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Thomas Gilman has officially qualified for USA Wrestling Senior Men’s World Team Trials, as the former Hawekeye picked up two wins at the Last Chance Qualifier held today in Rochester, Minnesota. Gilman began the day as the top seed at 57 kg and had to come from behind in both matches before ultimately claiming the top spot.

After receiving a first round bye Gilman faced off against former American University All-American David Terao in the bracket’s semifinals. After jumping out to a 3-0 lead off of a pair of pushouts and a caution point. With the clock winding down in the first period, Terao managed to put Gilman on his back from his feet, giving him a 4-3 lead at the midpoint. He quickly regained his lead in the second with a takedown, and would go on to score four more to win by the final score, 9-4.

That set up a finals match with Minnesota Storm wrestler Daniel DeShazer, who stormed out to a 6-0 lead off a double and headlock. Gilman then began to chip away at the lead picking up a pushout as time expired in the first, and then adding three second period takedowns to finish off the comeback.

The Trials will take place on June 10-11 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Gilman joins fellow HWC members Dan Dennis, Cory Clark, Chris Dardanes, Nick Dardanes, Nathan Burak, and Bobby Telford as wrestlers who are qualified for the event.

By Ross Bartachek (@rossbchek)

Lead Editor of IA Wrestle