Foley’s Friday Mailbag: September 1, 2017

By T.R. Foley, InterMat Senior Writer

The United States freestyle team captured their first world team title last week in Paris. The squad's historic performance came with a full complement of surprises and substantive enough for a week's worth of unique and hot takes.

I came away with a lot of impressions, but I thought the following five were the most salient and telling of the team's direction and reason for success.

1. Thomas Gilman proved he's a legit USA 57-kilogram wrestler for Tokyo 2020.

While the weight class at the 2017 World Championships lacked some of the depth from previous years, little can detract from the composure and gamesmanship Gilman showed while on the mat. Though he will have plenty of domestic challenges, his knack for finding a way to win in Paris required the type of focus and preparation his opponents seemed to lack. Gilman has some technical deficiencies (finishing single legs), but chugging into the challenging international calendar I think he has capability to keep turning heads.

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