Iowa’s Gilman fired up after pin: ‘You want to fight?’

Chris Cuellar

ST. LOUIS – Iowa’s Thomas Gilman is not a fan of Oklahoma State’s Nick Piccininni.

And the Hawkeye senior was not about to hide that fact after pinning Piccininni in Friday morning’s NCAA quarterfinals at the Scottrade Center. Gilman disliked the hands to the face he was receiving from the No. 8 seed, and unleashed about it in a brief media scrum.

“It’s not physical, it’s dirty,” Gilman described. “That’s not wrestling. You want to box? You want to fight? Let’s go out in the parking lot. Maybe we’ll go out in the back alley, no one will know. Just me and you, we’ll figure it out.”

According to Gilman, the OSU redshirt freshman spoke to him after their dual match earlier this season and Friday’s rematch was a shot at retribution. The quarterfinal was tight as Piccininni scored back-points early in the second period. Gilman rallied and carried a 7-3 lead into the third before logging the pin.

His focus now turns to Lehigh’s Darian Cruz for Friday night’s 125-pound semifinal.

“If you have a problem with me, let’s settle it,” Gilman added. If you can’t beat me on the mat, try and beat me in the parking lot. If you can’t beat me on the mat, I doubt you can do much with me in the parking lot.”


First Round
Thomas Gilman (Iowa) major dec. Brent Fleetwood (Central Michigan), 19-6

Second Round
Thomas Gilman (Iowa) major dec. Nathan Kraisser (Campbell), 22-8

Thomas Gilman (Iowa) pinned Nick Piccininni (Oklahoma State), 6:04