Jordan Burroughs
Jordan Burroughs at 2017 Men's freestyle Wrestling World Cup, Kermanshah.jpg
Personal information
Born (1988-07-08) July 8, 1988 (age 31)
Camden, New Jersey, U.S.
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight74 kg (163 lb)
CountryUnited States
College teamNebraska
ClubSunkist Kids
Turned pro2011
Coached byMark Manning

Jordan Ernest 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.

Early life

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 career

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 career

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]

Personal life

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 three children.

Match Results

World Championships/Olympic Games Matches
Res. Record Opponent Score Date Event Location
2019 UWW world 3rd, bronze medalist(s) at 74kg
Win 37–5 Japan Mao Okui Tech Fall (10–0) September 21, 2019 2019 World Wrestling Championships Kazakhstan Nur-Sultan
Loss 36–5 Russia Zaurbek Sidakov 3–4 September 20, 2019
Win 36–4 Azerbaijan Khadzhimurad Gadzhiyev 8–1
Win 35–4 Hungary Murad Kuramagomedov 6–4
Win 34–4 Belarus Azamat Nurykau 11–10
2018 UWW world 3rd, bronze medalist(s) at 74kg
Win 33–4 Italy Frank Chamizo 4–4 October 21, 2018 2018 World Wrestling Championships Hungary Budapest
Win 32–4 Belarus Miroslav Kirov 9–0
Loss 31–4 Russia Zaurbek Sidakov 5–6 October 20, 2018
Win 31–3 Iran Mostafa Hosseinkhani 4–3
2017 UWW world 1st, gold medalist(s) at 74kg
Win 30–3 Russia Khetag Tsabolov 9–6 August 26, 2017 2017 World Wrestling Championships France Paris
Win 29–3 Uzbekistan Bekzod Abdurakhmonov 6–5
Win 28–3 France Zelimkhan Khadjiev 13–2
Win 27–3 Japan Sosuke Takatani 12–2
Win 26–3 Belarus Ali Shabanau 7–5
2016 Olympic 9th at 74kg
Loss 25–3 Uzbekistan Bekzod Abdurakhmonov 1–11 August 19, 2016 2016 Summer Olympics Brazil Rio de Janeiro
Loss 25–2 Russia Aniuar Geduev 2–3
Win 25–1 Guinea-Bissau Augusto Midana 8–3
2015 UWW world 1st, gold medalist(s) at 74kg
Win 24–1 Mongolia Pürevjavyn Önörbat 10–0 September 12, 2015 2015 World Wrestling Championships United States Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 23–1 Russia Aniuar Geduev 4–3
Win 22–1 Iran Alireza Ghasemi 5–0
Win 21–1 Hungary Mihály Nagy 11–0
Win 20–1 Ukraine Oleg Zakharevych 10–0
Win 19–1 Poland Krystian Brzozowski 6–2
2014 UWW world 3rd, bronze medalist(s) at 74kg
Win 18–1 Ukraine Rustam Dudaiev 8–2 September 9, 2014 2014 World Wrestling Championships Uzbekistan Tashkent
Loss 17–1 Russia Denis Tsargush 2–9
Win 17–0 Uzbekistan Rashid Kurbanov 5–0
Win 16–0 South Korea Lee Yun-seok 13–2
Win 15–0 Guinea-Bissau Augusto Midana 4–3
2013 UWW world 1st, gold medalist(s) at 74kg
Win 14–0 Iran Ezzatollah Akbari 4–0 September 18, 2013 2013 World Wrestling Championships Hungary Budapest
Win 13–0 Belarus Ali Shabanau 7–1
Win 12–0 Azerbaijan Jabrayil Hasanov 7–0
Win 11–0 India Narsingh Pancham Yadav 7–0
Win 10–0 Tajikistan Gamid Dzhalilov 9–2
2012 Olympic 1st, gold medalist(s) at 74kg
Win 9–0 Iran Sadegh Goudarzi 1–0, 1–0 August 10, 2012 2012 Summer Olympics United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Win 8–0 Russia Denis Tsargush 3–1, 0–2, 2–1
Win 7–0 Canada Matt Gentry 2–1, 1–1
Win 6–0 Puerto Rico Francisco Soler 4–0, 6–0
2011 UWW world 1st, gold medalist(s) at 74kg
Win 5–0 Iran Sadegh Goudarzi 3–2, 4–1 September 18, 2011 2011 World Wrestling Championships Turkey Istanbul, Turkey
Win 4–0 Azerbaijan Ashraf Aliyev 0–2, 5–4, 3–0
Win 3–0 Venezuela Ricardo Roberty 2–1, 1–0
Win 2–0 Russia Denis Tsargush 1–3, 1–0, 2–1
Win 1–0 Ukraine Dmytro Rochniak 3–1, 4–2

Awards and honors

  • 1st, gold medalist(s) Pan American Championships (74 kg)
  • 1st, gold medalist(s) Grand Prix of Germany (74 kg)
  • 1st, gold medalist(s) Yasar Dogu (74 kg)

See also


  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".