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OSLO, Norway — Former University of Iowa All-American Thomas Gilman won the 2021 UWW World Championship on Monday, topping Iran's Alireza Sarlak, 5-3, in the 57 kg gold medal match.
Gilman, a bronze medalist at this summer’s Olympic Games, is the fifth Hawkeye wrestler to win a World championship, the first since Bill Zadick in 2006. Zadick is the United States coach now.
Iowa Coach Tom Brands won gold in 1993 and his twin brother, associate head coach Terry Brands, was a world champion in 1993 and 1995.
Gilman reached the finals of the World Championships for the second time in his career. He won silver in 2017, his first year with the U.S. Senior team.