He said he knew how to beat him, and he was not lying.
Thomas Gilman has never been the type of guy to bite his tongue for anyone, and going into his first Senior Men's Freestyle World Team Trials tournament, he let everyone know that he was coming for the spot at 57kg in Lincoln, NE. Well, on Saturday night at the Bob Devaney Sports Center, he made good on that prediction when he defeated Tony Ramos in two straight matches.
Though everyone was thoroughly impressed by how Gilman defeated his former Iowa teammate, it was his path to the finals matchup that turned heads the most. In order to make the trials, Gilman ran the table at the Last Chance Qualifier to earn the final spot available. He put on an even better showing this weekend when he took out five NCAA finalists, including four champions.
He started his run by avenging his NCAA semifinals loss to Darian Cruz, followed by 1-1 criteria win over Tyler Graff and a dominant redemption-collecting win by 11-0 technical fall over Nico Megaludis, whom Gilman lost to in the NCAA finals in 2016. Gilman then moved on to the challenge tournament finals, where he notched a last-second takedown to defeat Nathan Tomasello. He capped it all off with his back-to-back wins over Ramos in the best-of-three series to make his first senior world team.
Thomas Gilman's impressive run to make the world team makes him our FloWrestler of the Week.
Watch Thomas Gilman defeat Tony Ramos and make the senior world team.
Other FloWrestler of the Week Nominees:Zain Retherford, NLWC: After dropping the first match, Retherford came back to outscore Frank Molinaro 13-4 in the next two matches to claim the 65kg spot on the senior world team for the first time in his career.
J'den Cox, TMWC: Overcame a first-match loss and a serious knee injury in the third match to defeat David Taylor in the best-of-three finals to hold on to the 86kg spot on the world team.
Kollin Moore, TMWC: Went through the entire challenge tournament then defeated junior national champ Andrew Marsdesn in back-to-back bouts to claim a spot on the junior world team for the second straight year.
Jordan Burroughs, Sunkist Kids: The king remains at the top. After getting thrown for five and dropping the first match to Kyle Dake, Burroughs fought back to win the final two bouts to make his seventh straight world or Olympic team.
Watch Jordan Burroughs defeat Kyle Dake in the World Team Trials finals on Saturday in Lincoln.