Jordan Burroughs

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Jordan Burroughs
Personal information
Nationality United States American
Born (1988-07-08) July 8, 1988 (age 26)
Camden, New Jersey, United States
Weight 163 lb (74 kg)
Sport Freestyle wrestling
Club Sunkist Kids

Jordan Burroughs (born July 8, 1988) is an American world and Olympic champion in freestyle wrestling.[2]


Early career[edit]

A resident of the Sicklerville section of Winslow Township, New Jersey, Burroughs began to gain attention for his wrestling in his senior year at Winslow Township High School after winning a Senior National Championship under Head Coach Rick Koss.[3] During high school he won two district championships and two regional championships, and in 2006 he captured a state title at 135 pounds. He committed to the University of Nebraska as the seventh ranked 135 pounder in the country.

Before Nebraska[edit]

Burroughs won the 2006 New Jersey state title at 135 pounds to cap a 35–2 senior season and a 115–20 career at Winslow Township High School. Burroughs, ranked seventh in the nation among 135-pound high school wrestlers by Intermat, was a three-time district champion and a two-time regional champion for Head Coach Rick Koss.[4]

Freshman year (2006–2007)[edit]

Burroughs earned his starting spot midway through the season and placed 3rd at the Big 12 Championships, earning a place at the NCAA Championships at 149 pounds. He went 1–2 at the tournament. He lost his first match to the #1 seed Dustin Schlatter of Minnesota 3–2. Burroughs won his next match with an 8–4 win over Matt Dunn of Columbia, but lost the third match to the #2 seed Matt Storniolo of Oklahoma and was eliminated from the tournament.

Sophomore year (2007–2008)[edit]

Burroughs won his first Big 12 Title with a dominant technical fall over Will Rowe of Oklahoma, meaning he defeated him by 15+ points in the match, and major decision over Mitch Mueller of Iowa State, winning Outstanding Wrestler of the Meet. At the NCAA Championships, Burroughs posted a 5–1 record, losing only to 2x National Champion Brent Metcalf of Iowa in the semi-finals by a score of 8-4. Burroughs defeated Josh Churella of Michigan by a fall in 5:55, earning a 3rd place All-American finish at 149 pounds and finishing the season 34–6.

Junior year (2008–2009)[edit]

Burroughs broke his school's record for takedowns with 118 takedowns in 19 dual meets. Burroughs showed total domination throughout the whole year with 15 major decisions, five technical falls, two pins, and 17 wins over ranked opponents. He won his second Big 12 title. During the Las Vegas tournament, he beat returning NCAA champion Jordan Leen in the finals, winning outstanding wrestler of the tournament. At the NCAA tournament, he continued to show dominance at the highest level, tech falling his first opponent, pinning the second, and majoring the final two (Cyler Sanderson and Gregor Gillespie) on his way to the finals where he faced the undefeated Mike Poeta of Illinois. Burroughs won the match with a 5–1 decision and captured his first NCAA title at 157 pounds.


Burroughs was 7–0 going into a dual meet against Steve Brown of Central Michigan where he was injured, ending his season and forcing Burroughs to take a medical redshirt year due to his tearing of his left PCL and LCL.

Senior year (2010–2011)[edit]

Burroughs returned from his surgery bigger and stronger, bumping up to wrestle 165 pounds and finishing a perfect regular season. He had a streak of 17 matches where he earned bonus points that was only broken by a match against the returning national champion, Andrew Howe of Wisconsin, that he won by a 10–7 decision in the Midlands finals. Burroughs won his third Big 12 title against Oklahoma's Tyler Caldwell. Burroughs entered the NCAA tournament as the number one seed and had a tech fall win in his first match followed by an injury default over Justin Lister of Binghamton in a match that Burroughs was winning 16–5. He majored his next three opponents en route to his second national championship and second undefeated season. In the finals Burroughs, again, faced Oklahoma's Tyler Caldwell. This time Burroughs won an 11-3 major decision. He won the Hodge Trophy for his season, wrestling's equivalent of the Heisman trophy, awarded each year to the nation's most dominant wrestler.[4]

International (2011–)[edit]

Burroughs took no breaks after winning his NCAA title and graduating. He jumped into the world freestyle scene winning the U.S. Open at 74 kilograms just three weeks after his last college match.[5] Burroughs then made the United States world team, and won the title at 74 kilograms at the 2011 World Wrestling Championships in Istanbul, becoming only the 4th wrestler ever to win a NCAA championship and World Championship in the same year. In the second round of the 2011 World Championships, Burroughs defeated two-time World Champ Denis Tsargush of Russia 1-3, 1-0, 2-1. In the semifinals, Burroughs downed Ashraf Aliyev of Azerbaijan 0-1, 5-4, 3-0 in a wild, high scoring match. In the finals, Burroughs defeated former bronze and silver World medalist Sadegh Goudarzi of Iran 3-2, 4-1 to capture the gold medal for the United States. He followed up by winning the 74 kg title at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara. He qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games at 74 kilos by winning the World Championships. He won the Olympics and then moved on to 2013 where he won the World Championship on a broken ankle. He suffered a large knee injury at the 2014 World Championships and eventually lost to Denis Tsargush of Russia, the eventual champion, but fought back to earn a bronze medal.

2012 Olympics[edit]

On August 10, at the 2012 Olympic Games, Burroughs defeated Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi of Iran 1-0, 1-0 to become the Olympic Champion at 74 kilos. After winning just one gold medal in Beijing, USA Wrestling created the Living the Dream Medal Fund, which pays $250,000 for any U.S. wrestler who wins an Olympic gold medal. To reach the finals and set up the rematch with Goudarzi, Burroughs had to get through a rematch with Denis Tsargush of Russia. Burroughs defeated Tsargush 3-1, 0-2, 2-1 in the semi-finals.


