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Former Hawkeye Thomas Gilman wins Olympic bronze in wrestling

Council Bluffs native Thomas Gilman took home a bronze medal Thursday in the men's freestyle 57 kg weight class.

TOKYO, Japan — Former University of Iowa wrestling star Thomas Gilman took home a bronze medal Thursday in the men's freestyle 57 kg weight class.

After losing his first match, 27-year-old Thomas Gilman beat Uzbekistan's Gulomjon Abdullaev Wednesday. Gilman outscored Abdullaev 11-1 in the wrestleback, or repechage. That victory gave him the chance to wrestle for one of two bronze medals available despite his initial loss.

The first-time Olympian beat Iran's Reza Atrinagharchi 9-1 Thursday

Gilman is a Council Bluffs native and University of Iowa graduate. As a Hawkeye, he went 107-12 overall and won the Big Ten championship his senior year.

Gilman won a silver medal at the 2017 World Championship, but this was his first Olympics. 

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