Jordan Burroughs

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Jordan Burroughs
Personal information
Nationality United States American
Born (1988-07-08) July 8, 1988 (age 27)
Camden, New Jersey, United States
Weight 163 lb (74 kg)
Sport
Sport Freestyle wrestling
Club Sunkist Kids

Jordan Burroughs (born July 8, 1988) is an American world and Olympic champion in freestyle wrestling.[1]

Early life[edit]

In a 2013 interview, when Burroughs was asked when he started wrestling, he explained:

I started at five. I brought home a flyer one day from elementary school. No one in my family had ever wrestled. My teammates became friends and I got more into it. I was super tiny growing up, a late bloomer in terms of physical development, but I didn’t have to be big to excel.[2]

High school career[edit]

Burroughs wrestled for Winslow Township High School, where he was a state champion and a senior national champion.[3]

College career[edit]

Burroughs was a four-year starter for the University of Nebraska. At Nebraska, Burroughs was a three-time All American, and two-time undefeated national champion.[4]

As a freshman, Burroughs qualified for the NCAA tournament at 149 pounds. His sophomore year, Burroughs again competed at 149 pounds where he earned a 3rd place All-American finish. For his junior season, Burroughs moved up to 157 pounds, and became an undefeated national champion. Following an injury that took him out of competition for a year, Burroughs moved up again, this time to 165 pounds. At 165 pounds, he repeated as an undefeated national champion.[5]

Following his senior year, Burroughs won the Hodge Trophy, awarded each year by WIN Magazine to the nation's most dominant wrestler.[6] Burroughs finished his career with a 128-20 overall record, for the fourth-most wins in Nebraska history.[7]

Immediately after college, Burroughs won a freestyle world title in Istanbul, Turkey, making him only the fourth wrestler ever to win an NCAA title and world title in the same year.[8]

World/Olympic Team Trials Matches[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Score Date Event Location Notes
Win 10-0 United States Kyle Dake 14-4 2015-06-14 2015 US World Team Trials United States Madison, Wisconsin world team trials champion
Win 9-0 United States Kyle Dake 6-3 2015-06-14 2015 US World Team Trials United States Madison, Wisconsin
Win 8-0 United States David Taylor 6-5 2014-06-01 2014 US World Team Trials United States Madison, Wisconsin world team trials champion
Win 7-0 United States David Taylor 5-2 2014-06-01 2014 US World Team Trials United States Madison, Wisconsin
Win 6-0 United States Kyle Dake 9-6 (OT) 2013-06-21 2013 US World Team Trials United States Stillwater, Oklahoma world team trials champion
Win 5-0 United States Kyle Dake 7-0 2013-06-21 2013 US World Team Trials United States Stillwater, Oklahoma
Win 4-0 United States Andrew Howe injury default 2012-04-21 2012 US Olympic Team Trials United States Iowa City, Iowa Olympic team trials champion
Win 3-0 United States Andrew Howe 4-2, 1-2, 1-0 2012-04-21 2012 US Olympic Team Trials United States Iowa City, Iowa
Win 2-0 United States Andrew Howe 3-1, 1-0 2011-06-10 2011 US World Team Trials United States Oklahoma City, Oklahoma world team trials champion
Win 1-0 United States Andrew Howe 1-0, 1-2, 3-2 2011-06-10 2011 US World Team Trials United States Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

