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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The times, date and place have been set for the Special Wrestle-Off between Nate Gallick and Mike Zadick.

Gallick and Zadick will meet in a best-of-3 series to determine the final spot on the U.S. World Freestyle Team on Aug. 16 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Gallick beat Zadick in the finals of April's U.S. Nationals at 60 kg/132 lbs., but suffered a foot injury and was unable to wrestle in the U.S. World Team Trials earlier this month.

Gallick (Ames, Iowa/Sunkist Kids) requested and received permission to take part in the Special Wrestle-Off at a later date because of his injury. He was permitted to do so by virtue of winning U.S. Nationals and having already clinched a berth in the finals of the U.S. World Team Trials.

Weigh-ins for the Gallick-Zadick series are scheduled for 3-3:30 p.m. on Aug. 15. The first match of the series is set for 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 16 with the second match to follow at 1:30 p.m. A third match, if necessary, is scheduled for 2:15 p.m.

The event is open to the public and admission is free.

The winner of the Special Wrestle-Off will qualify for the World Championships on Sept. 17-23 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Zadick, a 2006 World silver medalist, won the U.S. World Team Trials on June 9 in Las Vegas to earn another shot at Gallick. Zadick, an assistant coach at Iowa, will compete along with the other six U.S. World Team members in freestyle at the Pan American Games late next month in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Gallick, a past World University champion, has won the last three meetings against Zadick (Solon, Iowa/Gator WC). Gallick was an NCAA champion for Iowa State and Zadick was an NCAA All-American for Iowa. Gallick, recently hired as an assistant coach at Tennessee-Chattanooga, is trying to make his first World Team on the Senior level.

The Special Wrestle-Off will take place during the U.S. World Team freestyle camp, which is scheduled from Aug. 5-18 in Colorado Springs.
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