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Jordan Burroughs (born July 8, 1988) is an American freestyle wrestler and former folkstyle wrestler. In freestyle wrestling, Burroughs is an Olympic champion and four-time world champion. In folkstyle wrestling, Burroughs was a two-time NCAA Division I national champion, and was awarded the Dan Hodge Trophy as the most outstanding wrestler in college wrestling.

Jordan Ernest Burroughs
Jordan Burroughs at 2017 Men's freestyle Wrestling World Cup, Kermanshah.jpg
Personal information
Born (1988-07-08) July 8, 1988 (age 31)
Sicklerville, New Jersey, U.S.
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight74 kg (163 lb)
CountryUnited States
College teamNebraska
ClubSunkist Kids
Coached byMark Manning


Early lifeEdit

Burroughs is from Sicklerville, New Jersey.[1]

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]

College careerEdit

Burroughs competed for University of Nebraska, where he was a three-time All American, and two-time undefeated national champion in NCAA Division I wrestling.[3]

In his first year, Burroughs qualified for the NCAA Division I national tournament at 149 pounds, which is reserved for the top 33 wrestlers in the country. In his second year, Burroughs earned a third-place national finish at 149 pounds. In his third year, Burroughs became an undefeated national champion at 157 pounds. In his fourth year, Burroughs suffered an injury, and was unable to complete his college season. Following that year, Burroughs repeated as an undefeated national champion at 165 pounds.[3]

After his final year, Burroughs won the Hodge Trophy, awarded each year by WIN Magazine to the nation's most dominant college wrestler.[4] Burroughs finished his college career with a 128–20 overall record, for the fifth-most wins in Nebraska history.[3]

Freestyle careerEdit

Burroughs won a gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics. He also won gold medals at the world championships in 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017, and he won bronze medals at the world championships in 2014 and 2018.

When Burroughs won a gold medal in 2011, he did so immediately after completing his final NCAA Division I wrestling season, making him only the fourth wrestler ever to win an NCAA Division I title and a world title in the same year.[5]

In addition, Burroughs's medal-winning performances were complicated by injuries in both 2013 and 2014. In 2013, he broke his ankle just four weeks before the tournament started, and he competed with five screws and a plate attached to his ankle.[6] And in 2014, he sprained his medial collateral ligament in his opening match against Augusto Midana of Guinea-Bissau. Nevertheless, he continued to compete.[7]

In 2016, Burroughs placed ninth at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Unlike previous years, including years in which he was injured, he did not earn a medal. In an interview shortly afterwards, Burroughs reflected on his performance:

I felt good, my weight cut was good. That's the hardest part of this. I live my lifestyle the right way. I don't smoke. I don't drink. I don't go out and party. I'm a family man. I take care of business, I train hard . . . At some point I'll find out why, what I did wrong, learn a lesson from this.[8]


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]

Burroughs is married and has two children.

Match ResultsEdit

World Championships/Olympic Games Matches
Res. Record Opponent Score Date Event Location
2018 UWW world   at 74kg
Win 33–4   Frank Chamizo 4–4 October 21, 2018 2018 World Wrestling Championships   Budapest
Win 32–4   Miroslav Kirov 9–0
Loss 31–4   Zaurbek Sidakov 5–6 October 20, 2018
Win 31–3   Mostafa Hosseinkhani 4–3
2017 UWW world   at 74kg
Win 30–3   Khetag Tsabolov 9–6 August 26, 2017 2017 World Wrestling Championships   Paris
Win 29–3   Bekzod Abdurakhmonov 6–5
Win 28–3   Zelimkhan Khadjiev 13–2
Win 27–3   Sosuke Takatani 12–2
Win 26–3   Ali Shabanau 7–5
2016 Olympic 9th at 74kg
Loss 25–3   Bekzod Abdurakhmonov 1–11 August 19, 2016 2016 Summer Olympics   Rio de Janeiro
Loss 25–2   Aniuar Geduev 2–3
Win 25–1   Augusto Midana 8–3
2015 UWW world   at 74kg
Win 24–1   Pürevjavyn Önörbat 10–0 September 12, 2015 2015 World Wrestling Championships   Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 23–1   Aniuar Geduev 4–3
Win 22–1   Alireza Ghasemi 5–0
Win 21–1   Mihály Nagy 11–0
Win 20–1   Oleg Zakharevych 10–0
Win 19–1   Krystian Brzozowski 6–2
2014 UWW world   at 74kg
Win 18–1   Rustam Dudaiev 8–2 September 9, 2014 2014 World Wrestling Championships   Tashkent
Loss 17–1   Denis Tsargush 2–9
Win 17–0   Rashid Kurbanov 5–0
Win 16–0   Lee Yun-seok 13–2
Win 15–0   Augusto Midana 4–3
2013 UWW world   at 74kg
Win 14–0   Ezzatollah Akbari 4–0 September 18, 2013 2013 World Wrestling Championships   Budapest
Win 13–0   Ali Shabanau 7–1
Win 12–0   Jabrayil Hasanov 7–0
Win 11–0   Narsingh Pancham Yadav 7–0
Win 10–0   Gamid Dzhalilov 9–2
2012 Olympic   at 74kg
Win 9–0   Sadegh Goudarzi 1–0, 1–0 August 10, 2012 2012 Summer Olympics   London, United Kingdom
Win 8–0   Denis Tsargush 3–1, 0–2, 2–1
Win 7–0   Matt Gentry 2–1, 1–1
Win 6–0   Francisco Soler 4–0, 6–0
2011 UWW world   at 74kg
Win 5–0   Sadegh Goudarzi 3–2, 4–1 September 18, 2011 2011 World Wrestling Championships   Istanbul, Turkey
Win 4–0   Ashraf Aliyev 0–2, 5–4, 3–0
Win 3–0   Ricardo Roberty 2–1, 1–0
Win 2–0   Denis Tsargush 1–3, 1–0, 2–1
Win 1–0   Dmytro Rochniak 3–1, 4–2

Awards and honorsEdit

  •   Pan American Games (74 kg)
  •   Pan American Championships (74 kg)
  •   Yasar Dogu (74 kg)
  •   Dan Kolov - Nikola Petrov Tournament (74 kg)
  •   Pan American Championships (74 kg)
  •   Grand Prix of Germany (74 kg)
  •   Yasar Dogu (74 kg)
  •   Summer Olympics (74 kg)
  •   Cerro Pelado International (74 kg)
  •   Dave Schultz Memorial International (74 kg)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "About Jordan". Retrieved 2018-09-27.
  2. ^ "Jordan Burroughs: Gold medalist speaks about Olympic wrestling, NJSIAA state title in 2006".
  3. ^ a b c "Jordan Burroughs".
  4. ^ "Jordan Burroughs wins Dan Hodge Trophy". WIN Magazine: Amateur Wrestling News.
  5. ^ "About Jordan - Jordan Burroughs".
  6. ^ "Jordan Burroughs wins wrestling world title 4 weeks after breaking ankle".
  7. ^ "Jordan Burroughs sprains MCL, wins bronze at World Wrestling Championships". OlympicTalk.
  8. ^ "Tears Of A Champion: Jordan Burroughs Loses Bid For Second Straight Olympic Gold Medal".
  9. ^ johnstrubel. "WRESTLING WITH GOD".