World Championships/Olympic Games Matches[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Score Date Event Location Notes
Win 18-1 Ukraine Rustam Dudaiev 8-2 2014-09-09 2014 World Wrestling Championships Uzbekistan Tashkent, Uzbekistan world bronze
Loss 17-1 Russia Denis Tsargush 2-9 2014-09-09 2014 World Wrestling Championships Uzbekistan Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Win 17-0 Uzbekistan Rashid Kurbanov 5-0 2014-09-09 2014 World Wrestling Championships Uzbekistan Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Win 16-0 South Korea Lee Yun-seok 13-2 2014-09-09 2014 World Wrestling Championships Uzbekistan Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Win 15-0 Malta Augusto Midana 4-3 2014-09-09 2014 World Wrestling Championships Uzbekistan Tashkent, Uzbekistan sprained MCL[9]
Win 14-0 Iran Ezzatollah Akbari 4-0 2013-09-18 2013 World Wrestling Championships Hungary Budapest, Hungary world champion
Win 13-0 Belarus Ali Shabanau 7-1 2013-09-18 2013 World Wrestling Championships Hungary Budapest, Hungary
Win 12-0 Azerbaijan Jabrayil Hasanov 7-0 2013-09-18 2013 World Wrestling Championships Hungary Budapest, Hungary
Win 11-0 India Narsingh Pancham Yadav 7-0 2013-09-18 2013 World Wrestling Championships Hungary Budapest, Hungary
Win 10-0 Tajikistan Gamid Dzhalilov 9-2 2013-09-18 2013 World Wrestling Championships Hungary Budapest, Hungary four weeks post-ankle break[10]
Win 9-0 Iran Sadegh Goudarzi 1-0, 1-0 2012-08-10 2012 Summer Olympics United Kingdom London, United Kingdom Olympic champion
Win 8-0 Russia Denis Tsargush 3-1, 0-2, 2-1 2012-08-10 2012 Summer Olympics United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Win 7-0 Canada Matt Gentry 2-1, 1-1 2012-08-10 2012 Summer Olympics United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Win 6-0 Puerto Rico Francisco Soler 4-0, 6-0 2012-08-10 2012 Summer Olympics United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Win 5-0 Iran Sadegh Goudarzi 3-2, 4-1 2011-09-18 2011 World Wrestling Championships Turkey Istanbul, Turkey world champion
Win 4-0 Azerbaijan Ashraf Aliyev 0-2, 5-4, 3-0 2011-09-18 2011 World Wrestling Championships Turkey Istanbul, Turkey
Win 3-0 Venezuela Ricardo Roberty 2-1, 1-0 2011-09-18 2011 World Wrestling Championships Turkey Istanbul, Turkey
Win 2-0 Russia Denis Tsargush 1-3, 1-0, 2-1 2011-09-18 2011 World Wrestling Championships Turkey Istanbul, Turkey
Win 1-0 Ukraine Dmytro Rochniak 3-1, 4-2 2011-09-18 2011 World Wrestling Championships Turkey Istanbul, Turkey

Pan American Games Matches[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Score Date Event Location Notes
Win 3-0 Cuba Yunierki Blanco 3-2, 3-2 2011-10-24 2011 Pan American Games Mexico Guadalajara, Mexico pan american champion
Win 2-0 Venezuela Ricardo Roberty 2-1, 1-1 2011-10-24 2011 Pan American Games Mexico Guadalajara, Mexico
Win 1-0 Ecuador Jose Mercado 7-0, 6-0 2011-10-24 2011 Pan American Games Mexico Guadalajara, Mexico

Personal[edit]

Burroughs is a Christian. Burroughs has spoken about his faith saying, "A gold medal is always going to leave you empty. ... There’s no other thing in life that’s more fulfilling than a relationship with Jesus Christ. Contentment is one of the biggest things I’ve learned, knowing that regardless of where you are in life, it’s all about being content with God’s provision."[11]

As of October 12, 2013 Burroughs is married to Lauren Mariacher.[12]

Other awards and honors[edit]

International Freestyle:[13]

  • 2011 Ukrainian Memorial International Champion – 74 kg
  • 2011 U.S. Open Champion – 74 kg
  • 2012 Dave Schultz Memorial International Champion – 74 kg
  • 2012 Cerro Pelado International Champion – 74 kg
  • 2013 Stepan Sargsyan International Champion – 74 kg
  • 2013 Alexander Medved Champion – 74 kg
  • 2013 Stepan Sarkisyan Champion – 74 kg
  • 2013 U.S. Open Champion – 74 kg
  • 2014 U.S. Open Champion – 74 kg
  • 2015 Alexander Medved Champion – 74 kg

Collegiate:

  • Three-time Big 12 Champion (2008, 2009, 2011)
  • Three-time Nebraska Most Outstanding Wrestler (2008, 2009, 2011)
  • 2008 Big 12 Championships Outstanding Wrestler
  • 2011 Midlands Championships Most Outstanding Wrestler
  • 2011 InterMat Wrestler of the Year

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