In 2013, Burroughs continued his undefeated international wrestling streak by winning a gold medal at the World Cup, Alexander Medved Tournament, Stephan Sarkisyan Tournament, US Open, and winning his third consecutive World Championship (including the Olympics). A month prior to competition at the World Championships, Burroughs broke his ankle in practice. Due to the injury, Burroughs was not able to wrestle "live" in practice and his training was limited. In the finals, Burroughs, again, faced an opponent from Iran, Ezzatollah Akbarizarinkolaei. Burroughs won 4-0. During the 2013 World Championships, Burroughs defeated his five opponents by a combine score of 34-3. In an interview after the tournament, Burroughs stated he was wrestling at 75-80 percent of his abilities, due to the broken ankle.[6]


At the USA wrestling freestyle World Team Trials, held in Madison, WI, Burroughs faced David Taylor, of the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club, in the finals. Burroughs had previously defeated Taylor in April at the US Open finals. Burroughs won by a 6-2 decision and a 6-5 decision, to again claim a spot on the United States World Team. The U.S. team will compete in the 2014 World Wrestling Championships in September in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Burroughs would be competing to win his fourth straight World Championship.[7][8] But he was defeated by Denis Tsargush in the semi finals, but went on to wrestle back and win a bronze medal.


Burroughs expressed an interest in pursuing a career in mixed martial arts after his wrestling career is over in 2017.[9] However, Burroughs later changed his mind, calling the sport brutal and declaring that he would never set foot in the octagon.[10]

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 Jordan is married[12] to Lauren Mariacher. They met after the 2011 NCAA Championships in Philadelphia and from there grew close and were engaged in 2013. They have a son, Beacon,[13] named after the English origin of signal or light. He was born July 19, 2014.

Awards and honors[14][edit]

International Freestyle:

  • 2011 Pan American Champion – 74 kg
  • 2011 US Open Champion – 74 kg
  • 2011 World Champion – 74 kg
  • 2011 US World Team Trials Champion – 74 kg
  • 2012 US Open Champion – 74 kg
  • 2012 Olympic Trials Champion – 74 kg
  • 2012 World Cup Champion – 74 kg
  • 2012 Olympic Champion – 74 kg
  • 2013 US World Team Trials Champion – 74 kg
  • 2013 World Cup Champion – 74 kg
  • 2013 World Champion – 74 kg
  • 2013 US Open Champion – 74 kg
  • 2013 Alexander Medved Champion – 74 kg
  • 2013 Stepan Sarkisyan Champion – 74 kg
  • 2014 World Cup bronze medalist 74 kg
  • 2014 U.S. Open Champion 74 kg
  • 2014 US World Team Trials Champion – 74 kg
  • 2015 Alexander Medved Champion – 74 kg


  • Two-Time NCAA Champion (2009, 157; 2011, 165)
  • 2011 Hodge Trophy winner
  • 2011 InterMat Wrestler of the Year
  • Three-Time All-American (3rd, 2008; 1st, 2009; 1st, 2011)
  • Four-Time NCAA Qualifier (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011)
  • Three-Time Big 12 Champion (2008, 149; 2009, 157; 2011, 165)
  • Outstanding Wrestler of 2008 Big 12 Championships
  • Midlands Champion (2011, 165)
  • 2011 Dan Gable Most Outstanding Wrestler Award (Midlands Championship)
  • Nebraska Most Outstanding Wrestler (2008, 2009, 2011)
  • 128–20 career record
  • Fourth-most wins in school history
  • Tied for fifth-most dual wins in school history (62)
  • Sixth-best career winning percentage in school history (.865)
  • Tied for fifth-most falls in a single season in school history (20, 2011)
  • Four-time Big 12 Wrestler of the Week
  • 2011 Nebraska "Heart and Soul Award" winner

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jordan Burroughs Retrieved 3/12/15.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Jordan Burroughs.
  3. ^ Narducci, Marc. "Sicklerville's Burroughs excited for shot at Olympic gold", The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 27, 2012. "A Sicklerville resident and 2006 graduate of Winslow Township High in Camden County, Burroughs is considered the favorite to win the gold in freestyle wrestling at 74 kilograms (163 pounds)."
  4. ^ a b Jordan Burroughs.
  5. ^ Olson, Max (May 2, ,2011). "Former Husker Jordan Burroughs in pursuit of achieving all wrestling career goals", Daily Nebraskan.
  6. ^ "Jordan Burroughs strikes gold! American storms to title at World Championships". Retrieved 2014-06-16. 
  7. ^ "Flowrestling to Live Stream 2014 World Team Trials in Madison, Wis.". Retrieved 2014-06-20. 
  8. ^ "US World Team Trial Results Freestyle". Retrieved 2014-06-20. 
  9. ^ Roth, Matthew (November 7, 2011) Jordan Burroughs – 'I'll Fight After I'm Done Wrestling'.
  10. ^ Reinsmith, Trent (November 3, 2013) – 'Olympic gold medalist Jordan Burroughs says 'brutal' MMA is not for him'.
  11. ^ "More Than Gold". 
  12. ^ Burroughs, Jordan. Retrieved 3/12/15.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ Burroughs, Jordan. Facebook  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ Jordan Burroughs Retrieved 3/12/15.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)

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