PARIS, France – Competing in his first Senior World Championships, Thomas Gilman (Council Bluffs, Iowa/Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC) won four matches to qualify for the gold-medal finals at 57 kg/125.5 lbs. in men’s freestyle at the World Championships at the AccorHotels Arena on Friday.
Gilman will battle 2017 Asian champion Yuki Takahashi of Japan in the gold-medal match, in a session which begins at 7:00 p.m. Paris time. U.S. fans can watch the finals live on Trackwrestling. Takahashi was ninth in the 2015 World Championships, his only previous Worlds appearance.
In his first match, Gilman earned a 5-2 win over 2016 European silver medalist Andrey Yatsenko of Ukraine. The bout was tied 2-2 at the break, as both wrestlers scored takedowns. Gilman scored on a step out and a single leg takedown in the second period to secure the win.
Gilman next drew 2017 Asian bronze medalist Reza Ahmad Atrinagharchi of Iran, who he had beaten in the third round at the 2014 Junior World Championships, in a 4-4 criteria decision. Gilman won a Junior World bronze medal in 2014 after beating Atrinagharchi. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org