Iowa’s Thomas Gilman pinned Oklahoma State’s Nick Piccininni, then had some strong words for him after their match Friday at the NCAA championships.
Top-seeded Gilman, a senior, took on No. 8 Piccininni, a redshirt freshman, and won by pin at 6:04 in the third period.
Gilman took the win in dramatic fashion, as Piccininni kept the match close by taking a quick lead. However, Gilman rallied and recorded his first pin of the NCAAs, sending him to the 125-pound semifinal match against Lehigh’s Darian Cruz.
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However, the story of the match came afterward when Gilman addressed the media.
Gilman wasn’t impressed with Piccininni’s tactics during the match. Gilman went as far to say Piccininni’s tactics were “dirty” and called Piccininni out for hitting him in the face during the match.
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“It’s not physical, it’s dirty,” Gilman said. “That’s not wrestling. You want to box? You want to fight? Let’s go out in the parking lot.”
It should be noted that the two have some history; Gilman defeated Piccininni when Iowa and Oklahoma State faced off on Jan. 15.
While Oklahoma State won the dual, Gilman beat Piccininni 12-4 in a major decision. According to the Des Moines Register, Piccininni talked to Gilman after the dual in January, and Friday’s NCAA match was his shot at revenge.
“If you have a problem with me, let’s settle it,” Gilman said after the match. “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.”