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Q: Offseason went well?
Gilman: Yeah it was good. It wasn’t exactly what I wanted, but I brought back a bronze medal from Croatia. It wasn’t gold, but it was good training, good experience. I will just use that and keep moving forward.
Q: What did you learn this summer doing some of those international events?
Gilman: Not letting things rattle me. Things aren’t always going to go your way so you have to control what you can control, and that’s about it. You have to keep moving forward.
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Q: You being at 125, and Cory Clark being at 133 do you feel you can be the new McDonough and Tony Ramos type combo?
Gilman: I don’t think that’s a good comparison. Comparing me and Cory Clark to Tony Ramos and Matt McDonough, I think we’re better than those two. You know, I’m putting that out there and we’ll see what we can do.
Q: What do you think about the depth/balance of Iowa 1-10?
Gilman: We got a lot of depth and we got a lot of fire. We got about 40 guys up there in the stands and we got 10 weights to be contested next weekend.
Brooks: I want to sort of tighten things up, and really make my opponents sort of trip over themselves. I want to make them get themselves tired.
Q: What was one thing you learned from last year?
Brooks: Every practice you have to get up for. It’s every match, every period, moment in every match makes a difference. So maybe the reason I didn’t get the spot was because I didn’t do something right earlier in practice and it ended up coming to bite me in the butt. I am trying to work on that now so that every time I set out on the mat, whether it’s practice or a match that I am wrestling for the whole seven minutes.
(Video by Kirk, transcription done by Ross)