USA Wrestling has updated its new "Bout of the Week" which has been posted as a video file on-line on TheMat.com Audio/Video website
The feature this week is the 2005 Nate Gallick vs. Odabasi Tevfik men's freestyle match at the World University Games in Izmir, Turkey at 60 kg/132 lbs.
This match has been placed on the TheMat.com's new Audio/Video website, which was the former USA Wrestling Member's Only website. The new website has been redesigned and reformatted and was launched today. It is an exciting upgrade that will better serve the wrestling community and provides cutting-edge technology.
The World University Games (WUG) is a multi-sport event, now in its 24th year. Similar to the Olympic Games or Pan American Games, it features only athletes who are enrolled in college. Overall, there were 14 sports in the 2005 World University Games, but wrestling was included for the first time since 1981. The athletes can be as old at 27 years old and must have been enrolled in college within a specified time.
This opens the possibilities that a young athlete could face an older wrestler, something that occurred often during the WUG in Turkey. Many of the U.S. athletes were in their early 20's, just getting started on their international careers, while many of the other competitors had extensive international backgrounds. Such was the case in the Gallick vs. Tevfik match.
Odabasi Tevfik of Turkey was among the veterans in the field, wrestling on his home mats in front of his countrymen. Tevfik competed at the 2004 Olympic Games, and placed a strong sixth at the 2003 World Championships. He was a 2004 European freestyle champion, which makes him a strong medal contender at the World level. Tevfik also has won medals at the 2003 CISM World Military Championships, as well as the 2000 Junior World Championships and the 1997 Cadet World Championships. He is clearly a proven international talent.
Gallick was making his major international debut at the World University Games. A star for nationally-respected Sunnyside High School in Tucson, Ariz., Gallick was a medalist at the USA Wrestling Cadet and Junior Nationals before moving on to compete at Iowa State for coach Bobby Douglas, an Olympic freestyle coach and respected technician.
Gallick quickly proved his abilities in freestyle wrestling, winning a silver medal at the 2003 University Nationals and placing seventh at the Senior U.S. Nationals that year. He earned a spot on the 2003 Junior World Team. In the fall of 2004, he won a gold medal at the Sunkist Kids/ASU International Open, beating many well-known freestyle veterans. He was a strong fourth at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, an amazing feat for a college student in today's wrestling environment.
His college career also took off, with a fifth place finish in 2004, and a runner-up performance at the 2005 NCAA Championships.
This spring, Gallick went right from the folkstyle season into the international competition, placing an impressive second at the 2005 U.S. Nationals, losing only to Michael Lightner in the finals. He followed that performance with another strong effort, placing second at the World Team Trials and losing to Lightner in the championship finals in Gallick's home gymnasium at Iowa State. Gallick also entered the University World Team Trials in Colorado Springs in May and captured the gold medal, earning the trip to the World University Games.
Although he is just 22 years old, Gallick was not intimidated by the strong field in Izmir. He won three straight matches, not surrendering a single point. He beat Jannek Lips of Estonia, 1-0, 2-0 in bout one, Andrei Perepelita of Moldova, 1-0, 3-0 in the next round, then Abbas Barglarbagi of Iran, 3-0, 3-0 in his third match.
The finals match between Gallick and Tevfik was active right off the bat, with a scramble that gave the Turkish wrestler a three point throw. Gallick lost his first period of the tournament, 2-6, and was behind against a proven Olympic veteran.
In the second period, Gallick and Tevfik did not score, and Gallick finished a takedown off the leg clinch to win the period, 1-0. The bout went to the deciding third period, another scoreless battle until there were nine seconds left, and Gallick hit a takedown for three points and the victory.
Tevfik is already a well-known international wrestler. Gallick, with his gold-medal performance at the World University Games and clutch finals victory over Tevfik, is no longer a secret on the world level.
This popular feature will be changed on a regular basis, allowing members to enjoy many of the greatest matches in wrestling history.
Posted in the archive section of the Members Only web page was the 2005 Tina George vs. Marcie Van Dusen women's freestyle match in the Special Wrestle-off for the position on the Women's World Team at 55 kg/121 lbs. Many other entertaining and historic matches are in the archive section for the Bout of the Week.
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2005 Tina George vs. Marcie Van Dusen women's freestyle match
2005 Joe Warren vs. Jacob Hey men's Greco-Roman match
2000 Les Gutches vs. Cael Sanderson men's freestyle match
1999 Terry Brands vs. Eric Guerrero men's freestyle matches
2004 Cael Sanderson vs. Adam Saitiev men's freestyle match
1990 Rob Koll vs. Rahmat Sofiyadi men's freestyle match
1989 Michial Foy vs. Atanas Komchev men's Greco-Roman match
1995 Elbrus Tedeev vs. Takahiro Wada men's freestyle match
1993 Terry Brands vs. Jesus Wilson men's freestyle match
2005 Sally Roberts vs. Tela O'Donnell women's freestyle match
1999 Stephen Neal vs. Aydin Polatci men's freestyle match
1992 highlight video of U.S. Olympic Wrestling team in Barcelona, Spain
1988 Andy Seras vs. Mike Mann men's Greco-Roman match
1992 Kevin Jackson vs. Rasul Khadem men's freestyle match
1992 Chris Campbell vs. Puntsag Sukhbat men's freestyle match
2000 Garrett Lowney vs. Gogi Koguachvili men's Greco-Roman match
1988 Randy Lewis vs. Stepan Sarkissian men's freestyle match
1996 Kurt Angle vs. Abbas Jadidi men's freestyle match
1990 Chris Wilson vs. Arsen Fadzeav men's freestyle match
1990 John Smith vs. Stepan Sarkissian men's freestyle match
2004 Sunkist Kids International Open men's Greco-Roman gold-medal matches
2004 Sunkist Kids International Open men's freestyle gold-medal matches
1990 Bill Scherr vs. Alexei Golovko men's freestyle match
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2004 Rulon Gardner Olympic semifinals and finals men's Greco-Roman feature
2004 Sara McMann vs. Stavroula Zygouri women's freestyle match
2004 Toccara Montgomery vs. Kristie Marano women's freestyle match
2004 Joe Williams vs. Joe Heskett men's freestyle match
2004 Eric Guerrero vs. Mike Zadick men's freestyle match
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2004 Dennis Hall vs. Brandon Paulson men's Greco-Roman match
1996 Townsend Saunders vs. Pat Santoro men's freestyle match
1988 Mark Fuller vs. T.J. Jones men's Greco-Roman match
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1987 Bill Scherr vs. Greg Gibson men's freestyle match
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1989 Jim Scherr vs. Makharbek Khadartsev men's freestyle match
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1996 Melvin Douglas vs. Mike Van Arsdale men's freestyle match
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1996 Tom Brands vs. Jang Jae-Sung men's freestyle match
2004 Eric Larkin vs. T.J. Williams men's freestyle match
1992 Rodney Smith vs. Cecilio Rodriguez men's Greco-Roman match
1988 Rico Chiapparelli vs. Lukman Jabrailov men's freestyle match
2003 Kristie Marano vs. Ewelina Pruszko women's freestyle match
1999 Stephen Neal vs. Andrei Shumilin men's freestyle match
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