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Statement from Thomas Gilman:

I meant no disrespect when referencing Japanese wrestler Rei Higuchi. The context of my comment was intended to pay respect to one of the top wrestlers in the world, but my choice of words contradicted that message. It was a mistake and I apologize.

The statement comes following the comments Gilman made in his post-tournament interview when discussing Japanese Olympic silver medalist, Rei Higuchi.

By Ross Bartachek (@rossbchek)

Lead Editor of IA Wrestle