This 125-pound warrior is a BEAST on the wrestling mat and trains every day for life. From a young age, Gilman was taught the lessons of hard work. That nothing is given, and everything is earned. And most importantly that the best lessons are taught through pure honesty. If you have never heard of Thomas Gilman, type him into Youtube and watch some of his interviews. You will know what I mean by honesty!
Gilman was a 2017 World Silver medalist at 57kg.
In High school, Gilman was a four-time Nebraska state champion. He won the 103-pound title as a freshman, the 112-pound title as a sophomore, the 119-pound title as a junior, and the 132-pound title as a senior. Thomas led Omaha Skutt to the team championship three times (2009-10, 2012) and a runner-up finish in 2011. Thomas was the 2009 NHSCA national champion and Cadet Freestyle All-American (103). In 2010 Cadet Freestyle national champion (119). In 2011 Junior Freestyle national champion. In 2011 FILA Cadet national champion and FILA Cadet World Team member.
While in college wrestling for the Iowa Hawkeyes,
- Three-time All-American
- Compiled an overall record of 107-12.
- 1st place, 2017 Big Ten Championships
- Third at the NCAA Div 1 National Championships
- Overall record of 32-1 and a dual record of 15-0 his senior year
- He started every dual at 125 pounds
- 9-0 in the Big Ten
- Led Hawkeyes in falls (11) and technical falls (7)
- scored bonus points in 26 of 32 wins
- 2016 Midlands Champion
- Named Midlands Outstanding Wrestler Award
- Named Champion of Champions
- Picked up his 100th career win by recording a fall at the Big Ten Championships
- Spent the entire season ranked No. 1
- Recorded 15 wins over ranked opponents
- Was twice named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week
- Shared the Coaches Appreciation Award and John and Dorothy Sill Award presented to the most dedicated wrestler.
“Me, We” ~ Muhammad Ali