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    Rivals Zadick, Gallick battle for world spot
    By J.R. Ogden

    The Gazette
    jr.ogden@gazettecommunications.com


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    Sunkist Kids' Nate Gallick (left) tries to take down Gator Wrestling Club's Mike Zadick, then of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club, during a match at the 2005 World Team Trials in Ames. Gallick and Zadick will meet Thursday in a wrestle-off for the 132-pound spot on the United States freestyle team for the World Championships next month in Baku, Azerbaijan.


    Mike Zadick wants a gold medal. Nate Gallick is standing in his way.

    That's enough to cause a little animosity between the former University of Iowa and Iowa State wrestlers.

    ``I never talk to him,'' Zadick said. ``There's Iowa-Iowa State, (Chris) Bono and (Bill) Zadick ... and Gator and Sunkist. There's a lot there.''

    Iowa-Iowa State is obvious. Bono and Bill Zadick, also former ISU and Iowa standouts, waged many battles on the national scene, including an Olympic Trials match where punches were thrown. Gallick is a member of Bono's staff at Tennessee-Chattanooga.

    Gallick wrestles for the Sunkist Kids club, Zadick for the Gator Wrestling Club.

    There's a lot of history - and present and future, for that matter.

    On Thursday, Zadick and Gallick will meet in a special wrestle-off for the 132-pound spot on the United States freestyle team for the World Championships, Sept. 17-23 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

    The best-of-three wrestle-off will be held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The first match is set for 12:30 p.m. Thursday, the second at 1:30 p.m. A third, if needed, will start at 2:15 p.m.

    Zadick won a silver medal at last year's World Championships and also grabbed silver earlier this summer at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    But Gallick has beaten Zadick in their three previous matches, including the finals of the U.S. National Championships.

    Gallick suffered an injury, however, and was unable to wrestle in the World Team Trials.

    Zadick won the trials, earning another shot at Gallick.

    The two agreed on Thursday for their final.

    ``I'm prepared and ready to go,'' Zadick said Tuesday from his home outside Solon. ``My conditioning is just top-notch. I've been training non-stop since (the trials in Las) Vegas.

    ``Everything has been really clicking.''

    Zadick admitted he has a ``sour taste in my mouth'' from the last loss to Gallick, but laughs when told all the USA Wrestling releases mention Gallick's win streak against the former Hawkeye all-American.

    ``It's fine,'' he said. ``I think it's kind of funny they keep saying that. I think he's taken me down one time in those three matches.

    ``I've never not been confident on the mat'' against Gallick, Zadick added. ``I find it hard to believe he's going to beat me two out of three.''

    Gallick, an NCAA champion at Iowa State in 2006, was in Colorado Springs on Tuesday and unavailable for comment. Zadick was a three-time all-American for the Hawkeyes, placing seventh at the NCAA Championships in 2000 and 2002 and third in 2001.

    ``I have to finish better,'' Zadick said of Thursday's bouts. ``I think (the losses) were my mistakes. I've never felt he can come out and physically beat me.''

    Clearly there is no love lost. Zadick wants a World gold medal and Gallick stands, at this stage, in his way.

    ``I'm going to be 100 percent ready to go,'' Zadick said. ``But there's a lot bigger fish to fry than Nate Gallick.''

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    Great to hear Mike sounding so confident (not that I'd expect anything less). But why is he still in Iowa City (as of Tuesday when he was interviewed) and not at the freestyle camp at the OTC? My understanding was that the top 3 finishers at the World Team Trials are required to attend.

    Go get 'im, Mike!

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    I think it's funny Zadick trying to act so confident. Maybe he is trying to convince himself of a victory.

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    Default Re: Rivals Zadick, Gallick battle for world spot

    The article is about the wrestle off but Zadick is the only one commenting. Its almost like Gallick is from another country.

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    Results will be very interesting. Either guy is a medal threat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yazdani View Post
    I think it's funny Zadick trying to act so confident. Maybe he is trying to convince himself of a victory.
    I think it's probably more along the lines of Gallick saying in the Ames Tribune article earlier this week that he is not 100% healthy, but he doesn't have to be to beat Zadick. If either of them wasn't supremely confident in his own abilities, I doubt they would have gotten themselves in position to wrestle for a spot on the world team.

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