Gilman First to be Named to World Cup Team USA

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- USA Wrestling has named Thomas Gilman (Iowa City, Iowa/Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC) to its 2018 U.S. Men's Freestyle World Cup Team at 57 kg/125,5 lbs. Gilman will be on the USA Wrestling team at the 2018 Freestyle World Cup at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on the campus of the University of Iowa, April 7-8. The World Cup is the annual international dual meet championship, and will feature the top eight men's freestyle wrestling teams in the world. 

Gilman, a 2017 World silver medalist, is competing in his first Freestyle World Cup. He won a silver medal at the 2017 World Championships in Paris, France at 57 kg/125.5 lbs., competing on his first Senior World Team. He also competed on three age-group World Teams for the United States, including winning a 2014 Junior World bronze medal. He was a 2017 Grand Prix of Spain champion. 

At the World Cup, Gilman will be competing in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, where he was a star for the University of Iowa during his college career. Gilman was a three-time All-American for the Hawkeyes, placing second at the 2016 NCAA Championships, third at the 2017 NCAA Championships and fourth at the 2014 NCAA Championships. He attended Skutt Catholic High School in Omaha, Neb., where he was a four-time state champion. 

Starting today, USA Wrestling will announce one World Cup participant in each of the 10 weight classes each day through March 14. In addition to these 10 athletes, additional athletes will be added to the team roster, with at least two wrestlers in each weight class. The USA has drawn into Pool A against the nations of Japan, Georgia, and Iran. Pool B consists of teams from Russia, Azerbaijan, Cuba, and Kazakhstan. Iran is the defending World Cup team champions. 

This will be the first major international event for the U.S. men's freestyle program, since the United States won the team title at the 2017 World Wrestling Championships in Paris, France last August. It was the first World Team Title for the USA in men's freestyle in 22 years and only the third time in history. 

Ticket opportunities for the World Cup include a Gold all-session package ($225), a Black all-session package ($150), and standard all-session tickets ($75/$50). Tickets are now available on the University of Iowa Athletics website. Visit for more information on the event. 

FREESTYLE WORLD CUPAt Iowa City, Iowa, April 7-8 U.S. men's freestyle lineup (as of March 5)

57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Thomas Gilman, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC)

National Freestyle Coaches – Bill Zadick, Kevin Jackson and Joe Russell (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

Honorary Coaches – Dan Gable (Iowa City, Iowa), J Robinson (Minneapolis, Minn.), Mike Duroe (Marion, Iowa) Additional U.S. athletes and delegation members will also be named. 

Thomas Gilman

Residence: Iowa City, Iowa  Club: Titan Mercury WC  College: Iowa High School: Omaha, Neb. (Skutt Catholic)  Born: May 28, 1994  Weight Class: 57 kg/125.5 lbs.

  • 2017 World silver medalist
  • 2014 Junior World bronze medalist
  • Two-time Junior World Team member (2013-14)
  • 2011 Cadet World Team member
  • 2017 Grand Prix of Spain champion
  • Three-time NCAA All-American for Iowa (2015-17)
  • 2017 Big Ten champion
  • Four-time Nebraska state champion for Omaha Skutt Catholic High School

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