWrestling's North Regional qualifying tournament on Saturday, November 4 at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, IA. Gallick will wrestle at 132lbs.
MIchigan All-Americans Ryan Churella (163) and Greg Wagner (264) will also challenge for RPW regional titles. Luke Eustice was an NCAA runner-up for Iowa in 2002 and will compete at 121. Former UNI star Dylan Long will be in the mix at 145.
Successful wrestlers from all collegiate divisions including Junior College, NAIA as well as NCAA Division II and III will be looking to make their mark in Season 2 of RealProWrestling.
121 - Desmond Radunz (Moorehead State University)- 2x DII qualifier, 2x Greco FILA AA, 2x FS AA.
211 - Israel Silva (University Tenn. Chattanooga/Jr College)-2x NJCAA AA, University Nationals Champ
132 - James Rollins (Dana College) - 2002 NJCAA National Champ, 2006 NAIA National Champ
"I'm pretty excited about it. I think what they're doing is pretty important, getting wrestling out there and put in the mainstream, getting it on television. "Gallick mentioned.
"I'm training right now and getting myself prepared. The main goal now is to make that 2008 Olympic (freestyle) team."
Gallick looks to conquer other challenges in the meantime. He will compete October 12-14 at the Sunkist Kids/ASU International Open in Tempe, AZ. Gallick hasn't changed his training regiment and feels his freestyle and previous greco-roman experiences will bode well for him in RPW matches.
"I think RealProWrestling has some potential to be pretty big. "Gallick noted.
RealProWrestling has the same seven weight classes as international wrestling, those include: 121, 132, 145, 163, 185, 211 and 264.
Athletes can still apply to compete at the North Regional in Mount Vernon by going to www.realprowrestling.com