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It was a gold medal performance for Thomas Gilman in his first career Senior level International tournament in Madrid, Spain competing at 57 kg. Gilman will not be coming home alone with hardware either as six other Men’s Freestyle Wrestlers also won their respective weights. The only weight the U.S. did not earn a medal at was 86 kg, where they did not send a representative.

Following a first round bye, Gilman faced off against Canada’s Steven Takahashi winning the match 10-5. Takahashi has competed at four World Championships for Team Canada, and was the 2016 World University bronze medalist. In the semifinals Gilman won 15-2 over former Levan Metreveli of Spain, who won this same tournament in 2014. Gilman finished things off in the finals with a 10-2 victory over Zoheir El Ouarraque of France.

That should be it for Gilman, who’s next match isn’t expected to be until the 2017 World Championships in Paris, France next month. Fans can still have the opportunity to watch Gilman compete in France by following this link (more info on IAwrestle here) and purchasing a raffle ticket that includes two round trip tickets, five nights in a hotel, and all-session passes to the 2017 World Championships. Fans have until the 28th of July to purchase their tickets, with the drawing being held live online on July 31st.

Results from USA Wrestling
57 kg/125 lbs. – Thomas Gilman, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC), Gold
WIN Steven Takahashi (Canada), 10-5
WIN Levan Metreveli (Spain), 15-2
WIN Zoheir El Ouarraque (France), 10-2

By Ross Bartachek (@rossbchek)

Lead Editor of IA Wrestle