AH TV: Terry Brands, Thomas Gilman talk about upcoming World Cup in Iowa City

Terry Brands meets with the media on Tuesday.

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Iowa assistant wrestling coach Terry Brands and former Hawkeye all-American Thomas Gilman met with the media on Tuesday to discuss the 2018 World Cup being held at Carver-Hawkeye Arena April 7-8.

It will be the first time that Carver-Hawkeye Arena has hosted the World Cup.

The arena had previously hosted the 2012 Olympic team trials and the 2016 Olympic team trials

Here is information on the event as well as video interviews with Brands and Gilman.


  • The 2018 World Cup in Iowa City, Iowa, is April 7-8 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
  • The World Cup is an international dual tournament featuring eight of the top men’s freestyle wrestling teams in the world. Azerbaijan, Cuba, Georgia, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, and Russia have been invited to attend.
  • The United States is the defending World Champions following a 2017 World Championship performance in Paris that included six total medals – two gold, two silver, and two bronze.
  • University of Iowa All-American Thomas Gilman is one of six medalists representing the United States at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Gilman earned a silver medal at the 2017 World Championships in Paris, France. Other Team USA medalists include Jordan Burroughs (gold), Kyle Snyder (gold), James Green (silver), J’den Cox (bronze), and Nick Gwiazdowski (bronze). Team USA wrestlers have a combined 15 world and Olympic Medals.
  • Carver-Hawkeye Arena is hosting the World Cup for the first time. The arena hosted the record-setting 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials and the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. It has been the site of many of the most important wrestling events in American wrestling history, and serves as the home venue for the University of Iowa wrestling team, which annually leads the NCAA in attendance.
  • 7G Distributing headlines an outdoor “Gable’s Garden” that includes non-alcoholic beverages, beer, wine, and food from local vendors. “Gable’s Garden” is open Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. outside the North Entrance of Carver-Hawkeye Arena, near the Dan Gable statue.

Admission to “Gable’s Garden” is included with the purchase of a World Cup ticket. Fans will be able to purchase food and beverages at “Gable’s Garden” and take those items into the arena.

  • Ticket opportunities for the World Cup include a Gold all-session package ($225), a Black all-session package ($150), and standard all-session tickets ($75/$50). Tickets are now available on the University of Iowa Athletics website.  Visit worldcupiowacity.com for more information on the event.


At Iowa City, Iowa, April 7-8

U.S. men’s freestyle roster

57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Thomas Gilman, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC)

57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Frank Perrelli, Charlottesville, Va. (Titan Mercury WC/Cavalier RTC)

61 kg/134 lbs. – Kendric Maple, Lincoln, Neb. (Titan Mercury WC/Nebraska WTC)

61 kg/134 lbs. – Joe Colon, Fresno, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC/Valley RTC)

65 kg/143 lbs. - Logan Stieber, Columbus, Ohio (Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC)

65 kg/143 lbs. - Joe McKenna, Towaco, N.J. (Lehigh Valley WC/Ohio RTC)

70 kg/154 lbs. – James Green, Lincoln, Neb. (Titan Mercury WC/Nebraska WTC)

70 kg/154 lbs. – Frank Molinaro, Blackburg, Va. (Titan Mercury WC/Southeast RTC)

74 kg/163 lbs. – Jordan Burroughs, Lincoln, Neb. (Sunkist Kids/Nebraska WTC)

74 kg/163 lbs. – Isaiah Martinez, Leemore, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC/Illini WC)

79 kg/174 lbs. - Kyle Dake, Ithaca, N.Y. (Titan Mercury WC/Finger Lakes WC)

79 kg/174 lbs. – Alex Dieringer, Stillwater, Okla. (Titan Mercury WC)

86 kg/189 lbs. - David Taylor, State College, Pa. (Titan Mercury WC/Nittany Lion WC)

86 kg/189 lbs. - Bo Nickal, Allen, Texas (Nittany Lion WC)

92 kg/202.5 lbs. - J’den Cox, Columbia, Mo. (Titan Mercury WC/Missouri WF)

92 kg/202.5 lbs. – Hayden Zillmer, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)

97 kg/213 lbs. - Kyle Snyder, Woodbine, Md. (Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC)

97 kg/213 lbs. – Kyven Gadson, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids/Cyclone WC)

125 kg/275 lbs. – Nick Gwiazdowski, Raleigh, N.C. (Titan Mercury WC/Wolfpack WC)

125 kg/275 lbs. – Dom Bradley, Lincoln, Neb. (Sunkist Kids/Nebraska WTC)

National Freestyle Coaches – Bill Zadick, Kevin Jackson and Joe Russell (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

Honorary Coaches – Dan Gable (Iowa City, Iowa), J Robinson (Minneapolis, Minn.), Mike Duroe (Marion, Iowa)