Thomas Gilman will be making his return to freestyle wrestling this weekend. He has officially registered for the Last Chance Qualifier, which will be LIVE on Flo this Saturday at 9:00am central time.
Gilman made two junior world teams and a cadet world team, winning a junior bronze medal in 2014. He was a part of one of the most notable junior world teams of all time, as America finished with six medals in eight weights and were second place overall as a team. That year, he beat Reza Atri of Iran in the quarterfinals, who just won a a bronze medal at the Asian championships.
Thomas Gilman will be competing at the last chance qualifier in MN to punch a ticket to Lincoln NE in June! #Gilman— HawkeyeWrestlingClub (@HWC_wrestling) May 16, 2017
While Gilman will not get a high seed since he hasn't competed in three years, it is notable that he swept Nathan Tomasello two years in a row to make the junior world team. At the 2014 trials in Wisconsin, Tomasello sat in the best-of-three finals after winning the Open, but Gilman won the challenge tournament and then beat NaTo twice in a row by scores of 3-2 and 8-4.
Now that he has graduated from Iowa, Gilman will be wrestling at 57kg for the Hawkeye Wrestling Club, who just picked up a new head coach earlier this week in Mark Perry. The HWC has been without a lightweight as Tony Ramos is now at UNC and Dan Dennis appears to have retired. Gilman was a three-time All American and NCAA finalist during his time with the Hawkeyes.
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