Jordan Burroughs

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Jordan Burroughs
Personal information
Nationality American
Born (1988-07-08) July 8, 1988 (age 27)
Camden, New Jersey, United States
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
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.[4]

Following his senior year, Burroughs won the Hodge Trophy, awarded each year by WIN Magazine to the nation's most dominant wrestler.[5] Burroughs finished his career with a 128-30 overall record, for the fifth-most wins in Nebraska history.[4]

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.[6]

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

Pan American Games/Championships Matches[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Score Date Event Location Notes
Win 10-0 Ecuador Yoan Blanco 5-0, 6-0 2015-7-18 2015 Pan American Games Canada Toronto, Ontario Pan American champion
Win 9-0 Canada Jevon Balfour 7-0, 4-0 2015-7-18 2015 Pan American Games Canada Toronto, Ontario semifinal
Win 8-0 Cuba Livan Lopez 9-3, 4-0 2015-7-18 2015 Pan American Games Canada Toronto, Ontario quarterfinal
Win 7-0 Cuba Livan Lopez 13-2 2014-7-17 2014 Pan American Championships Mexico Mexico City, Mexico Pan American champion
Win 6-0 Venezuela Adonis Arroyo 10-0 2014-7-17 2014 Pan American Championships Mexico Mexico City, Mexico semifinal
Win 5-0 Peru Jose Santos Ambrocio 10-0 2014-7-17 2014 Pan American Championships Mexico Mexico City, Mexico quarterfinal
Win 4-0 Bolivia Elio Zenteno 10-0 2014-7-17 2014 Pan American Championships Mexico Mexico City, Mexico round 16
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 semifinal
Win 1-0 Ecuador Jose Mercado 7-0, 6-0 2011-10-24 2011 Pan American Games Mexico Guadalajara, Mexico quarterfinal

World Championships/Olympic Games Matches[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Score Date Event Location Notes
Win 24-1 Mongolia Unurbat Purevjav Tech. Fall 2015-09-12 2015 World Wrestling Championships United States Las Vegas, Nevada world champion
Win 23-1 Russia Aniuar Geduev 4-3 2015-09-12 2015 World Wrestling Championships United States Las Vegas, Nevada semifinal
Win 22-1 Iran Alireza Ghasemi 5-0 2015-09-12 2015 World Wrestling Championships United States Las Vegas, Nevada quarterfinal
Win 21-1 Hungary Mihály Nagy 11-0 2015-09-12 2015 World Wrestling Championships United States Las Vegas, Nevada round 16
Win 20-1 Ukraine Oleg Zakharevych 10-0 2015-09-12 2015 World Wrestling Championships United States Las Vegas, Nevada round 32
Win 19-1 Poland Krystian Brzozowski 6-2 2015-09-12 2015 World Wrestling Championships United States Las Vegas, Nevada qualification
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 semifinal
Win 17-0 Uzbekistan Rashid Kurbanov 5-0 2014-09-09 2014 World Wrestling Championships Uzbekistan Tashkent, Uzbekistan quarterfinal
Win 16-0 South Korea Lee Yun-seok 13-2 2014-09-09 2014 World Wrestling Championships Uzbekistan Tashkent, Uzbekistan round 16
Win 15-0 Malta Augusto Midana 4-3 2014-09-09 2014 World Wrestling Championships Uzbekistan Tashkent, Uzbekistan sprained MCL[7]
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 semifinal
Win 12-0 Azerbaijan Jabrayil Hasanov 7-0 2013-09-18 2013 World Wrestling Championships Hungary Budapest, Hungary quarterfinal
Win 11-0 India Narsingh Pancham Yadav 7-0 2013-09-18 2013 World Wrestling Championships Hungary Budapest, Hungary round 16
Win 10-0 Tajikistan Gamid Dzhalilov 9-2 2013-09-18 2013 World Wrestling Championships Hungary Budapest, Hungary four weeks post-ankle break[8]
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 semifinal
Win 7-0 Canada Matt Gentry 2-1, 1-1 2012-08-10 2012 Summer Olympics United Kingdom London, United Kingdom quarterfinal
Win 6-0 Puerto Rico Francisco Soler 4-0, 6-0 2012-08-10 2012 Summer Olympics United Kingdom London, United Kingdom round 16
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 semifinal
Win 3-0 Venezuela Ricardo Roberty 2-1, 1-0 2011-09-18 2011 World Wrestling Championships Turkey Istanbul, Turkey quarterfinal
Win 2-0 Russia Denis Tsargush 1-3, 1-0, 2-1 2011-09-18 2011 World Wrestling Championships Turkey Istanbul, Turkey round 16
Win 1-0 Ukraine Dmytro Rochniak 3-1, 4-2 2011-09-18 2011 World Wrestling Championships Turkey Istanbul, Turkey round 32

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."[9]

As of October 12, 2013 Burroughs is married to Lauren Mariacher.[10]

Other awards and honors[edit]

International Freestyle:[6]

  • 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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