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Gallick named Most Outstanding Wrestler at the 2003 Men s FILA Junior Freestyle World National Champ
The numbers were higher and so was the intensity for the freestyle portion of the 2003 Men's FILA Junior World National Championships in Chattanooga, Tenn. Nate Gallick (Tucson, Ariz./Cyclone WC) was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler after defeating 2002 Junior National champion Todd Meneely (Omaha, Neb./Hawkeye WC) 3-0 in overtime at 60 kg/132 lbs. Gallick held a 1-0 lead after regulation as the two went into the clinch. Right off the whistle, Gallick used an inside-trip to score a takedown on Meneely. He then scored the necessary third point on a gut wrench near the edge of the mat. Gallick is a redshirt freshman at Iowa State Univ. Gallick's college teammate, Kurt Backes (Neshanic Station, N.J./Cyclone WC), also came away with an individual title after a hard-fought 6-4 victory over J.D. Bergman (Oak Harbor, Ohio) at 84 kg/185 lbs. Mike Silengo (Baptist, Colo./Dave Schultz WC) also had to go into overtime to win the title. Silengo defeated Andrew Domingues (Santa Maria, Calif./Minnesota Storm) 10-9 at 55 kg/121 lbs. Silengo, a freshman at the Univ. of Pennsylvania, led the match 9-3 after the first period, but Domingues mounted a furious comeback, tying the match with five seconds remaining in regulation off a takedown and an exposure point. But in the extra period, Silengo wasted no time, getting deep on a single-leg and finishing for the one-point victory. Michigan State freshman Andy Simmons (Williamston, Mich./Michigan WC) dominated local wrestler Jake Yost (Soddy Daisy, Tenn./Chattanooga) with a 10-0 technical superiority win. 2002 Junior National champion Cole Konrad (New London, Wis./Minnesota Storm) had to hold off a late rally from Ty Watterson (Enumclaw, Wash./Orange Crush) in a 5-4 win at 120 kg/264.5 lbs. Konrad is a freshman at the Univ. of Minnesota and Watterson is a freshman at Oregon State Univ. Simmons used two front-headlock throws to take a 7-0 lead and finished Yost off with two gut wrenches, all within the first minute of the match. Winning titles by fall were Paul Donahoe (Davison, Mich.) at 50 kg/110 lbs., Don Reynolds (New Lenox, Ill./Overtime WC) at 74 kg/163 lbs. and Joe Forsman (Army) at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. Donahoe won a Junior National title last year. This is the second straight season that Chattanooga has hosted this popular USA Wrestling event. Only wrestlers born 1983-1985 are eligible to compete in this event. These athletes will be competing in the Olympic styles of freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling. The champion in each weight class qualifies for the 2003 Junior World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, August 22-29. Wrestlers who are the champions in both freestyle and Greco-Roman will be asked to choose one style to compete at the Junior World Championships. Donahoe and Conrad were the only double-champions.