The weight class of 57kg/125 lbs. was first used in the 2014 Freestyle World Championships. Since that time 57kg has been contested at eight World Championships, two Olympics, and another Olympic Games this summer.

An Iowa Hawkeye has represented Team USA at 57kg in six of the eight World Championships and in all three Olympics.

Earlier today Spencer Lee defeated another Iowa Hawkeye Thomas Gilman to win the 2024 Olympic Team Trials. This marks the third straight Olympic Trials that an Iowa Hawkeye has won 57kg.


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Daniel Dennis won the Olympic Trials in 2016 over another Hawkeye Tony Ramos in the finals. Thomas Gilman won the 2020 Olympic Team Trials.

Dennis did not place in the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics and he is now the head coach of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club.

Gilman won Bronze at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, just placed second at 57kg at the 2024 Olympic Team Trials, won a 57kg World title in 2021, World Silver in 2017 and 2022 and placed fifth in 2018.

Tony Ramos was a World Team member in 2014 and 2015.

Now we have Spencer Lee at 57kg.

Team USA still has to qualify for the Olympics by placing in the top three at 57 kg at the World Olympic Qualifier in Istanbul, Turkey on May 11-12. I will keep you posted.


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From Ramos to Gilman to Lee for the Hawks representing Team USA at 57kg in the Olympic/World Championships. Who’s next?


Iowa Wrestling at 57kg for Team USA

2014 World Team – Tony Ramos

2015 World Team – Tony Ramos

2016 Olympics – Daniel Dennis

2017 World Team – Thomas Gilman (Silver)

2018 World Team – Thomas Gilman (5th)

2020 Olympics – Thomas Gilman (Bronze)

2021 World Team – Thomas Gilman (Gold)

2022 World Team – Thomas Gilman (Silver)

2024 Olympics – Spencer Lee


It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!