AMES – If Iowa State is to win its first national title since 1987, it’ll have to do it without Nick Gallick.
ISU’s senior two-time All-American had surgery last Friday to remove a bone spur from his hip and will miss the rest of season, Coach Kevin Jackson said Monday.
“Losing a guy like Nick, one of your leaders, definitely hurts us,” Jackson said. “The injury was a lot more serious than originally thought. But all teams have injuries and are missing guys. That’s sports. We’ll move forward.”
The 141-pounder hadn’t wrestled since a sudden victory win over Iowa’s Dan LeClere during a Dec. 6 dual meet at Hilton Coliseum. Gallick was able to practice off and on since then, but never could fully shake the pain.
Rehabilitation will last about seven to eight months, Jackson said. ISU is planning an appeal to the NCAA to try and get Gallick an additional year of eligibility.
Gallick redshirted as a true freshman.
The Tucson, Ariz., native finished fifth and third at the last two national tournaments and was 5-0 this year.
“I really believe he can dominate that weight class,” Jackson said earlier this month. “I’m convinced he’s a national finalist. He is very capable of dominating anyone he wrestles, but he hasn’t seen any mat time.”
Sophomore Dalton Jensen takes Gallick’s spot in the lineup permanently.