photo courtesy of Richard Immel
Nope, that’s not a misprint! 2017 World silver medalist Thomas Gilman is leaving the Hawkeye Wrestling Club for Penn State’s Nittany Lion Wrestling Club. Just a day after news broke that HWC head coach Mark Perry was leaving Iowa City for Arizona State, Gilman announced on his newly activated Twitter account that he’s “Leaving Iowa City, heading to State College”.
Gilman is a two-time World Team member at 57 kg and was an integral part of the world title winning team in 2017 after he made the world finals. In 2019, Gilman lost to Daton Fix in the finals of the US Open, which forced him to win the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament and set up a rematch against Fix at Final X Lincoln. Gilman fell to Fix, who made his first world team.
The departure of Gilman is not completely unexpected as the HWC has 2020 Hodge Trophy winner and two-time national champion Spencer Lee at 57 kg, as well. Lee captured a title at US Senior Nationals in December and looks to be a strong candidate for the Olympic spot, as well.
Gilman is the second former world medalist in the last year to move from his alma mater to Penn State, as Kyle Snyder did the same in the fall.
Thomas was a three-time All-American for the Hawkeyes and was recently listed by TOM in our article featuring the top 20 non-NCAA champions of the last 20 years.