Wrestling news: Gallick returning to ISU

Nate Gallick will once again call Iowa State’s wrestling room his home.

The former Cyclone national champion and three-time All-American has accepted an offer to be a volunteer assistant for new ISU head coach Kevin Jackson.

Gallick, previously an assistant at Tennessee-Chattanooga alongside another former Cyclone, Chris Bono, told the Chattanooga Times Free Press he is coming back to Ames to continue chasing his dream of  world and Olympic titles. During his introductory press conference back on May 1, Jackson talked about creating an Olympic training site at ISU that will be an important aspect of the program’s continued growth.

Jackson was the national freestyle head coach at USA Wrestling from 2001 to 2008, coaching a pair of Olympic teams.

Gallick is in his mid-20s and in the prime of his international career. He was a full-time assistant with the Mocs, but spent a lot of time away from the team tending to his own career goals.

At ISU he’ll get the training he desires while also working out with ISU’s current group of wrestlers, which includes his brother, Nick, who’ll be a senior.

“In order to reach my goals I need to put myself in the best position with coaches and partners at the freestyle level,” Gallick told the Free Press. “I guess I’m being a little selfish. I only have a few competitive years left, and I need to focus in an environment for freestyle (wrestling) with post-college training partners and a full-time freestyle coach.”

Bono confirmed the move via Twitter on Monday.

Neither Jackson nor ISU officials have made any staffing news official.

Jackson still is tending to duties as coach of the Sunkist Kids wrestling club in Arizona and has not been in Ames full time since taking over for Cael Sanderson. 

Reports have two of the four incoming recruits signed by Sanderson being granted releases from their scholarships, including Ohio prep David Taylor, the star of the class. Again, nothing official has come out from Jackson or the school.

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