Jordan Burroughs

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Jordan Ernest Burroughs
Personal information
Nationality American
Born (1988-07-08) July 8, 1988 (age 28)
Camden, New Jersey, U.S.
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 competed for University of Nebraska, where he 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 128-20 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]

Freestyle Results[edit]

World Championships/Olympic Games Matches
Res. Record Opponent Score Date Event Location Notes
2015 UWW world champion at 74kg
Win 24-1 Mongolia Unurbat Purevjav 10-0 2015-09-12 2015 World Wrestling Championships United States Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 23-1 Russia Aniuar Geduev 4-3 2015-09-12 2015 World Wrestling Championships United States Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 22-1 Iran Alireza Ghasemi 5-0 2015-09-12 2015 World Wrestling Championships United States Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 21-1 Hungary Mihály Nagy 11-0 2015-09-12 2015 World Wrestling Championships United States Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 20-1 Ukraine Oleg Zakharevych 10-0 2015-09-12 2015 World Wrestling Championships United States Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 19-1 Poland Krystian Brzozowski 6-2 2015-09-12 2015 World Wrestling Championships United States Las Vegas, Nevada
2014 UWW world bronze medalist at 74kg
Win 18-1 Ukraine Rustam Dudaiev 8-2 2014-09-09 2014 World Wrestling Championships Uzbekistan Tashkent, Uzbekistan
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 Guinea-Bissau Augusto Midana 4-3 2014-09-09 2014 World Wrestling Championships Uzbekistan Tashkent, Uzbekistan sprained MCL[7]
2013 UWW world champion at 74kg
Win 14-0 Iran Ezzatollah Akbari 4-0 2013-09-18 2013 World Wrestling Championships Hungary Budapest, Hungary
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[8]
2012 Olympic champion at 74kg
Win 9-0 Iran Sadegh Goudarzi 1-0, 1-0 2012-08-10 2012 Summer Olympics United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
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
2011 UWW world champion at 74kg
Win 5-0 Iran Sadegh Goudarzi 3-2, 4-1 2011-09-18 2011 World Wrestling Championships Turkey Istanbul, Turkey
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

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 has been married to Lauren Mariacher. They have a son, Beacon Burroughs, born on July 19, 2014. The couple gave birth to their second child, Ora, born on June 11, 2016[10]

Other awards and honors[edit]

International Freestyle:

  • 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
  • 2016 Yasar Dogu International 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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