Three-time Iowa all-American wrestler Thomas Gilman earned a silver medal Friday at the UWW World Championships in Paris.
Competing in his first senior level World Championships, Gilman dropped a 6-0 decision to Yuki Takahashi of Japan in the championship match at 57 kilograms.
Gilman reached the finals by going 4-0 in Friday morning's opening round, winning one match by technical fall and three more by decision including a 5-4 win over Hakjin Jong of North Korea in the semifinals.
The championship setback denied Gilman the opportunity to become the fifth Hawkeye wrestler to win a world championship. Bill Zadick was the most recent in 2006. Other Iowa wrestlers who have won titles include Chris Campbell in 1981, Tom Brands in 1993 and Terry Brands in 1993 and 1995.
Gilman, who completed his senior season in March, continues to train in Iowa City with the Hawkeye Wrestling Club and will next represent the United States in the 2018 World Cup next April at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.